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Bars where Pete has had a Drink (2,613 bars; 1,279 bars in Seattle):

Bars where Pete has had a drink

Thursday, November 25, 2010

#1262 - Fish Tale Brew Pub, Olympia, WA - 10/18/2010

A not-so-micro brewpub from a nice micro-brewery, now located in the Skoog Building.  (The location may not be that remarkable -- I just really like the name "Skoog Building.")  Good beer, good food, some good art and lots of terrible art on the walls (I'm hoping it was from the local middle school).


515 Jefferson St SE, Olympia, WA 98501-1467 - (360) 943-3650
fishbrewing.com - facebook - beer advocate - olympiatraveler - yelp 

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

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

The Eastside Club has been open since 1942, with a closure in 1959 due to the Great Olympia Train Wreck. 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
theeastsideclub.com - facebook - beer advocate - seattle piyelp

#1260 - Jake's on 4th Ave, Olympia, WA - 10/18/2010



311 4th Ave E, Olympia, WA 98501 - (360) 956-3247
myspace - best of western wa - gaycities - yelp

#1259 - Luigi's Italian, Ocean Park, WA - 10/17/2010


1201 Bay Ave, Ocean Park, WA 98640 - (360) 665-3174
facebook - urban spoon - yelp

#1258 - The Lost Roo, Long Beach, WA - 10/15/2010

This is in a large space that I remember as Nick's West, and was the Sore Thumb Tavern some time before that.  As Nick's it was barn-like with the feel of the main attraction in a small, seasonal resort town. 

As the Lost Roo, there's nothing specifically bad about it -- the service is nice and they even serve a tasty, localized Long Beach Island Tea (with cranberries).  But the place just feels much more big, clean and corporate than anyone with a soul would want in a small beach town.

1700 S Pacific Highway, Long Beach, WA 98631 - (360) 642-4329
lostroo.com - coast weekend - chinook observer - tripadvisor.ca - yelp

#1257 - McCoy's Tavern, Olympia, WA - 10/14/2010

McCoy's Tavern is a grand old dive on a block full of bars.  I chatted about the place with current owner, Ian, a real-life Lebowski-style Dude.  Ian was a substitute teacher for a while, but "it was not my bag."  The bar is fairly large, with a pleasantly aging clutter of bric-a-brac on the walls and regular customers on the stools.

Ian thinks the bar dates back to '47, or maybe '52.  A Korean War vet bought it from McCoy in the 60s, and owned with only a brief exception until he sold it to Ian about 10 years ago.  The bar abides.

418 4th Ave E, Olympia, WA 98501-1109 - (360) 352-0696
- yelp - weekly volcano  

#1256 - China Clipper, Olympia, WA - 10/14/2010



402 4th Ave E, Olympia, WA 98501-1109 - (360) 943-6300
myspace - yelp

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

#1255 - Le Voyeur, Olympia, WA - 10/14/2010


This place is well summarized by The Stranger:

"Le Voyeur offers vegan-friendly food, drunk-friendly drinks, and punk-friendly entertainment. It's also a good spot for some Olympian people-watching, as college kids and townies mix with K Records royalty and traveling crusties. Check the bathroom graffiti for some of the best radical political dialogue in town."


404 4th Ave E, Olympia, WA 98501-1109 - (360) 943-5710
web site - the stranger - yelp

Monday, November 15, 2010

#1254 #S759 - Jimmy's on Broadway, Seattle - 10/11/2010

At first glance you may assume that this is just a soul-less, cookie cutter hotel bar, with no particular character and no reason for anyone to go, unless they're staying at the hotel and there's a massive downpour outside.  In this case, first glance would be pretty accurate.


1046 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134-1206 - (206) 204-9700
jimmysonbroadway - the stranger - yelp

Sunday, November 07, 2010

#1251 #S756 - Twilight Exit, Seattle - 10/7/2010

I've previously noted my affection for any bar with an alley entrance, and the Twilight Exit builds on that with a funky, retro interior and a large, beach-themed back patio (in the middle of the Central District, no less).  The drinks are very much the basics, but the attraction is the atmosphere, with vintage lamps covering the ceiling, kitschy art on the walls and objects laminated into the table tops.

Owner Stephan Mollman was force to move out of the previous location at 2020 E Madison due to redevelopment plans by new property owners.  He battled with the local school district for a bit over hours, and eventually reached a compromise, which explains why the Twilight opens only at 4:00pm most days.


2514 E Cherry St, Seattle, WA 98122 - (206) 324-7462
twilightexit.com - facebook - seattle weekly - the stranger - yelp

#1250 #S755 - Vince's Italian Restaurant (Rainier Valley), Seattle - 10/7/2010

Update:  Vince's is closing in March 2011.

This is an old school (and just plain old, est. 1957) Italian place with a bar that serves nothing fancy to an interesting mix of neighborhood characters.  I had some spaghetti and gin and tonics and chatted with Roger, who remembers the door man at the Casino checking people through the sliding peephole, and who was at Shelley's Leg the night it burned down.  Roger likes dive bars ("the ones with Christmas lights up in April"), and has some colorful stories based on spending portions of his past life as he dealer.  A few years ago he had part of his tongue removed due to cancer, which leaves him sounding a little drunk when he is not.  If this place was a little closer to me, I'd be coming back now and then.

8824 Renton Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118 - (206) 722-2116
Est. 1957 - Closed 2011
vincesitalian.com - urbanspoon - yelp

#1249 #S754 - Book Bindery, Seattle - 10/6/2010

This old warehouse around the south end of the Fremont Bridge now houses not only an upscale restaurant, but also a craft distillery and winery, with barrels visible through restaurant windows. Chef Shaun McCrain comes with experience "all around the world including Les Elysees du Vernet in Paris, Per Se, Thomas Keller's lovely New York fine dining house, and Michael Mina, a two Michelin starred restaurant in San Francisco." (seattle mag). Manager Patric Gabre-Kidan partnered with Ethan Stowell in the creation of Tavolata and How to Cook a Wolf.

Little wonder then that the food was very good. I wanted to work through every item on the appetizer on the (changing) dinner menu, but we settled for the compressed watermelon and heirloom tomato with bacon lardons, and then followed with the pan-seared halibut entree, all  very tasty. The cocktails were not quite in the creative league with the food, but quite passable. I had a Moscow Mule and an Old Pal (rye, sweet vermouth, campari).

It's hard to find if you don't know exactly what you're looking for, and inside there is a nice sized bar and clean-looking restaurant decor, with that view of the wine barrels as the most striking feature. The service was indulging and nice, and well worth the bit of a hunt it took to find the entrance. It's a very fine choice when you're in the mood for something a little fancy.

198 Nickerson St, Seattle, WA 98109 - (206) 283-2665
bookbinderyrestaurant.com - seattle met - seattle mag - yelp

Saturday, November 06, 2010

#1248 #S753 - Pintxo, Seattle - 10/1/2010

Tasty tapas much like previous resident Txori's, with some fairly good drinks and the same somewhat hidden little patio section.

2207 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121 - (206) 441-4042
pintxoseattle.com - facebook - seattle times - yelp