Fiddler’s Inn

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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
zackrock  (10) , | November 14, 2017
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
BrewDad  (464) Olympia, Washington | March 12, 2016
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
after4ever  (322) Mukilteo, Washington | June 4, 2015
I’ve been to this place once, and it already feels like olden days to me. Some places just slip over your feet like old slippers, set you down, and make you comfortable. Fiddler’s is such a place. Add to that the fact that I have been meaning to try this place for nearly a quarter-century and it was probably inevitable. 94th and 35th really isn’t an intersection that bustles like mad, but getting here is pretty straightforward, since they’re both major arterials (er, well, 95th and 35th both are). There is, in fact, a decent-sized fire station right across the street from Fiddler’s. Between people parking along the street, and the sirens, living here must get kinda noisy at times. There are tidily-kept and very tall hedges shading Fiddler’s back from the street, creating a nice sense of privacy and getaway. There’s a grandfathered old neon sign shaped like a fiddle over the front door on 35th. You walk in the front door, and it pulls a rope that raises and lowers a little violin back by the kitchen. This does not seem to alert the staff or anything, but maybe it’s some kind of secret signal. In any case, it’s one of those amusing little touches that great neighborhood watering holes accumulate through the years. And the years really do matter here. Those hedges didn’t just get planted last season. That’s advanced landscaping that can only happen over time. This place has been around since 1980 (I think). Virtually all of that time, they have been a friend to the beer industry, serving kegs from small independent brewers, spreading the word about what’s happening in the craft beer revolution since back when the craft beer revolution was scarcely more than a couple underground splinter cells on the west coast (and a couple other places). Now the revolution has taken down the walls around the multi-nationals, and soon the castle will be ours. Like a wise old resistance commander, Fiddler’s holds sway over its hot corner, surveying the progress. They’re still serving beers from the smaller locals breweries, digging up interesting pints you might not get most other places. They have a few bottles, I think, and some wine, I imagine. I focused entirely on the taps. Had a solid gose from NW Peaks--they’ve only done one or two beers better than that. It’s so cool that a style like gose that was almost extinct 10 years ago is now widely brewed in the States (Germany never let up on it completely, but even Germany was producing less and less, and exporting none, as of a decade ago). Now a decent anglo ale brewery like NW Peaks has a solid gose to offer. That’s outside their comfort zone, but they’re rocking it. And guess where you can get a pour? As of last night Fiddler’s (naturally) had it pouring through one of their faucets. They have pizzas, sandwiches, some mountainous nachos, and other tasty-looking pug grub on offer. I will be back for some of that for sure. Finally crossed this place off my to-do list, where it’s been sitting since before I was old enough to drink. Back then, I had a fraternity brother a few years ahead of me who bartended here. I always swore to come in and have a pint when I could. No idea where that guy ended up in life, but I’ll be back in here soon, tipping him or whoever it is behind the bar next time.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
Prufrockstar  (83) Moscow, Idaho | December 5, 2012| Updated April 16, 2013
This place should have more ratings. Unassuming neighborhood bar. Okay food. Unexpectedly nice tap selection that nicely balances Pacific NW offerings with other great regional beers. Prices are good. Food isn’t bad. Overall, a very comfortable place to enjoy a few hours with food, friends, and drinks. I’m glad I live in the neighborhood, or else I’m likely to have missed this place. There are occasional events that occur here, but you’re not likely to hear about them without stopping in regularly because webpage, facebook, and twitter don’t really get updated that often. Also, it has the ambiance of a place that should allow my kid, but they don’t (which is their choice and totally reasonable, and I’m not counting it against them in my review, but it means I don’t go here that often, because it’s not at the top of my list for "I have a night free and want to go out to drink beer" destinations. It’s more of a "I live nearby and it’s a nice place to stop by on the way home from work or to grab a good beer and quick meal with my wife" kind of destination.)
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 5/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
flyer50  (48) Seattle, Washington | October 31, 2010
MY favorite place in Seattle for a pint. Best outdoor, dog friendly beer garden in town. A dynamic beer list. Laid back staff, eclectic clientel. Same owners as Latona and Hopvine. I like this place best, except that Fiddler’s food lags behind the others.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
BeerMouse  (11) | February 3, 2010
Very cozy and friendly place to enjoy beer, food, and music. Very good selections on tap and they rotate thru them quickly, so there’s always something fresh and new coming.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
OldMrCrow  (87) Seattle, Washington | July 25, 2009| Updated July 26, 2016
I can’t believe this place isn’t in the database --- but if it is was, I guess I would have found it before today.

Fiddler’s Inn is the closest thing to a English neighborhood free house that I’ve seen in the US -- not in the sense that it tries to be a faux-English pub, but in the sense that it perfectly adapts the neighborhood spirit and the passion for good local ales to the circumstances of the Pacific Northwest. The result is authentic, laid back, and entirely enjoyable. Tonight they had 11 beers tap: 10 excellent under-the-radar micros from Washington State, plus La Folie. (When I commented on this, the server raised the possibility that La Folie had brewed on Elysian’s equipment, which would make the tap list 11 for 11 in-state.) Food was good and plentiful, prices extremely reasonable ($3.50 for a schooner of La Folie!!). Really nice local feel. I’m very glad to be moving into the neighborhood.

Addendum: after many return visits, I’ve got only great things to say about this place. Tap list can be a bit IPA-heavy sometimes, which is not all bad when the IPAs in question are Pliny, SN Wet hop, etc, though I confess less excitement about Hales, Boundary Bay, and that sort of business. Plenty of unusual offerings (More often than not I end up drinking something with fewer than 10 ratings on the database, sometimes never rated before) and a high probability of finding the absurdly good Chuckanut beers filling their lager slot. My favorite Seattle bar by a country mile.

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