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Sunday, May 30, 2010

#1121 #S669 - Tarasco, Seattle - 5/30/2010

Tarasco is one of those restaurant / bars that pops up unexpectedly in the middle of a residential neighborhood.  It is nominally Mexican -- with orange and yellow walls and a couple sombreros hanging from one wall.

And it has some fairly cool signage with a martini glass brand on the flank or replacing the eye of a Bull.  But as a bar -- or as a personality -- there's just not a lot of there there.

seattle weekly - yelp
1452 NW 70th St, Seattle, WA 98117 - (206) 782-1485

#1120 #S668 - Heads or Tails, Seattle - 5/29/2010

This place has upgraded from a trash heap to a typical suburban dive.  Its previous incarnation, as the "Lazy Fish Saloon," was depressing in almost every way.  There were stacks of plywood and trash leaning against the interior walls, and 2 or 3 drunks from Aurora Ave leaning toward a fight.  Even the name was a bit shabby and dishonest -- there was a basically a foot-long fish in a two-foot-long tank:  You try being anything but "lazy" being confined in such a space.

The new place has cleaned up considerably, adding a back porch area (although granted, this was mainly for the smokers) and the standard dive ingredients -- diner type food, pulltabs, karaoke, and fliers for the local social clubs and semi-pro sports teams ("Seattle Stallions Football," "Ballard Elks Car Show," "9 Ways to Destroy Your Eagles Aerie").  The result seems to be a substantially larger crowd -- and I mean that in more ways than just a higher number of people. At least they must think the food is pretty dang good.

12534 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133 - (206) 440-3288
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Previous bars at this location:  Herb's Tavern (60s to 80s), Baluga's Tavern (80s), Rex Pub & Grill (90s), Bitter Lake Pub (2000s), Dawg Tagz (2000s), Lazy Fish Saloon

#1119 #S667 - Circa Grill & Ale House, Seattle - 5/29/2010

This is a little place popular with neighborhood families for it's slightly upscale comfort food.  There is nothing particularly remarkable about the bar, and the selection of beers on tap is pretty small for a place with "Ale House" in their title (although they do have Manny's, which always makes the selection okay in my book).

2605 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116 - (206) 923-1102
circawestseattle.com - seattle pi - seattle weekly - the stranger - yelp

Saturday, May 29, 2010

#1118 #S666 - Vela Pizzeria & Lounge, Seattle - 5/28/2010

Vela is number 666 on my list of bars in the Seattle city limits.  Perhaps I should take something exciting from that.  I did see some references to the "Union Bar" which conjured images of a great old blue collar dive in the basement of this temple to an era where such working people used to command a bit more societal respect.

But Vela Pizza, while in a great old Labor Temple space, is just a pedestrian pizza joint by day, and by night a bar that is a cliche second rate bump and grind club.

2800 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121 - (206) 441-8352
velaseattle.com - facebook - yelp

#1117 #S665 - Hunter Gatherer Lodge, Seattle - 5/27/2010

Update: The Hunter Gatherer Lodge is closing after Saturday March 31, 2012.


This is not one of my favorite types of bars and the cocktails are basically of the frat party variety.  However there are at least three reasons to be very happy about the new Hunter Gatherer Lodge, in the space of the previous War Room:  1) It presumably will give us continued access to a fine upstairs patio in the summer months; 2) it keeps an active bar in a structure that was built in 1920 and which has hosted a bar (mostly the Harvard Tavern) since at least 1935; and 3) it has a sweet section of wall with taxidermy heads extending from live ivy.

722 E. Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98122 - (206) 328-7666
Est. April 9, 2010 - Closed April 1, 2012 - Building constructed 1920
hglodge.comthe stranger - yelp

#1116 #S664 - Noble Fir, Seattle - 5/26/2010

This is a pleasant new place on Ballard Ave (it opened to the public on this date), with a quite good beer and wine selection and some interesting food items with nice meats, cheeses and desserts.  The decor is woody and neat, and surprisingly spare for a place with forest sort of theme. 

But don't go if you're not ready to get your drink on -- the wines by glass are a bit on the spendy side and the tap beers are not served in anything less than 20oz imperial pints.

It's not immediately clear to me that this will be enough to make people choose the Fir over various other place along this stretch, but I suppose we'll see.


