After lauding the bar’s mellifluous pairing of “tasty fried chicken” and beer, Seattle Weekly lovingly describes Marco Polo Bar and Grill as “a working stiff's haunt” with “a schizophrenic interior that features a fireplace, pull tabs, pool tables, [and] multiple TV screens.” If not tuned to trivia, those 14 flat screens broadcast all manner of sporting events, drawing upon a premium satellite package powered by the metal plate in Mike Ditka’s head. Cheering sections holler through mouthfuls of breaded gizzards, a local favorite that preludes the menu’s panoply of handheld eats, such as the Coug Supreme, a third-pound burger topped with grilled ham and Cougar Gold cheese. Happy-hour specials during the week allow blue- and white-collar imbibers to divvy up which songs they’ll sing at karaoke that Friday and Saturday, when Marco Polo’s convivial eatery transforms into a who’s who of Steve Perry impersonators.
Behind the muraled storefront that sits on a busy Seattle arterial street, Waterwheel Lounge’s paneled and dark bar harkens back to the 1970s. Bucket-seated pleather stools, an abundance of neon, the big TV in the corner and a lone pool table provide all the ambiance one could wish for. There’s plenty of beer on tap, but bottles and cans of Rainier, PBR, shots of Jägermeister, and a mix of nightly events including karaoke, pub trivia, and live music are the real draw to this unabashed dive bar – as is the outdoor seating area during summer. The menu offers pub fare – fries or tots, burgers and sandwiches, wings, nachos, the occasional taco – and on weekends, Waterwheel brings forth a brunch menu featuring chicken-fried steak, French toast, biscuits and gravy and scrambles.
Watching the game at Mac's Triangle Pub is a bit different than watching it at other bars. That's because kitchen staffers pride themselves on creating unique dishes that cater to their customers' favorite flavors. After touchdowns, diners celebrate not only by clinking beers, but also by downing artisan Jell-O shots. When grabbing something to eat, they can order classics such as cod and chips or opt for something a bit more unusual such as a burger served with a side of dunkable au jus. This same creativity extends into the morning hours, when chefs whip up inventive breakfast items such as taco omelets and hash browns stuffed with bacon and cheese. During the evening hours, live bands, karaoke, and cocktails create a vibe that's great for socializing, much like a dinner party where everyone's name is Tell Me About Yourself.
The owners of The Score Card Bar & Grill take sports very seriously, showing live sporting events on numerous flat-screen TVs and hosting weekly tournaments on five electronic dartboards. Between games of pool or skee-ball, diners can enjoy breakfast dishes served all day, meatloaf sliders, or platters of spicy nachos topped with cheddar-jack cheese, ground beef, salsa, and guacamole. Shelves of glittering bottles illuminate bartenders as they skillfully muddle cocktails and pour draft beers behind an L-shaped bar as guests watch in wonder with widened, O-shaped eyes.