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Swing Wine Bar

swing-wine-barEight years ago Swing opened its vineyard-chic doors in a historic bungalow perched above sweeping Capitol Lake with views of the Cascades. When owner Nicole Butigan had first spotted the site, she’d pictured the views as the perfect setting for a wine bar—one type of dining venue Olympia was lacking at the time. Not only did she bring this dream to life, but today it’s more energized than ever with the buzz of diners who adore its cozy European ambiance and top-notch drinks and cuisine.

Upon arrival you see the swanky, warmly lit glass mosaic bar, where in-the-know servers pour more than 60 wines by the glass and 200 bottle selections. You can enjoy your sips here, at the bar’s close-set tables, on the summer patio or down in the spacious, party-friendly cellar. Bring friends for wine flights and experiment with sparkling wines, white flights, organic wines and top regional reds, European tastes, and the spirits included in the appropriately named “I’ll Drink My Dessert, Thank You” flight.

Even if you don’t imbibe, you can indulge in the delicious food, in sampling or sharing portions. Try the Jarlsberg caraway fondue, truffled popcorn, Thai peanut wraps, chèvre toast points, or Gorgonzola-stuffed mushrooms.

Dinners are simply cooked and beautifully arranged. Beecher’s rustic chicken is smothered in a white cheddar sauce and served with the perfect comfort side dish of a creamy potato mash. Desserts, ranging from cold to flaming depending on the season, are on par with both drinks and main courses.

Along with romantic touches such as quiet tables for two, candlelit corners, fresh flowers and abundant warm woods, you can enjoy your wine and food with the mellow backdrop of live jazz every Wednesday.

Swing’s Euro-cool, flirty yet familial ambiance makes conversation flow easily and drinks pair simply. In short, life has a little more flair while you’re dining at Swing.

HOLLY SMITH PETERSON

825 Columbia St SW, Olympia
360.357.9464
swingwinebar.com

SWING Wine Bar

SWING Wine Bar
825 Columbia St SW, Olympia
360.357.9464
www.swingwinebar.com

Although Olympia’s SWING Wine Bar just swung its doors open in 2007, its reputation is already being toasted across the state.

In only a handful of years, this lovely restaurant and wine bar has fast established itself as one of the best places in the South Sound to savor classic Northwest cuisine and sip award-winning Washington wines. In fact, the Washington Wine Commission presented SWING an award of recognition for their great local wine offerings just this year.

Perched atop Columbia street in downtown Olympia, SWING is a cozy, big, red, refurbished house nearly a century old with an awe-inspiring view overlooking Capitol Lake. Owner Nicole Butigan fell in love with the place immediately. She knew that the view was really the perfect backdrop for both locals and tourists alike who love having a lush natural Washington landscape incorporated into their meal experience as they sip on Columbia Valley wines or carve into locally caught salmon. “We love Olympia, and it really needed a wine bar. The view is fantastic and the house has so much charm,” said Nicole.

The old, empty house Nicole and her husband Jim named SWING is now a home to their candlelit wine bar teeming with romantic dinner tables, fresh-cut flowers in bud vases, a gorgeous outdoor dining patio, a well-stocked Washington wine cellar, guest jazz musicians, and a creative and cost-effective happy hour where signature SWING cocktails like It’s 5 o’ Clock Somewhere, Walk The Line, and Ring My Bell only cost $5 a drink.

When mulling over the menu at SWING bring a healthy appetite. Guests will find it features lots of hearty, home-style entrees, but will appreciate the specific Pacific Northwest twist the chef puts on old favorites like roast beef and chicken. For example, juicy pot roast takes on a new herbed freshness with a rosemary infused au jus. Roasted chicken gets rustic when smothered with sage and a creamy, local Beecher’s white cheddar sauce. The savory filet mignon here gets topped with local wild Washington mushrooms. Zesty apple and ginger glazes the fresh salmon they smoke daily on their own back patio.

There is also a fun way SWING serves up their wine. Guests can order ‘wine flights’—an iron tree-shaped stand that holds three 2 ounce pours of wines with a common theme by varietal or region. “The wine flights are an absolute standout,” said Nicole. It’s a great way to enjoy the progression of three different wines with deepening flavors and body as the meal moves from appetizer, to salad, then to entrée.

Be sure to slip into SWING on Wednesdays and sometimes even on Saturdays. You will find live music accompanying your meal. Local acoustic guitarist Vince Brown has a standing appointment to strum mellow, delicate swing jazz every Wednesday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Nothing beats the lake view windows, warmth, wine, Wednesday jazz and down-home dinners at SWING. This charming wine bar is chock full of all the delicious details and drinks that make it well worth singing our praise and yours.

