Seattle >Bars & Clubs > Paddy Coynes
1190 Thomas St, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810947.620942 -122.333362
Neighborhoods: Lake Union, South-Lake Union
We went to the soft opening of the new Paddy Coynes location on Pier 70 last night. Since we arrived relatively early (just before 6PM), we nabbed a great spot in the corner near the fire - highly recommend this table for those chilly, drizzly Seattle winter evenings!
Our server's name was Kevin and for being on the job for a whopping 2.5 hours before we sat down at his table, he was phenomenal. Great service - attentive but not hovering, more than happy to accommodate our more interesting requests (example: hubs asked for a "small Guinness"). Waters were never empty, good deal.
As per usual, the soda bread is the best in Seattle. Both the white and the wheat - go get some! It's actually Pat's mom's recipe and it is stellar. They also sell it in loaves for take home and it freezes well. Just sayin'.
I ordered the Wedge Salad with salmon, sans red onions. It was just what it purported to be: a great slab of iceberg covered in yummy, chunky blue-cheese dressing studded with bacon and tomato slices. A good-sized hunk of light salmon adorned the plate not totally covered in iceberg wedge. It came with a steak knife for cutting the wedge and am I glad it did! It was a little tricky maneuvering the cut-up lettuce on the plate (small plate), but I managed and the whole thing was quite delicious. Great flavor in the blue-cheese dressing (which can make or break a wedge salad) and the tomatoes actually tasted like tomatoes (not like nothing, which can be the case often).
Two friends ordered the Shepherd's Pie and I was lucky enough to taste a bite: again, great stuff! I'll be back to try it on my own, it was warm and flavorful and the perfect menu item for a cold night. Another friend went with the Potato Leek Soup and declared it wonderful.
The only thing that didn't totally stand out was the Irish Stew - it was overall pretty good (huge portion!), but was too salty - chalk it up to a new kitchen and a soft opening, hopefully it was just a one-time thing for the stew.
Overall, the new location is great now and will be even better once the new tunnel is in place and the Viaduct is down. If you're here for lunch, it's right next to the Olympic Sculpture Garden; perfect for an afternoon stroll after your meal.
great brunch – Service can be hit or miss depending on who you get. Been here for lunch was, not recommended as it's just typical bar fare and not superb. But breakfast is GREAT! Bloody marys are incredible!! Wonderfully spicy. The orange marmalade that comes with the toast should be outlawed! Bacon is thick and crispy. Coffee might have crack in it. I don't have any other reason for how it can be so yummy.
An Irish Bar with Class – In a city where Irish pubs are aplenty, Paddy Coyne's sets themselves apart by adding an urbane appeal.
They have your standard pub prerequisites: Irish beer, decent food, and soccer and rugby on television. What sets them apart is their polished appearance and service.
Part of that polish is the dark, cozy interior with a fireplace blazing near the tables in the bar, and the other part is brought by experienced staff.
And they must be doing something right; most nights of the week the pub is nearly full for happy hour and stays that way well into the evening.
The menu is simple and tasty, featuring such dishes as Irish stew, cheese burger sliders, and a wedge salad.
Visit on a Tuesday and you can play "Tuesday Trivia" or catch live Irish music on Sunday nights. Patio seating is also available when weather permits.
Bad service at Bellevue Paddy Coynes – The Lincoln Square Paddy Coynes was mostly empty when I walked in and sat at the bar. The bartender studiously ignored me for at least five minutes. When he finally ackowledged my existence, he acted like he was doing me a favor by taking my order. Normally I wouldn't use the words "stuffy" and "Irish pub" in the same sentence, but in this case I have to make an exception. I guess that's what happens when you put a pub in Lincoln Square.
Sorry to hear you had such a bad experience. That sort of service is not accepable regardless of circumstances and I expect it was a rare anamoly.
Please do come back and try us again
Bellevue Location needs a lot of fine tuning – New to Lincoln Square in Bellevue, Paddy Coyne's needs a lesson in the expectations of the Eastside set.
My husband and I walked into into the somewhat busy new Paddy's location giddy with anticipation. Immediately we were puzzled...is this it? The location is the size of a small Starbucks, yet all the tables are large four tops, making it awkward for a couple to come in for drinks without feeling like they're taking up more than their fair share of real estate.
