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Jun 18, 2011 02:29 PM

The Five Point

This bar is listed in the book, "The 150 Best bars in the USA", as the country's best "dive" bar! Apparently there is an all-day breakfast menu. How are the breakfasts?

Five Point Cafe
415 Cedar St, Seattle, WA 98121

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  1. Lousy! But they are open 24 hours and the people-watching is great.

    The country's best dive bar? Not by a long-shot. I don't think it's Seattle's best dive, even.

    1. Hi, JohnnyT:

      Aw, the 5-point has fine breakfasts. The chicken fried steak there I find particularly good. It's frequented by unpretentious people who have something else going in their lives. No airs, no bullshit, total transparency. And then there's the "periscope" in the men's room above the urinal...

      But for me, the greatest thing about the 5-point is that it was the long-overdue beginning of the end for Tom Leikis.

      Or is it the homage to Chief Sealth and the Princess? Somebody has to do it.

      You go there, have breakfast and a Bloody,

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      1. re: kaleokahu

        I like it too. I always go for bloody mary + biscuits and gravy. I don't really expect anything fancy out of a place who's slogan is "ALCOHOLICS SERVING ALCOHOLICS SINCE 1929", but they don't pretend to be fancier than what they are, and it's a really fun place to be.

      2. This may be the only place in Seattle where you can get poutine and beer at 9:00 AM.

        1. menu in general above average - superb meat loaf - excellent french fries sold by the pound - completely unpretentious atmosphere BUT too bright and too clean to quqlify as a 'dive'

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          1. re: howard 1st

            Hey, Howard:

            There must be two 5 Points, because 'clean' and 'bright' aren't words to describe the one that I've been to.


            1. re: kaleokahu

              Coult he be confusing it with the 5 Spot?

              1. re: Jeri L

                Hi, Jeri:

                Anything's possible. You can buy t-shirts at the 5 Point that proudly proclaim you're an alcoholic, the Callipygean barmaids make it happen, and there's that aforementioned periscope in the dingy, acrid mens' room. I haven't seen confusingly similar features at the 5 Spot. Or 5 West, either.


              2. re: kaleokahu

                perhaps it's just standards - I find 5 POINTS (yes, the one on Cedar) clean and bright whereas BETH'S or 13 COINS or PIKE PLACE BAR & GRILLE is dark and dingy

                1. re: howard 1st

                  Hi, Howard:

                  Beth's is dark? White walls and florescent lighting? If you squint through the glare, you can see the roaches at Beth's are wearing shades.

                  My God, you've proven the existence of parallel universes.


                  1. re: kaleokahu

                    Howard may remember a darker Beth's I thought I knew, too, but then again, it was the seventies...

                    1. re: mrnelso

                      My Beth's was bright in the sense of having lots of random lights screaming from odd planes and angles, but even all that attempted illumination could not overcome the ravaging dinginess of the place. The very air was dingy. A chronosynclastic infundibulim leading from Edward Hopperesque realism down rabbit-holes of dark metaphor.

                    2. re: kaleokahu

                      "Beth's is dark? White walls and florescent lighting? If you squint through the glare, you can see the roaches at Beth's are wearing shades"

             THAT is funny.

              3. endless hashbrowns. Crispy, greasy and endless