History

Pioneering Seattle Pub Culture

Back in 1991, amid the rise of the first Internet start-ups, the smell of the first coffee roasters, and the first pounding sound of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains and the Grunge scene: Seattle pub culture was first born on a once-quiet corner of Greenwood. It all started with owner Jeff Eagan’s vision to revitalize the English-style pub in Seattle and introduce locals to the region’s growing supply of fresh, craft brews. That vision grew to include offering an upscale menu of gourmet food from Chef Jeff Reich at reasonable prices. Since those days, Seattle-style Ale House Cuisine has been synonymous with the 74th Street, Hilltop, and Columbia City Ale Houses.

Historically, pubs began not as a commercial venture but as an extension of the private home—when word spread about someone pouring delicious beer, the home would soon expect many regular visitors. If a home drew a large and steady crowd, the home would become something of a meeting place, known as a “public house” or pub, an important part of the community.

We strive to offer Seattle neighborhoods comfortable gathering spots where people come together as a community to interact. We work hard to nurture guests with good food, good company, fresh ales and great service. If you live nearby, please consider one of our ale houses as your neighborhood “local’.

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