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Tag: Water Street Cafe and Bar Olympia


Mediterranean flavor, modern flair in Olympia

Nestled at the corner of Capitol Way and Fifth Ave in downtown Olympia, Acqua Via offers great street views and a varied menu. (SteveBloom/Staff photographer)

By Craig Sailor
Staff writer

It’s not every night when your dinner plans are punctuated by a gyrating male go-go dancer. We had inadvertently picked Girls Night Out, a downtown shopping event and fundraiser, for our visit to Olympia’s Acqua Via. Gangs of giddy women roamed the streets, stormed shops and packed restaurants.

Inside downtown gift store Archibold Sisters, the scantily clad dancer was giving it his all on a countertop. Enthusiastic women gathered around him. On the sidewalk stood a knot of men, clearly the husbands and partners of the women inside, wearing the shell-shocked expressions only survivors of a natural disaster have.

Down the street at Acqua Via, unnerving amounts of wine were being consumed. The enthusiasm level was at code red.

The scene: Acqua Via has about a dozen tables, a cheese case and a table with European food products for sale. Light pours in through large windows. A long bar fronts one side of the space. Hip lighting and modern art complete the scene.
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Garry Scholz talks with local chefs about wine pairing

In case you missed the SoundLife food section in yesterday’s paper, we published an interesting wine column by personal chef and wine columnist Garry Scholz about how three restaurant professionals – Chef Thad Lyman of Brix 25 in Gig Harbor, Wine Director Leonard Young of Water Street Cafe and Bar in Olympia and Chef Billy Roberson of Cicada in Olympia – pair Washington wines with dishes that have Northwest flair.

Read the entire column here.