One of Belltown’s favorite lounge spots, Rob Roy, is expanding their repertoire and opening not one, but two brand new spin-off bars that you’ll want to know about.
Anu and Chris Elford, by now fixtures of the Seattle nightlife scene with their acclaimed lounge spot Rob Roy, are taking their expertise and flair for crafting classic cocktails outside their glamorous, speakeasy-esque box. Soon you’ll be able to enjoy luscious one-of-a-kind libations, a classic cocktail or a darn good brew at one of their new spots set to open this summer, Navy Strength and No Anchor.
No Anchor seeks to be one of Seattle’s premiere spaces to wet your whistle with a good old fashioned brewski, but we’re not talking Coors or Corona. The aim will be to add a little swank to your suds, with fabulous craft beer, beer cocktails and a great, rotating seasonal beer list, to emphasize the ever changing trends in brewing and stay on the cutting edge.
Chris is, after all, a certified Cicerone and veteran of New York’s highly reputable beer bar Proletariat, so his plans for the venture are pretty exciting for a city filled with craft beer lovers. The setting is sure to be just up our alley too. Imagine having a pint in a kooky-cool, 35 seat oddity shop themed locale, complete with strange and eclectic decor and an outdoor patio for those cherished warm weather days in the city. Great beer and an esoteric atmosphere? Can’t get much more Seattle than that.
Their other new venture, Navy Strength, is sure to be just the tropical oasis the Emerald City needs, but before pictures of thatched roofs and tiki idols start dancing in your head, think again. Navy Strength has set a course for a more original take on tiki, but with cocktails that will do its name justice.
Staying true to Anu’s “3 Ts” (travel, tropical, tiki), but with a twist, the space will have a fun, maritime feel, with a well-traveled, nautical influenced motif and plenty of funk and kitsch to boot. Navy Strength will celebrate the cocktail, offering all sorts of fabulous new drinks and of course, classic tropical themed concoctions, and never short on rum.
Neither location has released any menu information but both are set to be full service restaurants. Based on the information available and The Elford’s track record, I think we’re safe to assume the city is in for a tasty and elevated treat. Locations are also under wraps for the moment but, we can tell you that Tom Graff and Cameron Kent of Ewing and Clark, Inc. helped The Elford’s find the perfect locations for the new hot spots, so rest easy, they’ll both be in fantastic spaces.
Anu will be heading to the helm of Navy Strength while Chris will be captaining No Anchor, but don’t worry, Rob Roy will remain in the family with the trusted and well respected Jesse Cyr stepping into the role of general manager. So, Seattle, when it comes to dynamite drinks, fabulous food and uniquely charming atmosphere, it looks like we’re in luck.