We eyeballed an open table and waited for the busser to finish cleaning up; as we began to sit, a server pointed out another table that a party was beginning to vacate, and said we should sit there instead, so we got to get up and wait for the customers to leave, wait for the table to be cleared, and wait while she took five minutes to wipe it down (she was very friendly and genuine, but I don't think she's ever waited tables before).
Okay, no biggie. Time to order our drinks...but there are no menus...okay, there are little black folders on each table that look suspiciously like menus, but they are filled with random promotional pages, and sadly missing a list of beers on tap, specialty drinks, etc. When the server returns she stumbles through a list of mostly unfamiliar beers, and brings us food menus.
As we drink our drinks, we find the need to relieve ourselves. The entire restaurant has one unisex single toilet bathroom. After waiting 10 minutes to use the restroom, I find that either someone else peed all over the bathroom, or they are having some sort of plumbing problem. There are no paper towel dispensers, and whatever paper towels they had stacked nearby had been tossed all over the "puddle" that takes up half the bathroom floor.
When I come back to the table, our waitress takes our order for last call; she's going to put in the order and go upstairs to the bathroom. By the time she returns around 1:35am, the bartender has decided he will not honor the order, and she has to deliver the news to us. It wasn't her fault, but it certainly should have been handled better by the bartender.
As a former Capitol Hill resident, I can honestly say that at one time dirty tables, grotesque bathrooms, and bad service were something I had accepted as the norm after being beaten into submission by the apathetic hipster servers everywhere I went. Now that I've lived on the Eastside for four years, my expectations have changed. Paddy Coyne's would be well served by visiting their competition in the building, Lucky Strike and The Parlor, and noting that those shops have set expectations for Eastside bar-hopping. The old Seattle drill of "you're lucky we're serving you" isn't gonna hold up in Bellevue, especially with much more gracious, clean, and accomodating businesses waiting to take our money two floors up.
Thanks to everyone for their feedback. We are new and were brand spanking new when this review was written. I'd like to think we have improved our service and friendliness and the quality of our bathroom since then. We have taken explicit steps in this regard and would welcome more reviews to confrim this for us.
Hopefully, you'll come back and have a new and much improved experience.
We have also changed our menu items as well as adding Beer, Specialty Drinks and Whiskey menus
Yum Yum!! – Great harassing bar tender and the best corned beef hash I have ever had. Definite Sunday morning must have.
Great Small Pub with Good Drinks and Great Food – Paddy Coynes is most likely easily overlooked, hidden away on an industrial street on the first floor of an apartment building. If you like good beer on tap, great service, a small but fun atmosphere and great traditional Irish food this is the place.
Two happy hours (the second from 10-12) keep drink and food prices reasonable. Every food item I have tried there has been awsome - the salads are fresh and big, burgers are served on awsome bread, great chicken fingers with amazing dipping sauces and a really great sheppards pie.
They even have a membership club with a check off card challange. Drink one of ever 25 main drinks at the bar, and you are rewarded with a T-Shirt and 10% discount card. Fill 2 cards and you receive a members jacket. After your 4th card, you are immortalized with a plaque on the wall. The card has a wide range of whiskey's beers and Irish mixed drinks. The challange is more of an adventure into the heart of Irish drinking. You have as many visits as you see fit to get it done - so pace yourself!
Not a bar – This place may be fine for food after work but is definitely not a bar. Expensive, pretentious, overrated, and boring.
The positive reviews must be from the owner's friends – South Lake Union is already a waste of time until people move there in the droves Paul Allen envisions without this waste of space. $5.50 for a pint of Calrsberg is ridiculous! If I want to go to happy hour for food not drinks (no discount on drinks after work) then I'll go to a restaurant. The bartenders and staff consistently had disgusting attitudes without reason while at the same time screwing up orders. To top it off asked a table to be quiet. Isn't this supposed to be an Irish pub?
Irish pub – Nice, sophisticated neighborhood bar with a decent menu. Pretty good happy hour specials. Nice indoor/outdoor seating arrangement. A lot of people from area biotechs go there after work.
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