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Thursday, January 29, 2009

#767 - Fuel, Seattle (Pioneer Square) - 1/29/2009

Fuel, Seattle
Sometimes this project is serendipitously thematic, and such was the case tonight, as I departed the bad art auction at Tether Design and the company of intrepid subculture explorers and bad art connoisseurs Jo and Marlowe to grab a nightcap at Fuel, a sports bar that is utterly generic with the exception of a series of impossibly bad portraits of the characters in "Caddyshack."

However, it subsequent visits, Fuel has grown on me a bit. It has hosted some outlandish events (e.g. "Hot For Teacher Night" with Mary K. Letourneau and her DJ husband (and erstwhile student Vili Fualaau).

Mary K. Letourneau, "Hot For Teacher Night", Fuel, Seattle
Also, if you want a rollicking place to watch Seahawks games and other Seattle sporting events, Fuel is one of the best bar scenes in the area.

Historical notes:  I have not yet found any bars in this location after prohibition until Fuel opened here in 2006 (before Fuel it hosted a tile shop and an Italian restaurant).  However, going further back it is associated with a rich part of Seattle bar history. The building was constructed for Captain James Nugent and John Considine in 1890 (, right after the Great Seattle Fire of 1889. Nugent leased the Fuel portion from 1890 to 1904, and for at least a portion of that ran the Coocoo Saloon there.  A saloon of unknown name was there in 1905 run by Rees Heycock.  For a description of the more notorious eastern portion of the building, see my entry on the Double Header.

164 S Washington, Seattle, WA 98104-2532 - (206) 405-3835
Est. 2006 - Building constructed 1890
Previous bars in this location: Coocoo Saloon
web site:

#766 - Fort St. George, Seattle (ID) - 1/29/2009

601 S King St #202, Seattle, WA 98104-2916 - (206) 382-0662

#765 - Fortune Sports Bar, Seattle (ID) - 1/29/2009

Update: This bar is now closed.

664 South King St, Seattle, WA 98104

#764 - Joe's Bar and Grill, Seattle (ID) - 1/29/2009

For hard-scrabble, roily bars in Seattle it's hard to beat south Pioneer Square and the International District, and perhaps the hard-scrabbliest, roiliest one of them all is Joe's Bar and Grill (Happy Hour 7am to noon). You will not find this place filled with hipsters.  If your idea of a great dive bar is one filled with grizzled regulars, working men and non-working menm who've led hard lives, this is probably the best dive in Seattle.

Joe's Bar and Grill, Seattle, WA
Historical notes: There have been bars located at this address since at least 1898, and by 1915 it was the Nebraska Music Hall. The first bar I've found located in the current building, constructed in 1926, is one owned by Mrs. Ko Nishiyama in 1939.  By 1948 it was the Combination Tavern, and in the 50s and 60s it was the Red Front Tavern (which later moved one block north to Jackson). It is also listed as Johnson Corner Tavern in the 60s, and eventually (?) Joe's Bar and Grill.  (This space may have been split for a while, as the corner location is listed under 500 1/2 in earlier years.)

500 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104 - (206) 223-9266
Previous bars at this location: The Combination Tavern, Johnson Corner Tavern, Red Front Tavern
thestrangeryelp - tripadvisor 

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

#762 - Clever Dunne's Irish House, Seattle (Capitol Hill) - 1/19/2009

Update: Clever Dunne's closed Jan 30, 2017.

I found no apparent cleverness, but it's a serviceable bar.

1501 East Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98122-2129 - (206) 709-8079
Est. 2002 - Closed Jan 30, 2017 - Building constructed: 1916
Previous bars in this location:  Changes Too, The Detour, DJ's Nightlife, Foxxes, Jack's Roadhouse, The Continental
Subsequent bars in this location: Hula Hula 

#761 - The Crescent, Seattle (Capitol Hill) - 1/19/2009

Definitely gives The Rickshaw a run for the money.

Update: Now that I know that Amber from Go Like Hell, touring with the Genitorturers, etc. etc. works there (and easily clinches the most sexy bartender title), I have to boost this over the Rickshaw for top Seattle karaoke dive and to my highly recommended list.

Historical Notes: The "Arterial Tavern" begins appearing in city guides at this address in 1939 and it is listed as the "Crescent Tavern" in the 1948. It is said to have been an old carriage house, although the current building wasn't constructed until 1924. It was a lesbian bar by the early 70s and now caters to older gay men, with a broad mix for karaoke.

1413 East Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98122 - (206) 568-7452              
seattle weekly - yelp - the stranger

#760 - The Elite, Seattle (Capitol Hill, Olive Way) - 1/19/2009

Update:  The Elite closed in early July 2012.

Ostensibly gay, but it looks like it was decorated by the Rodney Dangerfield character in "Caddyshack."

