Watch and learn.
What: Capitol Hill’s newest bar overlooks Cal Anderson Park and has spare environs — raw concrete, high seats, a wall of windows — that channel a European vibe.
Why: Rare wines, select beers, and house cocktails paired with charcuterie, cheeses, and other small-plate delicacies.
When: Tues.-Sun., 4 p.m.-2 a.m.
Where: 1641 Nagle Pl. (206-568-5475).
Simple Apothecary & Salon
What: Get handmade and locally sourced skin care products (sugar butter foot scrub, renewing face serum, cuticle oil) at the small-scale, second-floor spot. Hit up the grand opening party for French hors d’oeuvres, oysters, drinks, and music by Eugene Fauntleroy.
Why: Rave reviews for the hairstylist, who translates magazine photos into wearable dos.
When: Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; by appt. Party, Fri., 7-10:30 p.m.
Where: 219 Broadway E., ste. 26a (206-402-4396).
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Cafe de Lion Opens
What: Run by a pastry chef wife and her coffee-loving husband, the intimate resto serves fanciful pastries (Earl Grey crème brulee, raspberry mouse-filled chocolate cakes, and savory quiches) accompanied by subtly flavored, siphon-brewed (traditional Japanese-style) joe.
Why: Impress your java snob beau with low-tech, retro-inspired caffeine-extraction equipment.
When: Tues.-Sun., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: 1629 Queen Anne Ave. N., ste. 102 (206-913-2125).
Spill: Images from the Gulf
What: Conservation photographer Daniel Beltrá exhibits two months’ worth of pictures from the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
Why: The images are shocking, entrancing, and horrific — illustrating both the beauty and fragility of the Gulf.
When: Thru Aug. 7. Daily, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way (206-386-4300). Admission is $12-$19.
Photo: Courtesy of Cure