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2016 Best of Olympia: Cryptatropa

Best Bloody Mary

Cryptatropa, with its funky vibe and black booths, makes sense as the place to find a great Bloody Mary. File photo

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When the Olympia bar Cryptatropa opened in 2010, people were suspicious. The red lights, the black booths and the funky name had everyone running around like frightened cats. But just like the Goth kid who wore black makeup in junior high, Cryptatropa has captured a following. Black is alluring, people. So are the Goth dance moves "Kick the Smurf," "Washing the Windows," "Changing the Lightbulb," "Sweeping the Floor," "Wiping the Cobwebs," and "Stuck in My Coffin" when DJs spin in the back room. You can dance by yourself. In fact, you kinda should. Dancing at Cryptatropa is dramatic, poetic, pose-y and almost ballet-like. It takes up a lot of space, and having a partner kind of interferes with that in the small room. But everything goes better with a Bloody Mary, and readers pick this place for the best.

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