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A seriously epic afternoon of streetcar boozing

Bradley Foster Published On 05/02/2013 Published On 05/02/2013
S.L.U.T. in Seattle

Yes, Seattle's public transportation system can be confusing, inconvenient, and -- despite the acronym -- generally unreceptive to going topless for a free Jimmy Buffett t-shirt, but take advantage of it (!) regardless, with our trolley-inspired loop of drinking spots in South Lake Union.
Westlake & Olive: Suite 410 (410 Stewart St) Hit this swanked hole-in-the-wall before 7p, and they'll ply you with free fresh fruits and cheeses, cheap wells, and deals on select specialty 'tails like one called the Hot Mango Love, which is a big deal as Chris Kattan normally just reserves that for Matt Damon

Westlake & 7th: Mistral Kitchen (2020 Westlake Ave) Helm'd by one of Seattle's hottest chefs, this place offers slickly produced farm-to-table eats and a recently expanded bar menu that includes things like a cocktail served in an ice cold flask

Terry & Thomas: Cuoco & Brave Horse Tavern (310 Terry Ave N) If you're looking for something substantial, hit super-chef Tom Douglas' boot-foodery Cuoco, or head to his sprawling pub upstairs, where a fresh pretzel and the house brew made with help from Schooner Exact are the perfect things to go with a game on their retro shuffle board tables

Fairview & Campus Drive: A Terrible Beauty (1001 Fairview Ave N) This bi-level Irish boozer boasts some sweet waterfront views, but you'll be immune to such non-terrible beauty once you see their traditional fish & chips and perfectly poured pints of Guinness

Westlake & Mercer: Re:public (429 Westlake Ave N) This accolade-heavy gastro has can't-miss eats like a Wagyu burger w/ applewood-smoked bacon, Beecher's cheddar, apple ketchup & horseradish aioli -- plus they "will totally take care of" anyone who mentions Thrillist, which probably doesn't include touching below the belt, but... anyway, next spot!!

Westlake & N Harrison: Flying Fish (300 Westlake Ave N) If you get to this modern seafoodery during happy hour, the bar's got freshly shucked oysters for just $.50, and, no matter when you get there, there's a full range of house 'tails and more than 225 wines.

Westlake & 7th: A Pizza Mart (910 Stewart St) End your night at this open-until-4a 'za slinger, where their 11p-2a happy hour means slice/shot/beer combos for nine bucks -- which, since they let Seattle native Jon Brockman go, is also the number of actually good players on Milwaukee's roster.

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1. Suite 410 410 Stewart, Seattle, WA 98101

The swank-tastic polished-metal/dark-wood heavy drinkery's got nosh like a juniper-marinated beef tenderloin w/ port demi-glace & grilled asparagus and a focaccia/gruyere/black forest ham Ultimate Grilled Cheese.

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2. Mistral Kitchen 2020 Westlake Ave, Seattle, WA 98121 (Downtown)

Helm'd by one of Seattle's hottest chefs, this place offers slickly produced farm-to-table eats and a bar menu that includes things like a cocktail served in an ice cold flask.

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3. Cuoco 310 Terry Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109 (South Lake Union)

This brick-walled 90-seater's serving up Northwestern takes on Boot-food in a space that boasts rows of pale wood-heavy banquettes, a glass-backed bar furnishing views of its sizable vino collection, and an entryway dominated by an open kitchen/white-tiled pasta station.

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4. Brave Horse Tavern 310 Terry Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109 (South Lake Union)

Brought to Amazon-land by the same crew behind Cuoco, this second story, brick- and blonde wood-heavy 200-seater is dominated by a giant three-sided bar that boasts 24 taps, and features two retro-style shuffleboard tables beneath massive metal skylights.

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5. A Terrible Beauty 1001 Fairview Ave N #1700, Seattle, WA 98109 (Eastlake)

Renton's mainstay Irish pub, A Terrible Beauty, has launched an outpost in the former BluWater space on Lake Union, serving pub eats like fish & chips.

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6. re:public 429 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

It might seem like just a boisterous after-work spot in burgeoning South Lake Union, but the spacious, brick-walled Re:public is also one of the city's sweetest restaurants, with a small line-up of can't-miss gastropub-style eats.

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7. Flying Fish 300 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109 (South Lake Union)

This acclaimed sea-foodery's glass and concrete digs boast a dark-wooden double row of low-slung booths, a massive mirror-backed bar, and bright splashes of color via seat cushions.

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8. A Pizza Mart 910 Stewart St, Seattle, WA 98101 (Capitol Hill)

This open-until-4a 'za slinger's got an 11p-2a happy hour with slice/shot/beer combos for nine bucks.

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