Four local pubs have made Draft Magazine’s 100 Best Beer Bars list. This list honors “special haunts with less than three locations and one passionate focus: beer.” There is no specific criterion besides finding “an excellent brew in your glass and people—staff, owners, barflies—who care about that as much as you do.”
Without further ado, those distinguished distributors of delectable drafts are: Beveridge Place Pub, Naked City Taphouse, and Stumbling Monk; three holdovers from the 2012 list. This year they are joined in the Top-100 by The Pine Box.
Beveridge Place Pub: Take a trip across the West Seattle Bridge and you’ll find yourself with a vast array of options. You can choose local, domestic, or import from their 36 drafts and 150+ bottles. They also host a regular “Brewer’s Night” at which you can meet&greet local brewers and sample their works. Stop by on Micro Monday for featured Washington Micros!
Naked City Taphouse: Located on Greenwood Ave. just northwest of Green Lake Park. Naked City has a solid draft selection of their own brew along with other excellent regional selections from places like Sound Brewing, Full Sail, Fremont Brewing, and Port Townsend. They also have a delicious food menu including snacks, burgers/sandwiches, and full entrees. Adorned with numerous flatscreen TVs, it’s a great place to catch your Hawks or Huskies play while enjoying a great draft.
The Pine Box: The Pine Box is one of the newcomers to this Top-100 List. Located in Capitol Hill, this renovated funeral parlor has over 30 beers, mostly locally or regionally sourced, of an uncommon variety on tap. No matter when you stop by you’ll always find something new and interesting to try. I spent this past Halloween at The Pine Box enjoying a variety of Pumpkin beers while taking in the festive decorations and atmosphere that only a funeral-parlor-turned-pub could provide. If you haven’t been to The Pine Box yet, you’re missing out.
Stumbling Monk: Also located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, this place originally started out as a bottle shop but then began serving as a pub for nearly a decade. The Stumbling Monk is dedicated to Belgian style brews, both imported from Belgium as well as some domestically brewed Belgian styles. It also comes well stocked with a series of board games for their patrons. Check out this hole-in-the-wall the next time you’re “stumbling” about Capitol Hill.
Cheers to these local establishments for making this year’s list! Stop by and indulge in their passionate dedication to serving fine beer!