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Jpaige5 Jun 4, 2013 07:07 PM

I'm traveling to Seattle in mid-July and my boyfriend would like to create our own bar/brewery tour for one afternoon. Any recommendations of must-visit bars?

In the midst of putting together our restaurant list as well, and there have been so many great recos on this board it's hard to narrow it down to only 3 days. I'm envisioning our itinerary as follows, any restaurant recos? edits to the below welcome too!
--Day 1: Seafood (we love oysters!) /v. affordable lunch, bar tour?, great, off-the-beaten path restaurant for dinner
--Day 2: great breakfast spot; late lunch/early dinner before Paul McCartney Concert (should we go to Walrus & the Carpenter this day)
--Day 3: Oysters again; early dinner before heading to the airport at a must-visit restaurant

  1. cellophane_star Aug 12, 2013 01:52 PM

    Just got back from Seattle. Had a nice breakfast at The Lucky Diner in Belltown. One of your choices of side is a bowl of Lucky Charms! Fun stuff with lots of options.

    (just realized the original poster has already been to Seattle by this time but I'll still leave the recommendation up!)

    1. m
      mrnelso Jun 27, 2013 04:26 PM

      Try Chuck's on for size:

      Taplist 10:00am 6/26/13

      1) Abita- Andygator Maibock
      2) Dogfish Head - Ta Henket Ancient Ale
      3) Avery - Karma Belgian Pale
      4) Ballast Point - Calico Copper Amber
      5) Odin - Freya's Gold Kolsch
      6) Schooner Exact - Raspberry Wheat
      7) Bison - Organic Honey Basil
      8 ) Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck - Bacchus Oud Bruin
      9) Port - 7th Anniversary Imperial IPA
      *10) Bison Organic Chocolate Stout
      11) Well's - Banana Bread Beer
      12) Oskar Blues - Ten Fidy Imperial Stout
      -13) Stone - RuinTen Imperial IPA
      14) Boulevard- Saison Brett
      15) Dogfish Head - Chateau Jiahu Ancient Ale
      16) Anderson Valley - Horn of the Beer Barleywine
      17) Snipes- India Pale Ale
      18) 10 Barrel - Swill Grapefruit Radar
      *19) Laurelwood Work Horse
      20) Lost Coast - Tangerine Wheat
      21) Twelve Bars - Imperial India Red Ale
      22) Airways - Sky Hag IPA
      -23) NITRO: Left Hand - Milk Stout
      24) Ayinger - Celebrator Dopplebock
      25) Elysian - Space Dust IPA
      26) Ballast Point - Longfin Lager
      27) Flyers - Mile High Summer Rye
      28) Wyder's - Berry Burst Cider
      29) Anthem - Apple Cider
      30) Julian - Apple Cider
      31) Snipes Mountain - Apple Tart Saison
      32) 21st Amendment - Hop Crisis Oaked IIPA
      33) Lazy Boy - Porter
      34) Lazy Boy - India Pale Ale
      35) Boulevard - 80 Acre Hoppy Wheat
      36) Old Schoolhouse - Nightmare Imperial CDA
      37) Ballast Point - Big Eye IPA
      38) Sierra Nevada - Ovila Abbey Saison

      * denotes change from last update
      - denotes no growler fills
      Food Truck Schedule

      Mon 6/24 5-9pm NOW MAKE ME A SANDWICH
      Tue 6/25 5-9 CURB JUMPER
      Wed 6/26 5-9 STREETZERIA
      Thu 6/27 5-9 CARAVAN CREPES
      Fri 6/28 11am-2 EVOLUTION REVOLUTION
      Fri 6/28 3-9pm WHERE YA AT MATT
      Sat 6/29 10:30am-4 ZA'ATAR
      Sat 6/29 5-9 THE FISH BASKET
      Sun 6/30 10-4 SEATTLE BISCUIT CO
      Sun 6/30 5-9 JEMIL's BIG EASY

      1. klsalas Jun 5, 2013 05:22 PM

        What are your dates? I ask because in mid-July there are all kinds of special events going on around town. Those might influence your plans. Oh ... you must be here July 19th if you are seeing the P.McCartney show. So you are arriving on Thursday 7/18 and departing late on Saturday 7/20. I think that weekend will be slightly less crowded. The weekend before is the Ballard Seafood Fest, the West Seattle Summer Fest and the Dragon Fest in the International District. The weekend of the 27th is Capitol Hill Block Party and Torchlight Parade. Bite of Seattle will be going on at Seattle Center.

        So actually Thursday might be the best day to get out to Ballard for Walrus and the Carpenter. They have happy hour Sun-Thu with half price oysters from 4-5p and 25% off oysters from 5-6pm. You could hit Noble Fir and Urban Family Public House for sure. Reubens is open 3-8 on Thursdays. Hilliard's is open 3-11pm. Peddler is open 5-9 on Thursdays. Populuxe is open 4:30-9pm. Maritime Pacific is open 11a-11p. Hales is open 11a-10p.

