As someone who has always had an easier time making friends with men instead of women, I am thankful for a monthly meetup among girlfriends that we call “NewBar.” The first Friday of every month, one girl picks a bar she’s never been to – and the rest of us meet there for a drink and maybe light meal. The most recent NewBar was my choice – and since I never find an excuse to go to Capitol Hill, I chose a place called Witness – 410 Broadway East. We unanimously decided this has been our most fun NewBar night in quite some time.
Witness has a Southern Baptist theme. It’s hard to find, as the sign out front is similar to what you’d see outside a church – a black box with white letters behind glass. Inside, the church theme continues with pews as seats and inspired cocktails like the Saint Christopher and the Heaven is a Place on Earth.
Witness claims to focus on hospitality and boy do they. While waiting on a crowded Friday night for a table, we were served our drinks, approached several times to make sure we were okay, and then finally seated. Once seated, we had two visits to the table from the owner, who talked to us a little about the food and atmosphere. I couldn’t resist ordering chicken and waffles (O.M.G. – best in Seattle). Other classic southern dishes on the menu include shrimp and grits, and Carolina pulled pork sliders. But make no mistake – this is still Capitol Hill and not actually a church, so there was vibrant music and plenty of fun to be had.
Well worth the ~40 minute wait for a seat, this place was fantastic!