Tammy Robacker

Dining with Flair

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Anthony’s
704 Columbia St. NW, Olympia
360.357.9700
anthonys.com
 
El Gaucho
2119 Pacific Ave, Tacoma
253.272.1510
elgaucho.com
 
Green House Restaurant
4793 Point Fosdick Dr NW, Gig Harbor
253.514.6482
greenhousegigharbor.com
 
Pacific Grill
1502 Pacific Ave, Tacoma
253.627.3535
pacificgrilltacoma.com
 
Savor Creperie
1916 Pacific Ave, Tacoma
253.365.5534
savorcreperie.com
 
 
Swing Wine Bar
825 Columbia St SW, Olympia
360.357.9464
swingwinebar.com
 
Waterstreet Café
610 Water St SW, Olympia
360.709.9090
waterstreetcafeandbar.com
 
 

Dining with Flair

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READER’S CHOICE WINNER:
Seafood Restaurant at Red Wind Casino

OLYMPIA 
Anthony’s
704 Columbia St. NW
360.357.9700
anthonys.com
 
Mercato Ristorante
Italian Influence
111 Market St NE
360.528.3663
mercatoristorante.com
 
 
Seafood Restaurant at Red Wind Casino
12819 Yelm Hwy SE
866.946.2444
redwindcasino.com/dining
 
Swing Wine Bar
825 Columbia St SW
360.357.9464
swingwinebar.com
 
Waterstreet Café
610 Water St SW
360.709.9090
waterstreetcafeandbar.com
 
 
TACOMA 
Art House Café
111 North Tacoma Ave
253.212.2011
arthousecafe.com
 
 
Bite
1320 Broadway Plaza
253.591.4151
hotelmuranotacoma.com
 
 
El Gaucho
2119 Pacific Ave
253.272.1510
elgaucho.com
 
Matador Restaurant
721 Pacific Ave
253.627.7100
matadorrestaurants.com
 
Pacific Grill
1502 Pacific Ave
253.627.3535
pacificgrilltacoma.com
 
Savor Creperie
1916 Pacific Ave
253.365.5534
savorcreperie.com
 
 
The Melting Pot
2121 Pacific Ave
253.535.3939
meltingpot.com
 
 
GIG HARBOR 
Green House Restaurant
4793 Point Fosdick Dr NW
253.514.6482
greenhousegigharbor.com

Dining With Flair

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DINING WITH FLAIR WINNER:
Swing Wine Bar

OLYMPIA 
Acqua Via
500 Capitol Way S
360.357.6677
acquavia.com
 
 
Mercato Ristorante
Italian Influence
111 Market St NE
360.528.3663
mercatoristorante.com
 
 
Swing Wine Bar
825 Columbia St SW
360.357.9464
swingwinebar.com
 
Waterstreet Café
610 Water St SW
360.709.9090
waterstreetcafeandbar.com
 
 
TACOMA 
Art House Café
111 North Tacoma Ave
253.212.2011
arthousecafe.com
 
 
Bite
1320 Broadway Plaza
253.591.4151
hotelmuranotacoma.com
 
 
Pacific Grill
1502 Pacific Ave
253.627.3535
pacificgrilltacoma.com
 
 
Savor Creperie
1916 Pacific Ave
253.365.5534
savorcreperie.com
 
 
The Melting Pot
2121 Pacific Ave
253.535.3939
meltingpot.com
 

Best of 2015 Celebration

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We are thrilled to announce the winners of ShowCase Magazine’s Best of 2015 contest are officially here!

Best of 2015 winners will be featured in the 2015 Best of Magazine a tell-all guide to the best organization, as chosen by its residents. The winners with the most total votes will be featured, but you will have to wait until August for the official reveal!

As a special thanks to the nominees and those who helped them attain their “Best Of” status, a celebratory party will be held at the Museum of Glass on August 12, 5:30pm-8:30pm.

