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Jazz, Wine and Dinner – Bellevue Style

Jazz_wine_dinnerIt’s easy to drive the 15 miles from Bellevue to Woodinville Wine Country – but who wants to drive all the way back after a relaxing evening of jazz, wine and dinner? Fortunately, there’s no need to, with some pretty good live-music and wine-dine spots right here in the heart of downtown Bellevue.

Cypress Lounge and Wine Bar

Named for the region’s elegant native cypress trees, Cypress Lounge and Wine Bar oozes Pacific Northwest culture. With a cozy fireplace, sleek contemporary digs, and stark, moody photography, it’s a natural for Cypress Lounge to pairWashington wines with local jazz music and Northwestern cuisine. Stop in for live jazz music every Friday from the likes of Deems Tsutakawa and Jazzy Sol, as well as Latin jazz from TessaRosa Band. Don’t be surprised to see fellow jazz lovers take a break from steaming plates of pan-seared salmon to cruise some salsa moves on the informal dance floor. There are usually wine, spirits and cider tastings on Wednesday nights as well.

Bake’s Place

Bake’s Place on 108th Avenue is where to go for an earthy/hipster enclave with season-inspired “New American” menus. Jazz and blues aficionados gather here most nights of the week, especially on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to hear the Gotz-Low Duo instrumentalists. In addition to handpicking the best regional wines, Bake’s Place also serves small-batch spirits and craft cocktails. And any place that puts hamburgers, coconut-curry Alaskan halibut, and Spanish octopus on the same menu deserves its reputation for esoteric awesomeness. And let’s just say one more thing: white-chocolate banana-bread pudding.

Swiftwater Cellars on Main Street

In case you think that Swiftwater Cellars is a new kid on the block, it’s actually been around for a while – but on the other side of the mountain. Its mothership winery sits atop the old No. 9 mine shaft in Cle Elum, just over Snoqualmie Pass. They’re gambling that Bellevue is ready for their blend of upscale wines and Washington-centric menus – and they’re probably going to win that bet. Ask for wine-and-food pairings with Columbia River steelhead, seafood paella, Venetian clams or rack of lamb from Superior Farms. Be sure to try Swiftwater’s own chardonnay, rose and pinot noir wines with the No. 9 signature.

When living in one of our Bellevue Apartment communities, you’re never far from all that makes Bellevue one of the fastest-growing cities in the Puget Sound. Call today for more information and to schedule a personal tour.