An American flag flutters above Ravenna Alehouse's dark teal clapboard façade. Buzzing neon signs peek from the windows, beckoning passersby to pause for conversation and cold beer. Inside, friends gather at the battered, old wooden bartop, sharing stories over craft beers and margaritas or tasty noshes of hot-wing baskets and potato pancakes. Guests entertain themselves by shooting pool, nabbing some complimentary WiFi, or loading up the jukebox with theremin classics, quelling any hunger pangs with Hawaiian pizzas or third-pound Angus-beef burgers. In good weather, the outdoor patio hosts dining parties en plein air, as well as its much-anticipated annual chili and chowder cookoffs.
As you and your dining date nestle close in Crêpe Cafe's cozy confines, you'll get to watch the crêpes get spun right in front of you. Though crêpes are traditionally a dessert, it's recommended that you start with the menu of dinner crêpes first. Whet your appetite with a bubbly-cheesed French onion soup before wrapping your reptilian tongue around entrees such as Heaven's Crêpe (Black Forest ham and swiss topped with homemade béchamel sauce and fresh asparagus, $12.95 for a regular) or the Island Girl (shrimp with fresh mango, spinach, roma tomatoes, avocado, and Swiss topped with a Caribbean lime and mushroom sauce, $15.95). Vegetarians won't have to huffily pick things out of their crêpe and then feed them to roaming restaurant dogs if they order the Westchester (avocado, swiss, caramelized onions, roma tomatoes, and spinach with sun-dried tomato coulis, $12.95 for a regular) or the house specialty, Mushroom Medley (assorted mushrooms sautéed in a white wine and garlic cream sauce wrapped in a buckwheat crêpe with gruyere cheese, $12.95).
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.