Purchase tickets at: ShowCase Magazine’s Best of Awards Party
 
Nominees: 
AUTOMOTIVERADIOLOGY SERVICESShopping/ Boutiques
Capitol City HondaMedical Imaging NorthwestArchibald Sisters
Korum FordSPA SERVICESBelleza Ropa
Rolf’s Import Auto ServiceSavi Day SpaCapital Mall & Promenade
Titus Will FordMultiCare Med SpaCourtyard Antiques
BANKING/CREDIT UNIONSWELLNESS SERVICESLittle General Food Shop
Commencement BankRainier HypnotherapyOlympia Farmers Market
OBEE Credit UnionBEST DESTINATIONSPopinjay
Olympia Federal SavingsNorthwest Trek Wildlife ParkVivala
INSURANCE AGENCIESWild Waves
BEST ENTERTAINMENT
Blitz & Co
Altman InsuranceLeMay –America’s Car MuseumEnvy
Fournier Insurance SolutionsMuseum of GlassSole Perfection
LEGAL SERVICESWashington State FairTacoma Mall
Connelly Law OfficesHOTELThe Art Stop
Allen T Miller Law OfficesHotel MuranoThrowing Mud Gallery
REALESTATERed Lion OlympiaShipwreck Beads
Ryan KarnsBEST ESCAPE DESTINATIONKent Station
Kelli Jo HjalsethSalish LodgeJohnson Jewelers
RETIREMENT/ASSISTED LIVINGBEST WAY TO GIVE BACKLaBella Bags
Weatherly InnThe Broadway Center for Performing ArtsSouth Hill Mall
DENTAL SERVICESCome Walk With Me 5KVictoria Sells Antiques
Puyallup Pediatric DentistryWashington Center for the Performing ArtsA Picket Fence
WELLNESS SERVICESSugarBabies
Peninsula Dermatology & Laser ClinicDININGOff the Beaten Path
Vital RejuvenationRicardo’sSole Perfection
EYE CARE SERVICESMama Stortini’sHOME & INTERIORS
Clarus EyeIndochine-Asian Dining LoungeClick Cable TV
Evergreen Eye CenterLemon GrassDesco AV
FAMILY SERVICESAnthony’sAmerican Dream Design Build
Sound Family MedicineMercato RistoranteWren & Willow
MEDICAL CENTERSSwing Wine BarGray Lumber
Capital MedicalWaterstreet CaféFurniture Works
St. Joseph Medical CenterArt House CaféOld Cannery Furniture Warehouse
BiteRed Door
Pacific GrillSelden’s Furniture
Savor CreperieSound Glass
Savor CreperieBuds & Blades Landscape
Boathouse 19Olympic Landscape & Irrigation
Johnny’s Dock Restaurant
Marlene’s Natural Foods
Steamers Seafood Cafe
Green House Restaurant
Crockett’s Public House
McGrath’s Fish House
Banyan Tree Restaurant
Little General Food Shop
Garden to Gourmet
Galanga Thai
Indochine-Asian Dining Lounge
Trapper’s Sushi
Chili Thai
Trapper’s Sushi
Swing Wine Bar
Waterstreet Café
Art House Café
Bite
Pacific Grill
Savor Creperie
 

happy hour around the sound

happy-hourThe South Sound is rich with an abundance of restaurants that have us coming back for more. When happy hour arrives, it’s difficult to resist the options these places offer. But where to go? We’ve found the best locations for happy hour.

Happy hour goes Italian at Mama Stortini’s all day on Sunday and every day from 3 to 6 p.m. and again from 9 p.m. to close. Drink and food options range from $3.50 to just under $7 including $2 off cocktails.

Crockett’s offers its spin on classic appetizers from $2 to $5. Need a drink to go with that? That’ll be $1 off all adult drinks all day Sunday and 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Get a taste for downtown Gig Harbor at Brix 25 with happy hour all night long on Saturday, plus Sunday through Friday from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Here you’ll find specialty cocktails and classic wines offered with appetizers ranging from $4 to $12.

At the family-owned Ricardo’s Restaurant in Lacey you can enjoy happy hour every day from 5 to 6:30 p.m., except for Sundays. Succulent dishes are on the menu for just $5 to accompany $2 off all beers, wines and cocktails.

Reserve your spot at the Swing Wine Bar Café for “the lush rush” Monday through Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m., where you’ll find $5 beverages and bites.

Take a dip at The Melting Pot with five items for $5 including chocolate and cheese fondue as well as select beers and wines every day from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and again 9 to 11 p.m.

