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Bars where Pete has had a drink

Saturday, November 17, 2007

#610 - The Continental Club, Austin TX - 11/17/2007

Fine, intimate honkytonk club ala The Tractor

#609 - Nunos, Austin TX (6th St.) - 11/16/2007

Great blues guitar from JT Coldfire

#608 - The Thirsty Nickel, Austin TX (6th St.) - 11/16/2007

#607 - The Chuggin Monkey, Austin TX (6th St.) - 11/16/2007

#606 - Shakespeare's Pub, Austin TX (6th St.) - 11/16/2007

#605 - Club de Ville, Austin TX (Red River) - 11/15/2007

#604 - Imperia, Austin TX - 11/15/2007

#603 - Light Bar, Austin TX - 11/15/2007

Thursday, October 18, 2007

#602 - Joeys, Seattle (Lake Union) - 10/17/2007

Swanky wine bar and restaurant that replaced Cucina Cucina with about as polar opposite as you could imagine. Good wines, beers, and a nifty Bellini. And if there's a bar or restaurant in Seattle with hotter waitresses, I'd like to hear about it.

901 Fairview Ave N #A200, Seattle, WA 98109-4466 - (206) 749-5639
Est. May 2005 - yelp

Saturday, October 06, 2007

#601 - Victory (Portland) - out of order

#600 - The Tap House Grill, Seattle (downtown) - 10/5/2007

Quite a good selection and quality of food and 160 beers on tap

1506 Sixth Ave., Seattle, WA (bet. Pike & Pine Sts.)- (206) 816-3314
Est. May 2007
Previous bars at this location: Planet Hollywood - yelp - flickr - zagat

Thursday, October 04, 2007

#599 - Sully's Lounge, Seattle (Queen Anne) - 10/3/2007

1625 Queen Anne Avenue N, Seattle, WA 98109-2819 - (206) 283-3900
Previous bars at this location: Sapphire Kitchen and Bar, Q

#598 - The Whalemaker Lounge, Seattle (Ballard) - 10/3/2007

Nice, much overlooked bar with a fine view over Lake Union to the Space Needle.

401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98105 - (206) 632-0767
Est. 1970 - Building constructed: 1970
Previous bars at this location: None known - thestranger 

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

#597 - Qube Lounge, Seattle (downtown) - 10/2/2007

Update: Qube closed July 3, 2008. It was replaced in 2009 with the Long Provincial Restaurant including the Jelly Bar.

Good wine and cocktail list and a very interesting (French/Asian) menu in the restaurant. But the bright, modernist decor leaves me cold.

1901 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98101 - (206) 770-5888
Est. Dec 2006 - Closed: July 3, 2008 - Building constructed: 1909
Previous bars at this location: Gibson's
seattletimesseattleweekly - thestranger  - yelp

#596 - White Horse Trading Co., Seattle (Pike Place Market) - 10/2/2007

 A very cozy little British style wine and beer bar and antique bookstore, transferred from San Francisco. A great place for a good glass of wine and conversation, particularly on a Monday or Tuesday evening, when there are fewest people and owner Joe mans the bar.

1908 Post Aly, Seattle, WA 98101-1015 - (206) 441-7767
Est. 2004 (est. as "The Black Horse" in San Francisco in the 1990s)
Building constructed: 1914 - facebook - seattleweekly - thestranger - yelp - nft

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

#595 - Babalu, Seattle - 9/13/2007

Update: Babalu closed on Feb 23, 2013.

Babalu's current physical incarnation was created for the WonderBar, which advertised itself as "a Euro-bar with East Coast savvy" which "feels like home to Seattle fashionistas." I translate that roughly as "Stay away" (with a subliminal message to Wallingford residents that "You may be in danger of becoming Belltown").

But despite its lack of concern for unique neighborhood character, as an isolated little island of swankiness, there's no disputing that the curved bars are very cool, the drinks are okay and it was one of the livelier options on the weeknight I dropped in.  It also features some fine jazz and salsa bands.

But the place has had its issues.  In 2009, Babalu ran into problems with the state liquor board for, among other things, fulfilling the (silly) requirement that they serve food by offering various frozen dinners for $99.95.  The lost their license and were temporarily closed in 2010 for operating without one.  In 2007 the entire staff of the bar quit en masse after a bartender was threatened by a friend of owner Michael Prineas.

1723 North 45th Street Seattle, WA 98103-6801 - (206) 547-1515
Est. 2007 - Closed Feb 23, 2013 - Building constructed: 1926
Previous bars at this location: Wonder Bar - facebook - thestranger - mywallingford - yelp - popsugar

Thursday, July 12, 2007

#580 - Spitfire, Seattle (Belltown) - 7/10/07

Update: Spitfire closed in April 2016.

A fairly typical sports bar, with the exception of some fairly striking, large paintings. Spitfire was established in 2006, after the shortlived "Hideaway," which followed the funky Sit & Spin, where many Seattle bands played the back room while people did their laundry out front. The Spitfire owners have a solid Seattle record (Jerry Everard of Neumo's, the Rendezvous and Moe's Mo'roc'n Cafe and Marcus Charles of Neumo's, Marcus' Martini Heaven Bad Juju Lounge, and Juju). But whatever the intentions, the crowd is typically nothing like the "hipster sports bar" PR.

