on the eve of my first day off for the christmas holiday, my friend and i decided to grab a drink at the sister restaurant of one of my capitol hill favourites. newly opened in the heart of bellevue, barrio is physically connected like a siamese twin to partner wine bar, purple cafe. boasting a great happy hour menu and luxuries like mexican coke, the bar also specializes in house-made elixirs including made fresh daily aqua fresca and 21 day strawberry infused tequila. and if all that wasn’t enough, our scandanavian mixologist kaj proved to be wealth of spirited information, and will be a worthy replacement for our MIA eastside bartender @ pearl. added bonus – kaj is a law school graduate, and who couldn’t use a little legal assistance now and again?