Historical Notes: The Elite Tavern was established by 1935 (perhaps earlier) at 622 Broadway, currently the location of Poppy. It remained there until Jan 31, 2007, when it closed and re-opened in Dec 2007 at 1520 E Olive Way. It eventually (1950s?) became a gay bar -- the first one on Capitol Hill. On July 22, 1993 it was bombed by neo-Nazis, but suffered very limited damage with no one hurt.

1520 E. Olive Way, Seattle, WA

#759 - The Bus Stop, Seattle (Capitol Hill, Olive Way) - 1/19/2009

Small, spartan, and inhabited by a number of people who loudly seem to just seem to be getting used to this drinking thing, but I like it. It's particularly interesting on 3D-Glasses night.

The Bus Stop was first established at 508 E. Pine in 2004 or 2005 and was there into 2007. In 2009 it re-opened at the current Olive Way address.

1552 E. Olive Way, Seattle, WA

#758 - Redwood, Seattle (Capitol Hill) - 1/19/2009

Update: Redwood closed Nov 18, 2017.

Man, I had no idea a bar like this was hidden away on Capitol Hill. And while it has only been there a couple years, it feels like it's been around for 50. An excellent option for people who want a more relaxed and unpretentious watering hole, as if it were in the hills around some small college town.

514 E Howell Street, Seattle, WA 98122
web site (or perhaps more accurately, web page)
yelp - the stranger - seattle weekly

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

#757 - The Saint, Seattle (Capitol Hill) - 1/19/2009

Update: The Saint closed on Aug 30, 2018.

A nice, romantic bar -- especially for tequila lovers. (And thanks to Adam for the drink and Redwood tip.)

1416 E Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98122-2128 - (206) 323-9922
Est. April 5, 2008 - Closed Aug 30, 2018 - Building constructed 1926

#756 - The Buck, Seattle (Capitol Hill) - 1/19/2009

 Update:  The Buck closed September 2011

Some very fine additions over the past year or so make this stretch of Olive Way one of my favorite bar areas in the city. The Buck is cozy, western-themed bar by the owners of Bleu Bistro, with a mixed gay and straight crowd. I didn't get much of a feel for the vibe of the patrons, as I went on a Monday evening, but Janine the bartender is quite cool and the decor is swell (even if they really need to start giving some serious thought to taking down the Christmas tree).

1506 E Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98122 - (206) 329-2493
Est. 2008

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

#755 - The Pub at 3rd Place, Seattle (Ravenna) - 1/13/2009

I love the Pub at Third Place. I love all the wood, the good beers, the Greek restaurant and bookstore open late upstairs. But what I liked most was the customers and vibe. Late 20s and 30s, on laptops, reading books, playing cards, relaxed but with a good energy. A hidden gem and one of my new favorite places. (web site)

6504 20th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115 - (206) 523-0217
Web site:
Reviews: seattletimes - seattle weekly

#754 - Pied Piper Ale House, Seattle (Ravenna) - 1/8/2009

Update: The Pied Piper Ale House closed in late December 2013.

A pleasant place with good food and beers. A bit more of a family place than I personally look for in bars, but I'll go back there to eat.

2404 Northeast 65th St, Seattle, WA 98115 - (206) 729-0603
Est. 2007 - Closed 2013
facebook - yelp

#753 - Juno, Seattle (downtown) - 1/8/2009

700 3rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104 (in the Arctic Club Hotel) - (206) 631-8080
Est. 2008 - Building constructed: 1916-1918
web site - seattle times - seattle weekly - komonews

#752 - The Daily Grill, Seattle (downtown) - 1/5/2009

629 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101 - (206) 624-8400
Est. June 2007

Sunday, January 04, 2009

#751 - Jolly Roger, Portland - 1/4/2009

In the previous post I noted how rare it to find a charming sports bar. This is one. (web site)

#750 - Blitz Ladd, Portland - 1/4/2009

This is a very large sports bar, which means it's fairly impossible to have any of the charm I generally look for in a bar. But as large sports bars go, it was very comfortable and unassuming, and I liked the couches, picnic tables, and plywood, and it seems to fit well in the Ladd's Addition neighborhood.
(web site)

#749 - Tennessee Red's, Portland - 1/4/2009

#748 - Voleur, Portland - 1/2/2009


#747 - Capt. Ankeny's Well, Portland - 1/2/2009

Utterly unremarkable, but the bartenders were cool.

#746 - Dirty, Portland - 1/2/2009

New (about 10 months) bump and grind, thumping music, spray-on-tan club in the Old Town area. Not my type of place, but if you're going to have a club like that, why not outfit it with stripper poles and a swing over the bar?
(NapkinNights pics from the night I was there)

#745 - Crush, Portland - 1/2/2009

On the Friday night I went it was crammed with hot, scantily-clad lesbians. What's not to like?
(web site)

#744 - Hanigan's ("The Vern"), Portland - 1/2/2009

A nice little ramshackle pub, locally known as "The Vern" thanks to a neon sign with the T & A not working.