Seattle >Bars & Clubs > Tost
513 N 36th St, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810347.651385 -122.351574
Monday To Sunday From 05:00 PM To 02:00 AM
Neighborhoods: Lake Union, Fremont
Great place to wait and wait and wait for the music to start – I came on a Monday night to see Spellbinder. The calendar said it was supposed to start at 9:00 PM. I felt bad for arriving three minutes late. But...
After a half hour of finishing sound check, the band dicked around for another 20 minutes going out for a smoke and such. I tried the food to kill some time. Bring your own frozen pizza from Costco if you want to eat fast. After they started 55 minutes LATE, I listened for about ten minutes, and then had to head home 'cause, there's Tuesday morning out there, right? AVOID THIS PLACE UNTIL THERE IS A STATEMENT ON THE CALENDAR, THAT EFFECTIVELY IMMEDIATELY, CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE TO MAKE THE CALENDAR A USEFUL PLANNING TOOL!!!!!
Self Centered – What has happened to building relationships & supporting people in our local community? I work at La Cantina; a tiny off the map, “underground”, unlisted bar catering to musicians & came to Tost to see some of the bands I work with. While at Tost I tried to pass out flyers for my bar & leave some on a table which many bars & venues have available for advertisement. The manager at Tost felt so threaten that I would take business away from him, he asked I stop & told me it was best I leave. If one were to see La Cantina you would see there is no threat. Tost has a web-site, adds in The Stranger & located on the beaten path; we have none of!!!! We simply just have a myspace. . .
Uptight bartenders – This place is way too uptight, maybe it was just that night my friends and I went, but we were dancing around having a great time, and the bartenders decided we needed to be cut off. We took a few shots, and were dancing, but isn't that part of partying? I wouldn't recommend this place unless you just want to sit and listen to music.
Don't Expect Customer Service – We went to Tost because they have happy hour til 8pm: 1/2 off food and good drink specials.
We went directly to the deck, it's cute and cozy. The bartender came immediately, we ordered drinks, the Cheese Plate and the Mediterranean Plate. The drinks came very quickly. But after 40 min, there was still no food (neither of those dishes had to be cooked!!) and no sign of the bartender again. Around this time, another bartender started serving the deck customers, so I asked her to find out what was going on with our food and I ordered another drink. The next time she came out, she was empty handed and she ignored me. Then she was back inside in a flash. I had to flag her down the next time to ask where my food and drinks were, and was told there was an ingredient problem, but now there's only one order in front of ours, so it should be out soon. By now it's been an hour, so we canceled our food order and left.
Rotating local art adorns the walls of this Fremont hot space where live music brings in 20-something crowds. – In Short
Dark blue lighting, an outdoor patio and cozy chairs by a fireplace present ample spots to snuggle up with a drink and enjoy the tunes. Specialty drinks--all called "martinis"--are served in the traditional wide-rimmed and long-stemmed glasses. Try the "Summer"--a blend of Tanqueray gin, fresh squeezed lime and a touch of vermouth sure to quench even the wildest of thirsts.
Change is good, really! – any of Fremonts changes are for the better, like the recent management change at ToST. The most noticeable change is the service. The staff is more friendly and skilled than before but they havent acquired that production feeling of larger places. They still provide live music six nights a week and display art work from local artists, and the atmosphere is still that of a small, chic local spot. The down side is that it fills up fast, which I guess is good because that means theyll be around a while.
Better than Ever! – I didn't think I could love this joint more until they remodeled recently. It's even cozier with the addition of comfy chairs around the fireplace, and they've opened it up so there's more room to spread your wings on the dance floor. It was a lot cooler in there, too, even on the jam packed Friday I was there. The bartender said that they'd installed a ceiling exhaust fan. The staff knows you by name and what you drink if you've been there more than a couple times. A fabulous spot!!!
Fremont's Best Place! – This place has some of the best live music and DJ's around, with a great vibe! It's no smoking, but there's a porch out back that is very smoker friendly! The music cover is always $5 or less, and it's free if you get there before 9! I like the place! The pizzas are great, and they're only $5 during Happy Hour!
Not worth your time! – The service was by far the worst thing about ToST--rude and unfriendly to the point it made me leave. (To say the service was slow would be an understatement because the staff of two never acknowledged our table.) Everything else was just average. I didn't get to the porch, so I gave ToST the benefit of the doubt and bumped them up in atmosphere a little. Fremont has plenty of great bars, so don't waste your time at ToST. You'll regret it.
Friday Night DISASTER – I am a long-time supporter of Fremont establishments and miss the look and feel of what used to be the Center of the Universe. ToST is a perfect example of what I hate about Fremont now. My friend and I met there on a Sat night for cocktails. We had an OK experiencedrinks were decent, music was good. We decided to give it another try and invited a group of friends to meet us the following Fri after work for happy hour. We were so embarrassed because the service was HORRIBLE. They had one waitperson working the entire place. When we wanted to order another round of drinks we had to literally get out of our seats to hunt her down. For some odd reason she wasnt using a try and delivered our drinks to us one by one from the bar. It was AWFUL. Never again.
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