After five years, Belltown’s award-winning gastropub No Anchor is no more — but the proprietors have replaced it with a sports bar called Trade Winds Tavern. The new spot is now open for business with some 70s vibes and intriguing drinks.
There are some spins on classic cocktails, such as a Rusty Nail with salted honey, and co-owner Chris Elford has a lot of affection for Amaro Meletti, an Italian liqueur which the bar has available on draft. It’s also a major component of his famed Sharpie Mustache, perfected over the course of his long bartending career. The beer offerings include local favorites, such as Lowercase, Holy Mountain, and Urban Family, while the short wine list skews toward natural offerings (Trade Winds is a sibling to local bottle shop Vinnie’s).
On the food side are snacks made for gamedays, including burgers, fried rockfish sandwiches, jalapeno pineapple wings, and cheesesteak wontons, plus some Beecher’s Handmade Cheese curds and a frozen yogurt machine. There’s a brunch menu, too, with staples like Benedicts and Monte Cristos on Texas toast, as well as assorted mimosas and bloody marys.
Those who remember No Anchor will note the decidedly retro vibes that have replaced the nautical theme, in addition to some sportier flair. The cabinets that line the walls are now filled with homages to Seattle sports history, alongside beer and spirits relics, and Sounders scarves hang from the ceiling. “The space is warmer thanks to pops of neon and amber light,” says Elford, who notes the outdoor patio will expand to hold twice the amount of people later this summer.
Of course, probably the biggest change from the No Anchor days of yore is the addition of TVs, which are well-situated among the memorabilia. Trade Winds now makes for a bit more of a casual counterpart to the cocktail-focused experience at sibling bars Rob Roy and Navy Strength (they’ll soon be joined by Here Today, a massive pub and brewery overlooking the waterfront).
“Feels good to be back fully open serving the Belltown neighborhood, and we think that it’ll be a good addition to this ever-changing corner of the city,” says Elford, adding he wanted to create a successor to No Anchor “where people would feel as comfortable coming to watch a game as they would taking a date here for quality food and drinks.”