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Monday, June 23, 2014

#2220 - China Blue, Boise, ID - 7/6/2013

People have been drinking in this space since it was built in 1906, constructed by the Boise Turnverein and Harmony Society to provide a social center for German immigrants, singing "Die Wacht am Rhine" (Stand Guard at the Rhine) as they lay the cornerstone. And there the society, established in Boise in 1870, hosted theatrical and musical events, as well as gymnastics including "turning" (twirling dumbells) for a couple decades, until people of German descent began to be ostracized during World War I, and they decided to close the center, sandblasting the name off the front entrance.

Idaho State Historical Society photo
In the intervening years it is said to have hosted a print shop, a 7th Day Adventist church, a strip club, a WWII Air Force office, and a number of bars and restaurants. In 1969 Rod Davidson and Chas Allan purchased it, filled it with antiques and memorabilia including brass lights from the Idaho state house and a grand Brunswick oak bar, and helped revitalize this old portion of Boise, and it's now flourishing nightlife scene.

Nowadays it is an oontz-oontz techno and hiphop bar, complete with VIP section and several bars, including one inside the women's room. It is owned and run by Ted Challenger, who also owns Dirty Little Roddy's down below and the Main Street Bistro.


100 S 6th St, Boise, ID 83702 - (208) 338-6604
Est. 2003 - Building constructed: 1906
Previous bars in this location: Old Boise Saloon (1969-1973), Joe's All American Grill
Web site: facebook - oldboise
Reviews: boiseweekly - djcoregon - boiseghost - yelp

#2219 - Dirty Little Roddy's, Boise, ID - 7/6/2013

After trying to explain some of the types of bars I like most to my ex-cop cousin, he immediately pops out his cell phone, calls a friend still on the force, and asks him what bar in town is the most likely one to get into trouble. His friend answers probably Dirty Little Roddy's or China Blue, so later in the evening I drop by. Given the frat party atmosphere, I can see how these places would lead to the sort of scuffles and various sorts of illegitimate business that would draw an inordinate amount of police attention, but it would not be accurate to call it a rough crowd. I need to work on my descriptions a bit.

Roddy's is in the basement of the historic, old Boise Turnverein building, and with its sister bar China Blue upstairs it sells more liquor than any bar in Idaho (or at least it did this for much of its existence). It's western themed, but like a 1970s western theme, with peanuts on the floor, a mechanical bull, a DJ, drunk college girls, and lots of guys with backwards baseball caps. To class it up a bit, they have bikini bull ride events, pantsless St. Pattys Day, and door prizes for best breast augmentation surgery.

It's a fun place, if you're in the mood for that sort of thing (and if you are, make sure and take a cab home).

100 S 6th St (basement), Boise, ID 83702 - (208) 338-6604
Building constructed: 1906
Previous bars in this location: Joe's Down Under
Web site: facebook - oldboise
Reviews: link - boiseweekly - yelp - boisebarguide - urbandrinks

#2218 - Cricket's Bar and Grill, Boise, ID - 7/6/2013

A bare bones biker and college kid bar.

1228 S Oakland Ave, Boise, ID 83706 - (208) 344-6235
Est. March 12, 1990 - Building constructed: 1957
Web site: facebook
Reviews: boiseweekly - yelp

Thursday, June 19, 2014

#2217 - Overland Bar, Boise, ID - 7/6/2013

Overland Bar, Boise, ID
Immediately upon entrance the Overland Bar convinces you that it is one serious dive, as you step out of the bright sunlight needing a good amount of time for your eyes to adjust the very dark, windowless interior. They have karaoke seven nights a week, but for the classic dive experience you need to come early enough to avoid that. I'm not sure how old the bar is but it clearly dates back to the late 50s or early 60s. The building was constructed in 1954 and the bar is listed in the 1962 Polk Directory.



Overland Bar, Boise, ID
Eyes slowly adjusting, you take in the classic black vinyl, velvet paintings, wood paneling, and eventually even the carved wooden sign reading "Schmuck's Cornner." Who is the topless lady in the painting? Who are the schmucks? And why does their corner have two n's in it? I consider asking, but somehow the answers seem better left in the darkness.

3907 W Overland Rd, Boise, ID 83705 - (208) 336-4707              
Building constructed: 1954
Web site: facebook
Reviews: boiseweekly - jrhask

#2216 - Piper Pub and Grill, Boise, ID - 7/5/2013

Though I don't believe they brew here, the Piper Pub and Grill feels like a modern brewpub sort of place, with a large menu of modern pub food, 16 good beers on tap, live music Thursdays through Saturdays and featuring summery cocktails like huckleberry mojitos. They also have a sort of scotch club, where you can work your way through 40 varieties of Scotch whiskies.

