Renowned empire builder Renee Erickson’s latest project, Deep Dive, opened quietly last week, according to the chef’s comments on her personal Instagram post, though the official word from the Sea Creatures group is the bar was just hosting practice services for friends and family. As of August 28, though, Deep Dive is officially and unofficially open to the public, per a release.
Deep Dive is a Denny Triangle bar with a stunning underwater-speakeasy vibe, designed by Graham Baba Architects and Curtis Steiner, and its opulent decor — all navy velvet seating, low lighting, and shiny curios backlit behind glass — is fitting for its location inside the exclusive Amazon Spheres. Like Erickson’s forthcoming restaurant Willmott’s Ghost, though, Deep Dive is open to the public.
The new Sea Creatures group bar at 620 Lenora St. has a much darker atmosphere than most of Erickson’s existing projects, which tend to be bright and airy, like Bateau and the Whale Wins. The bar opens daily at 4 p.m., according to the minimalist website, which otherwise features only a photo of a presumably nude woman hiding behind a huge leaf.
There’s no word yet on what food or drinks are being served in the bar, but early visitors are raving in general terms about the cocktails and bites as well as the surroundings, and the first Yelp review calls it the “most beautiful bar in Seattle”. Any readers who’ve had a taste, report back with more details.
Update: August 27, 2018, 9:26 a.m.
This article was updated to include the company’s official word that the bar is only open to friends and family right now, and opens to the public later this week.
Update: August 28, 2018, 9:42 a.m.
This article was updated to reflect that the bar is now officially open to the public, per a release.