2219 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121 - (206) 441-7966
Est. 2006 - Closed April 2016 - Building constructed: 1924
Previous bars at this location: The Sit & Spin, The Hideaway - facebook - thestranger - yelp

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

#579 - The District, Seattle (U-District) - 6/25/07

A somewhat romantic lounge in the lower part of the former, historic Meany Hotel (now Hotel Deca).

4507 Brooklyn Avenue Northeast Seattle, WA 98105-4508 - (206) 547-4134
Est. May 2003 - Building constructed: 1931
Previous bars at this location: The Tally Ho - seattletimes - yelp - alixcompton

Saturday, June 23, 2007

#578- Diamond Knot Ale House, Mukilteo - 6/23/2007

I finally made it to the brewpub of perhaps my favorite brewery and favorite brew (try the Diamond Knot Industrial IPA), right next to the Mukilteo ferry dock. Inside is a housed is a cozy, woody, throw-the-peanut-shells-on-the-floor interior, where and in addition to the excellent beers, they serve pretty good steaks and other entrees on a 750 degree stones to cook at your table. It also includes some nice memorabilia on the walls from past Washington and Oregon bars and restaurants.

621 Front St, Mukilteo, WA 98275 - (425) 355-4488
Est. 1999 Web site:

#577 - Elysian Fields, Seattle (Pioneer Square) - 6/23/2007

Not actually my first visit, but I neglected to log it after the others.

542 1st Avenue South  Seattle, WA 98104 - (206) 382-4498

Monday, May 14, 2007

#576 - Bourbon Cowboy, New Orleans (French Quarter) - 5/12/2007

#575 - Ray's Boom Boom Room, New Orleans (Faubourg Marigny) - 5/12/2007

#574 - Check Point Charlies, New Orleans (Faubourg Marigny) - 5/12/2007

#573 - The Apple Barrel, New Orleans (Faubourg) - 5/12/2007

#572 - Snug Harbor, New Orleans (Faubourg) - 5/12/2007

#571 - The Spotted Cat, New Orleans (Faubourg) - 5/12/2007

The Spotted Cat,  New Orleans, LA

#570 - Preservation Hall, New Orleans - 5/12/2007

I assume no comments are necessary for this one.

#569 - Pravda, New Orleans (French Quarter) - 5/12/2007

Update: Pravda closed in June 2013 and was replaced by "Cane and Table."

Elegant goth bar on lower Decatur

1113 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116 - (504) 581-1112

#568 - The Whirling Dervish, New Orleans (French Quarter) - 5/12/2007

#567 - Molly's at the Market, New Orleans (FQ) - 5/12/2007

#566 - The Double Play, New Orleans (French Quarter) - 5/12/2007

#565 - One-Eyed Jacks, New Orleans (French Quarter) - 5/12/2007

#564 - LeRoundup, New Orleans (French Quarter) - 5/12/2007

Gawd, I wish I had the nerve to have taken pictures here.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

#563 - Aunt Tiki's Jewel Bar, New Orleans (French Quarter) - 5/11/2007

1207 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116 - (504) 680-8454
Previous bars at this address: Jewel's Tavern

#562 - Tropical Isle, New Orleans (French Quarter) - 5/11/2007

#561 - Utopia, New Orleans (French Quarter) - 5/11/2007

#560 - The (Original) Dungeon, New Orleans (French Quarter) - 5/11/2007

#559 - The Old Opera House, New Orleans (French Quarter) - 5/11/2007

#558 - Jazz Emporium, New Orleans (French Quarter) - 5/11/2007

#557 - Cafe Beignet, New Orleans (French Quarter) - 5/11/2007

Steamboat Willie and his New Orleans Jazz Band

#556 - Cafe Maspero, New Orleans (French Quarter) - 5/11/2007

#555 - Bourbon Street Blues Co., New Orleans (French Quarter) - 5/10/2007

#554 - Cat's Meow, New Orleans (French Quarter) - 5/10/2007

#553 - Razzoo, New Orleans (French Quarter) - 5/10/2007

#552 - Erin Rose, New Orleans (FQ) - 5/10/2007

#551 - Famous Door, New Orleans (French Quarter) - 5/10/2007

#550 - La Bayou, New Orleans (French Quarter) - 5/10/2007

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

#543 - Boondock Saint, New Orleans - 5/8/2007

731 St Peter St, New Orleans, LA 70116 - (504) 525-4950

#542 - Yo Mama's Bar & Grill, New Orleans - 5/8/2007

#541 - Pat O'Brien's, New Orleans - 5/8/2007

O'Brien's was established during prohibition in a city that was not too keen on that concept. It converted from speakeasy to official bar after the 21st amendment, and a few years later moved from the 600 block of St. Peter Street to the current location in an 18th century building a block away. It is the birthplace of the Hurricane, purportedly during a competition to create the best rum drink to help sell extra rum that bar owners were forced to buy in order to obtain whiskey. It is raucous and touristy, featuring a flaming fountain and dueling piano bar, and also hosting locals for various birthdays, wedding receptions, and such. It is a must-stop for any but the most fussy of bar fans, and though they certainly do not make the best Hurricane in town, it is virtually required.

