after4ever (240) Brier, Washington | January 4, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
A perfect little bar with a perfect little vibe. There are just two rooms, and it feels like this is the space they were able to carve out of a building that probably used to be a house once upon a time. Itís right up against the sidewalk on the southern stretch of Beacon Avenue thatís just starting to bustle.
You walk in and there are a few tables, a flat screen, and a great big grandfather clock off to the side. A grandfather clock! Not a smart-ass artists reproduction, with a cheap tin clockworks set screwed into a big old box. A real grandfather clock is standing there off to the side. It doesnít get any homier than that. They donít have a fireplace, but not too many bars do. Precious few, if any, bars can boast a grandfather clock though. Looks like a nice one, and when I was in, it was running.
The next room has two semi-divider walls cordoning off the bar area, where thereís a nice barback, a couple dozen faucets pouring well-selected local micros (almost all WA and OR), a flat screen, and a big popcorn machine. They ask everybody if they want a bowl of popcorn. So cool. They tend to run KEXP over the hi-fi.
The food list is a rock-solid lineup of pub grub, with veggie, vegan, gluten-free, and other options virtually throughout. Everything looks and smells great, though Iíve only been here for beers, bowl games, and conversation. No food so far, but I wouldnít hesitate to dine here for sure.
Beacon Hill is really blowing up. This place went from virtually empty to completely packed in 10 minutes, and stayed packed. The people on both sides of the bar are friendly and fun. Iíll definitely be back.