First look: Inside a candlelit Grim’s

Less haunted house and more proletariat hangout, candlelit Grim’s debuted Saturday night on 11th Ave for a preview before its official opening on Sunday. We featured some of the ideas and names behind the latest Capitol Hill food and drink project here. Grim’s replaces Grey Gallery in the space and has transformed the two-floor set-up into a social networking-class beer hall where the pints come in mason jars and the cocktails, at a price.


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19 thoughts on “First look: Inside a candlelit Grim’s

  1. WHO FUCKING CARES!! Another place on the hill we can’t afford. Does no one see that retail and commercial properties on the hill are FAILING?

  2. someone’s off their meds.

    to answer your question. while yes, some businesses on capitol hill are failing there are a far greater number opening; as evidenced by this local entrepreneur opening a new bar. in this time of “great recession” the hill seems to be bucking a national trend by opening store fronts and, gasp, employing people.

  3. Let’s face it – very expensive food and pricey cocktails are the the future of the Hill.

    Sky high rents = over priced booze.

  4. The department of redundancy department department appreciates your “retail and commercial” concern. But, kidding aside, what kind of businesses do you want on The Hill? I’m guessing they are smelly, vegetarian businesses. Of which there are a number. Please feel free to enjoy them. The Hill is not hipster monoculture. Nor is it perfect. Deal with it. I love my ‘hood.

  5. Who’s this “we” you speak of? I can easily afford this place. Everyone I know can afford this place.

    And, no, we all don’t live off-hill and, no, not everyone, as you seem to think, is poor.

    Grim’s is precisely the type of place the neighborhoods needs more of. Otherwise, we’d have tons of crappy bars that serve PBR and empty storefronts that drive up crime rates.

  6. Grim’s awesome decor, great space and atmosphere gives The Hill a little needed splash of finesse. Yea chances are its not going to be your local watering hole, but its nice to know that there is a place on the Hill that offesr something …… a little more. And Hey Who cares if they were selling Hams ;)

  7. “WHO FUCKING CARES!! Another place on the hill we can’t afford. Does no one see that retail and commercial properties on the hill are FAILING? “

    I want cheaper, more reasonably priced food as well, but you don’t have to be an asshole about this.

  8. “But, kidding aside, what kind of businesses do you want on The Hill? I’m guessing they are smelly, vegetarian businesses.”

    Smugness in reply to smugness, how dull.

  9. There is nothing proletariat about a hipster hangout, no matter how hard they try to emulate the working class.

  10. went last night…expected something new and different. instead i got hipsters and hip hop music..not very steampunk meets silent hill:/

  11. …but that means it fits right in with the other local concept places in the ‘hood – Tavern Law, Quinn’s, even Barrio. Beautiful decor that is slick and overproduced, geared toward the moneyed hipsters who want to pretend they’re still “edgy”.

    The Po Dog/Auto Battery/Grim owner(s?) is/are quickly becoming the new Linda Derschang. At least she puts her places more than a few blocks away from each other.

  12. “The Po Dog/Auto Battery/Grim owner(s?) is/are quickly becoming the new Linda Derschang. At least she puts her places more than a few blocks away from each other.”

    yeah, because linda’s isn’t 2.5 blocks from oddfellows the way po’ dog/auto battery is 2 blocks from grim. do you know what you’re talking about or are you just jealous that someone else has the drive and knowledge to start and run a small business empire?

    oh, but wait, bitching about someone trying to be successful is the non-moneyed hipsters mantra, right?

  13. Trying to hard to be what? I don’t get why people are being so unreasonably stupid in this thread. Also, the comparison to Linda is pretty far fetched. Po’ Dog, Auto Battery and Grim’s don’t look connected in any way so why does their proximity matter? They’re three separate businesses offering a different atmosphere at each. Linda’s on the other hand, has very similar places–most of which are in close proximity to each other (Smith, Linda’s, Oddfellows) that are obviously hers.

  14. I don’t know why you think $10 and under food items are geared towards “moneyed hipsters”. Really? Moneyed hipsters? Wow.
    I think we spent a total of maybe $10 for our lunch there the other day…and that included a sandwich, soup, and coffee.
    If you don’t like the places you listed in your post, then don’t go to them. It’s pretty simple.