The Gateway welcomes a much-anticipated cocktail lounge, Seabird Bar, to the rapidly growing mix of unique entertainment and dining options available. This concept, first opened in Draper, combines skillfully crafted classic and seasonal cocktails with craft beer, artisan cheeses, charcuterie and high-quality bar snacks. Most notable are classic turntables spinning out a curated list of music
Founded by Jameel Gaskins, formerly of Ace Hotels and Pago Restaurant Group, Josh Rosenthal of La Barba and Creek Tea and Asher Seevinck, formerly of Everyman, Seabird is located at 7 South 400 West, next door to La Barba Coffee. Seabird is open seven days a week from 4 p.m. until 1 a.m. with extended hours from noon to 1 a.m. starting in late June.
The cocktail list features a combination of four classic cocktails and four rotating cocktails that focus on seasonal ingredients and locally-produced spirits, like Vida tequila, Black Feather whiskey and 2 row Brewery. Matt Cantu heads up the bar program for both Seabird locations. Cantu has created craft cocktail programs in New Orleans and Portland and worked locally with Gracie’s and Good Grammar in Salt Lake.
“We offer a curated list of music people know and love, along with a good mix of albums they may not know but probably should,” said Asher Seevinck. “We’ll have pop-up record store events, curated music nights and some hi-fi education to go along with our quality cocktails.”
“We wanted to be really thoughtful with how we utilize our compact space by introducing high-quality bar snacks featuring a rotating list of artisan cheeses and charcuterie” said co-owner Jameel Gaskins.
“We love the idea of this intimate space juxtaposition with our other entertainment options, it adds to the idea that The Gateway is a truly unique entertainment destination. Seabird will be like nothing else on the property, positioned with a perfect view of the Olympic Legacy Plaza where we host the majority of our community events,” says Jacklyn Briggs, marketing director.
“Seabird is exactly the kind of concept we’re excited to bring to downtown,” says Jenny Cushing, Vice President of Leasing at Vestar. “What LaBarba does with coffee is second-to-none, and now, they’re bringing to that same level of quality and uniqueness into our cocktail scene. We’re so excited for it to finally come to life here at The Gateway.”