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Smith Tower Observatory Bar’s Launches Honey-Inspired Menu
Just in time for National Honey Month in September, an apiary of honeybees, numbering in the thousands, have been making their home on the 22nd floor of Smith Tower, Seattle’s original skyscraper. Divided among three hives, these bees are hard at work preparing honey, which will be used in cocktails and food items for the Observatory Bar’s new honey-inspired menu, to be unveiled on Sept. 22.
The Observatory Bar, a speakeasy-style bar that opened in 2016, is known for its rotating craft cocktails and shareable plates, as well as its beautiful 360-degree view of downtown Seattle. In celebration of National Honey Month, however, it will also feature an all-new menu of exclusive drinks and dishes that incorporate the honey sourced directly from the penthouse apiary. The special menu will be available for as long as the honey lasts.
In addition to their honey-making duties, the bees spend their days traveling around Seattle pollinating the local flowers, while also spreading ecological awareness to both Smith Tower’s tenants and visitors. The bees and their hives are cared for by Aveole, an international company that partners with local organizations to meet their sustainability goals by bringing bees to their locations. An Aveole beekeeper will be in attendance at an event on Sept. 22 to showcase the bees and answer any questions guests may have. Additionally, at the event, honey-themed drinks and appetizers will be served and the hives’ queen bee’s name will be chosen and announced from a selection of guest suggestions.
The Smith Tower Observatory is open Wednesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., with food and beverage service starting at 3 p.m. For tickets, visit www.smithtower.com.