Seattle >Bars & Clubs > Teddy's Tavern
1012 NE 65TH St, Seattle, WA | Directions 9811547.675928 -122.316699
Mon.-Sat., 2 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.-midnight
Neighborhoods: Northeast Seattle, Northeast, Roosevelt
Best Local Bar in the Roosevelt/Greenlake Neighborhood! – Dan the owner opened Teddy's in the mid 80's has managed a balancing act of staying current without looking like he's trying. You can thank Dan's obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) for how clean and tidy the bar is. On every visit you will find either a spotless establishment or a soon to be germ free environment. Always armed with a fresh bar towel, he's like a real life Mr. Bubbles.
A fresh squeeze juice machine produces some of the finest cocktails in town. The food menu is a bit of a disappointment, although the Marie Callender chicken pie ranks up with the best. For some reason my microwave oven at home just cannot compete with that of Teddy's.
The bartenders are among the worlds finest, handpicked by Dan himself. Friendly, talented, and always willing to tell a joke, answer a sports question, or to serve up a hand crafted cocktail.
In the back you will find one of the best kept secrets in town - an outdoor patio and ping pong table.
One disappointment is the once coveted parking lot is now home to a Mac-condo. Parking is scare out front on 65th, better on the side streets.
Besides having a large screen TV, 5 other screens surround the bar offering Hockey, NFL, and MLB game packages. It's like drinking at Circuit City!
The crowd is an amalgamated blend of locals and fresh out of College grads that are tired of the testosterone bars. Teddy's is also populated with an assortment of regulars, more like irregulars than regular. All of them appear to have hearing problems as they find that yelling an absolute must in getting the point across. The more important the point, the louder the yell must be, and so on.
On occasion the owner?s lovely wife Susan stops in to work or just say hi. The people and the community make up the heart and soul of Teddy's. If you?re looking for a local hang out to catch a game, play some pool or ping pong, meet new friends or say hi to old friends, than give Teddy's a try.
Nice bar, good drinks. – Teddy's is a great neighborhood bar. The drinks are generous and they have specials. The atmosphere is relaxed. You can play pool, watch something on the big screen, or just have a drink and people watch.
Best bar owner ever! – Dan, the owner, is the friendliest guy. There is not one bar tender or bar owner who has come close to the superior service he delivers. I used to work across the street and came in on occasion after work, the staff is alwas nice, and the atmosphere is welcoming. Not super fancy, but a great place to hang out with friends, chat and play ping pong!
Best Quiet Weekday Bar – Actually, Teddy's is my favorite place to go anytime. It's more like a home to me than it is anything else.
Overall.............. – First off, the beer price is kind of steep for a dive bar. Secondly, the establishment is cheap and doesn't offer any "specials" on any beer on any given night. There is a full bar.
The food: If you are drinking and realize you are hungry, but everything is closed, that is when you order Teddy's food.
The crowd: There is a youngish crowd, but the older crowd that frequents is strangely blue collar. As Teddy's doesn't cater to anyone in particular and doesn't attempt to have personality, I guess that is more appealing to the tired, overworked, unkempt sort.
There is a jukebox that is overpriced, an electronic dart board, golf game, pinball machine, and two pool tables.
Service: Hit/miss. I get the feeling the bartenders are overworked.
Overall: 6/10. The location of Teddy's, the size, and the big outdoor patio gives this bar much potential, but as is Teddy's needs some serious TLC.
Miss it terribly – My wife and I moved to Phoenix over a year ago. Over dinner last night we both were talking about our favorite bars back home in Seattle and we both came up with the same answer, Teddy's Tavern up the street from our old house... My wife would tell you she misses the Greyhounds the most, freshly squeezed grapefruit juice and a healthy pour... Can't wait to move home, to family, friends and Teddy's
Best Bar Owner – Dan, the owner of Teddy's (he bought it from a guy named Teddy), is a really great guy with a good sense of humor. When my husband was teasing me one night, he asked Dan for the most "girlie" drink he could think of...I ended up with a key lime pie - much to my surprise, it was delicious.
Dan got a full liquor license about a year or so ago so now he has a full bar as well as many micro brews on tap.
The nachos are good, but the super nachos are really good - excellent hangover deterrent. I honestly haven't tried the other foods on the menu; but there are 5 or 6 to choose from.
The women's bathroom is the best bar bathroom I have ever entered. It is small and only has one stall, but it always smells fresh and Dan keeps hand lotion on the counter for us.
There is smoking and ping pong on the back patio with several tables for dining on the selection of bar food.
There are two pool tables, darts, and some arcade games (pinball and something else) inside the bar. There are 4 or 5 televisions, and a couple of them are big screen, but the sound is turned way down or off so if you are not into hearing commentary, you don't have to.
In all of Seattle, Teddy's is my favorite hang out spot.
A tidy, no frills neighborhood bar that goes biker once a month. – The Scene
The rustic wood-paneled walls sport paintings and photos of Theodore Roosevelt, which might seem random if you don't make the obvious connection. Teddy's caters to an over-30 clientele who come out for 50 cent pool, easy company and a juke box bursting with classic rock.
Guinness, Mac & Jack's Amber Ale and Pabst Blue Ribbon, among others, flow from the 16 taps here, but you can down a bottle of Corona or Miller too. Every first Wednesday, the Vintage Motorcycle Enthusiasts hold their meeting and the street outside fills with classic Nortons, Harleys and Indians.
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