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Bars where Pete has had a Drink (3,265 bars; 1,493 bars in Seattle):

Bars where Pete has had a drink

Monday, December 15, 2008

#743 - Heaven, Seattle (Pioneer Square) - 12/14/2008


Update: Heaven closed in 2010 and was replaced by Volume nightclub.

The old "Catwalk" with very little changed (except the Men's and Women's rooms inexplicably switched), and the crowd and vibe varying greatly with particular nights and events.

Historical Notes: This space is perhaps the most storied of current Seattle bars or clubs. In 1890 it was established by vaudeville pioneer John Considine as "The People's Theater," the most notorious of Seattle's old "box houses," where female performers sold drinks on the floor and more personalized services in the closed box rooms.  Considine brought big time acts like "Little Egypt" to the theater, and battled Pantages for theatrical crowds and even Wyatt Earp for a brief period.  In 1901 Considine and his brother were engaged in a shootout by ex-employee and ex-Chief of Police William L. Meredith.

As much or more than any other man, Considine helped establish Seattle's "Tolerance Policy," the well-established guidelines for paying off police that would last for 80 years and help nurture both the Jackson Street jazz scene and Pioneer Square gay scene.  The most epic example of the latter was "The Casino," (unofficially known as "Madame Peabody’s Dancing Academy for Young Ladies"), where drag queens and gays danced openly with each other, and their reputation attracted gay and bi people from all over the country including the likes of Rudolf Nureyev and Tallulah Bankhead.

Many years later (1994-2005), it became The Catwalk, hosting fetish fashion shows and various gothic and S&M themed events.

172 S. Washington St, Seattle, 98104 - 206.622.1863
Est. 2006 - Closed 2010 - Building constructed: 1890
heavenseattle.com

Friday, December 12, 2008

#742 - Fourno's, Seattle (U District) - 12/11/2008

Bump and grind for Greek Row -- I'm surprised it took so long for a place like this on The Ave.

4733 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105 - (206) 729-5195

#741 - A-Pizza Mart, Seattle (U District) - 12/11/2008

An unpretentious but happening little night scene. Who knew?

5026 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105 - (206) 517-4000

#740 - Canterbury Ale & Eats, Seattle (Capitol Hill) - 12/11/2008


When this 38-year-old medieval themed dive bar went under in 2014, two Capitol Hill bar owners, Mike Meckling (Neumos) and James Snyder (Sam's Tavern) took over the space, giving it a large-scale sprucing up and installing a fancy menu by the former chef of Madison Park Conservatory. That menu, which included tater tots topped with steak tartar, scotched quail eggs, and mostarda coated chicken liver toast, was eventually dialed back to resemble a broad and fairly typical contemporary bar menu. The bar has 30 taps and unfancy cocktails, while other sections now allow families, pushing it a bit more toward a 70s style old English themed restaurant.

Canterbury Ale & Eats, Seattle




534 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112 - (206) 322-3130
Est. October 1976 - Building constructed: 1907
Previous bars in this location: Gaslight Tavern (1960s - early 70s)
Web site: thecanterburyalehouse.com - facebook
Reviews: seattletimes - capitolhilltimes - eater - seattlerefined - eateryelp

Saturday, December 06, 2008

#739 - The Shanty Tavern, Seattle (Lake City) - 12/05/2008

Historical Notes: The Shanty goes back to at least 1937, although it was previous located in a couple different locations up the road on Lake City Way. The 1937 listing has "Mack's Shanty" at 1937 Lake City (AKA Bothell Way AKA Victory Way), and it is listed in a few subsequent years under the name of owner Doris McLeod.  In the 1941 guide, Mack's Shanty begins appearing at an 8916 address, and then shifts to the current 9002 address around 1948.  In at least this last move, and perhaps the previous one, the actual building (constructed in 1932) was moved.  It continues to be listed as "Mack's Shanty" into 1960.  In 1961 it was purchased from the original owner by current owner John Spaccarotelli, and changed the name to just "The Shanty."