5316 Ballard Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98107 - (206) 420-7425
thenoblefir.comseattle pi - thrillist - yelp

#1117 #S665 - Ruby Asian Dining, Seattle - 5/24/2010

Update: Sabai closed in Feb 2014

(Now "Sabai") There's not much to the bar here, but they do have a few house cocktails, very much on the sweet side.  I chose the Sabai Sabai (Mekhong rum, lemon juice, sugar syrup, thai basil, soda), which actually looked like the least sweet and sugary option, but it's nothing to write Siam about.

200 Lake Washington Blvd, Seattle, WA 98122 - (206) 322-7288
rubyasiandining.com - the stranger - yelp

Monday, May 24, 2010

#1115 #S663 - Porterhouse, Seattle - 5/22/2010

Update:  The Porterhouse closed Dec. 3, 2011.

The Porterhouse, in the old Blackbird space in West Seattle, is the sister pub to a place in Mount Vernon of the same name, but is nevertheless owned by a West Seattle native, Silas Reynolds.  As the name suggests, the emphasis at the Porterhouse(s) is beer, and in general they seem to get very good reviews for their numerous west coast brews, with more mixed reaction to their gastropub food.

When the gal at the bar found out that I was more in the mood for an "interesting cocktail," she fetched Kristin, who made me a fairly nice French 75.


2329 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116 - (206) 932-2575
westcoastales.com - facebook - westseattleblog - thestranger - urbanspoon - yelp

#1114 #S662 - Brickyard BBQ, Seattle - 5/19/2010

In neighborhood bar areas, as in business, it seems to be a general trend that the rich get richer.  For Seattle area bars, the richest for me are Capitol Hill (particularly the stretch around Olive between Broadway and I5), the Georgetown/SoDo area, and California Avenue in West Seattle.  Along the latter, which ranges from great old dives (e.g. Poggie Tavern) to swanky (best represented by the recently demised Ama Ama) to fancy schmancy (e.g. Spring Hill), you can add one of very few barbecue places that really looks and feels like a barbecue place.

The Brickyard BBQ serves quite good Texas-style barbecue in a quirky building (much of it necessitated by quirky building codes) with a decor assembled from various friends, and designed with warm, summer afternoons in mind.  There is currently a fair amount of outdoor seating and a garage door that opens the inner portion in warm weather, and Don Kriley, who co-owns the place with his brother Dan, took me back to see the grassy area in back that they plan to have ready to open this Saturday May 29th with horse shoe pits, fire pits, an outdoor bar, and live music, and I hope to be able to check it out that night.

Thanks to Don's friend David for giving me a bit of history of not only this place, but the Blue Eagle, Alki, and some of the other old bars of West Seattle.  There's not much fancy about the bar or drinks at the Brickyard, but this is place gives me one more reason to look forward to those warm summer days in between the gray ones.


2308 California Avenue Southwest Seattle, WA - (206) 933-3109
brickyardbarbq.com - facebook - urbanspoon - westseattleblog

#1113 #S661 - Tilikum Place Cafe, Seattle - 5/18/2010

This is a quite nice, somewhat upscale, cafe just up the street from the (in no way upscale, but excellent) Five Point.  The menu comes from a chef, Ba Culbert, who previously worked at the Palace Kitchen and The Ruins.  In the evenings the bar is a  pleasant stop with better than average drinks.

407 Cedar St, Seattle, WA 98121 - (206) 282-4830
tilikumplacecafe.com - facebook - seattletimes - the stranger - seattle weekly - yelp

#1112 #S660 - Coldwater Bar & Grill, Seattle - 5/18/2010

Update: Coldwater Grill closed sometime sometime between December 2012 and Feb 2013.

Not particularly interesting in any way.

1900 Fifth Ave, Seattle, Washington 98101 - (206) 256-7697
Est. Feb 2005 - Closed Dec 2012 - Feb 2013 - Building constructed: 1969
Previous bars at this location:  Trader Vic's/The Outrigger, Roy's
coldwaterbarandgrill.com - seattlepi - yelp

#1116 #S664 - BluWater Bistro, Seattle (Leschi) - 5/24/2010

I've had drinks at this location before, but didn't have it on my list, and those visits may all have been in the Leschi Lake Cafe days. So I dropped by on a sunny Monday afternoon, which the weather sites said would be followed by four cloudy rainy days.

This *should* be the best of the three BluWater locations, but unfortunately the patio is not on the water side. It's still a very pleasant location and as with the other locations, the drinks are average and the food is better than average.