LIZ SCHROEDER

Check out our Dining Guide

Dining With Flair

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Winner of the Dining With Flair Category: Pacific Grill

TACOMA

Art House Café
111 North Tacoma Ave
253.212.2011
arthousecafe.com

Bite
1320 Broadway Plaza
253.591.4151
hotelmuranotacoma.com

Pacific Grill
1502 Pacific Ave
253.627.3535
pacificgrilltacoma.com

Savor Creperie
1916 Pacific Ave
253.365.5534
savorcreperie.com

OLYMPIA

Acqua Via
500 Capitol Way S
360.357.6677
acquavia.com

Mercato Ristorante
Italian Influence
111 Market St NE
360.528.3663
mercatoristorante.com

Swing Wine Bar
825 Columbia St SW
360.357.9464
swingwinebar.com

Waterstreet Café
610 Water St SW
360.709.9090
waterstreetcafeandbar.com

Dining With Flair

Tacoma

The Bite
1320 Broadway Plaza
253.238.8000
hotelmuranotacoma.com

Indochine Asian Dining Lounge
1924 Pacific Ave
253.272.8200
indochinedowntown.com

Maxwell’s Restaurant & Lounge
454 St Helens Ave
253.683.4115
maxwells-tacoma.com

Melting Pot Tacoma
2121 Pacific Ave
253.535.3939
meltingpot.com

Pacific Grill
1502 Pacific Ave
253.627.3535
pacificgrilltacoma.com

Puyallup

Mama Stortini’s
3207 East Main
253.845.7569
mamastortini.com

Toscanos
437 29th St NE
253.864.8600
toscanospuyallup.com

Trapper Sushi
206 39th Ave SW
253.891.2046
trappersushi.net

Olympia

Cicada
700 4th St East
360.753.5700
cicadaolympia.com

Mercato Ristorante
111 Market St East
360.528.3663
mercatoristorante.com

Swing Wine Bar
825 Columbia St SW
360.357.9464

Waterstreet Café
610 Water St SW
360.709.9090
waterstreetcafeandbar.com

Dining Guide

Tacoma

Art House Cafe
111 N Tacoma Ave
253.212.2011
arthousecafe.com

Boathouse 19
9001 South 19th St
253.565.1919
boathouse19restaurant.com

Cutter’s Point Coffee
1936 Pacific Ave
253.272.7101
cutterspoint.com

Dolce Si – Sicilian Bakery
5005 Main St, Suite 105
253.292.0172
dolcesi.com

Indochine Asian Dining Lounge
1924 Pacific Ave
253. 272.8200
indochinedowntown.com

Marrow Restaurant
2717 Sixth Ave
253.267.5299
marrowtacoma.com

Matador Tacoma
721 Pacific Ave Tacoma
253.627.7100
matadorrestaurants.com/tacoma

Savor Creperie
1916 Pacific Ave
253.365.5534
savorcreperie.com

Stanley & Seafort’s
115 E 34th St
253.473.7300
stanleyandseaforts.com

Puyallup

Chili Thai Restaurant
3712 9th St SW
253.864.7005
chilithai.com

Crockett’s Public House
118 East Stewart Ave
253.466.3075
crockettspublichouse.com

Mama Stortini’s
3207 E Main
253.845.7569
mamastortinis.com

Trapper’s Sushi
206 39th Ave SW
253.891.2046
trapperssushi.net

Sumner

Sorci’s Italian Cafe
1012 Ryan Ave
253.891.8400
www.sorcisitaliancafe.com

Windmill Bistro
16009 60th St E
253.826.7897
windmillbistro.com

Olympia

Little General Food Shop
313 5th Ave SE
360.352.3663
littlegeneralolympia.com

Mercato Ristorante
111 Market St NE, Suite 106
360.528.3663
mercatoristorante.com

Pizzeria la Gitana
518 Capitol Way S
360.753.2929
pizzerialagitana.com

RockFish
700 4th Ave E
360.753.5700
olyrockfishgrill.com

SWING Wine Bar
825 Columbia St SW
360.357.9464
swingwinebar.com

Three Magnets Brewing Co.
600 Franklin St SE, Suite 105
360.972.2481
threemagnetsbrewing.com

Waterstreet Cafe and Bar
610 Water St SW
360.709.9090
waterstreetcafeandbar.com

Gig Harbor

Brix25
7707 Pioneer Way
253.858.6626
harborbrix.com

Lakewood

Oakhouse Restaurant
8102 Zircon Dr
253.584.8888
rmgclub.com

Stina’s Cellars
9316 Lakeview Ave SW, Lakewood
253.227.9748
stinascellars.com

Kent

Agave Cocina and Cantina
504 Ramsay Way, Suite 107
253.277.2053
agaverest.com

Chehalis

Mackinaw’s Restaurant
545 North Market Blvd
360.740.8000
mackinawsrestaurant.com