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Apr 12, 2011 04:06 PM

Looking for good Pubs

My husband and I are taking a trip to Seattle this May. We are always on the lookout for good pubs on our vacations. Somewhere where we can stop in for early afternoon drinks. We're beer drinkers, the more options the better. Here's what we're looking for:

1. Nice patio or scenic view (waterfront?)
2. Good beer selection
3. Knowledgable and friendly staff
4. Good food is always a perk or maybe walking distance to good food {Fish and Chips or Burgers?)

We're staying at the Crowne Plaza Downtown but will have a car.

Recommendations are appreciated!

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  1. Maritime Pacific's Jolly Roger Taproom - make their own beer, and I really enjoy the food.

    Elysian's Tangletown location - make their own beer, and spitting distance from Green Lake. Food is hit or miss, but they happen to be across the street from my favorite sushi restaurant in Seattle.

    Naked City Taproom - Lots of different beers, good quality selection, I've eaten a salad here and it was good.

    Sully's Snowgoose Saloon - Lots o' taps, little local place with a patio right on Phinney Ridge

    Brouwer's - 64 taps and an extensive bottle list, including hard to find belgians, knowledgable bartenders (sit at the bar), pretty decent food, but no patio, and it's big and ware-housey.

    The Attic in Madison Park - has a handful (10 maybe?) of taps, decent pub grub, is little, cozy, local, and a block away from Lake Washington, and has a little patio.

    I'm sure I'll think of more. I'm a big beer fan and was unemployed for 9 months in Seattle. I've done extensive research, is what I mean :-)

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    1. re: Brunhilde

      Brouwer's does, in fact, have a small patio. It fills up pretty quick on even semi-nice days though.

      I'll note that one of the best things about Seattle is that even in the lowest dive bar or most random hole in the wall joint, there's usually at least one good micro beer to be had.

    2. Jolly Roger - head there for lunch, which has their sandwich menu. Some of the best pub food in the city. Dinner is a bit more expensive, but is also good. Beer is good, but proprietary and not great. Little patio

      The Dray - Among the top for beer selections and knowledge, little food. Have about 15 beers on tap with a wide range of styles. Predominantly west coast beer. Little patio.

      The noble fir has nearly the same selection as the Dray, but is a bit bigger. Plus here is that it is located in the heart of Ballard, which gets you to a bunch of good food options. A little food but nothing outdoor/scenic.

      Agree about Sullys and Naked City (ton of taps, didn't like the food)

      Brower's is a great place for beer from all over the US/world - pretty good food and you're in Fremont with lots good food options.

      1. I strongly second the suggestions for Brouwer's Cafe in Fremont. Excellent food and a never-ending selection of beers. You can then explore Fremont including the Rocket, the Troll and the huge statue of one of the world's worst dictators transplanted for reasons unknown. (All within walking distance of Brouwer's.)

        1. Can't believe I forgot Coopers! No patio, but great tap selection and they have some of my favorite wings in the city.

          I wish I could think of more places with a view and a patio for you. Ray's bar upstairs has an excellent view, with a patio, and pretty good taps. I like to get the steamed clams and a Maritime Imperial IPA (or several) and sit at the bar and look for seals and watch the boats. It's not really a "Pub" though. It just happens to have a more casual upstairs bar to their fancy-ish downstairs restaurant.

          There's always the Alki Tavern, great view, and you could take the water taxi! Except I haven't been there in years and I don't remember much about their beer selection.

          1. It's kind a drive... about 30 minutes if the traffic cooperates but Diamond Knot Brewery and Alehouse has Beer 30 Happy Hour from 2:30-6:30 and some of the best IPA around. I haven't had the food. They serve tastes so you can try a few, too. They also have brewers nights where they showcase newer brewers.

            It's near the water though not a view place.

            Diamond Knot Brewing Company
            621 Front St, Mukilteo, WA 98275

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            1. re: knowspicker

              actually Diamond Knot has a second place 2 blocks up the hill on Lincoln that has outdoor seating and a great view of the lighthouse park, sunset. The pizzas are very good, especially the Texas chainsaw and Rancho Cucamonga. They do only the stone grills at the lower Knot though (cook your own meat on a hot stone). Service at the Lincoln one can be pretty hit and miss but it is so small it usually is not too big an issue. New Scuttlebutt opens very soon on the Everett waterfront too.