Make a ‘special’ visit to Lao Bar, now open in the Broadway Alley

You will have different experiences depending on whether you come in to visit Lao Bar — or decide to order from the comfort of your couch. We recommend taking the real world approach and stopping by the Broadway Alley for a visit.

The new Laotian restaurant and bar debuts Friday night and owner Carrie Bowen tells CHS you are welcome to order the standards for takeout for delivery but the house specialties on the daily fresh sheet are for enjoyment at Lao Bar only.

“We only serve the specials here,” Bowen said Friday. 

She shared the story of her and her sister Oula Sakounthong’s life and move from Laos with Seattle Magazine as she also announced Friday’s grand opening for the new restaurant specializing in “skewered meats, bowls of noodles and soups, sticky rice” and beer and cocktails to wash it all down.

CHS talked with Bowen as we put together our list of 20+ Capitol Hill bars and restaurants to look forward to in 2018 earlier this year. The restaurant veteran said Lao Bar would finally be a chance for the sisters to work together after years in the business being part of separate ventures.

Lao Bar is also an opportunity to turn to their Laotian roots after mostly focusing on Thai food for years. “People will find something very different” at Lao Bar, Bowen told us earlier. “There’s a lot of Vietnamese. A lot of Pho. A lot of Thai.” Plans eventually will include lunch and Laotian brunch but for now, Lao Bar is a nightspot only.

Bowen hopes to make Lao Bar stick in a space buried in the back of the Broadway Alley commercial building. Americana and Hana have street frontage in the building but Lao Bar only has to look upstairs at fellow Alley tenant Tacos Chukis for inspiration on how to survive and thrive off Broadway.

Lao Bar is located inside the Broadway Alley at 219 Broadway E.  Hours are 4:30 PM to 10 PM daily, open until 1 AM on Fridays and Saturdays, and closed on Mondays. You can learn more at

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