150 N 8th St, Boise, ID 83702 - (208) 343-2444
Est. 1989
Web site: thepiperpub.com - facebook
Reviews: boiseweekly - boisebarguide - yelp - urbanspoon

#2215 - Bud Jackson's, La Grande, OR - 7/3/2013

Bud Jackson's Sportsman's Bar and Grill is a fairly typical mid-sized sports bar with standard pub food options, pool tables, and sports on televisions.

2209 Adams Ave (at Willow St), La Grande, OR 97850 - (541) 962-7858
Est. April 2004
Previous bars in this location: The Eastside, Bogey's
Web site: facebook
Reviews: lagrandeobserver - yelp - urbanspoon

#2214 - The Spur, Harrah, WA - 7/3/2013

Sitting across the street from a large building with a plaque saying it was once the largest potato warehouse in the northwest, the Spur Tavern has definitely been around for a while as well. The bartender informed me that the owner told her that it's been around since the 1890s. I haven't been able to find any historical evidence of this, however, and from the generous help of the folks at the Yakima Valley Museum, it appears that at least the name "Spur" probably originated some time after prohibition (which commenced Jan 1, 1916 across Washington state) and that the current building may have been constructed in the 1920s.

"The Northern Pacific Railroad does not extend service to the Harrah area until about 1916-1917; after which much mention is made of the line being a spur off the main line running through Wapato (a town to the east)—and the line soon ventures further west to pick up lumber and farm products in White Swan.  And talk is made of “spurs” (or probably dead end sidings)  used to load iced or refrigerated boxcars off the main spur.  So the Spur Tavern probably was named for that as it is just north of the tracks." (John Baule, personal correspondence, June 22, 2014)

"The building now known as The Spur Tavern was originally occupied by the Pastime Pool Hall opened in either 1925 or 1928 by Luther Rathburn, who subsequently sold out to Jim Meikle and Sam Russell.  The reason I say 1925 or 1928 is because the source mentions the opening was after a disastrous fire that nearly destroyed the town—there were two such fires, one in 1925 and one in 1928.  It does not confirm the building was built then, just that the business opened so it could have been a new building or it could have been just a new business."  (Ibid)

Baule also notes that there was no town in this location in the 1890s, though of course this does not categorically rule out the possibility of a saloon here.

Nowadays, at least, the Spur Tavern is a homey, western-themed dive bar, with horse shoe drawer handles, tattered taxidermy, and pictures of various cowboys, horses, and Budweiser girls on the wood paneled walls. It's a brick structure, with a small crenulated facade along the top (the history of virtually every old town across Washington state includes one or more disastrous fires destroying the downtown core between the 1880s and 1920s, with brick buildings replacing wooden ones after the fire).

Harrah was originally established as "Saluskin" in 1913, named for a local Indian chief who was none too pleased when it was renamed after a local rancher a few years later (and is said to have subsequently refer to it as "Thief Town"). I arrived there on a hot Saturday afternoon, and chatted with the small number of patrons in the cool respite at the Spur bar. Just before I headed out for the road, a very drunk native American fellow named Jeff walked up to me, punched me pretty good in the arm, gave me an approving nod, and walked out.
4 Martin Rd, Harrah, WA 98933 - (509) 848-2855               
Reviews: urbanspoon

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

#2213 - Van's 1885 Bar and Grill, Naches, WA - 7/3/2013

Naches, Washington is a central Washington town of about 800 people. It is named for the nearby Naches River, which in turn is said to be named for the native words for "turbulent water," formed by the confluence of the Little Naches and Bumping River flowing down the eastern slopes of the Cascades and eventually into the Yakima. Van's 1885 Bar and Grill was in the Van Ness family since 1944, and called "Van's Tavern" for most if not all of that time. I chatted with the current owner, Elliot Baker, and when I asked him how long the place had been his, without pause he told me "Seven years and three days."


Elliot had worked in sales for Montgomery Ward and worked in real estate. In addition to the desire to have his own place, he was tempted by the grand, antique, oak Brunswick bar, which he believes was constructed in 1885 (hence the bar name).  The bar is said to have been made for Schlitz, which supplied a Schlitz-only bar formerly across the street, below the brothel. The bar is believed to have been sawed in half and this half put in its current location sometime in the 1940s. (While the bar has a general similarity to some antique bars I have seen across the state, including at Loggers in Sultan and Merchants in Seattle, it is not exactly like any others I have found in Washington.)  The 1934 and 1935 Yakima Polk Guides list "The Tavern" and "The Past Time" tavern in Naches, but unfortunately do not include addresses, and I have no way to date the bar beyond the information Elliot has received re. the Van Ness family.

