mob-ster noun `mab-ster : a member of a criminal gang. Where do they hang out? Why, at Vito’s on First Hill, of course. Not literally, but walking into Vito’s you’ll immediately get that Mafioso vibe. An iconic part of Seattle since the early 50’s, this place has had its fair share of history in itself. Just recently it underwent a major overhaul and new management, yet still keeping the underground charm and Godfather feeling.
When you are not checking out the dim corners of the lounge for mafia bosses, you are probably enjoying a fine cocktail, served up by bartenders actually dressed to impress in vests and bow ties. Not in the Chippendale, creepy kind of way. But in the, ‘what era am I in?’, kind of way. With only a couple of beer choices on tap, in a can or bottle, this would be a destination to drink liquor. They have a vast selection all at decent prices. This is a good place to get sauced and listen to their live jazz, blues or lounge music playing that evening. The grand piano takes up a large portion of the dance floor, while the mirrored walls give an eerie effect to the entire place. Although a major renovation took place, as mentioned, they kept true to the soul of the place with the wood paneled walls, red vinyl booths, and yes, even the mirrors on the ceiling.
There is rarely a cover charge, which make it an easy decision if an Italian night in a time capsule is on your agenda. Parking is actually fairly easy to come by in the area as it is limited to street parking, yet the location not being in a hot spot of establishments gives more options to find something close. Obviously this isn’t going to be the place to catch a punk show where you can practice your mosh skills in your spiky belt, but a place to catch some classy piano tunes in one of Seattle’s landmark lounges.
Vito’s Restaurant & Lounge – 927 Ninth Avenue – Seattle, WA 98104
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