2. Bar Rufus, Blondette & Miaou Miaou at the Rand Tower Hotel
The Rand Tower Hotel is home to three dining experiences, each with their own twist on French food and cocktails. French bistro Bar Rufus is a swanky lobby bar and restaurant and offers favorites like seasonal tartines, beef tartare and a show-stopping burger. The cocktail menu is refined and features all the French classics. Order the Rand Tower Martini, which comes with all the accoutrements, like olives and caviar, on a platter.
Take the elevator up to the fifth floor and you’ll find Blondette, known for mixing French cuisine with ingredients from the Pacific Northwest. Seafood and red meat are the stars of the menu — you’ll have difficulty choosing between the seared scallops, poached lobster, wagyu zabuton, or the duck a l’orange. Enclosed in a glass-covered atrium with access to an outdoor terrace, you’re guaranteed stunning views of downtown, especially if you dine at night.
Next to Blondette is cocktail lounge Miaou Miaou, which gets its name from how chic cats say “hello” in French. Miaou Miaou will show you the world of French island rums and tropical flavors. Order the Here Kitty Kitty (punch made with French rum, mango, papaya and citrus) or an In the Clouds (blanco tequila mixed with crème de peche, sherry, lemon, lime and seltzer), and nestle into a velvet sofa or grab a stool at the bar and bask in the pink neon glow of the smiling cat sign.