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Saturday, November 29, 2008

#736 - Gainsbourg, Seattle (Greenwood) - 11/28/2008


Try the: Jane Birkin

The first non-coy, unapologetically hipster venue in Greenwood. In certain aspects it is ridiculous, of course, like the perfectly-spaced, brick-revealing holes in the plaster. But the place was packed and there were no little horns in the front of the hair, zero untucked long sleeve striped shirts, and only one backwards baseball cap. And what the hell, I like hipsters.



8550 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103 - (206) 783-4004 - map
Est. 2008 - Building constructed: 1928
Previous bars in this location: None known
Web site: gainsbourglounge.commyspace
Reviews: seattle times - yelp - phinneywood - seattle weekly - seattleweekly

#735 - Beveridge Place, Seattle (West Seattle) - 11/28/2008

I'm a sucker for lots of wood and old books in a bar.

6413 California Ave SW, Seattle, Washington 98136 - (206) 932-9906
Est. October 27, 2003 - Building constructed 1991
Previous bars at this locaton: Full Moon Saloon

#734 - Yen Wor Village, Seattle (West Seattle) - 11/28/2008

The standard Chinese restaurant dive, with a small bar, karaoke, cheap decor, overpowering smell of cleaner, and a brilliant range of patrons, from the giggling girls to the absolutely smashed old men.

#733 - Admiral Pub, Seattle (West Seattle) - 11/28/2008

A clone with absolutely zero character or physical attractions. You'd have to really love the patrons there to skip so many less boring bars in the area.

#732 - Mission, Seattle (West Seattle) - 11/28/2008


Another lovely West Seattle bar.

Historical notes:  The building currently housing Mission on California Ave was constucted in 1924,   although it probably did not contain the upper floor at the time.    It starts appearing in city guides under James Robinson or his "Jim's Tavern" in 1935   and continuing into the 70s.  In 1980 it is the "Rainy City Tavern," in 1990 the "Caddyshack Tavern,"and by the early 2000s "Lizzard Lounge."

2325 California Avenue Southwest, Seattle - (206) 937-8220
Est. 2005 - Building constructed 1924
Previous bars in this location: Jim's Tavern, Rainy City Tavern, Caddyshack Tavern, Lizzard Lounge

Monday, November 17, 2008

#731 - Cozy Inn Tavern, Kenmore, Wa - 11/17/2008


In addition to being genuinely cozy and a genuine tavern (no liquor), the Cozy Inn Tavern has a deck and a history -- it's been around since the early 30s.  It's a comfortable neighborhood place with lots of wood and microwave pork rinds.

Friday, November 14, 2008

#730 - Martin's Off Madison, Seattle (Capitol Hill) - 11/11/2008


Update:  In mid 2010, the 5-year-old Martin's was re-named "Greg's Profanity Hill," and then closed shortly thereafter.
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This is why I love this project. I would have never stumbled upon this place if not for K-Bar.

#729 - C.C.Attles, Seattle (Capitol Hill) - 11/11/2008

This location of the popular bear bar opened in 1992 and closed in 2010, re-opening at 1701 E Olive June 11, 2011.

1501 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98122 - (206) 323-4017

#728 - Osteria la Spiga, Seattle (Capitol Hill) - 11/11/2008

#727 - Bill's Off Broadway, Seattle (Capitol Hill) - 11/11/2008

Closed 12/3/2013 while new building constructed, re-opened Aug 10, 2015

725 E Pine St, Seattle, WA 98122 - (206) 420-7493
Est. 1981 - Building constructed: 2015
Previous bars in this location: Mother's Tavern

#726 - Kurrent, Seattle (Capitol Hill) - 11/11/2008

Kurrent closed in November 2010

Monday, November 10, 2008

#725 - Spring Hill, Seattle (West Seattle) - 11/9/2008

 Update: 2/27/2012:  Since the night of this visit, Spring Hill upgraded their cocktail game to a fantastic degree, and then on Feb 8, 2012 changed their emphasis to Hawaiian and their name to Ma'Ono Fried Chicken and Whisky.
 
