Mick Kelly’s Irish Pub boasts a full menu of eclectic pub fare for lunch and dinner daily. Appetizers range from the elegance of steamed local clams ($8.99 for a half pound, $14.99 for a pound) in a white-wine, garlic, and butter sauce to the potato decadence of seasoned fries ($4.99) baked under a blanket of cheddar cheese and topped with sour cream and green onions. Empty-handed post-auction attendees can make a taste-bud bid on the hearty selection of handheld sandwiches, such as the french dip with a rosemary-shallot au jus ($9.99), whereas the eatery’s Irish specialties promise to make eyes, noses, and mouths smile. Summon a serving of the corned beef and cabbage ($9.99–$11.99) or the slow-cooked Guinness beef stew ($8.99–$10.99) to satisfy a Leopold Bloom–esque appetite, or indulge in the apple-brandy pork chops ($15.99) or spicy prawn penne ($14.99). For guests allergic to the moon, Mick Kelly’s Irish Pub serves up a bounty of brunch bites on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 8 a.m. to noon.
Sandwich: smoked brisket sandwich with provolone, calabrian chili aioli, and giardiniera on a seatown baguette When to Go: Arrive on a Sunday after 4:30 p.m. and you’ll have the option to try the Sunday Chicken Dinner Special, which includes three pieces of pickle-brined fried chicken and a seasonal side that changes monthly. What’s on Tap Brave Horse prides itself on a well-curated and eclectic assortment of 36 on-tap beers. The bartenders occasionally post the barrel lineup online, but it rotates regularly, so it’s tough to predict exactly what’ll be on-hand on a given evening. Past favorites have included Spoetzel Brewing’s Shiner Bock, Southern Tier’s Pumking, and Highwater Brewing Campfire Stout. What to Pair Your Beer With: The handmade hot pretzel. Baked in a brick oven, it arrives with accompaniments such as pimento-cheddar dip, sour cream and onion, or smoked peanut butter with bacon.
While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Peruse the exhibits, inspect the fleet, or even take a history class at the Center for Wooden Boats, a museum that focuses on the small watercraft of the Pacific Northwest (1010 Valley St.)
After: Check out the lineup of live music acts at El Corazon (109 Eastlake Ave.)
If You Can’t Make It, Try This: The beer and sausage at The Wurst Place (510 Westlake Ave.)
Where to sit: Siddle up to one of two ceramic-tile bars for easy access to the expertly crafted cocktails, huddle into one of the small indoor tables, or vie for a seat on the tiny sidewalk patio.
What’s in a Name? Artusi takes its name from Pellegrino Artusi, who compiled recipes from all over Italy to write the foundational 1891 cookbook, The Science of Cooking and the Art of Eating Well.
Filone: a common Italian bread, similar in texture to a French baguette
Speck: cured pork leg seasoned with juniper, laurel, and rosemary
While You're in the Neighborhood
Before: Work up and appetite by perursing late-19th and early-20th-century masterpieces at the Frye Art Museum (704 Terry Ave.), a local institution since 1952.
After: Treat your ears to an eclectic indie band at Chop Suey (1325 E Madison St.), or get in on one of the venue’s famous dance parties.
If You Can’t Make It, Try This: Head next door to Chef Jason Stratton’s other restaurant, Casina Spinasse (1531 14th Ave.), which is a fancier, more traditional Italian eatery.
What to Drink: Single malt scotch. More than 80 distilleries can be found on the scotch menu, and they’re even grouped by the region of Scotland from which they hail.
Come for the Scotch, Stay for the Soccer: The bar broadcasts international and local soccer matches (as well as other sports) on its collection of 11 high-definition flat screen televisions and one 130-foot projection screen. Fans of European football and the Seattle Sounders can gather here to watch their matches, even when they start at odd times. Be sure and check out the viewing schedule to see when your team plays next.
While You’re Waiting: Try to accurately pronounce all the scotch distilleries listed on the blackboard behind the bar. You may have difficulty with a few of them—particularly Caol Ila, Bruichladdich, Auchentoshan, and Bunnahabhain.
While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Work up an appetite with a jaunty walk around Green Lake Trail
After: Keep the beer flowing with a trip to Naked City Brewery and Tap House, and see if you can’t catch some live jazz or a classic flick in the screening room (8564 Greenwood Ave. N.)
If You Can’t Make It, Try This: Check out the revolving lineup of 27 craft beers on tap at Duck Island Ale House (7317 Aurora Ave. N.)
The chefs at Lock & Keel Tavern value simplicity. Rather than fry or grill meats, they smoke each cut before incorporating it into barbecue sandwiches and variations of classic pub food. Alongside hickory-smoked pulled-pork sandwiches and hand-shredded chicken seasoned with house spices, the culinary team whips up homemade voodoo chili and four varieties of mac and cheese. Twelve beers on tap—eight of which come from local brewers—complement their no-frills chow. Feasts unfold on the outdoor patio or in a dining room with exposed brick walls and four plasma televisions that broadcast football, hockey, and competitive knot-tying. Pool tables, a jukebox, and WiFi help pass the time until Lock & Keel closes at 2 a.m.
As the private speakeasy-style restaurant of the popular Aston Manor nightclub, Maison Tavern fuses the carefree nightlife of its mother company with menu of high-end gourmet pub cuisine. Head chef Bryan Ogden—son of accomplished restaurateur Bradley Ogden—continues the family tradition of supporting local farmers and food producers with a bill of fare culled from regional and organic produce. Like a hand-me-down sweater knit from platinum chains, each item on the menu unites a cozy familiarity with an upper-crust aesthetic, as in veal and pork meatball subs served on rich brioche buns or flatbreads topped with braised pork shoulder and tangy barbecue sauce.