Bars have become the meeting places of choice now that libraries, public parks, and desolate midnight crossroads are all under Prohibition. Enjoy a legal and delicious dalliance with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $25 worth of pub fare and craft ales at Dog & Pony Alehouse and Grill in Renton.
The husband-and-wife team of former brewmaster Jay and Kristen Fisher united a selection of more than 32 tap beers and a menu crammed with classic American comfort cuisine to create the Dog & Pony Alehouse and Grill. Settle in near the fireplace to sample their combined culinary knowledge with an order of beer-battered fish ‘n’ chips ($10.99) paired with an imperial pint of stout ($4.50–$6.50).
Combine the simplicity of youth with the privileges of adulthood with an order of extra-cheesy mac ‘n’ cheese ($8.99), a standard pint ($4.50), and a stint of jury duty. To take full advantage of the beer selection's regular rotations, ale houseguests can try a four-pour sampler ($5.50) and tipple a quadraphonic malted symphony of their choosing.
Dog & Pony Alehouse and Grill
Dog & Pony Alehouse and Grill's combination of craft beers, upscale bar food, and no-nonsense attitude has broad appeal. It draws machinists from down the street, engineers from Boeing, and salaried folks from downtown. The diversity is considered a plus by Evening Magazine, which rates the Alehouse among the Top 5 Western Washington Beer Bars.
The bar's taps flow with more than 32 craft beers––largely local in origin––including a handful set aside for a selection of IPAs, which is said to be the favorite brew of regulars. The chefs match this selection with a diverse menu of contemporary and upscale gastropub fare. They batter wild-caught Icelandic cod in beer and crust it in panko to create the fish 'n' chips, a feat that ensures its spot as the most popular dish on the menu. They stuff cheesy quesadillas with jumbo black tiger prawn ceviche made from scratch, and fill italian subs with thinly sliced prosciutto, ham, and salami.