Capitol Hill Pets | Ada Ninkasi, the collie goddess of boop, headed to Volunteer Park

We found Ada and Suzi walking down 17th at Olive headed to Volunteer Park. Ada Ninkasi, — the Sumerian goddess of beer — is a four-year-old “red and white” Border Collie. Suzi, her human, has had her since she was 10 months old. A very agile pup, Ada can jump for a frisbee, boop it with her nose, leap again, and catch it. Give her a watch if you see her jumping around the park.

We ask photographer Alex Garland to follow marchers in the rain and do crazy things like trying to make yet another picture of yet another huge apartment building look interesting. We thought we’d ask him to do something a little more fun. Capitol Hill Pets is a semi-regular look at our furry, fuzzy, feathered, and finned friends found out and about on Capitol Hill.

I drank this on Capitol Hill: Gun Smoke at Captain Blacks

Having a drink at Captain Blacks on the patio is a real Capitol Hill summer tradition. On a slow, sunny afternoon, Matty the bartender — and drummer in the band Cat Toy, playing their first show October 19th at the Belltown Yacht Club — made a Gun Smoke, a concoction of his own design. Made with lime juice, a sugar cube, mezcal, Aperol, and muddled jalapeño, Matty calls the drink “spicy, bitter, sweet.” While peppery, the spice only hangs out for a second. A solid cocktail for a hot day.

I drank this on Capitol Hill is a semiregular photographic tour of some of Capitol HIll’s best cocktails and libations. Have a suggestion for something we should drink? Let us know in comments.

Capitol Hill Pets | Linus vs. the Cal Anderson Water Mountain

Brooke was enjoying the fountain at Cal Anderson with her Yorkie Poodle mix Linus when CHS stopped by for a chat. Brooke and Linus, a seven-year-old YorkiePoo, are Capitol Hill locals who visit Cal Anderson regularly. He loves running up and down in the fountain chasing water, so if you see them out, get ready for a show.

We ask photographer Alex Garland to follow marchers in the rain and do crazy things like trying to make yet another picture of yet another huge apartment building look interesting. We thought we’d ask him to do something a little more fun. Capitol Hill Pets is a semi-regular look at our furry, fuzzy, feathered, and finned friends found out and about on Capitol Hill.

I drank this on Capitol Hill: The Paulownia at Bar Vacilando

Jack was at the counter of Bar Vacilando as a ray of sunlight streaming in from the skylight, beckoned CHS inside. An avid hiker, backpacker, and long distance cycler, Jack just returned from Vesper Peak in the North Cascades. The chosen drink was the Paulownia, named for the large tree on the patio. Botanical Gin, shaken with Green Chartreuse, muddled lime, and agave is strained into a highball and topped with a touch of soda, a mint leaf, and lime wedge. Refreshing as a vesper breeze. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Pets | Loki — ‘best dog ever’ — on Boylston

Duncan was drawing on a scrap piece of plywood and Loki was curled up next to him when CHS found them hanging out near Fred Wildlife Refuge on Boylston. When approached, Loki became a wiggly-butted, happy, and gentle mix of Pit Bull and Lab. A rescue that’s been with Duncan for three and a half years, Loki will be four in October. Loki is assuredly one of the sweetest pups on Capitol Hill. “He’s the best dog ever,” Duncan says.

We ask photographer Alex Garland to follow marchers in the rain and do crazy things like trying to make yet another picture of yet another huge apartment building look interesting. We thought we’d ask him to do something a little more fun. Capitol Hill Pets is a semi-regular look at our furry, fuzzy, feathered, and finned friends found out and about on Capitol Hill.

I drank this on Capitol Hill: Florida Man at Liberty

Will Burnett loves to cook and ride his bike, but we found him slinging drinks at Liberty on 15th. When we asked for a patriotic cocktail, Burnett’s immediate choice was “Florida Man,” a cocktail made with rum, orange juice, banana liqueur, and it’s carbonated with “our fancy carbonation machine” with some lime and simple syrup. A touch of Cappelletti, “a classic Italian herbal liqueur,” is added, then stirred with ice, and strained into the glass. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Pets | Neverending Lola at Chuck’s

Joel Shackelford and Lola, the seven-year-old Shitzu, were found catching some rays on the patio of Chuck’s Hop Shop in the Central District. While Lola is technically his fiancee’s dog, Joel has been part of the pack for 5 years now. “Lola looks like Falcor from the Neverending Story, and if I picture that face, I can see her on anything. A born superstar,” he says. While we haven’t seen her fly, we know she’s great at lying down in the sun. Continue reading

I drank this on Capitol Hill: The Rosé Bud at Pony

Celebrating Pride, CHS stopped by Pony for a drink on a sunny afternoon. Timmy Roghaar has been bartending at Pony for a year now and this is his first bartending gig ever. “I’m also a drag queen,” Roghaar informs us while making our drink. “I go by Strawberry Shartcake and I’ve been performing for about three years now. You can catch me at R Place about once a month and at the Palace in Georgetown,” Roghaar says. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Pets | The cats of Twice Sold Tales

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Jamie Lutton is a familiar face behind the counter of Twice Sold Tales. You may recognize the cats as well. While four cats live in the store, they aren’t really anyone’s specific pets. “They’re actually here to keep mice out of the building,” Lutton tells CHS. “There are lots of rats and mice because they eat the scraps from Dick’s… their job is to make sure we don’t have any trouble like that.” Continue reading