This relatively new place (6 mos. old) looks like a fine restaurant. But this list is about bars, and the bar here is an afterthought.

#724 - Poggie Tavern, Seattle (West Seattle) - 11/9/2008


I suddenly felt like I was in a tavern in the mountains in Idaho. A classic dive, with guys with big beards and gals with big hair. The large bartender, in levis suspenders and plaid shirt said of a just-departed patron, "He's a character. But ain't we all?"

Indeed.

Historical notes: There has been a bar in the location of West Seattle's Poggie Tavern since at
least 1934, and it has been "The Poggie Inn" or Tavern since at least 1936. However, it appears that the previous structure was replaced with the current one in 1970.

4717 California Avenue Southwest Seattle, WA 98116 - (206) 937-2165
Est. 1936 OE - Building constructed 1970
Other bars in this location: None

#723 - The Corner Pocket, Seattle (West Seattle) - 11/9/2008


In 1979 brothers Dave and Jerry Norberg converted an old bomb shelter into an upscale wine and beer tavern called "The Alasks Pipeline." This lasted into the 90s, when it briefly became the "California Underground," before the "Corner Pocket," which remains today.

The current version is nothing special to look at, but I like the downstairs location and I liked the people hanging out there. I might give this my Great Dive rating if the Poggie Tavern weren't right down the street.

4302 Southwest Alaska Street #204, Seattle, WA 98116 - (206) 933-0320r
Previous bars in this location: The California Underground, Alaska Pipeline

#722 - Shadow Land, Seattle (West Seattle) - 11/9/2008


I almost gave this my Highly Recommended rating, based on the magnificent sign, the bartender Jay, and the one cocktail I had -- a bartender's muddled choice which is informally, if not that appetizingly, called the "Plumber's Crack." But the place was pretty dead when I went there on a Sunday evening, and I couldn't get any sense for what the vibe and crowd are like when it's busy. I must revisit soon on a Friday or Saturday evening.

4458 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 420-3817
Est. Nov 28, 2007 - Building constructed: 1948
Previous bars at this location: None known
shadowlandwest.com

#721 - Elliot Bay Brewery, Seattle (West Seattle) - 11/9/2008


Try the Dry Hopped IPA, which immediately hopped onto my favorite beers list (along with Manny's Pale and Diamond Knot Industrial).

It finally occurred to me, as it must have to many others, that West Seattle is Seattle's Portland. They've very nicely mixed in the new with the old, like a small town with an inexplicable amount of variation. And the 4400-4700 stretch of California Ave. is the best and most varied set of drinking establishments in the city, from the ultra-swanky Ama Ama, to the hip and funky West 5, from the young people's dive at the Corner Pocket, to the classic older folks' dive at Poggie Tavern. And Elliot Bay Brewery is one of a number of nice places in between





4720 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA - (206) 932-8695           
Est. July 11, 1997 - Building constructed: 1932
Previous bars in this location: California & Alaska Street Brewing Co.
Web site: elliotbaybrewing.com

Saturday, November 01, 2008

#720 - Naked City, Seattle (Greenwood) - 10/30/2008


Another great addition to the Greenwood area for beer lovers, with a broad range of rotating taps.

BTW, this makes 100 new bars in 2008.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

#719 - Holy Mountain, Seattle - 10/25/2008

A great, underground, happening scene that I haven't seen in Seattle in many years.

#718 - Victory Lounge, Seattle - 10/25/2008

433 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle, WA 98109 - (206) 223-9204
Est. 2007 - Building constructed: 1918
Previous bars at this location: Green Tavern (1945 into the 60s), Eddie's Tavern (mid 60s), Mister Ed's Tavern (70s), Lobo Inn (mid 70s - 2007)

MySpace, Stranger, yelp

#717 - Cafe Racer, Seattle (U-District) - 10/25/2008

Just the sort of quirky, artsy, weird little joint to wake up the neighborhood. There's hope for the U-District. Suffice it to say that when these guys took the stage:












They said of the previous act, "They're weird!"