102 Lakeside Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 - (206) 328-2233
bluwaterbistro.com - yelp -

Sunday, May 23, 2010

#1111 #S659 - Dahlia Lounge, Seattle - 5/17/2010

I'd never had a drink at the actual lounge of the Dahlia Lounge (the food is Tom Douglas -- you know all about that).  The bar doesn't have a lot of character, and this remains much more of a place where you wait for your table than a destination bar.

Nevertheless, the "Thai Basil" cocktail I had was delicious.  "Those are basil seeds, not fish eggs, at the bottom," the bartender noted, apparently anticipating a common assumption.  When the drink is that tasty, I don't really care.

2001 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121 - (206) 682-4142
tomdouglas.com - yelp

#1110 #S658 - Blueacre Seafood, Seattle - 5/17/2010

The emphasis is on the seafood at Blueacre, the new place from the Steelhead Diner folks in the space of the former Oceanaire.  While I didn't eat, the fellow next to me had one of the most sumptuous looking pieces of salmon I've ever seen.  But the cocktail menu is not a mere afterthought, featuring a number of interesting drinks named for various legal terms -- "Class Action," "Fruit of the Poisonous Tree," "Hostile Witness," etc.  ("Blueacre" is apparently a seafood version of "black acre," a generic sort of "John Doe" term for a property in legal lingo.)

The bartenders seem to vary quite a bit in their knowledge and experience, but I enjoyed my "Tragedy of the Commons" (Buffalo Trace bourbon, velvet falernum, lime, and Peychard's bitters).

blueacreseafood.com - facebook - seattle times - tom douglas - thestranger -

#1109 #S657 - Blu Water Grill, Lake Union, Seattle - 5/17/2010

This was my first visit to this version of the BluWater Bistro (after being to the Leschi restaurant a couple times and the Greenlake version several times). 
I visited on a hazy, weekday afternoon, and after seeing the cabana, I'm eager to check it out on a warm summer evening, even though I suspect it doesn't tend to draw a sort of crowd I prefer.


The cocktails are pedestrian, but the food is pretty good and the view is excellent.

1001 Fairview Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109 - (206) 447-0769

bluwaterbistro.com - thestranger - yelp

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

#1108 #S656 - Cellars, Seattle - OOO

2132 First Ave, Seattle, WA 98121 - (206) 448-8757
cellarsbelltown.com - yelp

#1107 #S655 - Angelina's, Seattle - 5/15/2010

A nice Italian restaurant with a fairly good bar.  The "Admiral's Kiss" (pear vodka, St. Germain, and citrus) is quite refreshing.

2311 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116 - (206) 932-4550
angelinaswestseattle.com - facebook - yelp

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

#1106 #S654 - Benbow Room, Seattle - 5/15/2010

The Benbow Room, the bar associated with the old Benbow Inn since 1950, has thankfully been resuscitated by new owners in conjunction with the new Heartland Cafe restaurant. The direct entrance to the bar is from an alley -- I already like it! But the real pleasure is inside, where the bar takes on the interior of an old Spanish galleon, complete with the (fake) sunlight streaming through the aft windows.

The bar also features a rather bizarre in-floor koi pond -- bizarre because it is small, half covered by a table, and split by a wall.  This must have been quite different in the original configuration -- e.g. it must have been at least partially uncovered based on a story from a friend about how she once accidentally threw up in it.  The fish are now safely shielded from patron vomit (and virtually from sight), and the quirkiness of the current structure seems to fit in -- it's a dive-bar sort of koi pond.

The cocktails are appropriately focused on rum, and strongly on the sweet side.  The beers are biased toward the Wisconsin origins of the owner.  The staff is fun and the atmosphere a bit funky -- while we were there the television was playing a 60s Danish porn film that looked like the model for Austin Powers (and inspiring animated reactions from those at the bar).  Our party reported no sightings of the legendary Benbow Inn ghost.

There are some much better photos available here and here.


Historical Notes: According to Clark Humphrey's Vanishing Seattle, the "Admiral Benbow" operated here from 1950 to 2002, when owner Neysa Longmire passed away. The current owners apparently had to recover various auctioned off parts of the old bar to restore it.  (Note that while the current operation shares the 4210 address with the Shipwreck Tavern next door, the Admiral Benbow used 4212.)

