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Our happy-hour mail bag this month came with a few digs at Belltown, in addition to questions from a wine lover, a scotch lover and a couple looking for a cheap date place (that’s not in Belltown). Questions were edited for brevity or clarification. Send queries to (For readers emailing with a complaint about a bar or service, let’s go easy on the exclamation marks and “Caps Lock” key, eh?)

Q: We’re such an awesome beer city, but you would never know that hanging around Belltown. It’s harder to find a decent craft-beer bar there. Are there any?

A: You got two good spots that moved into this ’hood about two years ago: The Whisky Bar, 2122 Second Ave., and Rocco’s, 2228 Second Ave., the latter with an admirable collection of Belgian beers in the cooler, which no one seems to know about. Despite its name, the Whisky Bar draws more patrons for its stellar 24 beer taps than its scotch offerings.

Off the main drag is Bambino’s, 401 Cedar St., a pizza joint that locals visit for the standout beer selection (18 beers on tap and a menu of bottled beers from around the world.) Nearby is the recently opened Twisted Pasty, 2525 Fourth Ave., which has an underrated beer list, featuring many local brews.

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Q: You talked about the new Chuck’s Hop Shop being a big hit with the beer crowd in the Central District. But we have just as many wine drinkers here, too. We desperately need a wine hangout.

A: You already have a wine bar. Bottlehouse
, 1416 34th Ave. in Madrona, above Wilridge Winery. Check it out.

Q: We’re looking for a cheap date night, away from the madhouse that is Capitol Hill and the way too-young-and-too-drunk Belltown crowd. Suggestion?

A: The underrated Brass Tacks
, 6301 Airport Way S. in Georgetown — is that far enough away from Belltown for ya? — features a burlesque show, no cover on some Thursdays. Starts at 9 p.m. Check
for schedule. The bar/restaurant takes reservations for the show, though some tables are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. No food purchase required.

Q: We usually grab some whiskey after work at F.X. McRory’s Steak Chop & Oyster House, but the place gets rowdy on game nights. Where else can I find good scotch around downtown?

A: Try The Bookstore Bar & Cafe, 1007 First Ave. inside the Alexis Hotel, where the shelves are studded with bottles and books. The boîte boasts 136 whiskeys, about half of which are single malts.

If you like Japanese whisky, I think Japonessa, 1400 First Ave., close to Pike Place Market, offers some decent deals, from $12-$15.

Tan Vinh: 206-515-5656 or On Twitter @tanvinhseattle

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