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Monday, February 27, 2017

#2505 #S1239 - The Blarney Stone, Seattle - 4/19/2014

In 2006 the Blarney Stone started out on the border between downtown and Belltown, seeming to fit into neither, but somehow managing to draw the sort of crowd you might expect in some place like Tukwila. Neither the down and out crowd that populated dives like Kelly's, nor the white collar patrons of a place like Suite 410, it seemed like a happy anomaly of a diverse, blue collar crowd in a suburban-feeling joint.

The new Blarney Stone fits much less surprisingly into its home. Totally rebuilding a long, narrow space formerly occupied by a 99 Cent store in a 1916 building, the newer version feels like it could have been here 100 years. A mix of regulars, tourists stumbling across the street from the Pike Place Market, and locals pre-funking for performances at The Showbox, this Blarney Stone is a tiny bit edgier, and would feel right at home on the streets of New York or Chicago. It's good for a beer or a whiskey, and if you must, you can order your  Corned Beef & Cabbage, Shepherd’s Pie, or Bangers & Mash.

Blarney Stone, Seattle, WA
1416 1st Ave, Seattle, Washington 98101 - (206) 448-8439
Est. March 17, 2014 - Building constructed: 1916
Previous bars in this location: None known
Web site: blarneystoneseattle.com - facebook
Reviews: seattleweekly - yelp - tripadvisor - thestranger

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