There’s no way to be bored at Cooper’s Alehouse. From the seven televisions broadcasting sports to pool, darts, and a jukebox, the pub has all the necessary components to keep its guests entertained for hours. Selecting a draft beer can prove entertaining on its own, thanks to the constantly rotating lineup of craft brews available on tap. Guests can pair their brew selections with tasty pub grub such as barbecue-pork nachos, burgers, fish and chips, and loaded tater tots.
The wood-paneled Pub at Third Place, found below Third Place Books’ location in residential Ravenna, offers a cozy respite from rainy days. With plenty of microbrews on tap and an ample wine list, the casual spot pulls in local drinkers and anyone looking to stave off hunger with their pub fare – think pulled pork sandwiches and burgers – and Greek specialties, sourced from the Vios Café upstairs. That means diners can snack on everything from souvlaki to falafel sandwiches at the long, winding wooden bar, or sit with a pint and play a board game with friends. There are books available as well, of course, making the Pub at Third Place a cozy spot to tuck into a new page-turning novel or the day’s newspaper, while the rest of the neighborhood walks by.
A pair of restaurateurs opened Pair Food & Wine so they could pair local and organic food with local and imported wine. The meat and dairy on the seasonal menu comes from Washington farms, and the produce might even come straight from Pair's back garden, harvested by the tiny farmers who live behind the sidewalk planters. While the wine list is lengthy, the bar-food menu is short, containing just a snack-size handful of dishes. "But each one," wrote the Seattle Times in 2009, "falls in line with Pair's penchant for making simple dishes elegant."
Duchess Bar & Social Club’s exterior may be clad in burgundy, but the Ravenna dive has a heart of purple and gold. Husky students and alumni descend on Duchess hours before kickoff, transforming the expansive interior into a sea of shouting sports fans. And it’s not only Dawg devotees who show up—sometimes, it’s actual dogs. Demonstrating that allegiance to a team knows no bounds, the bar welcomes pets during off-peak hours, so long as they’re on their best behavior. Duchess’s inclusive policy has its limits, though. The moose and deer heads mounted to the walls serve as a warning that not all beasts are welcome inside.
Behind the Name: Frank’s was not named by Frank but for Frank. Frank Duffin, the late grandfather of restaurant co-owner Sarah Penn, was a Bostonian whose hometown cuisine inspired the restaurant’s oyster-centric menu. His photos adorn the back wall and the Manhattan bears his name.
Inside Tip: Don’t just stick to stuff from the sea. Though Frank’s is an oyster house, it also serves critically-acclaimed fried chicken, which Eater listed on its “9 of the Bombest Fried Chicken Dishes in Seattle” feature. Cooks marinate free-range chicken breasts in buttermilk for three days, season them in a flour-and-cayenne mixt, and serve with gravy, biscuits, and honey butter.
Vibe: Stylishly rustic, yet elegant, with exposed ductwork, wood-panelled walls, and bulbous sconces.
While You’re In the Neighborhood
Before: Work up an appetite by perusing the off-beat antiques, handmade jewelry, and local art at The Curious Nest (2916 NE 55th Street).
After: Catch a unique comedy show at Jet City Improv (5510 University Way NE), which has a reputation for roping the audience into the fun.
If You Can’t Make It, Try This: Pair, Sarah and Felix Penn’s other restaurant, which serves up European-inspired farm-to-table cuisine.
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Where to Sit: If it’s sunny or raining money, relax on the sidewalk patio.
When to Go: Swing by on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. for trivia.
While You’re Waiting
While You’re in the Neighborhood: Get good and caffeinated at Cloud City Coffee (8801 Roosevelt Way NE), a popular community gathering spot.