Here are some spots that have outstanding top shelf booze and a terrific beer selection. We'll drink to that!
Even if you're not a beer drinker, you've gotta like The Pike. The massive watering hole has got a ever-changing cast of characters who frequent the place at Pike Place Market, folks drawn by the tasty, local-focused pub fare and the award-winning ales, stout, even Barleywine. Try the charcuterie plate with a house sampler of brews and you're bound to find a few faves. And guess what? The Washington-centric wine list is impressive, too.
Most University of Washington students come in to this friendly, family-owned pub for the awesome, ever-changing lineup of beer, but the sausage is the true star here. It's all made in-house and grilled just right. Try one of the sausage burgers like the Ragin' Cajun, topped with caramelized onions and peppers. For more heat, order a cup of gumbo on the side.
The food at this Tom Douglas watering hole is truly outstanding, from the burger down to the baked-to-order chocolate chip cookies. Pretzel sandwiches, house-made brats and excellent deviled eggs are fine complements to the impressive lineup of beers on tap. But there's also an elegant entree-size salad that showcase veggies from the owner's farm in Eastern Washington.
A neighborhood dive that's welcoming to regulars and newbies. Stiff drinks, good local micros on tap, a jukebox that rock. It all adds up to a fine place to hang out.