4210 SW Admiral Way, Suite A, Seattle, WA 98116 - (206) 922-3313

heartlandcafeseattle.com - thrillist - seafairpirates.org - seattle weekly - westseattle blog

Sunday, May 16, 2010

#1105 #S653 - Lombardi's, Seattle - 5/14/2010

Update:  Lombardi's to be closed after Oct 9, 2010

 The Italian food, not the bar, is the focus at Lombardi's, but they do have a good happy hour and some better than average cocktails. But while this blog is not about the food, that is what will bring me back. It's nothing particularly fancy, but it is tasty, and they take full advantage of my weakness for bruschetta with six different kinds to choose from. For my 4 item sampler, I chose the traditional, the goat cheese, the fig, and the crab, enjoyed them all, and plan to test the remaining two in fairly short order.

2200 NW Market St., Seattle, WA 98107 - (206) 783-0055
lombardiscucina.com - seattle weekly - the stranger - seattle dining - yelp

Saturday, May 15, 2010

#1104 #S652 - Carnegie's, Seattle - 5/14/2010

Update: Carnegie's will close at the end of January 2011.

Carnegie's is set in a great old Carnegie library that opened to the public in 1904 and was the first major branch of the Seattle Public Library system.  It served as a library until 1963, and after various subsequent occupants, its current incarnation as a French restaurant commenced in 2003.

Carnegie's has a completely prix fixe menu, with a $12 lunch course, and a choice between a $35 course and $45 course for dinner.  The menu sounds fairly enticing, and I do plan to come back for lunch, but their bar -- beyond their wine -- is uninteresting and virtually nonexistent.

2026 NW Market St (Ballard), 789-6643
carnegiesrestaurant.com - wikipedia - the stranger - yelp

Thursday, May 13, 2010

#1103 #S651 - Venik Lounge, Seattle - 5/11/2010

The Venik Lounge is a romantic, little place in the south Lake Union area that is about to experience an explosion of restaurants and lounges.  Venik is associated with Banya 5, the "urban spa experience," and features a long, mahogany bar shaped like the f-hole on a violin.  They have a small menu of quite good food, and serve pretty good cocktails to boot. 

I can't recall the particular drink I had, as it was good enough, but eclipsed in my memory by the meat and cheese plate, which included an excellent smoked shallot and an extremely tasty truffled goat cheese from Pike Place market. Their specialty is their vodka infusions, and since I did not sample these on this night, I must return and try one of their three shot samplers.

Venik would be a fine choice particularly if you are on a date and would like some place with slightly upscale food and drinks and a romantic setting, but off the beaten path and not overrun with other people.

Oh yeah, and a venik ("veh-nik") is a "leafy, fragrant bundle of leafy birch or oak tree twigs" that is an essential part of the Russian Bath experience.  So now you know.

227 Ninth Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109 - (206) 223-3734
veniklounge.com - facebook - the stranger - seattlest - seattle weekly - yelp

#1102 #S650 - Clam Digger Lounge, Seattle - 5/11/2010

Who doesn't like Ivar's? The Clam Digger is the lounge at the Elliot Bay location ("Ivar's Acres of Clams"). I'd never previously gone to the bar there.

1001 Alaskan Way, Pier 54, Seattle, WA 98101 - (206) 624-6852
Est. 1946 - Building constucted: 1900 or earlier
ivars.com - facebook - yelp

#1101 #S649 - Wann, Seattle - 5/8/2010

The fact that Wann's bar generally sticks to the basics is reflected in the bartender's answer to my question about his favorite cocktail:  Ketel One, rocks.  As the web site explains, and then seemingly contradicts itself, "[Izakaya] restaurants are often informal and have a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere....  WANN have brought class, sophistication and refinement to match the modern people of today."

I don't know if I count among the "modern people of today," but as I understand it, izakaya (literally "sake place") are basically places for drinks and upscale small plates, i.e. another tapas bar for Belltown, and the decor of Wann is apparently quite redolent of the Tokyo versions.  It does seem to provide a crush of subcultures, with a minimalist, woody interior -- and booths floating over rock gardens -- but a bar that ends with a view of a wildly colorful mural by a tattoo artist.

2020 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121 - (206) 441-5637
wann-izakaya.com - seattle times - seattle weekly - yelp - the stranger

#1100 #S648 - Madhu, Seattle - 5/8/2010

Update: Madhu closed in 2014


This seems like a pretty standard Indian restaurant, with the buffet during the day and small bar at the rear. It's just a few weeks old and the owner, who has a couple other restaurants in town, is looking to entice more late night crowds into this one by soon extending food availability into the late evening and offering really good prices on drinks ($2 for my gin and tonic).

