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Uber is upping the ante this weekend, using the age-old trick of alcohol to win your affection and dollars.

Tomorrow and Saturday, a bicycling bartender, or “biketender,” will deliver cocktails you order up via the Uber app. On Friday, those downtown can enjoy the biketender delivered goods between 2 and 6 p.m., and the bikes move to Capitol Hill on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Of course, you can’t have just any cocktail. The biketenders will be “meticulously prepar[ing] custom carafes of the signature St-Germain Cocktail on the spot.”

The idea was “inspired by the French tri-pourteur bicycles (which date back to the mid-1800s and are still used to transport the delicate, freshly-picked elderflowers that create St-Germain liqueur in France),” according to an email about the promotion.

Every biketender will be a “noted mixologist from some of the city’s best craft cocktail lounges.” No word on whether a waxed mustache is a requirement or not.

I still like to think of Seattle as a place filled with those old-time, grimey bars made for guys who work on ships. You know, dark wood paneling, strong, simple cocktails, good fish and chips, Creedence on the jukebox. But those kinds of places are fewer and far between these days.

When the Ye Olde Timey Speakeasy bars with their $13 gin cocktails served with twigs and rosemary outnumber those bars (see Brooklyn, NYC), as Fred Armisen would say in Portlandia, “It’s over.” Things are getting way too precious around here.

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