Some familiar names in the kitchen are behind some big bar openings this month— James Beard-award winning chef Renee Erickson unveils another spot across from The Spheres, while chefs Ethan Stowell, Eric Donnelly and Mark Fuller rev up for happy hour in downtown, Greenwood and West Seattle, respectively. Plus, there’s some great news for soccer fans.

Bar Sur Mer

219 N. 85th St. (Greenwood), Seattle;

As early as next Wednesday, chef Donnelly will open a tapas bar next to his sister restaurant FlintCreek Cattle Co. in Greenwood. In this pandemic dining scene, 8:30 “seems to be the new midnight,” Donnelly said. With summer here, the chef figures the nocturnal scene will return eventually, so he’s taking the plunge. Donnelly vows to keep his 40-seat tapas bar open seven days a week from 4 p.m. to midnight. Like his marquee restaurant RockCreek Seafood and Spirits in Fremont, Bar Sur Mer will focus on the sea with wood-fired small plates of octopus, clams, mackerel and steak tartare topped with uni along with seasonal veggies. Drinks will lean toward the low alcohol end with Spanish-inspired sherries and gin and tonics, along with sparkling wines and craft cocktails.

The Admiral Benbow Room

4210 S.W. Admiral Way, suite A (West Seattle), Seattle;

Chef Fuller of Ma’ono and his business partners Melissa and Brian Rossick have taken over this previously closed West Seattle maritime dive. The swashbuckling-themed bar with a ship hull has pinballs and pull-tabs and, behind the bar, slushies, cocktails and beers all served on tap. The aesthetics and mood will be familiar to fans of his popular West Seattle hangout Supreme. Only, instead of pizza, Fuller serves hot dogs and hints that his signature Ma’ono fried chicken sandwich will be offered here in the coming months.

The Coupe & Flute

3015 Beacon Ave. S., Seattle;

This bar restaurant has a small dining area for customers with children, but it functions more like a Champagne bar with a sparkling wines-by-the-glass list ($13-$24) and 60 Old World bottles to choose from. The food — fries, fresh gnocchi and a Comté cheese-filled bao bun — is meant to pair with bubbly. Sandwiched between the restaurant Homer and the dive bar Oak, this latest addition on Beacon Hill has made this a vibrant stretch, especially with all the sidewalk cafe-style seating.

Carnelian Bay

3401 Evanston Ave. N. (Fremont), Seattle;

Every description barkeeper Paul Shanrock offers about his new kitschy project is pure gold. Last summer, he told The Seattle Times his bar theme will be “Legends of the Hidden Temple” meets Indiana Jones in outer space. Last month, he chimed to The Seattle Met that his bar is sorta like a “cyber-delic Martian roadhouse.” Located in the patio of Dreamland Bar & Diner in Fremont, Carnelian Bay has a foam tiger head that roars and leers at you when you enter, as if it were waiting for a human sacrifice. Fake floras stud the plush verdant walls. But with a Polynesian-esque menu that includes toasted marshmallow daiquiris and other tropical concoctions and bites like honey walnut torpedo shrimp and deconstructed crab Rangoon, the whole vibe still feels like a reimagined tiki bar.


King Leroy

2051 Seventh Ave. (South Lake Union area), Seattle;

Celebrated chef Erickson opens a roadhouse-inspired bar with a kitsch-cluttered wall of beer signs to evoke a divey vibe. Beers and wings lead the menu, though much better are the sandwiches including the fish fillet, fried bologna and, just added, a meatloaf. To share, the tart dill dip with a mound of potato chips is the way to go. King Leroy has also become a waiting area for customers who are trying to score a seat at Erickson’s packed cocktail den Deep Dive, located across the street at The Spheres.

The Victor Tavern

1202 Second Ave., suite D1 (downtown), Seattle; 206 338-4600;

Chef Stowell must be bullish in his belief that office workers will return to downtown, because he’s opening a second branch of The Victor Tavern across from the Harbor Steps. One good sign is that his original Victor Tavern by The Spheres has been shoulder-to-shoulder packed during weekdays with the 5 o’clock crowd. He’s banking on a similar turnout at his new outpost, which should also attract tourists from nearby Pike Place Market. The 56-seat bar-restaurant also includes a courtyard patio that can hold 30 more. It’s the usual pub grub with smash burgers and fish and chips; for drinks, Stowell’s Executive Beverage Director Erik Carlson, one of the city’s top bartenders, composed lots of sours, punches and fizzes. Customers under 21 are allowed in the dining room and patio (there’s even a children’s menu).

Elav8 Lounge

2328 First Ave. (Belltown), Seattle; 425 945-6650;

For high rollers who groan about the lack of a high-end club scene, this Belltown lounge offers bottle service, from a Dom Perignon Champagne ($450) to a Johnnie Walker Blue Label ($800). You can reserve the Sky Suite VIP overlooking the 4,900-square-foot bar if you spend, oh, at least $2,500 in food and drinks. DJs spin Top 40 and Latin dance music after 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. It’s one of the few spots with late night dining till 1 a.m. The lounge, which holds at least 200, runs happy hour until 9 p.m. with wings and tacos and half-off drinks.

In related news, investors behind Seattle’s iconic soccer bar The George & Dragon in Fremont have purchased the North Seattle soccer pub St. Andrews Bar & Grill. One of the new owners, Jayson Cottam, said St. Andrews will still bleed its loyalty to the Liverpool soccer team, as well as being the gameday hang out for Denver Broncos fans and Florida Gators alums. Not much will change at St. Andrews, though expect more British pub grub including Scotch egg, Cottam said.