2330 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121 - (206) 441-7017
seattlemadhu.com - yelp - the stranger

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

#1099 #S647 - Clever Bottle, Seattle - 5/8/2010

First of all, one must be clever -- or at least persistent -- to find Clever Bottle, as the facade is quite subtle and there are now three places that share an address of 2222 2nd Ave.  I'm not sure that Belltown really needs another wine bar, but this is a pleasant, somewhat rustic, little place that benefits from the contrast with neighbors Shorty's and the Lava Lounge.  I had a pleasant conversation with Katie the bartender, and they are currently applying for a liquor license to expand their cocktails beyond the wine-based current offerings.

2222 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121 - (206) 915-2220
cleverbottle.com - seattlemet - yelp

#1098 #S646 - Delicatus, Seattle - 5/8/2010

This is a new (6 weeks old), somewhat upscale deli in a Pioneer Square building that pre-dates the great fire (where Longhorn BBQ previously resided).  In back there is a small bar, which nevertheless services some very nice drinks.  I had a very tasty bourbon orange julep, made by Mike Klotz, co-owner with Derek Shankland, both of whom recently worked at Oceanaire.

With breads from Essential Baking, produce from Franks, and meat from Zoes, Delicatus ("del-li-KOT-uhs") is said to be built on "the simple concept that people in the greater Seattle area deserve a better sandwich."  Their web site claims that Delicatus is "an authentic, cross-cultural delicatessen built on the traditional principles of European immigrants while incorporating the vast diversity of resources unique to the Pacific Northwest."  I was only stopping in for one quick drink on my visit, but I will definitely be back to try the food.

103 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104 - (206) 623-3780
delicatusseattle.com - seattlemet - yelp - seattlepi - the stranger

#1097 #S6454 - Taqueria Tequila, Seattle - 5/7/2010

301 NW 85th St, Seattle, WA 98117 - (206) 784-4699
seattle weekly - yelp - the stranger

#1096 #S644 - Kaname Izakaya & Schochu Bar, Seattle - 5/6/2010

I'm not much of a sake man, so I had a Lime Chuhai (Tamara shochu, lime, and soda). It was, as expected, a bit candy-like for my tastes, but it's a nice little place for Japanese food.

610 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104 - (206) 682-1828
kaname-izakaya.com - seattle weekly - seattle times -

Friday, May 07, 2010

#1095 #S643 - Table In Gallery (TIG), Seattle - 5/6/2010

Table In Gallery, or TIG Asian Tapas Bar, is a pan-Asian restaurant and bar, that even the bartender tells me "hardly anyone knows about" in the historic Pioneer Building in the middle of the touristy part of Pioneer Square.  It's next door to the old Doc Maynard's (now Zasu nightclub) in a red-bricked space that was the home of the Horseshoe Saloon in 1898, the Alaska Club in the late 40s, and more recently a grocery store and then empty for a spell, until the TIG folks opened about two and a half years ago.

The food gets mixed reviews, my dinner was average, and the bar serves the basics.  I've seen two web sites associated with the place, both of which currently belong to completely different businesses (perhaps that has some relationship to why so few people know about it?).

614 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98104 - (206) 332-0844
yelp - the stranger -

#1094 #S642 - Roosevelt Ale House, Seattle - 5/4/2010

The Roosevelt Ale House is still owned by the folks who ran The Jones there before, and the new incarnation was basically achieved with a lot of subtraction.  There is less intimacy, fewer seats, less ambitious food, and a of course a bland name replacing the chic one.  There are relatively few beer choices on tap for an "ale house," but there is a large selection of bottles.  A pool table was added, consistent with the owners' goal of converting from a romantic vibe to more of a friendly, local sports bar.  This apparently was done largely to cut down on time and expenses.

Of course this approach basically relinquishes the ability of the physical surroundings to create any sort of personality and whether it becomes and enjoyable place or not depends strictly on what kind of regulars decide to frequent the joint, so the jury is still out.  One hopes that the owners recognize that success in the friendly local approach means not just providing more basic pub food, but dropping the attitude that would occasionally lead to some comically bad service (the kitchen had no problem making you wait 40 minutes for a hamburger if they felt like entertaining a couple friends).  I personally would have preferred The Jones with friendly, efficient service, but I wish them well on the new approach.

