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Monday, October 26, 2009

#930 - Athenian Inn, Seattle - 10/26/2009

Although I've eaten there many times, I've never made it to the bar at the Athenian Inn, probably because it just recently extended its closing time from 6pm to 7:30pm. The restaurant has now been there literally a hundred years, and the bar since 1933. It has a surprisingly large beer selection for a place that seems to cater to blue collar regulars who prefer Miller or Bud Lite, and a nice happy hour menu (try the elk sliders).

Along with the pleasantly inebriated regulars (Hi, Frank), it has a nice cross-section of old and young, tourists and locals, and of course it has that view (best witnessed in the colder months, when the sun sets before closing time). It was pretty foolish of me to live in Seattle for a quarter of its century-old life and not stop in for a drink before now.

1517 Pike Place, Seattle, WA 98101 - (206) 624-7166 - seattle dining (history) - seattle weekly - the stranger - yelp

#929 - Ventana, Seattle (Belltown) - 10/23/2009

Update: Ventana closed 7/3/2011

Ventana, named for the large windows looking out on Elliot Bay ("ventana" is Spanish for window), is owned by the same folks who own Twist next door. It has quite good food, quite good cocktails, quite nice service, and quite nice ventanas.

Try the: Cucumber and jalapeno margarita

2323 1st Ave., Seattle, WA 98121 - (206) 441-9478 - seattle pi - yelp

Monday, October 19, 2009

#928 - Pike Place Bar & Grill, Seattle - 10/19/2009

A place like this rises or falls as a bar with the characters it brings in, and on what appeared to be a typical weeknight this one had more than it's fair share of color. There were the old codgers describing how they explained to their doctors that they didn't *really* need to stop drinking, the full-on alcoholics all too eager to regale you with how they've screwed up their lives, the man in the cheap Sunday suit who looked like a televangelist intently reading a book in the corner, and a host of other regulars along with the inevitable tourists visiting Pike Place Market.

One of the codgers explained to me that his wife was again on her "apple diet," and observed that "all wives are crazy." "On the other hand," he noted, with a straight face that worked like a wink, "all husbands are the epitome of normalcy."

There was the drunk fellow trying to get the drunk woman to come home with him: "I have cable! Comcast! I got beer. I got chronic." The woman responded that seven men have tried to get her to go home with them tonight. "Well them six are shit outta luck, because I'm fucking classy!"

This was all before 7pm on a Monday, mind you.

I like this place. The employees there were all very nice, including Lee the bartender, who asked me if this was my first time there. "If this was my first time here," Lee pondered, "I don't know what I'd make of it."

90 Pike St Ste 22, Seattle, WA 98101 - (206) 624-1365
yelp - citysearch - the stranger

Saturday, October 17, 2009

#927 - Alki Tavern, Seattle - 10/26/2009

Update: The Alki Tavern closed after St. Patrick's Day, 2013

This is just about the perfect dive bar. Outside, ramshackle patio furniture, hand-painted stylized seagull sign, and the Pacific Ocean lapping up from around the Olympic peninsula across the street. Inside, a woody, flag-draped interior and any number of local characters. On this night the latter included the artist who was having a difficult day due to patrons passing gas in the Starbucks where she does her work, and the hyper-affected English gentlemen manners of a young fellow with a cane (asked by the bartender how his dog was: "Well," eyelids fluttering half closed, "He is well.") And of course the bikers.

An excellent dive to have so close to the middle of the city.

1321 Harbor Ave SW., Seattle, WA 98116 - (206) 932-9970
Established 1976 - Closed March 18, 2013 - Building constructed: 1915
Previous bars in this location:  Unknown name owned by Thomas & Jensen in the 1930s - myspace - seattle weekly - yelp - - the stranger

Sunday, October 11, 2009

#925 - Mac's Smokehouse, Seattle - 10/10/2009

1760 1st Ave S., Seattle, WA 98134 - (206) 628-0880
yelp - urban spoon

#924 - Casuelita's, Seattle - 10/5/2009

Reviews on various sites have claimed that the quality varies widely here, but the night I went the food was all very good and the drinks fairly good too. I'll definitely be coming back.

81 Vine St., Seattle, WA 98121 - (206) 770-0155
<seattle weekly - seattle pi - seattle times - yelp

Saturday, October 10, 2009

#923 - Kushibar, Seattle - 10/6/2009

Update: Kushibar closed in October 2017

2319 Second Ave., Seattle, WA 98127 - (206) 448-2488
Est. 2008 - Closed Oct 2017 - Building constructed 1928
Previous bars in this location: None known - seattle dining - the stranger - seattle times - seattle pi

#922 - La Vita É Bella, Seattle - 10/6/2009

2411 2nd Ave., Seattle, WA 98121 - (206) 441-5322
lavitaebella - yelp - zagat - bellinghameats - the stranger

#921 - 9 Million In Unmarked Bills, Seattle - 10/5/2009

The new place in the old Triangle location in Fremont has an inconsistently applied 30's gangster theme and a menu of interesting cocktails. The ones I tried didn't have quite the balance that Seattle's finest bartenders produce -- and I didn't try the John Dillinger (Bulliet Bourbon and a cigarette) -- but it's a step up, as is the very good food (I had the Caprese salad and the lamb sliders).

Historical notes:  This was the "Triangle Tavern by 1935 until 1986 (the listed address is slightly different in earlier years, but it is the same location).  It was the "Classic Tavern" in the latter 80s and 90s, and re-named the "Triangle Lounge" from 1998 through 2009.)  Building constructed in 1926.

