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Monday, March 08, 2010

#999 - The Barrel Tavern, Burien, WA - 3/5/2010

Update: The Barrel Tavern closed in 2015, was briefly replaced by an Indian restaurant, then the building was razed in October 2018.

The Barrel is a semi-divey bar built in an old 1963 XXX Root Beer Drive-in in Top Hat, the neighborhood between Burien and White Center (there's a nice summary of the history in the B-TownBlog). So it's the big barrel facade that really grabs you.

The menu and drinks are the basics. The Barrel has blues nights and biker crowds, so I think our group arrived at one of its down moments, and I'm interested to see what the crowd is like when it is more full of regulars and less full of K-Bar not-so-secret agents. (Picture is a Larry J. photo of one of the regulars reacting to our group.)

The Barrel Tavern, Burien/White Center, WA
(Photo from
Technical Note: Despite most places listing this with a Seattle address, it doesn't technically count as a Seattle bar, as my best efforts to place it relative to the crazy Seattle southern city limits line puts it a tad south of the city.

11051 1st Avenue S., Burien, WA 98168 - (206) 244-7390
Closed 2015 - Building constructed 1963
Previous bars in this location: None known - b-townblog - city-data - seattle weekly - yelp

1 comment:

biankat said...

What you experienced is pretty much the norm. Karaoke is hit or miss, it's cash only, and the bike 'club' Bandidos' are regulars. It's always crowded during the after-work hours.