Cafe Racer also features the Official Bad Art Museum of Art (OBAMA) room, curated by Jo and Marlowe.
(Cafe Racer)

Sunday, September 28, 2008

#711 - The Grey Parrot Brewpub, Long Beach, WA - 9/27/2008


Update: Phil and Carlene Goularte's Grey Parrot closed sometime by 2011


This is a charming little place where Phil and his wife brew beers and serve food in a double wide mobile home filled with souvenirs from his travels, and marked by his home carved signs out front.

Est. July 4, 2005






Grey Parrot Brewpub, Long Beach, Washington

#710 - Gear Shed Lounge, Long Beach, WA - 9/26/2008


Features a very nice lodge sort of room.

#709 - The Lamplighter, Seaview, WA - 9/26/2008

Backwards baseball cap required.

#708 - Columbia Bar (Lightship Restaurant), Long Beach WA - 9/26/2008

#707 - Doc's Tavern, Ocean Park WA - 9/26/2008


This and the Grey Parrot Brewpub are my favorite bars on the peninsula.

#706 - Long Beach Tavern, Long Beach, WA - 9/25/2008

#705 - The Sea Hag, Ilwaco, WA - 9/25/2008

http://seahagilwaco.com/

#704 - The Little Red Barn Loaf'n Shed, Grand Mound, WA - 9/25/2008

Sunday, September 21, 2008

#703 - Juju, Seattle (Belltown) - 3/19/2008

Juju - 2224 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA


2224 2nd Avenue Seattle, WA 98121 - (206) 728-4053
Est.  2008 - Closed Nov. 2012 - Building constructed 1911
Previous bars in this location: Ximaica

#702 - The Polar Bar, (Arctic Club Hotel) Seattle - 3/19/2008


700 3rd Avenue Seattle, WA 98104 - (206) 340-0340

seattletimes - thestranger - gastrolust - cornichon

#701 - The Crimson C, Seattle (downtown) - 3/19/2008

When I went there on an early Wednesday evening it was just big, red, and empty. I'll have to try again some Friday or Saturday night. (web site)

Followup:  The Crimson C has closed as of Jan. 2010

Saturday, September 06, 2008

#700 - Ama Ama Oyster Bar, Seattle (West Seattle) - 9/4/2008


Update: Ama Ama closed in 2009


The most swank bar in Seattle -- absolutely beautiful everywhere you look, like a living Shag painting.

Try the: Starrlight

4752 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116 (map)
Est. 2007 - Closed 2009 - Building constructed: 1910
Previous bars at this location: Guppy's West, Ovio Bistro
Subsequent bars at this location: Table 35, A Terrible Beauty
(ama-amaseattle.com - facebook - yelp - Seattle PI)

Monday, September 01, 2008

#694 - The T-Bird Tavern, Seattle (Ballard) - 8/31/2008

Art in the men's room at the Thunderbird Tavern
This dive bar next door to a small strip club is in a space that has hosted a bar since at least the 1930s. By 1941 it was the "Pilot House Inn" and by 1959 it was the "Thunderbird Tavern."  It closed again in mid 2013, but reopened the following February under new owners Madison Eckendorf and Ian Smith, who have preserved the diveyness.

Overheard from a Thunderbird customer (discussing a different bar):
"You can't have a 70-year-old woman totin' around kegs and have a ditch in back ..."

7515 15th Ave NW,  Seattle, WA 98117 - (206) 706-4973
Closed 2013 - Building constructed 1936
Previous bars at this location: Pilot House Inn
backpageyelp - thestranger - seattlest

#693 - Hazelwood, Seattle (Ballard) - 8/31/2008


This bar had the small personality of a bar in the Adams Morgan district of Washington DC (which is the best strip of small personality bars in the country, as far as I've seen). I wasn't quite as knocked out by the drinks or vibe as most of the places I highly recommend, but this is an intimate, unique space, with a cool crowd and some adventurous cocktails, and what more could you ask?

