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LawnBoy06 Aug 1, 2013 01:41 PM

Hey Seattle folks. I'm going to be visiting your great city on vacation in September, which also falls right during the first week of the NFL season. While I've done some extensive research on where we should eat while we're in town, one option has eluded me.

I'm an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan, and I'm looking for a bar that will be a good spot to watch their season debut on Monday Night Football.

I'm not looking for a run of the mill sports bar. It doesn't necessarily even have to be a sports bar at all. Just somewhere that has a good craft beer selection, good food, and a television where I can watch the game.

Thanks in advance for your help!

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    biankat Aug 1, 2013 01:52 PM

    I've not been yet, but I've bookmarked for myself a new place in Belltown called Some Random Bar. When I was perusing their website I noticed there were TVs in the bar, and the menu looks great. Maybe other CHs can chime in?

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      LawnBoy06 Aug 1, 2013 02:02 PM

      Thanks for the recommendation Biankat! That looks like exactly what I'm looking for.

      Unfortunately, it looks like they're closed on Mondays which is when I'd be needing to go. So back to the drawing board for now...

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        mcmullek Aug 13, 2013 09:56 AM

        Stopped by for happy hour last week and wanted to report back.

        The space was open, airy and felt wonderful after the walk from the ID in the heat.

        The cocktail list had some St. Germain and mezcal concoctions and the wine list impressed my companion who has quite the palate.

        We got a gratis piece of the Chocolate-dipped bacon and, as much as I did not want to feed the bacon hype machine, it was good.

        The house-made garlic roll was yummy but, as always, we could've used a bit more burrata. The wings were a bit of a splurge for the small portion, but seriously, fell off the bone and tasted heavenly. We wondered if they were sous-vide?

        In any case, they seem to be a good addition to the Belltown area. I'm bummed we're not as close as we used to be!

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        equinoise Aug 1, 2013 02:11 PM

        Check out Brouwer's Cafe. Huge selection of local and Belgian beers; good pub food. IIRC, they may only have 1-2 TVs, but I'd be surprised if something other than MNF would be showing.

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          adam _p Aug 8, 2013 12:00 AM

          Brouwer's is arguably the best beer bar in the city and has solid food, but it's not a great place to go for sports. There is one TV, no sound, and the tv isn't viewable from every seat in the place.

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            ChowHap Sep 6, 2013 12:56 PM

            Is there a close-to-best beer bar with excellent food you can recommend? (and zero TVs is fine by me)

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              adam _p Sep 6, 2013 01:21 PM

              This is far from a complete list, but the best beer bars with food in the city, for me, are as follows. If you're visiting and into craft beer I'd try to at least hit the top 2 or 3.

              - Brouwer's Cafe. Best and largest tap and bottle selection in the city. Solid food.
              - Pine Box. Best staff in the city if you're into beer, very knowledgeable and friendly. Great tap list, good to excellent food.
              - The Sixgill. Just down the street from Brouwer's, they are new and the food isn't totally ironed out, but it's good. Full bar and they always have a few ciders on tap.
              - Colin's Pub. If you're downtown. IPA-and high-abv heavy taplist, and the servers rarely know anything about beer, but it's a good spot for a pint with lunch or an after-work beer.
              - Burgundian. Same owners as Brouwer's. Food is very hit and miss. Sometimes it's excellent, but I've had quite a few dud meals as well, seems to depend on who's cooking. Nice tap list, knowledgeable servers, brunch, full bar.
              - Brave Horse Tavern. Tom Douglas' nod to beer in SLU. Can be very full of Amazon employees and can get a bit fratty. Solid tap list, usually very good food although it fluctuates a bit and the staff has seemingly been less static than most Tom Douglas places from what I can tell.

              There's also quite a few places with good food that also have taps or beer in bottles. Quinn's comes to mind at the top of this list. I'm sure others will have more suggestions.

              Brewpubs in Seattle are generally lackluster if you're looking for good food. Maritime's taproom, The Jolly Roger, has its charms, and is the best of the bunch. The beer is consistently good for what it is (Pale, IPA, Alt, etc) and the food isn't bad. Fremont are making the best beer in Seattle at this point, although mainly just standard american styles. Their taproom has no food, but you can bring takeout, as is the case with a lot of beer bars here, like Noble Fir (cool little beer bar in Ballard) and Beveridge Place Pub (they go for a living room kind of vibe with a game room).

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                ChowHap Sep 6, 2013 01:46 PM

                Thanks for the great reply. Looks like this is going to be a busy weekend.

