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425 N.W. Market St., Seattle, WA 98107, United States

Sambar is probably the smallest bar in Seattle (there are just four barstools and five tiny tables)—even when the backyard garden is open, 15 people can make the place feel as tight as a telephone booth. It shares a kitchen and at least one wall with upscale French restaurant Le Gourmand, but it’s an unlikely sibling. Ultramodern (think lots of white, black, and red; brushed zinc; and furniture that’s hard to negotiate after you’ve had a few) and often convivial bordering on giddy, it doesn’t add up to either “French” or “Seattle.” But that’s what brings in such an interesting cross-section of locals; the crowd varies from hour to hour, and the bartenders (they don’t call themselves mixologists here) pour some of the best cocktails in town. Try one of the fresh-fruit-infused martinis (pear and black currant are delish), or a classic drink like the French 75.

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Sambar is probably the smallest bar in Seattle (there are just four barstools and five tiny tables)—even when the backyard garden is open, 15 people can make the place feel as tight as a telephone booth. It shares a kitchen and at least one wall with upscale French restaurant Le Gourmand, but it’s an unlikely sibling. Ultramodern (think lots of white, black, and red; brushed zinc; and furniture that’s hard to negotiate after you’ve had a few) and often convivial bordering on giddy, it doesn’t add up to either “French” or “Seattle.” But that’s what brings in such an interesting cross-section of locals; the crowd varies from hour to hour, and the bartenders (they don’t call themselves mixologists here) pour some of the best cocktails in town. Try one of the fresh-fruit-infused martinis (pear and black currant are delish), or a classic drink like the French 75.