after4ever (220) Brier, Washington | February 18, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Met a buddy here to help him pass the time during a baby shower that his wife was attending upstairs--this is actually relevant to the experience, because catering and special events are actually a huge part of the business here. I wouldnít have known that otherwise.
This place used to be a bottle shop making a pretty sincere effort at being a craft beer mecca. They still offer a big selection of bottles, but they have greatly expanded their draft offerings and more than tripled the size of their dining room. Itís a real restaurant now without a doubt.
Most of the building is still a big indoor soccer center, so when you show up, you might be fighting for parking with all the families at the game. This doesnít mean the restaurant is packed. The restaurant itself is actually quite nicely decorated; you donít get any sense at all that youíre in an afterthought business. Itís there to be a restaurant, not a coffee shop for the soccer center or anything like that. Itís got pretty floors, furniture, exterior, and all the carpentry inside is attractive. There are fireplaces, and TVs in the bar.
The staff is young and bustling and super friendly. Theyíre really nice. They know the menu well, and they give great service. We were here for lunch, and the menu is solid--a few apps, sandwiches, small pizzas. The dinner menu is evidently pretty ambitious. Our sandwiches were well made and satisfying.
They pour a couple dozen beers, most of them west coast, with a few europeans mixed in. They pour quite a few Washington beers, and they have a great relationship with Boundary Bay, always pouring good stuff from them.
Overall, these guys are really doing it right. You can come in for a beer, a light meal, or a real meal. Weekend dinners are packed out the door, but the rest of the schedule is pretty accessible, and youíre fairly well assured of a good experience here. Iíll definitely be back when I am in the area. Theyíre clearly the best beer bar in Snohomish now.
CampesinoTino (71) Seattle, Washington | May 30, 2011
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 17/20
Great selection of beers from the PNW and beyond (Boulevard, Southern Tier, The Bruery, etc) and excellent service. Taps should be up and running this summer. Definitely worth a visit to Snohomish along with Fredís Alehouse.