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                  kaleokahu Sep 8, 2013 08:30 PM

                  ChowHap:

                  If you aren't priortizing atmosphere, Chuck's Hop Shop with it's "food truck du jour" is a beer guy's dream: 38 *good* handles are pulled, and hundreds more in bottles.

                  Kaleo

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                klsalas Sep 15, 2013 10:40 AM

                The list from Adam P contains most of the top places in the greater downtown area, Capitol Hill and Fremont. The Pine Box, Brouwer's or Bravehorse (or Quinn's in Capitol Hill) probably offer the best combos of beer and food.

                RE: Noble Fir in Ballard (the original bar by the SixGill owners -- a smaller tap list but better atmosphere) the food is limited to cured meats, cheeses, marinated veg etc.

                Urban Family Public House is Ballard a local brewer who also has a really decent guest tap list -- they are now also distributing the Shelton Bro. portfolio.
                http://seattlebeernews.com/2013/08/sh...
                They are really only doing hummus, guac and burgers.

                Between Ballard and Phinney I love the small beer-geek soccer bar The Dray. They do panini. That is it.

                In Greenwood the Dray owners run the excellent Yard, which has pretty serviceable Mexican. Naked City has a great tap list and good pub food.

                Between Greenwood and Ballard is the amazing Chuck's Hop Shop (about 40 taps and 1,000 plus bottles in the bottle shop, which you can buy retail and drink in for a small corkage). They have rotating food trucks.

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            drb Aug 7, 2013 05:15 PM

            Depends alot on where you are staying, but if its downtown then Tap House Grill is an option. 160 brews on tap. Decent pub food (skip the sushi rolls). No giant TVs if I recall correctly.

            Good football watching at Spitfire in Belltown and the Loft in Ballard.

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              Jeri L Aug 7, 2013 07:16 PM

              Does anyone have an opinion on 95 Slide? 20-somethings of my acquaintance are enthusiastic about it, but I haven't been.

              http://95slide.com/

              My favorite place with good food and lots of screens is The Attic in Madison Park.

              http://www.atticalehouse.com/

              1. kaleokahu Aug 8, 2013 07:41 PM

                Hi, Lawnboy:

                For my money, I like The Attic in Madison Park. Small place, good food, enough screens, and avid regular football fans.

                Aloha,
                Kaleo

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                  Brunhilde Aug 13, 2013 08:27 AM

                  +1 on The Attic. I like their wings.

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                  LawnBoy06 Aug 22, 2013 01:59 PM

                  Thanks for all the replies so far. Some have asked, and I should have mentioned, that we're staying at the Renaissance on Madison St downtown.

                  Willing to cab it to a great spot, but a walk would be preferred...

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                    firecracker Aug 22, 2013 03:18 PM

                    The Some Random Bar suggestion is definitely walkable. Walk down to Belltown. Cab it back - all uphill to the Renaissance!

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                      LawnBoy06 Aug 24, 2013 06:11 AM

                      Some Random Bar definitely looked like it was up my alley and my favorite suggestion so far. But they're closed on Mondays. So I'm hoping another suggestion pops up that's along those lines? The menu looked perfect and exactly what I was looking for...

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                      Brunhilde Aug 23, 2013 12:13 PM

                      I work right by the Renaissance! I would go.... okay honestly I would go to the Yardhouse. I like their wings and their beers and I'll go put myself in time out for suggesting a chain.

                      ETA if I didn't want to eat I'd go to the Quarter Lounge.

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                        LawnBoy06 Aug 29, 2013 05:36 AM

                        Despite being a chain, The Yardhouse actually looks like a decent option. I'm still going to try to search for an independent, but will keep that on the backburner. Thanks for the recommendation Brunhilde.

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                          Brunhilde Aug 29, 2013 09:11 AM

                          The main draw to Yardhouse is that it's walk-able, and has a really good beer selection.

                          Maybe the Diller Room? It's kind of small, but they have a big screen in the corner. Only 5-6 taps, though what they do have is decent. Really limited food selection, though. Just a few pizzas & charcuterie, really. It's more of a cocktail bar.

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                        gingershelley Aug 29, 2013 03:34 PM

                        Walk down to the Attic - straight down madison to Madison Park, and then maybe take a cab back so you don't have to go uphill after brews and food.....

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                        LawnBoy06 Aug 29, 2013 05:37 AM

                        Anyone have any thoughts on Naked City Taphouse? A friend that used to live in Seattle just recommended it to me. Food and beer looks great, but I couldn't tell from pictures on their website or Yelp if they have TV's to watch the game on???

