235coffee.jpgIf you’ve always thought coffee just tastes better with liquor in it, then Starbucks has taken the first step to answering your prayers. With a business model probably entitled “If McDonalds can serve espresso we can serve wine” the first alcohol selling Starbucks is set to open this Friday in Seattle.

The people at Starbucks seem to think they were the first to take the term coffee bar and make it literal, but apparently they have never been to San Francisco, where people have been mixing uppers and downers for years, and we’re not talking about vodka Redbull. The era of coffee cabernet has dawned.

Seattle is being used as a test run for this new type of Starbucks, which is kind of too bad because if the people at Starbucks had done their homework they would know that your average Seattleite is too busy shopping for a new North Face fleece at REI to spend much time day-drinking. While if they had opened the flagship drunken Starbucks in San Francisco they would have been able to recoup their steady losses of the last few years in about 4 minutes.

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  • Greg Dewar

    Back in the 90s when I was living in Seattle, Starbucks had two “test” restaurants that included alcoholic drinks. One was in this new mall they built downtown, and another was in West Seattle.

    The restaurants were an odd mix of coffee bar and sit down restaurant, with lunch and dinner service, and alcoholic drinks but no real bar as I recall (at least one of them was like that).

    They ended up closing them after about a year or so of experiments with the menu…the location of the one in West Seattle was wayyyy out west and a bit hard to get to…the other one was located in the same building as Gordon Biersch.