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Saturday, November 17, 2007

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






http://www.continentalclub.com/Austin.html

Fine, intimate honkytonk club ala The Tractor

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


http://www.nunosonsixth.com/

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


http://www.thechugginmonkey.com/

#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
joeyrestaurants.com - yelp

Saturday, October 06, 2007

#601 - Victory (Portland) - out of order

http://www.thevictorybar.com

#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
taphousegrill.com - 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
sullyslounge.com

#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
ivars.com - 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
whitehorseseattle.com - 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
babaluseattle.com - 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
spitfireseattle.com - 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
hoteldeca.com - 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: diamondknot.com

#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
elysianbrewing.com

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
yelp

#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: patobriens.com

#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

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

#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)
seattleweeklyyelp

Monday, January 22, 2007

#523 - Huckleberry Inn Lounge, Lakebay - 1/21/2007

#522 - O'Callahans Pub & Grill, Lakebay - 1/21/2007

15610 92nd Street Kp N, Lakebay, WA 98349 (map)

ocallahanspub.com

#521 - Dawg Tagz, Seattle (Aurora) - 1/17/2007

Divey dive, with the regulars bragging about challenging other regulars to fights, a tiny number of liquor bottles in hastily made plywood shelves, as much garbage as can fit crammed under the pool tables, and one very lonely big fish in tank about half again his length.

12534 Aurora Ave N., Seattle, WA
Previous bars at this location: Herb's Tavern (60s to 80s), Rex Pub & Grill (early 90s), Far Western Pub (early 90s), Ima's Smokehouse Pub (mid 90s), Bitter Lake Pub (early 2000s)
Subsequent bars at this location: Lazy Fish Saloon, Heads or Tails Sports Bar

#520 - Purple, Seattle (downtown) - 1/12/2007

1225 4th Avenue Seattle, WA 98101 - (206) 829-2280

#519 - HulaHula, Seattle - 12/27/2006


Hulahula opened last week and I visited it with Poi Polloi last night. It is adjacent to Tini Bigs martini bar and under the same ownership. It's fairly spacious and has a generous amount of bamboo, thatch, and Witco-like bas reliefs. The dance floor of the previous venue now features lounge chairs and a blacklight tiki mural that runs the length of the room. The drinks were mediocre, I had a below average mai tai and a worse pina colada before we had better luck with a navy grog and some punch type drinks (I watched the bar tender refer to the instructions to make some of them).

Poi Polloi was very pleased with his appetizer, a shrimp, bacon, and hot pepper combo. I think they've done a fairly good job on the decor -- it's much more seriously devoted to tiki than any Seattle establishment except the Luau. It did feel a tiny bit sterile -- e.g. the wall decorations were too evenly placed, rather than giving the sense I like in a bar that the decorations have been slowly accumulating over many years. The bartender was friendly, but the place had very few patrons when we went -- granted in the dead week between Christmas and New Years. I'd like to see what the ambiance is like when it's more full. It's well worth a trip for any locals or visitors to the area, though you may have to go soon if business doesn't pick up considerably. For me it's a very welcome addition to Seattle's tiki world.

Historical notes: The building that holds Hula Hula and Tini Bigs was constructed in 1929
The "Midway Tavern" first appears at this address in the Polk Guide in 1935. It has since hosted the Tic Toc Tavern, the Puzzle Tavern, Arthur's A Fine Pub, Romper Room, and Watertown


106 1st Avenue North Seattle, WA 98109 - (206) 284-5003
Est. Dec. 2006
Previous bars at this location: Arthur's Pub, Tic Toc Tavern, Puzzle Tavern, Midway Tavern, Romper Room, Watertown