It's taken me a while to get to Bottle and Bull, which has been open for a few months at 105 Lake St.South. Friends that tried it out said they were still working out some of the 'just opened' kinks, so I patiently waited for the perfect moment. Then I showed up for lunch one afternoon only to find out they are closed on Mondays (and don't do weekday lunches). So then......FINALLY...... my husband takes me on a date there so I don't have to just peer in the windows anymore. A much anticipated visit.
Bottle and Bull feels very Capitol Hill to me. Dark, city pub vibe with a little touch of eastside sheen thrown in to balance it out. The layout is just like The Lodge; bar down the length of the space with a partition separating the bar from the dining area. Not a lot of seating so it fills up pretty quickly. Our waitress was timely and all business. We ordered from the cocktail menu first ($8-12/ea)- lots of interesting creations on there. I ordered a "Lost Generation Sour" and Steve got a "Pomme Fashioned" (menu in photo)- there's a little of everything on there but something made us decide that bourbon and rye fit right in here. They were delicious, mine a bit sweet but that's what I"d expect from a sour.
<--we ate our salmon too quickly to take a photo
The food was also excellent and the portions plenty generous. We could barely fit the hot plates on our little table. It's definitely hearty stick-to-your bones food. Don't be counting calories in here, but it is a tasty splurge. We started with the brussel sprouts and sausage/kale app, which sounds nutritious and may have been before they were drizzled in some kind of deliciousness. Then we split the crispy skin King Salmon (medium rare) and were both licking our plates clean. Prices all seemed very fair to me, some starters as low as $5. No room for dessert or time for small talk after. It is a hopping spot, or at least it was on this Thursday night, so the noise level makes it difficult to focus on a conversation. I must be getting old. :-/
This casual and fun pub should do well in Kirkland and is a welcome addition. Personally, those that know me are probably laughing right now b/c they know I'm not a pub kind of girl. It's a bit 'male' to me- chunky wood, loud, thick atmosphere, dim, heavy food, dark beers, stiff drinks. But it's very nicely done- and I would go back for sure. Someone put a lot of thought into the details here and I think a lot of Kirklanders will LOVE it, as many Yelpers already do too. ~j