        You could also do early happy hour (4pm) at Walrus and hit a few places in Ballard then move on to Fremont. I really love modern Asian streetfood Revel and during the summer they have the back deck open and the grill shack is open. Six Gill is close. Fremont Brewing is over off Stone Way -- maybe a half mile beyond Revel. However Renee Erickson's The Whale Wins and Joule are right there. Maria Hines's Agrodolce is also in Fremont.

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        1. re: klsalas
          Jpaige5 Jun 6, 2013 11:32 AM

          such helpful information and recommendations! what would be your recommendation for food on Friday then? go close to Safeco or near our hotel/pike place market maybe?

          trying to make an itinerary that fits in the above mentioned meals and below activities, plus the bar/brewery tour which you just helped out so much on!

          --Pike Place

          --Ferry ride to Bainbridge

          --Space Needle

          --Kerry Park

          --Seattle Underground Tour (is this in Pioneer Square?)

          1. re: klsalas
            c oliver Aug 12, 2013 10:59 AM

            What a great post! We'll be up there for two week starting next week and you've given me lots of great ideas. We've been meaning to hit Revel for lunch and I see you mention it. It doesn't seem to be getting a lot of mention lately. But I still love there menu. Thanks.

          2. g
            GreenYoshi Jun 5, 2013 10:11 AM

            This thread takes a look at a lot of the Ballard breweries, and you can't go wrong with it.


            But I'm going to make a push for the Sodo beer tour.
            Georgetown, Two Beers, Schooner Exact, Epic, Seapine, Emerald City (and to a lesser extent Pyramid). I find these guys to be a little more unique and interesting.

            It's less walkable though (and further out of the way from other things you might want to do), so that might make it a bit more difficult.

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            1. re: GreenYoshi
              Jpaige5 Jun 5, 2013 10:33 AM

              thanks for these recos, these are great!

              1. re: Jpaige5
                klsalas Jun 5, 2013 05:02 PM

                I would just point out that with some of the smaller breweries they have limited hours and sometimes tasting rooms can be closed if they are off at an event. Check the website and FB pages before you plan your tour. In Ballard and Fremont there are a few places doing really great beer and it is a small area making doing the rounds relatively easy.

                Another idea would be a combination of brewery tasting rooms and good indie beer bars. For example in Fremont there is Fremont Brewing and small Outlander but also one of the best bars in town -- Brouwer's -- and the excellent Six Gill (opened by the owners of the Noble Fir in Ballard). Brouwers is a major player and influence in the beer scene here. They have in the neighborhood of 70 quality tap selections and 300-ish bottle selections. They also do great festivals throughout the year and several Seattle Beer Week events -- Big Wood, Hopfest, Hard Liver Fest, Back in Black Stout Fest & Sour Fest.

                In Ballard there are currently 8 breweries (listed in the link above). The opening of Bad Jimmy's is imminent but I don't think Stoup will be open by mid-July. There are also some really good beer bars. Urban Family Brewery and Public House combines some house made beers and an excellent list of other beers -- mostly Belgian and Belgian styled. Across Ballard Avenue is the excellent Noble Fir. The Ballard also has The Dray, which is one of the area's premier soccer bars and although they don't have a huge tap list the list is well chosen and the guys who work there are aficionados. They also have an excellent bottle list.

                Also in the Greenwood Area you don't want to miss a stop off at Chuck's Hop Shop -- a converted deli with 38 excellent taps, over 1000 to-go bottle selections (or for drinking there with fair "corkage") and a great local crowd. They also have different food trucks selling food there every day. It doesn't look like much from the outside but it is a great place for beer. In Greenwood proper the big player is Naked City which brews but also has a great guest tap list. They currently have 24 beers and 4 ciders (almost exclusively Washington and Oregon at the moment). There is also The Yard by the same folks who runs The Dray (get it?). Unfortunately Baron Brewing closed and the Pillager's Pub is also closed.

            2. b
              Brunhilde Jun 5, 2013 09:08 AM

              Where are you coming from? One of the great things about Seattle is that a lot of local restaurants have great local beers on tap, but I fully understand the desire to go to Breweries (I've been to.... most of them. It's a compulsion). There are quite a few concentrated in Ballard, or you can make a pretty good tour of the southend. What kind of beers are you partial to?

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              1. re: Brunhilde
                Jpaige5 Jun 5, 2013 09:47 AM

                what do you mean where are we coming from? Is new york city the right answer :)? my boyfriend and i love trying local beers and on tap is perfect! i'm more of a lighter (in color/flavor) beer drinker, he'll drink anything.

                1. re: Jpaige5
                  Jpaige5 Jun 5, 2013 09:49 AM

                  to clarify, i like wheat beers, he'll drink anything and prefers non-wheat

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