718 St Peter St, New Orleans, LA 70116 - (504) 525-4823
Est. 1930, current location since 1942 - Building constructed: c.1791
web site:

#540 - Old Absinthe House, New Orleans - 5/8/2007

Est. 1815, possibly 1807

Thursday, April 26, 2007

#536 - Georgetown Liquor Company, Seattle (Georgetown) - 4/26/1007

Update: Georgetown Liquor Company announced their closure effective Sep 6, 2020.

Nifty old Georgetown place, with odd angles from being squeezed into a corner on Airport Way.

Postscript: Given that my original notes on GLC were just a one-liner, I'm adding a nice summary from Vanishing Seattle upon its closing:

'After nearly 14 years, Georgetown Liquor Company announced on Sept 6th that they had closed permanently. 

This bar off  Airport Way opened on January 26, 2007 and at the time was known as the first bar in town with an entirely vegetarian & vegan menu. They became known for their delicious, hearty, creative sandwiches & soups (I loved the Picard, The Baron, and Darth Reuben) and retro computer & video games (original Nintendo!) back by the exposed brick wall, up on that little stage area (I think they may have had live shows there too?). 

GLC had a real Georgetown neighborhood vibe in both clientele & decor: gritty, dark, chill - with some industrial meets punk meets metal – and always warm and welcoming. Friendly staff, great playlist, wide selection of local beer on tap, booze (Vegan Bloody Mary!), and local art lining the walls. 

During the COVID shutdown,  Georgetown Liquor was doing food & drinks for takeout & delivery, and even added brunch. But apparently – like so many other small biz in Seattle – they couldn’t weather it financially and were forced to shutter. 

From their FB page: “I would like to extend a personal thank you to each & every one of you that chose to make the GLC one of your favorite places to eat, drink and be merry. Over the years there have been many incredible memories created. I attribute this to having a great staff, wonderful patrons and the overall support of the Georgetown community. You’ll all be missed and I sincerely hope our paths will cross in the future. Much love, Leslee.” '

5501 Airport Way S B, Seattle, WA 98108 - (206) 763-6764
Est. Jan 26, 2007 - Building constructed: 1906 - Closed Sep 6, 2020
Previous bars in this location: Charles Cannon ran a saloon of unknown name here from at least 1913 until the beginning of state-wide prohibition Jan 1, 1916.
Web site:

#535 - Stellar Pizza & Ale, Seattle (Georgetown) - 4/26/2007

Classic Georgetown, web site pics do not do it justice (web site)

5513 Airport Way South  Seattle, WA 98108 - (206) 763-1660
Est. 2001 - Building constructed 1903
Previous bars at this location: Bertoldi's Tavern (30s), Beanie's Tavern (40s-80s)

#534 - Planet Georgetown, Seattle (Georgetown) - 4/26/2007

Uncle Mo's (AKA Planet Georgetown) closed in Jan 2009. (The owner continues to run Uncle Mo's Snappy Inn in Renton.)

Charmless, generic sports bar, whose limited appeal varies with the entertainment value of its drunken patrons.

6266 13th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108 - (206) 762-1614
Previous bars at this location: Happy's Tavern (60s to 80s)

Saturday, March 31, 2007

#529 - The Mandarin Room (Moon Temple), Seattle (45th) - 3/30/2007

The darkened Mandarin Room of the Wallingford neighborhood's Moon Temple restaurant served the strong pours and languid pace of a classic Chinese restaurant lounge for 56 years. Shana Kelly described the two main people making those pours over the years:

"Harry Eng, bartender and friend to many, worked here for nearly 50 years and in 2006 and retired from The Moon Temple at the age of 72. Harry, with his strong accent, stiff drinks, and a true love for his customers, left big shoes to fill.  One thing is for sure, The Moon Temple is consistent.

Johnny Chen, began bartending in 2000. With a flair for fun, a heart of gold, and an artist’s creativity, Johnny has gone the extra mile to meet his customers’ needs.  Johnny is the creator of the original Trash Can, which has since been adopted by various surrounding establishments, has made it his mission to create a new drink annually, drawing crowds in to try these legendary concoctions."

Moon Temple, Seattle, WA
The Moon Temple Cafe was actually  established earlier than 1958 in a location on the western corner of the same building. It is not clear if it had a bar at the time, as city guides list it only under restaurants, as it did for the early years at the subsequent location. But at minimum the cafe of that name was at the 2100 address by at least 1955.

2108 North 45th Street Seattle, WA 98103 - (206) 633-4280                  
Est. 1958 - Closed Dec 12, 2014 - Building constructed: 1929
Previous bars in this location: None known
Web site: facebook
Articles: wallyhoodthestranger - yelp - redditthestranger - tripadvisor

#528 - The Sea Monster, Seattle (45th) - 3/30/2007

2202 North 45th Street Seattle, WA 98103 - (206) 992-1120
Est. 2003
Previous bars at this location: None known