You'd think the weirdest thing about the VC's new digs would be the fact that they're, well, new. The hardwood floor is gleaming; the burgundy-and-cream velour wallpaper is pristine. But by far the most unsettling thing about this downtown favorite—which, thankfully, brought most of the furniture and woodwork from its since-1922 locale behind Nordstrom with it—is the fact that it's nonsmoking. The air smells…like nothing. A thin layer of tar and nicotine is only apparent in spirit, lingering more on your mind than in your nostrils and sparked only by familiar sights: the fancily inscribed "VC" marking the front door, the wood-and-glass foyer tacked with signs indicating specials and the soup of the day. Not sure if mozzarella sticks and the tuna sandwich have always been $9 each (yikes!), but when your eyes are blurred by a slight tear upon glancing at a photo of the past VC's neon-green signage, you'll just order the cheese bread ($2.50), double up that bourbon and let it slide.
Perfect Patron: If it's you, your name's already on a floor tile. (AGM)
HAPPY HOUR 4-7 PM AND 9 PM-MIDNIGHT.
SMOKE-FREE, TV, VIDEO POKER, NOSTALGIA.