Frose all day — and all year long? That may be the new ethos for a new bar called La Dive (pronounced “La Deev”), which will open on Capitol Hill this fall, featuring plenty of frozen wine drinks and other boozy concoctions. According to Seattle Met, co-owner Kate Opatz — who co-runs neighborhood favorites Montana and Nacho Barracho — will plan out a drinks menu with frieslings (riesling and white peach vodka), frojolais (beaujolais, raspberry, and campari), and some non-frozen natural wine selections, as well as beer and spirits.
The impressive La Dive team also includes Ani Custer (from the Garbage People Love Wine pop-up) behind the bar and David Gurwitz (from Spinasse and Lark), who will oversee a food menu that may include Russian zakuski and a quail dish. As the name suggests, the spot promises to be low-key, with a mural by a local artist and a laid-back vibe.
This upcoming spot follows an increasing trend of bars in Seattle leaning into natural wine, with Belltown’s Vinnie’s Raw Bar opening recently and L’Oursin on First Hill also pushing such selections on its menu. In general, natural wines are from producers that don’t use pesticides or other unnatural interventions in the winemaking process, but more detailed definitions can get complicated. It’ll also be nice just to have another wine-focused bar in the city, adding to a select few.
La Dive will take over the space at 721 East Pike Street currently occupied by sandwich mini chain The Other Coast Cafe, which will close soon. The cafe’s Ballard and Queen Anne locations will remain open.