The bar might be seen as a neighborhood dive, but it is considerably larger than it appears from outside, and with the current food options, cleaning, and upgrading by Elliot it feels almost as much like a family restaurant -- at least on an afternoon like the one I visited.  Typical beers, cocktails, and pub food are available.

208 Naches Ave, Naches, WA 98937 - (509) 653-2257
Est. 1944? - Building constructed: 1921
Previous bars in this location: Van's Tavern
Video: yakimavalleyrisktakers

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

#2212 #S1151 - Teachers Lounge, Seattle - 7/2/2013

A couple who worked at the now-closed Copper Gate have carved out a small part of this 85-yo building to create a "gastro-teria" -- a craft cocktail bar in the form of a seventh grade classroom. Husband Perryn, who also recently worked at Cicchetti, creates some nice and creative cocktails, and with wife Desiree put together a nice menu from the small kitchen, complete with in-theme titles.

This is basically my neighborhood, and in addition to adding probably the second best cocktail bar after Oliver's Twist to the south, it contributes to a dandy little variety of bars on this single block, including the hipster-ish Gainsbourg, beer-ish Naked City, and epic dives the Baranof and Yen Wor.




8505 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103 - (206) 706-2880
Est. June 25, 2013 - Building constructed: 1929
Previous bars in this location: None known
Web site: teachersloungeseattle.com - facebook
Best articles: seattletimes - seattlemag
More articles: eater - thestranger - yelp

Saturday, June 14, 2014

#2211 - Harbour Public House, Bainbridge Island, WA - 7/1/2013

The Harbour Public House is almost hidden on the banks of Eagle Harbor, in log cabin-y remodel of an 1881 house in the old cannery district. The house was originally the home of Ambrose Grow, a civil war veteran who settled on the island, and it is now a pleasant pub with 15 Washington state microbrews on tap, 6 Washington wines on tap, and contemporary pub food with an emphasis on seafood. When the weather cooperates, the pub patio is a very nice place to enjoy a burger, oysters, or fish and chips, while making out the Seattle skyline over the masts of the sailboats moored in Eagle Bay.




231 Parfitt Way SW, Bainbridge Isle, WA 98110 - (206) 842-0969
Est. December 27th, 1991  - Building constructed: 1881
Previous bars in this location: None
Web site: harbourpub.com - facebook
Reviews: yelp - foodspotting - urbanspoon

#2210 - Hitchcock, Bainbridge Island, WA - 7/1/2013

Hitchcock is known much less for its bar than for owner/chef Brendan McGill's excellent, locally-source, daily menus. The menu is largely driven by the produce of local farmers, and McGill's interest in maximizing what he can make of it. E.g. he told the Seattle Times “People think you’re just trying to be weird with your smoked duck hearts or something, but we get some beautiful heritage breed ducks from an organic farm on the island. You have to use every single part for it to be economically possible to sell them.”



Hitchcock is named for McGill's wife's family, who first settled on Bainbridge Island in the 1890s. The short distance across Elliot Bay from downtown Seattle makes Bainbridge an attractive ferry ride and day trip, with many Seattleites making the trip expressly to dine in the restaurant. McGill's food and process are popular with both locals and tourists (e.g. he won the 2013 Food and Wine magazine’s 2013 People’s Best New Chef award).  Particularly recommended is the "name-your-price tasting menu," where you provide the chef how much you are interested in spending and some basic information on your taste preferences, and they prepare a surprise, multi-course meal to match.

The drink emphasis is on the wine list, and there is not quite as much inventiveness invested in the cocktails as in the meals, but the Hitchcock bar does offer some fairly high quality cocktails to go with the excellent food.

133 Winslow Way E, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 - (206) 201-3789
Est. 2010 - Building constructed: 1941
Previous bars in this location: None known
Web site: hitchcockrestaurant.com
Best Articles: seattletimes - littlemisslocavore - seattleweeklyseattletimes - gastrolust - seattlemetbainbridgereview
More articles: seattleiteheyprettything - dailymealseattlemaggayot - yelp - chowhound - thestranger

Friday, June 13, 2014

#2209 - Mick Kelly's Irish Pub, Burien - 6/26/2013

This is a fairly typical, large, American, Irish bar owned by Mick Purdy and Kelly Adrian. The food and drinks are not outstanding, but it's a friendly place, and I'm inclined to reward them with my business more after reading this is a review: "I also hate it when a restaurant thinks they should tell guests how to wear their baseball hats. I was told repeatedly that turning my cap backwards was not allowed."

