The grand dames behind the wildly popular cabin-themed dive bar Montana have opened another Capitol Hill joint. It should come as no surprise that it’s a bit kitschy, a bit off-kilter.
Think Tex-Mex meets Tiki and you’ve got Nacho Borracho, a watering hole covered in crayon-color schemes, plastic cactuses, a Dia de los Muertos skull, Jesus votive candles and slushy machines churning avocado margaritas.
My eyes hurt just looking at it all.
As its name implies, the bar showcases a monster nacho ($12) that will certainly rival The Matador’s for best happy-hour nacho in the city.
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It’s smaller happy-hour iteration ($8) is more manageable for two people. It’s served with beef or beans along with the usual fixings. It’s crunchy, creamy, tangy and loaded with crema and jalapeño and thus quite addicting. It will taste even better if you’re drunk or high. Or both. (As always, remember not to drink, smoke and eat massive amounts of bar food before driving.)
Nacho Borracho serves the quintessential late-night menu with beer sponges like bacon-wrapped hot dogs covered in Tex-Mex fixings. No matter how many napkins the bartenders bring, it won’t be enough.
Two years ago the investors, led by Rachel Marshall and Kate Opatz, made a splash when they opened Montana. Instead of featuring trendy craft cocktails, the bar served Moscow Mules and other libations on tap.
That allowed Montana to expedite service since the bar didn’t need experienced bartenders to shake or stir drinks. They also didn’t have to deal with any mixologist’s ego. You won’t appreciate what a luxury tap cocktails are until you see how fast you get your drink on a busy Saturday night.
Opened in mid-February, this Tiki-Mex fun house inherited that same streamlined concept, with slushies, margaritas and other cocktails served on tap. The avocado margarita that has intrigued many patrons was too tart for me.
The best tap cocktail here, as it is at Montana, remains the negroni. Nacho Borracho has a decent craft-beer list, including a great oatmeal stout (Firestone’s Velvet Merkin) with nutty, bourbon notes, that you rarely see around Seattle.
Nacho Borracho, 209 Broadway E., offers happy hour 3-6 p.m. daily with $1-$8 bar snacks (206 466-2434 or nachoborrachoseattle.com/).
Tan Vinh: 206-515-5656 or firstname.lastname@example.org. On Twitter @tanvinhseattle