When the owner of Seattle’s most revered cocktail bar, Rob Roy, joins forces with a certified cicerone who once worked the bar at Canon, great drinks are expected. But as co-owners of No Anchor Bar @noanchorbar, Anu and Chris Elford—who, yes, are married—have crafted one of the most popular and accolade-laden menus in town. In fact, this #Belltown beer bar, which also serves food, was one of only two #Seattle restaurants to be nominated for a James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant in Washington. And following my fawning review earlier this year, it is a shoo-in for Seattle Weekly’s Best New Restaurant of 2017.

    The accolades are due in part to the hire of Spur’s @spurgastropub former chef, Jeffrey Vance. With him onboard, the establishment that touts itself as serving “weird beer and rad food” has quickly become something of a Holy Trinity in Seattle’s restaurant scene. It’s a place where you can get a beer you’ve likely never heard of (or a beer cocktail) and a plate of something thoroughly unique and deeply Pacific Northwestern. For beer aficionados or newbies, an excellent grid on the wall (and on menus) positions beers according to different values, like Approachable or Esoteric. Excited to learn more about the restaurant, Nicole Sprinkle spoke with Anu about the genesis of No Anchor, and what makes it a haven for beer nerds and foodies alike. Read the interview at

    Photo by Luke McKinley @luke.mckinley / No Anchor
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