I’ve been to the Fishbowl a dozen times in four years. I like the interior, but there are some places I never sit because they don’t really fit the pub and are out of the way. Service is variable, but overall pretty good. I dislike the attitude however: bartenders don’t want to talk beer, or talk to anyone other than each other or a few chosen regulars. Selection is also good, as long as you want a Leavenworth or Fish Tale beer - there is only one or two guest handles at a time. They have 3-4 handles of cider and a non-alcoholic Ginger Brew. I’ve never had a bad meal there and usually really like the food. A bit pricy for Olympia, but a good value compared to other brewpubs in the Seattle-Tacoma area. They sell and fill growlers and seem to do a brisk business doing so. I try to support local brewpubs and craft brewing every place I live and travel to, but The Fishbowl doesn’t make it easy.
Everything about this place has the feel of an outdoorsy, hippie vibe brewpub of the nineties. Lots of blocky wood and ugly tables and chairs, bland cafe style menu, servers who can’t help you much with beer information. Chalkboard lisitings and menu listings for tap options didn’t really align. Their beers are still acceptable quality and priced well; there’s just a much better, modern option just up the street. I wouldn’t spend much time here if I lived in the area.
I’m usually appreciative of industrial settings but the noise and close quarters weren’t that appealing. though found a good seat. Very good service. My fried oysters were excellent, light & fresh. Been familiar with their beers a long time--and the German leaning not to my preferences. Only beer I felt like drinking was the IPA and that wasn’t very good, harshly bitter while thin & a little flat.
Found an old note from a daytrip up from Portland in 2013. It was a pretty typical taproom. I was on my own and remember chatting up the bartender quite a bit. Had an oyster sandwich and it was "solid"... apparently.The beers were so-so.
A casual local bar with a small dining section and a comfortable lounge. Bright and airy. Lots of beers on tap, non particularly great. Tasters available and well priced. We didn’t eat but it looked OK. Not a bad stop and a convenient location if you are going between Seattle and Portland.
Old school brewpub with a decent selection of house beers on tap. The regulars are very bland, but the seasonals are decently made. Service is friendly, though not overly knowledgeable about the beer. Very reasonable prices. Worth a stop if in the area, but not a must stop by any means. Better go to Three Magnets a block away if you have to choose.
This was my first experience with a hipster brewpub. The service was OK; a little slow and slightly off-putting, but OK. There was a great selection of beers, but the quality of them was not all that great - a few were fine, but a lot weren’t. And more weren’t than were. Food was decent, though we only had an appetizer.