8824 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115 - (206) 527-5480
rooseveltalehouse.com - facebook - seattletimes - yelp

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

#1093 - Pup Room (Poodle Dog Restaurant), Fife - 5/4/2010

I finally made it to the Pup Room, and it is everything a vintage lounge should be -- dark wood, a large fireplace, animals jutting from the walls (the sconces, in this case), and a bartender and customers that seem like they've been there since the day it opened.  Indeed, Kathy, the bartender, was two days away from her 25th anniversary working for the Poodle Dog and Pup Room, and she filled me in on some of the history.

The Poodle Dog restaurant was started in 1933, originally in railcars, and still serves classic greasy spoon diner food.  A bar was added in the 1940s, the building was torn down and replaced in 1949, and the structure that currently houses the Pup Room lounge in the 1960s.  Since then Louis Armstrong and Glen Miller have played in this lounge, and one can only imagine how much greater it was to see them in this setting than to see the parade of warmed-over stars who today march through the soul-less casino down the road.

Mike Shea, congratulated on winning a wager that he could
walk 4.6 miles from Tacoma to Fife in under an hour, after a
dispute arising from the 1937 Cooks & Waiters Bunion Derby
Poodle Dog, 1938 (Tacoma Public Library photo)
1522 54th Ave E, Tacoma, WA 98424 - (253) 922-6161)
weeklyvolcano - waymarking - yelp

#1092 - ShuJack's Bar & Grill, Elma, WA - 5/3/2010

The sign outside ShuJack's Bar & Grill announces that it is the "friendliest bar in town." In case you don't have a handy bar count for the metropolis of Elma, Washington, that would make them friendlier than 4 other bars -- two others downtown and two on the outskirts. That may not sound like many, but it does mean they have to beat out more opponents than the Mariners do to win their division.  I've not done enough research to personally vouch for their claim, but a patron, Keevan, not only confirmed it for me even added the penultimate venue in the Elma friendliness standings (Betty's, just up the street).

From the drink side, Shujack's is your standard sports bar -- beer and the most basic liquors, with the various candy-flavored stuff you see in all neighborhood bars that cater to a significant portion of customers in their 20s.  In the back there is a darker, woodier area with a stage that looks like it wouldn't be a bad place to catch some music.

326 W Main St, Elma, WA 98541 - (360) 482-1276
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#1091 - Alibi Sports Bar, Elma, WA - 5/3/2010

I have little idea how long this space has been a bar, but the bartender, who is getting up in years, said it has been for as long as she can remember, though she couldn't recall the previous names.  One can make out "Ye Ole Saloon" in the chipping paint of the facade, and you can find enough mentions on the internet of "Rocky's Ye Old Saloon" that the new name cannot be more than a year or two old.

Pre-prohibition city guides list 5 bars between 3rd and 4th on Main, but as they do not include any exact addresses, I can't say if this was one of them. By 1937 a bar is listed at this address named "Eaton's Cigar Store," which appears to have remained until at least 1959.
There were few surprises in the place until I checked out the backroom dance area, which includes a caged area with stripper bar -- apparently the action at ye ole sports bar sometimes gets significantly more heated than it was on this lazy Monday afternoon.


314 W Main St., Elma, WA 98541 - (360) 482-5088
Other bars in this location: Eaton's Cigar Store (50s)
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#1090 - Shelburne Inn Pub, Seaview, WA - 5/2/2010

The Shelburne Inn has been operating continuously since 1896, which makes it the oldest continually running hotel in the state of Washington, according to David Campiche, who has owned it with Laurie Anderson for the last 33 years. And indeed this is confirmed in a proclamation by the state of Washington from the inn's 100th anniversary in 1996.

In 1911 the structure was hauled across the street by a team of horses and joined with another building. About 70 years later, one of David's and Laurie's remodels added the current structure of the small pub, along with the art deco stained glass windows from the late 1800s and salvaged from a church in Morecambe, England that was to be demolished.

The building, decor, and gardens are all a tad too precious for my personal tastes, but you'll find good food, good wine, and good conversation there. I had a very pleasant chat with David in the pub, ranging from art history (David has a degree in it), to his family history with the sea, to the watching his roof blow up the hill in the 140mph winds of December 2008.

4415 Pacific Way, Seaview, Washington 98644 - (800) 466-1896
theshelburneinn.com - facebook - uniqueinns - tripadvisor -