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Belltown Pub: My New Hood Haunt?

This logo is pretty slick.

So this is now the third time that I have ventured into thoughts on the new Belltown Pub. But when something new opens in Belltown, pouring decent beer, you have to bet I will have an opinion.

Back in June, I did a short article about the return of the Belltown Pub. Back at that time, there was some hope that the Pub would be up and running by July. Well, it didn’t happen – but they did finally open the doors last Friday, August 20, 2010.

I got in to see them on Saturday. That Saturday was quite an adventure for myself, who visited the Fauntleroy area of West Seattle. After finishing a mini-triathlon, I decided to bike around and visit some places that eluded me over the past few years. First, a stop at Super Deli Mart for a hoagie and pint of Elysian Brewing’s BiFrost – all for about $9.00! Later on, I biked on over to Big Al’s Brewing to sit on the patio in the sun and enjoy a few pints of the rare stuff – Alt bier and Trippel. More on these two places, later this week.

After Big Al’s, I decided to head back to the mayhem that was Belltown last weekend. If you didn’t know, Hempfest took over the city last weekend. Pure honesty: I don’t like this event. Every year someone vomits and passes out in front of our door and a gobs of others break windows, piss in our alley and generally litter the grounds. Its something we try and avoid.

But, with the launch of the hood’s new digs, I had to return. The result: I like it.

 

The Look.

 

Belltown Pub is essentially a carbon copy of the old Belltown Bistro, as far as the layout and improvements. The new owners were wise to keep the layout, as it facilitates good food service and dining. But, they made two important changes: (1) changed the decor and paint and (2) pushed the bar area back into the dining area some 2′ feet.

The new Pub has a very nice “woody” or aged feel to it. Tones of green and brown gravitate towards the classic fisherman’s pub look and feel. Moving the bar back a few feet was a move of pure genius. It allows the bar goers more room and some distance from the diners – giving them a feel of their own separate habitat.

 

The Beer.

 

The beer is above average. One of the owners is Dave. Dave is a beer man, and he was wise to understand that Belltown does not have much rotation. With the exception of Buckley’s Tavern (which is generally packed to the brim), none of the bars in the area change out what they are pouring. You might see some good taps (Two Bells has Scarlett Fire, Cyclops has Boundary Bay One-Eye PA, and Frontier Room has Union Jack IPA), but they simply do not change.

Dave promises routine rotation of almost all of the taps (exception given to PBR and Guiness, of course) and their initial offerings promised great things ahead. On tap for Saturday was Fremont Brewing’s Interurban IPA, Skagit River’s Washington Wheat, Bridgeport’s Hop Czar, Georgetown’s Chopper Ale, and several other fine micro ales. With only 9 taps, I was very excited to see that two were devoted to a couple impressive IPAs. Dave knows his crowd will feverishly crave the hop goodness.

 

The Food.

 

The menu is excellent. Much more impressive than the beer selection, is the impeccable selection of intriguing food options that you seldom see at other places. While I was there, I dared to say it was the best bar menu I have seen since Avenue Pub in New Orleans (our personal favorite). I might not back off that comment, either. Where else do you see house-smoked salmon tamales, muscovy duck salad sandwiches and duck stew? Also, they have wings – my personal weakness. Even better, the  wings are created by a former Wing Dome master and served in large portions.

So, we are raring up for a full visit that will undoubtedly end up in 52 Weeks. But for now, I wanted you all to know the goods. With 7 or 8 plasma TVs and the NFL package, why not stop bye for a game, an IPA and some wings! I still cannot locate a website for the new Pub, but they do sport a fine Facebook page.

 

If you make it in to the Pub, please let us know about your experience below in the comments.

 

Belltown Pub Opens in Belltown, Today!

August 20, 2010 3 comments

Wings!!!! Belltown Pub's tasting photos gave me a glimpse of these diamond dandies.

Back in June, I did a short article about the return of the Belltown Pub. Back at that time, there was some hope that the Pub would be up and running by July.

Well, that didn’t happen, but each and every day I noticed people working on it. From painting the outside, to replacing furniture, to installing 6 or 7 large LCD TVs, to completing the bar and its 8 or so taps, to finally this week – putting up the new brass-styled “Belltown Pub” sign.

I walked by the new Pub yesterday afternoon to notice a locked door and an “OPEN” sign in the off position. But, inside was a full staff setting tables, TVs blazing and 8 beautiful tap handles ready to pour. It appears that the Belltown Pub has finally arrived.

I still cannot locate a website for the new Pub, but they do sport a fine Facebook page. The pages describes the bar as follows:

Welcome to the Belltown Pub, A Northwest inspired restaurant and bar situated in the heart of Belltown! Come check us out for our great food, signature cocktails and local craft beer selection!

Open for Lunch and Dinner 7 Days a week!

Then they posted this little nugget:

Belltown Pub Belltown Pub will be open to the public this Friday 8/20/2010! Come help us celebrate our opening by trying one of our signature cocktails, local draft beers, or some amazing “Pub Grub”

So, it appears they are open for business. The Pub will serve you from 11:00 AM-12:00 AM each day, staying open to 2 AM on Thursday-Saturday.

When I walked past yesterday, I noticed tap handles for Bridgeport’s Hop Czar and Georgetown’s Chopper Red. Cannot wait to check it out. Let us know if you do!

The Belltown Pub Returns to Seattle in July

Belltown will welcome a new watering hole next month

Great news for all of us Belltowners (Seattle, WA) who have been seriously depressed by the shutdown of bars in the neighborhood – and even those shutdown elsewhere.

Seattlest is reporting that three local bar vets have formed together to revive the long lost Belltown Pub that once existed on 1st Avenue. Utilizing the same old space (2322 1st Ave), which was once taken over by BluWater Bistro, the threesome expect to be ready to open next month.

There is not a lot out there about this place, yet. But, I can tell you that I walk by it each day and they are hard at work to get the place ready to open. Today, I noticed that all exterior painting seems to be completed.

The Seattlest article mentions the three new owners and their dream:

The three newcomers are Dave Tolan, who’s tended bar at Gordon Biersch and Paragon, and two gents from The Rock in Tacoma, Erwin Arceo and Zack Nethercutt.

They think there’s room for an informal pub that’s neither fine-dining nor nightclub, where you can watch sports on the big screen, drink craft beer and order sophisticated (but not too sophisticated, rainbow trout sort of thing) pub grub.

Needless to say, this is relieving to most of us in Belltown, who have been watching places shut down or move out. There are not too many options for patrons to grab a good craft beer here, close to downtown. Bars, Frontier Room, Two Bells, Buckleys, and Cyclops offer options – but not an extensive or rotating list.

We are excited to see the new place open next month. I would believe we will be there for the grand opening!

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