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                          BallardFoodie Aug 29, 2013 07:22 AM

                          They have good beer and make their own, if you are in to that. I've not been impressed with their food in the past, but its been a while since I last tried it.

                          The Yardhouse is a pretty good suggestion, but it is a chain. Lots of beer and good food.

                          Sixgill may be a good option. I've not been there yet, but it is the sister to a place near me and the owners are great. They've got a fair amount of food and it looks good (again, haven't tried it).

                          Part of the answer to your search inevitably depends upon where you are staying. Naked City is pretty far away from downtown. The Yardhouse is in downtown. Sixgill is in Fremont.

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                            LawnBoy06 Aug 29, 2013 07:58 PM

                            I thought I had finally found another sure winner with the Sixgill recommendation. That place is exactly what I was looking for. However, just like the original Some Random Bar recommendation that I loved, Sixgill is also closed on Monday's, so it leaves me out for watching the game.

                            I can't thank you all enough for your recommendations thus far. It's been really fun checking them all out online. I think for now Yardhouse may be in the lead for convenience, and what everyone says is pretty good food and beer selection.

                            But, if there are any more recommendations out there along the lines of Some Random Bar and Sixgill that are open and I can watch the game, please, keep 'em coming!

                            Thanks again Seattle 'hounds!

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                              mcmullek Aug 30, 2013 10:13 AM

                              Meant to write about The Innkeeper, so thanks for your reminder- hopefully your persistence will pay off!

                              They are open daily and I've enjoyed their Moscow Mules in the past. It appears that the beer list has some rotating taps too and the food menu is pretty extensive.

                              The Belltown space is v. roomy with a wide-open bar that rarely gets too busy and is in direct sight line of the TV.

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                                kaleokahu Aug 30, 2013 11:13 AM

                                Someone should check with Big Picture, and see if they'd put a game up on their screen from time to time.

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                            klsalas Sep 15, 2013 10:26 AM

                            They have a TV but as I recall they just play classic films as a sort of backdrop.

                          3. klsalas Aug 30, 2013 01:48 PM

                            Try Harry's -- a small mini chain out of Oregon with just three (Portland, Plano, TX and Seattle) locations. They are near Safeco Field.
                            http://www.henrystavern.com/location-seattle-WA.php

                            The FB photostream shows quite a few TVs. https://www.facebook.com/HenrysFirstAveTavern/photos_stream http://www.henrystavern.com/location-seattle-WA.php

                            I sent a FB question to them to see if they are planning on playing the game. They said that they would be happy to put the game on. Don't know about the food. Menu looks decent.

                            Another place you might want to call is Von Trapp's. The owners run Bastille, Stoneburner and Poquito's. It is a beer hall. Tap list is decent -- about 30. It is a combination of German, German styled, Belgian, Belgian styled and domestic beers with a NW focus. Pete Fjosne the chef used to work at Bastille. Really one of his strong suits is forcemeat and they do all of the wursts.
                            https://www.facebook.com/seattlevontrapps

                            The Collins Pub in Seattle has a very nice smaller beer list and several TVs. Food is average/good. However I must disclaim I usually just squeeze in for a pint before a game and have only had a burger once or twice.
                            http://www.yelp.com/biz/collins-pub-seattle
                            http://www.collinspubseattle.com
                            http://www.yelp.com/biz/collins-pub-seattle

                            The Yardhouse is a larger chain but their location is very convenient (basically right at Westlake Center) and they have about 130 taps with a solid assortment of NW beers. Photos show a number of TVs. Again food list looks like standard pub food. I sent them a FB message but no reply yet about the game. Give them a call.

                            Don't know why I hestitate to really recommend the Taphouse Grill. It is local and has only two locations, Seattle and the Bellevue. I guess I have always found its location nondescript. But it does have a significant tap list (about 160) with a strong focus on the NW. The menu is kind of nondescript looking to me. It is all over the place. I have had a burger there once or twice and it was good. Like other places I have been that boast huge bottle lists or tap lists often things will be out. There are TVs all over the place.
                            http://taphousegrill.com/index.html
                            https://www.facebook.com/taphousegrill

                            Finally you might call Brave Horse Tavern. This is a pub opened by Seattle celeb chef and restaurateur Tom Douglas. It is close to downtown (South Lake Union). It does not have a huge tap list but the list is solid. They have above average pub food.

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                            The following places are great beer bars with good food but they are not close to you and won't be showing the game.

