Updated Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 05:01 PM
It is 6 in the evening, and the hotel guests, theatergoers and after-work crowd are huddled in The Tin Lizzie Lounge inside the MarQueen Hotel on Queen Anne, sipping wine and vodka martinis.
It is election week. Even with the flat screen turned to CNN, the noise level is so low you can eavesdrop on all the conversations.
It's what makes The Tin Lizzie different from the bars across the street, where the music is louder, the crowd is younger and the cheap beer flows fast and often.
The Tin Lizzie is in Lower Queen Anne, but its patrons' demographic is more reflective of Upper Queen Anne.
It's not what The Tin Lizzie, which opened in August, had aspired to be, but it has settled into its niche nicely. It's not so much a hangout for the young dress-to-impress crowd but more of a quaint place for 40th-birthday gatherings over sparkling wine. Or a low-key night out without having to worry about the frat crowd.
It wants to be considered a hip cocktail den, with its pseudo-speakeasy-style setup and its focus on classics and pre-Prohibition drinks.
But on several visits, bartenders didn't use a strainer properly and cocktails were sent out with floating ice flakes. Drinks were out of balance because the bar staff didn't measure the pour. Stick with beer and wine.
The bar is blessed with good real estate. Located in a century-old brick building, this hotel bar could double as an executive suite, with two backrooms that could have been a den and living room in a previous life. The floors are hardwood, lit candles line the windows; it's a nice place to people-watch while slouched on the comfy couches.
The nibbles are modest, with the staff making do, despite limited kitchen space, with charcuterie plates, chips and some decent panini sandwiches.
The Tin Lizzie Lounge, 600 Queen Anne Ave. N., offers happy hour 5-7 p.m. daily with $1 off well drinks and beer and $2 off on all wines, and a food menu of dishes from $3-$7 (206-282-7407 or marqueen.com)
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The Tin Lizzie Lounge's Italian salami panini, with roasted bell peppers and pesto mayo, is served with a side salad of mixed greens and house-made lemon- oregano dressing. It's $7 and the Alaskan Amber Ale is $3.75 at happy hour.