#692 - Ocho, Seattle (Ballard) - 8/31/2008

A very nice, hopping, little place.

Try the Ten Dollar Margarita and the Sangria Rioja.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

#691 - Havana, Seattle (Capitol Hill) - 8/27/2008

1010 East Pike Street Seattle, Washington 98122 - (206) 323-2822

#690 - Vermillion, Seattle (Capitol Hill) - 8/27/2008

People on Capitol Hill put up galleries with wine bars like some neighborhoods put up lemonade stands.

1508 11th Avenue Seattle, WA 98122 - (206) 709-9797

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

#689 - Liberty, Seattle (Capitol Hill) - 7/23/2008?

Nice.

517 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112 - (206) 323-9898
Est. April 17, 2006 - Building constructed: 1929
Previous bars in this location: None known
Web site: libertybars.com

#688 - 22 Doors, Seattle (Capitol Hill) - 7/23/2008?

Update: 22 Doors closed on Jan 1, 2014.

Named for the 22 mahogany doors from the Camlin Hotel that were used to construct the bar and other parts of the room, 22 Doors sold quite good cocktails and offered an almost secret back patio that felt like a surprise every time I went there.

(Name was temporarily changed to just "22" in 2010)

Est. 2005 - Closed Jan 1, 2014
http://www.twentytwodoors.com/

Sunday, August 17, 2008

#687 - Wild Rose Tavern, Seattle (Capitol Hill) - 8/17/2008

Try the Pink Panty Dropper.

This is not exactly aimed at my demographic, of course, but it's a nice place and if I was wearing pink panties at the time, I might well have dropped them.

Historical notes:  A bar owned by Neil C. Riley is listed here in 1935.
In the 40s it was LaChateau Café, and in the 60s and 70s it was the Chamber Tavern.In the early 80s it was the Sundance Tavern, and opened as the Wild Rose on Jan 1, 1986.

1021 E Pike Street Seattle, WA 98122-3818 - (206) 324-9210
web site, Yelp
Est. Jan 1, 1986 - Building constructed 1905
Previous bars in this location: LaChateau Café, Chamber Tavern, Sundance Tavern

#686 - The Honey Hole, Seattle (Capitol Hill) - 8/17/2008


The Honey Hole has a great vibe, even on a Sunday evening, and the seductive barbeque smells wafting through the bar hut ensure that I'll be back during the day as well.

703 East Pike Street Seattle, WA 98122 - (206) 709-1399
(web site, Yelp, The Stranger)

#685 - Rosebud, Seattle (Capitol Hill) - 8/17/2008


Update:  Rosebud closed 9/25/2011

Try the Luke's Special.
Maybe I caught it on a bad night, but this spot left me a little cold and full of itself. It does feature a serendipitous, small back patio where you'd never expect it, and I've heard good things, so perhaps it needs another chance or two.

#684 - Grey Gallery, Seattle (Capitol Hill) - 8/17/2008

The Grey Gallery closed in 2010

Try the Ginger Gimlet. This cucumber based cocktail is second only to the complex and delicious cocktails of The Hideout and 22 Doors, which puts it in fine company indeed.

1512 11th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 - (206) 325-5209
Opened: 2008 Closed: 2010

#683 - Cha Cha(new), Seattle - 8/17/2008


The new underground space is much nicer and it now serves beers that you don't have to pretend to be a starving rock band to like. But what it has added is exactly what is missing from the original -- the utter lack of an intrinsic reason to go there, except for the people you expected to be there. It remains to be seen how a location with its own attractions will carry on. (web site)




1013 E Pike St (downstairs), Seattle, WA 98122 - (206) 322-0703
Est. 2007 in this location, 1998 in previous location - Building constructed 1910
Previous bars in this location: None known (in basement space)