The beer is what makes this place great. Kind of a dive, but a good place to sit an enjoy a couple Diamond Knot IPA’s. Great location near the Mukilteo ferry, so a good place to hang out if you’re waiting to get over to Whidbey Island or just want to hang around Mukilteo. Nice folks here--lots of Boeing employees from Everett, especially since the founders used to work at Boeing. It’s all about the beer here!
I visited this little gem in August 2003 while on vacation in Washington State. Would have missed it had I not realized that it was just a hop skip and a jump from the Boeing factory that I had taken a tour of. There were at least 10 of their high quaility beers on tap - you must try the IPA and Industrial IPA. Has a very friendly, down-home atmosphere with locals walking in and the bartender knowing exactly what they want. There are several couches full of folks that look like they make this their second home (which I can’t blame them). Food is serviceable - had a pizza. But the beer is what brings the folks in here. Highly recommended.
Visited on Easter Sunday, 2003, so we basically had the entire place to ourselves. Has the look and feel of a neighboorhood bar that may seen better days, which adds to its charm. If you grab a table near the window, you can watch ferries on the water and jets flying into the nearby Boeing factory, which is kinda cool. The highlight is the beer, of course, with their mindblowing Industrial IPA the highlight. But the sampler rocks, too - each sample was about half a pint.
Oakes (818) Vancouver, British Columbia | March 26, 2004
For a place that is basically a tavern, Diamond Knot rules. The regulars seem more used to beer geeks dropping by than they did when I first visited, mind you, and I like peanut shells on the floor anyway. The beer is outstanding, which account for an unusually high selection score from me (as brewpubs go). The steak sandwich highly recommended. Look out for the giant state park parking lot next door - even if it's empty they'll ticket you for not paying...I didn't have any US quarters but that's okay I didn't pay the ticket either.
A pain in the ass to find...follow signs for the ferries. Worth the 20 min (each way) detour off the I-5.