Quarter Lounge – First Hill



909 Madison Street | First Hill
OPEN: 3-2 daily
HAPPY HOUR: 3-7 & 11-2 Sun-Th, 3-7 F-Sat

We instantly felt at home in this bar. The corporate rock jukebox mix, undimmed lighting, sports on the TVs, and friendly bartenders and patrons told us that this is a place where we can take a  break from the usual hipness of the bar scene. Quarter Lounge is a dive, but it’s by no means dirty or seedy. It was, however, as cold in here as it was outside, forcing us to keep our coats on.

Quarter Lounge is divided into two spaces: the bar room with two TVs and one of those new-fangled jukeboxes, and a rec room up a small flight of steps that’s home to two pool tables.

At one point in this bar’s history it was more committed to a Creole theme, but today it could be easily mistaken for an Irish pub. In fact, it wasn’t until later that we realized that this bar’s name is probably a reference to the French Quarter in New Orleans, and not the method of payment used to play billiards.


Our jaws dropped and our eyes popped out of our skulls when we saw how cheap the cocktails and wine were. We were even more impressed when we saw Mandy’s $4 wine glasses were filled to the brim! Adam had three pints of Mac & Jack’s African Amber, and, in true dive bar fashion, each was served in a different style cup.

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Free pool every Wednesday. If you’re desperate, Quarter Lounge has pizza, corn dogs, and popcorn (they used to feature Cajun cuisine).


Wine, beer, cocktails—just about every drink is $5 or under. You’ll get your money’s worth here!

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The private men’s and women’s rooms are minimally decorated and cleaner than you’d expect.


Every neighborhood deserves at least one bar like this—a no fuss, friendly dive—and you won’t leave here feeling ripped off.

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