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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

#1261 - Eastside Club , Olympia, WA - 10/18/2010

The Eastside Club has been open here since at least 1939, with a closure in 1959 due to the Great Olympia Train Wreck. It appears to have begun in the current China Clipper location shortly after prohibition (at least by 1934, while the current location hosted "Randy's Place"). Its history casually covers the walls in old photos, newspaper articles, and other artifacts.  It has a good and broad (36 taps) selection of beer, and bartenders who seem happy to be there.  It has some of the typical back-of-the-bar paraphernalia, although the coaster art includes contributions by Linda Berry and Matt Groening. 

It has a hole in the wall where you can order food from the restaurant next door, a laundromat in back, and whiteboard art where the artist gradually ages the drawing of beer truck as summer turns to fall.  It's the most likable in a stretch of very likable bars.
410 4th Ave E, Olympia, WA 98501-1109 - (360) 357-9985
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