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The private back bar of Grog highlights the spirits that are available. From the drinks to food everything seems to have a little bit of a kick. The cocktails are excellent. The Black Flag has a little bit of cayenne, but the drink is smooth and the subtle fruit flavors unfurl in your mouth. Twice the Equator is an aquavit based drink – one of three flavors they have in the bar – and it has the ability to feel just a little bit dangerous.
If you’re looking for a food that makes a good beer pairing, try the popcorn chicken. You’ll definitely need to appreciate the fish sauce, but the salty, crunchy chicken goes perfectly with a bottle of brew.
If you want to finish the evening with desert definitely try the donuts. The cinnamon toast spice gives the fried dough, which comes hot out of the fryer, an irresistible flavor. When you’re done you might even want more than three little donuts that come on the plate.
The back bar gives you a variety of seating options as well. There are bar seats, booths – including particularly private circular booths for groups – and a long middle table. The table gives a nice middle spot to enjoy some drinks and food without being right on top of the bar. Give that a shot if you want to be in the action.
Overall, the Grog is an excellent addition to the Ballard Annex. The drinks and atmosphere give it an exclusive, almost secret feel, and the spicy notes in both the food and drinks keep the evening interesting.