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Sunday, September 11, 2011

#1455 #S880 - 418 Public House, Seattle - 5/25/2011

This is an unassuming new place in the former location of Reading Gaol, just up the road from the Tin Hat, and from the owner of The Summit Public House on Capitol  Hill.  It now serves a good selection of 12 beers on tap, some refreshing cocktail choices, and Mexican food (I enjoy their generous servings of pico de gallo).  At least for now the decor is very sparse -- it is very clean, brown, and plain (we "gave it a haircut" co-owner Sam told me), with a small number of English, Irish, and American decorations.  They seem like very nice people running the place and I'll be interested to see what sort of customer base evolves.

Historical notes:  This location has hosted several bars since at least the 40s.  The building was constructed in 1925 and by 1945 it was Johnny's 65th St. Tavern.  By the late 40s it was Ben's Tavern, then Dan's Tavern in the 50s and 60s, The Playhouse Tavern in the late 60s, Uncle Paul's Tavern in the 70s, and Hagar's Tavern in the 70s through 90s.  From 2000 to 2011 it was the Reading Gaol.


418 NW 65th St, Seattle, Washington 98117 - (206) 783-0418
Est. May 2011 -  Building constructed: 1925
Previous bars at this location: Johnny's 65th St Tavern, Ben's Tavern, Dan's Tavern, Playhouse Tavern, Uncle Paul's Tavern, Hagar's Tavern, Reading Gaol
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