3507 Fremont Place, Seattle, WA 98103 - (206) 632-0880
Est. 2009 - Building constructed: 1926 - Previously: Triangle Tavern, Classic Tavern, Triangle Lounge - seattle magazine - yelp - seattle times - the stranger

Thursday, October 08, 2009

#920 - Sinners & Saints, Seattle (Fremont) - 10/5/2009

Update:  Sinners and Saints was closed and reopened as Woodsky's in Jan. 2011

Not a whole lot of good drinking choices and even fewer food choices, but it's very nice to look at.

303 N. 36th Street, Seattle, WA 98103 - (206) 547-1141
seattle weekly - first call - yelp - the stranger

#919 - The Cuff, Seattle (Capitol Hill) - 10/4/2009

(Brian P. photo -- The resemblance may not seem so remarkable in this pic as it was taken before I took my shirt off.)

So I went to The Cuff and had a Top Shelf Electric Ice Tea and I still didn't contract gay, as far as I can tell. I'm beginning to think that it doesn't spread quite as easily as Rev. Pat Robertson has led me to believe.

Anyway, I had an entirely inaccurate impression of The Cuff: I was thinking it was a relatively small, leather bar, and of course it's a large, varied, multilevel place (I guess that's why they call it the "Cuff Complex"). And I have it on good authority that the next time I get a Top Shelf Electric Ice Tea it should be from the back patio.

1533 13th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122 - (206) 323-1525
Est. March 23, 1993 - seattle weekly - gay cities - the stranger

Monday, October 05, 2009

#918 - Pony, Seattle (Capitol Hill) - 10/4/2009

Pony is like a gay "Cha Cha" -- a bar designed from day one to be a dive (although one of our party repeatedly insisted it was not a dive but rather a "shanty"). As nouveau dives go, it's a fairly good one, with its odd angles giving it character and its ship-like patio giving it an odd sense of command of Capitol Hill.

1221 E Madison St., Seattle, WA 98122
the stranger - yelp - stranger pics (NSFW)

#917 - Hamburger Harry's, Seattle (Ballard) - 10/3/2009

Hamburger Harry's closed in late 2013

2409 NW Market St., Seattle, WA 98138 - (206) 297-8000
Est. 2008 - Closed Sep or Oct 2014 - Building constructed 1950
Previous bars in this location: Sea Breeze
yelp - myballard - the stranger

Sunday, October 04, 2009

#916 - Moshi Moshi Sushi, Seattle (Ballard) - 10/3/2009

If you assume the lounge was something of an afterthought for this sushi bar, you will be pleasantly surprised if not stunned at the deep and creative list of house cocktails created by Erik Carlson. On a tip from itinerant cocktail connoisseur Rocky, every drink that our party tried was tasty and artfully balanced.

The decor of Moshi does not have quite the dark warmth and feeling of age that I prefer in a great bar, but it certainly isn't boring -- the interior is dominated by a fairly spectacular LED Sakura tree. I think I'll have to check out the crowd on a few more nights to know if I'd move this from my recommended list to my highest recommendations. But if you want a choice of interesting and finely made cocktails this is as good a choice as you're going to find.

5324 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 - (206) 971-7424 - seattle times - yelp - daily candy - the stranger

Thursday, October 01, 2009

#915 - Copper Cart Cafe, Seattle - 10/1/2009

Update:  The Copper Cart closed in 2012, briefly became the Empire Lounge, then the Ampersand, then a marijuana shop.

Why we need a bar that feels exactly like Spitfire three blocks from Spitfire is not abundantly clear to me. In fact, it's not clear to me why we need any warehouse sports bars blasting techno. But the happy hour appetizers were actually quite good, the drinks were serviceable, and the bartender (Zar?) was pretty cool. So if you're hungry, and you're wearing your untucked, striped dress shirt and your hair product, it's probably a pretty good place to go.

113 Bell St., Seattle, WA 98121 - (206) 239-0830
Est. July 2009 - Closed 2012 - Building constructed 1930 - facebook - the stranger - yelp - seattle weekly

#914 - Little Red Bistro, Seattle - 9/30/2009

The Little Red Studio is a whole different conversation, but strictly as a wine bar the Little Red Bistro is charming and fine.

400 Dexter Ave N. (between Harrison & Republican), Seattle, WA 98109 - (206) 328-4758 - facebook - yelp

#913 - Bathtub Gin & Co., Seattle - 9/30/2009

A cozy, little speakeasy hidden off a Belltown alley, Bathtub Gin & Co. has a limited but fine cocktail menu and various romantic nooks and crannies. This is probably the most pleasant bar in Belltown just to sit in, and with the fairly high quality drinks clinch the case. It's not easy to find though, and no doubt the neighbors on 2nd Avenue are amused by the confused looks of people trying to get into the locked door of the apartment building where it is housed.

2205 2nd Ave. (between Blanchard&nbsp& Bell) Seattle, WA 98121 - (206) 728-6069
yelp - the stranger - seattle magazine - seattle weekly

#912 - The EastBurn, Portland - 9/27/2009

Pretty good food, pretty good drinks, live music, hanging wicker chairs in one section, swing chairs in the patio out back. Pretty nice place.

1800 E Burnside, Portland, OR 97214 - (503) 236-2876 - myspace - yelp - mercury - barfly

#911 - Zach's Shack, Portland - 9/26/2009

4611 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR 97255 - (971) 235-9888
myspace - altportland - yelp - barfly

#910 - Sewickly Addition, Portland - 9/26/2009

Pleasantly divey, with a nice diversity of patrons

4901 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR 97215 - (503) 236.3104
barfly - yelp - mercury - insiderpages