Latona-on-the-Green is one of Seattle's premier beer bars. With a trendy location near Green Lake, the pub attracts a mixed crowd for its fine selection of mostly local beers, simple foods, and often live music. I visited this local institution in 1994 and fell in love with the place. The people were friendly and the place had a great vibe. It was the first time I had ever had a cask Rogue's beer. Oddly enough, I would not find such a thing at the brewery a month later when in Oregon! I did not return on my most recent trip in 2008. Quite a few new places had sprung up since and when I called the pub to see what they had on cask, they said nothing at the moment so I bypassed it. I would certainly go back if in Seattle again and if you are in the Green Lake area, it is a worthy place to stop in for a beer and bite to eat.
Big Time Brewing has been around for over 20 years and for good reason. Set close to the University of Washington, this beer hall of a brewpub combines a hip alternative vibe with an old wooden retro décor. Their award-winning beers are typical Pacific Northwest fare, heavy on hops and their simple menu filled with the cheap eats students thrive on. The majority of the bar is full of simple wooden tables spaced on a scrubbed old wooden floor. With wood creeping halfway up the walls, you could say wood is the optimal word in describing the place. It looks somewhat like a Bavarian restaurant/beer hall. The very large old wooden bar seats many and is a great place to sit if you're simply having a few beers. If you want food, walk over to the kitchen and order and pay for it there. They call your number when your food is ready.
Favorite Dish: We were there late afternoon so we were not looking to eat a full meal. We opted for a couple of their baked potatoes with butter & scallions ($2.95). You can add toppings like cheddar cheese or bacon for fifty cents each. These are good sized potatoes and you can actually make a meal of them. They generally have four standard beers on tap, four more seasonals plus one beer cask-conditioned. To wash down our baked potatoes, we had 1) Coal Creek Porter-dark with ruby highlights and coffee nose. Roast coffee malty palate w/ some dark bittersweet chocolate in the semi-dry finish. 2) Atlas Amber-cask conditioned-Lightly filtered amber w/ soft mouthfeel. Bready palate with bittersweet finish. Could be hoppier, a rarity for a Pacific Northwest beer. 3) Old RIP Oatmeal Stout-Black w/ dense tan head and chocolate palate. Some roast but sweeter than the porter with not quite as sure a finish. 4) Old Sol Wheat Barley Wine-Light amber w/ little head and malty nose. Big malt palate w/ noticeable alcohol. Dries considerably in bittersweet finish. Certainly an interesting beer. They were unfortunately out of their Bhagwan's IPA which is their typical cask beer and is a true Pacific Northwest treat of citrusy hops.
This event is one-of-a-kind for anyone with an interest in art/theater and/or food. We made a very special night of it and if there was a must-see category, this would be it for Seattle. The show does change about once every three months, and it also runs in San Francisco but it's in Seattle presently (June 2005). It's about $100 per person, but for a fantastic meal and incredible entertainment, it's worth it. Excellent for a very special occasion or just for fun if you can afford it!!!!
Dress Code: The dress code is business to formal, but we wore business casual and fit right in.
McMinnimens' Olympic Club in Centralia, WA is a favorite spot of mine. A relaxed atmosphere shared with old time charm invite you to 'sit and stay awhile.'
Over half a dozen billiard tables can be found waiting for you under the antique lighting. Chalk cubes hang down from the high ceilings awaiting your cue stick, making for some interesting sites. Play all night, at $3.00 an hour, play all day.
You'll be warmed by an old time wood fueled fire located in the center of the club. And you can cozy up in a wooden booth soothed in candle light. (or cozy up to the bar, it has it's own unique qualities.)
And if you're hungry, EAT! The artichoke dip is the best in the city.
Dress Code: Lots of local business people come to do lunch here during the week, expect to find that attire M-F around lunch. As for evenings and weekends, you'll find a mix of all dress codes. From the guy who just got done putting in his 8 hours, the couple who came for dinner, to the group of teens going to the prom. (Yes, the club welcomes families, although it's rare to see kids after nine o'clock.)
Crocodile Cafe (shown here)http://www.thecrocodile.com/
-- Showbox http://www.showboxseattle.com -- Tractor Tavern http://www.tractortavern.com/
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