                            Brouwer's - away from downtown; no TV; premier beer destination; good food.
                            Pine Box - reasonably close to downtown; no TV; premier beer destination; good food.

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                              LawnBoy06 Sep 2, 2013 06:11 PM

                              Klsalas: Thank you for taking the time to write out all this information. I think I finally have a winner. Von Trapp's. The menu and beer list look great, and on their Facebook page they just posted that they will be showing NFL games all season long. I also just read a little blurb in Draft Magazine about this place too.

                              So, thank you all once again for your help along the way. I can't wait to get to Seattle and chow down. I'll try writing a brief recap of my expedition upon my return as well.

                              Cheers!

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                                Jeri L Sep 2, 2013 07:54 PM

                                I think you'll be happy with that choice!

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                                  Gizmo56 Sep 2, 2013 10:34 PM

                                  I hope you'll also be able to tell about more interesting Seattle experiences than Monday Night Football at Von Trapps. Either way, enjoy your visit.

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                                    LawnBoy06 Sep 16, 2013 12:07 PM

                                    Alright everyone. I'm back on the east coast and have to admit, I'm missing Seattle already. My wife and I had a fantastic time eating and drinking our way through your city.

                                    Aside from the much discussed Monday Night Football experience (Von Trapp's ended up being perfect for what I wanted btw), here is a report with some very brief thoughts on some of our other meals and drinks:

                                    Craft Beer: We hit a number of breweries including Fremont, Ruben's and NW Peaks. I was pretty impressed with all three, with Fremont being my overall favorite. The Harvest Autumn Ale was incredibly fresh and delicious, and some of their cask treatments were quite nice too, especially the Dark Star with Hazelnut and Peppercorn. I also spent some time at the Bottleworks shop in Wallingford which was awesome too.

                                    Now onto food:

                                    Seatown: Stopped here for lunch after perusing Pike Place market. Dungeoness Crab Sandwich w/ fried egg, avocado & Beecher's. Awesome stuff. Really simple, but executed well with great ingredients.

                                    Little Uncle: We found this hit or miss. I had a major hit, and my wife had a major miss. My chicken curry dish (which I think was a weekly special) was loaded with flavor. So much depth. My wife's pad thai however, was quite bland, dry, and flavorless. Perhaps it was an off night. I know this place has a major reputation.

                                    Serious Pie: One of the best pizzas I've ever had. The crust was perfectly charred. So light and airy. Never experienced a crust that was so light before. Delicious! I must admit that I thought $16 was a bit steep for the size of the pie, but I'd admittedly have no problem lining up and paying that again. I also have to mention how delicious the simple salad of lettuces was. So fresh and so good.

                                    With my two experiences at Tom Douglass' restaurants, it seems that they would all be quite reliable bets. It reminds me of Stephen Starr's restaurant empire in Philadelphia if anyone if familiar...

                                    Salumi: We got there right when they opened and there was hardly a line at all. I went total gluttony style and ordered a salumi platter with cheese and olives, as well as the porchetta sandwich. (You only live once right?) Verdict: crazy good. The porchetta was the best I've ever had, including some top notch versions in Philly. The salumi was also incredible, though I wish there was a way to know the exact types I was eating. The staff was obviously so busy that I couldn't ask for descriptions of every one on the plate.

                                    Joule: Best meal of our trip. Beef tartare, Rice Cakes and Chorizo, and Short Rib. All fantastic. Even my wife who is vegetarian coudn't stop digging her fork into my rice cake dish and she usually won't go near anything that has crossed paths with meat. I should also mention that she also loved her Smoked Tofu and Mushroom dishes. This was top notch cooking, and our service was great too.

                                    Canlis: Another fantastic meal. This was our last meal in town. I wanted to go out with a bang. We sure did. We each did the 7 course tasting menus (my wife doing the vegetarian version). I also had the sommelier's wine pairings. The food was delicious as you would expect for these prices, but the one point that blew my mind were how beautiful Jason Franey's plates were. Each one was like a work of art. My favorite dish of the night was a Dorade with eggplant and fig. Stunning. The only reason I would say Joule was our overall favorite meal over Canlis was just the price/value ratio.

                                    That's it Seattle folks. Love your town and can't wait to come back.

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                                      firecracker Sep 16, 2013 05:15 PM

                                      Thanks for letting us know what you and Mrs. LawnBoy enjoyed!

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                                        BallardFoodie Sep 17, 2013 06:48 AM

                                        Nice trip.

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