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Monday, May 22, 2006

#497 - The Hukilau, San Francisco - 3/12/2006

Not much tiki to speak of at the Hukilau. In fact, there didn't seem to be a tiki in the place. The feel is of a college haunt for beer drinking and burgers, with only a passing nod toward the tiki theme. The drinks came with umbrellas in the straws, rather than fruit garnish.

(Last two bars posted out of order because I forgot about them from SF trip.)

Est. 2002 - Closed 2012
5 Masonic Ave, San Francisco, CA

#496 - The Fish Bowl, San Francisco - 3/12/2006

Monday, May 15, 2006

#495 - Lobo Saloon, Seattle (Eastlake) - 5/12/2006

433 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle, WA 98109 - (206) 223-9204
Closed 2007 - Building constructed: 1918
Previous bars at this location: Green Tavern (1945 into the 60s), Mister Ed's Tavern (70s)
Subsequent bars at this location: Victory Lounge

#494 - LO_FI Performance Gallery, Seattle (Eastlake) - 5/12/2006

429 Eastlake Avenue Seattle, WA 98109 - (206) 254-2824
Previous bars in this location: None known

Building constructed: 1918 - citysearch - yelp

Sunday, May 14, 2006

#493 - 9 lb. Hammer, Seattle (Georgetown) - 5/13/2006

Bookish, shabby wonder.

6009 Airport Way South, Seattle, WA 98108 - (206) 762-3373                        
Previous bars at this location: None known - yelp

#492 - Jules Maes, Seattle (Georgetown) - 5/13/2006

Jules Maes Saloon, Seattle, WA

Update: Jules Maes closed in March of 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, then was pronounced permanently closed in June 2020 due to a rent increase described by owners as unsustainable.
However, it then reopened on Jan 12, 2021 under new management.

Jules Maes Saloon - Georgetown and its SoDo surroundings are now, with zero doubt, the coolest neighborhood in Seattle. The "new Ballard" was once a little premature, but it now underestimates the area. E.g. the Rainier Cold Storage building across the street** from Jules front door, which makes you believe you can't possibly be in Seattle -- or for that matter, the west coast.

Jules is in a space constructed in 1898 and which first hosted a saloon in 1907*, and few places in the country retain the flavor of the term "Saloon" any better. To be reborn with this level of shabby grandeur -- a big, late night roadhouse that creates the place to be in the middle of nowhere -- reminds one of the excitement that precedes the gentrification and inevitable of neighborhoods of character in wealthy cities.

It also features a beautiful Brunswick back bar -- the same "The Record" model seen in the Pastime Saloon in Castle Rock, WA, the Whistle Stop Ale House in Renton, WA, and the Rainier Bar and Grill in Enumclaw, WA.

This particular visit was on the night of the CD release from The Bad Things, so it was unusually rife with history -- rockabilly heels and tattoos mixing with the 30's clothing of the acid folkies that follow the Things. Georgetown is like being in an entirely different city, and this night was an entirely different era.

* Historical Notes: See Seattle's Oldest Bars
  5919 Airport Way South Seattle, WA 98108 - (206) 957-7766

Est. 1936 (Jules Maes' bar in this location) - Building constructed: 1898
First bar in this location: 1907 - seattleite - thestranger - seattleweekly - gregorspub - yelp

#491 - Mona's Bistro, Seattle (Green Lake) - 5/12/2006

Update: Mona's closed in April or May 2013

6421 Latona Avenue Northeast Seattle, WA 98115 - (206) 526-1188
Est. 1995 - Building constructed: 1907
Previous bars at this location: None known
monasseattle.comseattlemet - thestranger - gayot - yelp

#490 - Jai Thai, Seattle (Belltown) - 5/9/2006

Update: This location is now closed.

Jai Thai: Not good in any way.

2132 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121 - (206) 770-7884
Previous bars in this location:  Il Gambero / Volare Room
Subsequent bars in this location: Cellars - yelp

#489 - Black Bottle - Seattle (Belltown) - 5/2/2006

 Good wine and food and very affordable.

2600 1st Avenue Seattle, WA 98121 - (206) 441-1500
Est. July 26, 2005 - Building constructed: 1903
Previous bars at this location: Two Dagos from Texas - seattletimes - thestranger - yelp - zagat