Belltown Pub – Belltown

St Patrick's Day Belltown Pub

GAMES • GUITARS • DOGS

BELLTOWN PUB
2322 1st Ave | Belltown
OPEN: 11-2 M-F, 9-2 weekends
HAPPY HOUR: 4-6:30 & 10-1 Sun-Th, 4-6:30 F-Sat

For St. Paddy’s Day, we hit up Belltown Pub with a group of friends for green beer and Guinness.  This roomy Irish bar was fully decorated for the holiday with streamers, banners, and balloons. A row of Jameson-bottle lamps illuminates the bar, while flags that hang from the tall ceiling and random knick-knacks on the wall keep things sporty.

Two raised stages on either side of the entrance offer seating by the windows, and further back are tables with classic board games permanently stationed within their surfaces.

In a cozy room off to the side of the bar, you can grab one of the acoustic guitars off of its wall and serenade your friends sitting on its leather couches.

A cup full of Trivial Pursuit cards kept us entertained while we snacked on several happy hour plates at our booth. We then made our way to the bar’s balcony level where we discovered a foosball, pool, and shuffleboard table. Mandy and Nicole topped Adam and Sam in a quick game of “McShuff.”

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Belltown Pub is a very canine friendly bar.  They have a food menu just for dogs, and the last Wednesday of each month is host to “Yappy Hour” from 5:30 to 7:30, with fun activities for your slobbery pals, and a portion of the bar sales are donated to a pet rescue organization.

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There are six rotating taps and four more mainstays. The cocktail menu has some interesting offerings, but the only cocktail we tried—the Frazzle Berry—didn’t blow us away.

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Classic Goldilocks restrooms—not too fancy nor too divey, and just big enough for more than one user.

AR_orange ANOTHER ROUND?

We’ll need a few more visits to take advantage of everything this bar has to offer.

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bar 1 of 1 on 3/17/2014: Belltown Pub

Lava Lounge – Belltown

Seattle Bar Hoppers Lava Lounge

TIKI • SHUFFLEBOARD • ROCK N’ ROLL

LAVA LOUNGE
2226 2nd Avenue | Belltown

Open: 3-2 daily

After leaving the Rabbit Hole, we hopped next door to the Lava Lounge with our friend Sam. A wooden tiki god watches over the front entrance that, like most bars on this block, has a small, gated patio.

The tiki-themed décor, whose focal point is a large, undersea mural, is actually just a disguise for a dive bar that keeps it rockin’ with heavy metal, hair bands, and Hendrix.

Sam played Street Fighter II while we waited our turn to use the free shuffleboard table. Their “shuff” table is a bit different than what we are accustomed to (it’s much shorter and lacks full side-gutters), but shuff is shuff, and this was shuff enough for our stuff. We got in a few, short games before we decided to hand the table over to the next crew waiting patiently.

If shuffleboard is not your thing then a) what’s your problem, buddy? b) there are darts and a trio of arcade machines to entertain you, and c) there are plenty of stools at the bar where you can drown your face in a beer, while harmonizing guitars shred your ears off.

HU HEADS UP

Be prepared to hold your nose as you enter. The Lava Lounge’s distinct aroma of bathrooms, barf, and beer takes a little while to get used to.

BU BOTTOMS UP

Despite the appearance of a tiki bar, this isn’t the type of place that serves Polynesian cocktails in fun-shaped containers with oversized umbrellas. Your best bet is to choose one of the 12-or-so beers on tap; we went full-on divey and opted for PBR.

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“Gentlemen” and “Ladies” have been replaced with “Guns” and “Roses,” to be consistent with the bar’s hard rock theme (wait, isn’t this bar tiki themed? It’s a bit confusing). Mandy reports that the one-stall ladies room was surprisingly clean. Adam avoided spending any unnecessary time in “Guns,” as it is probably largely to blame for the bar’s distinguished scent.

AR ANOTHER ROUND?

Despite the smell, we actually enjoy this tiki-meets-Jimi bar because of the music and shuff. It’s worth stumbling into after checking out some of the other bars on the block.

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bar 2 of 3 on 11/29/13: Rabbit Hole | Lava Lounge | The Retro

Rabbit Hole – Belltown

Seattle Bar Hoppers Rabbit Hole

SKEEBALL • RABBITS • COCKTAILS

RABBIT HOLE 
2222 2nd Avenue | Belltown

Open: 4–2 daily
Happy Hour: 4–7 daily

For our first “Bar Hopper” bar, we fell into the Rabbit Hole with our friend Sam for craft cocktails and a few rounds of skeeball. Mandy and Sam’s entry was delayed in order to pet two adorable dogs who were hanging out on the sidewalk patio with their owner and a handful of smokers. However, being a somewhat chilly Black Friday, the girls—and the dogs—soon made their way inside.

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This spacious yet cozy bar had plenty to offer in terms of eye-candy and atmosphere: sophisticated rabbits decorating the walls; glass-bottle chandeliers hanging over the long, Oktoberfest-style communal table with benches; and Adam, being a bit of a cartophile, appreciated the series of metropolitan transit maps stationed at each of the many booths. Sam destroyed us both at “skeeb,” winning all three rounds before we ran out of quarters.

Heads Up Seattle Bar Hoppers HEADS UP

Bring plenty of quarters for the two skeeball tracks, Family Guy pinball, and tabletop arcade machine that features several 8-bit classics. Trivia on Mondays and skeeball tournament on Tuesdays.

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With only four beers on tap, cocktails reign supreme here. We sampled and enjoyed the Jessica Rabbit, Blackmail, and Ginger Margarita.

Restrooms Seattle Bar Hoppers RESTROOMS

There are private unisex restrooms in the front and back, which are both fairly well-maintained.

Another Round? Seattle Bar Hoppers ANOTHER ROUND?

This is one of the more fun bars we’ve been to, so we’ll definitely return for a rematch against Sam—after we improve our skeebin’ skills.

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bar 1 of 3 on 11/29/13: Rabbit Hole | Lava Lounge | The Retro