435 SW 152nd St Seattle, WA 98166 - (206) 246-2473
Est. Sep 15, 2005 - Building constructed: 1948
Previous bars in this location: The Shaft
Web site:  mickkellysirishpubburien.com - facebook
Reviews: seattletimes - yelp

Sunday, June 08, 2014

#2208 - Ulysses Restaurant and Lounge, Tukwila - 6/26/2013

At age 25, Ulysses Kollias migrated from Kaloskopi Parnassidos, Greece, and at 36 he founded Ulysses Restaurant and Lounge in Tukwila, which has remained run by the family ever since. The emphasis seems a bit more on the lounge side of the business, with a fairly typical suburban bar serving up inexpensive drinks, karaoke, and televisions showing sports events.

16360 42nd Ave S, Tukwila, WA 98188 - (206) 243-1875
Est. 1978 - Building constructed: 1972
Web site: facebook
Reviews: yelp

#2207 #S1150 - Billy Beach Sushi and Bar, Seattle - 6/22/2013

I'm not a good judge of sushi. But not only has Billy Beach been running or worked at what seems like every modern sushi bar in Seattle (Japonessa, Wasabi Bistro, KushiBar, Rain, I Love Sushi), but this new ballard restaurant serves some very nice original and traditional cocktails. I especially enjoyed the Diesel Fuel (bourbon, Cocchi Torino, Zucca, whiskey barrel aged bitters), by bartender Cameron.

5463 Leary Ave NW Leary Ave NW, Seattle, Washington 98107 - (206) 257-4616
Est. May 1, 2013 - Building constructed: 1950
Previous bars in this location: Paratii Craft Bar
Web site: billybeachsushi.com - facebook
Reviews: onceuponabitethrillist - ballardnewstributeseattlemet - eater - yelp - thestranger

#2206 #S1149 - TanakaSan, Seattle - 6/22/2013


TanakaSan is a new and basically particularly inventive izakaya restaurant from Tom Douglas and his long time executive chef Eric Tanaka. "T-Doug" is the most prominent chef in Seattle, particularly in the downtown area, and Tanaka has been with him since 1993. I keep waiting for some new piece of Douglas's growing mini empire to be disappointing, but it just never happens.


Douglas and Tanaka do not refer to this place as izakaya, since that does not communicate the breadth or inventiveness of the contemporary, pan-Asian fusion menu (Douglas called it "LA punk Asian").  It is part of a large mall of shops that Douglas calls "Assembly Hall" at the base of new condo building. The bright, modern setting is not my prefered sort of setting to relax and have a cocktail, but the food is excellent and the cocktails are creative and good.

(I will have get some better pictures on a return trip.  See Foodspotting or heyprettything)


2121 6th Ave Seattle, WA 98121 - (206) 812-8412
Est. June 10, 2013 - Building constructed: 2013
Previous bars in this location: None
Web site: tanakasanseattle.com - facebook
Suggested articles: seattlemet - seattletimes - eater - seattlemag - surlygourmand - gastrolust - culinaryfool
More articles: seriouseats - thestranger -

Saturday, June 07, 2014

#2205 - Lake Forest Park Bar & Grill, Lake Forest Park - 6/15/2013

"This place is always hopping," says one review.  Hmm, it seemed somewhat sterile and slow when I was there, and at 10:30 on a Saturday night, no less.  But this chain does a good job of serving a fairly good, fairly standard American restaurant menu in its various locations -- Greenlake Grill, Eastlake Grill, and Bremerton.  What makes this one less interesting to me than the Seattle locations is that those have some great locations with a patio looking out upon Lake Union and across the street to Greenlake.  This one is stuck in the corner of a typical suburban shopping center, so while it is seems a decent, convenient choice for folks who live nearby, there doesn't seem to be anything in particular to tempt anyone from outside the neighborhood.

17535 Ballinger Way NE, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155 - (206) 364-1261
Est. May 21, 2009 - Building constructed: 1965
Previous bars in this location: Fandango's, Coco's
Web site: lakeforestbarandgrill.com - facebook
Reviews: seattletimes - yelp

Friday, June 06, 2014

#2204 #S1148 - Chico Madrid, Seattle - 6/12/2013

Chico Madrid closed on April 13, 2014

It's a little unclear whether to count the short-lived Chico Madrid as a bar, as it was more a cafe emphasizing charcuterie and bocadillos (Spanish baguette sandwiches).  But it did serve wines, beer, sangria, shrubs, and other largely juice-based cocktails around a horse-shoe shaped bar or counter. It was in a bright, small space at the bottom floor of an apartment meeting on one of the more moderately traveled commercial sections of Capitol Hill, and run by the people behind Honore Bakery and Fuel Coffee in the neighborhood.

711 Bellevue Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102
Est. March 28, 2013 - Closed April 13, 2014 - Building constructed: 2013
Previous bars in this location: None
Web site: chicomadrid.com - facebook
Reviews: seattlemet - seattletimes - seattlemag - yelp