Fifteen TVs and more than 85 beer choices.
The 15 flatscreens were tuned to NBA and college games while “Psycho Killer” blared from overhead. And as the server wove between and around the communal tables to take our food order, my beer buddy leaned in to say, “I feel like we’ve been here before.”
We hadn’t. But I bet any bar hopper around Capitol Hill would get that same déjà vu feeling at Stout, the new pub along the Pike-Pine corridor.
It’s another of those two-story spaces that seem to anchor every new apartment complex, identifiable chiefly by its identifiableness — same big windows, same concrete pillars, same Talking Heads/Vampire Weekend blaring from the speakers tucked among the same black-painted ductwork.
Stout comes from the same investor behind the wildly popular Tap House Grill in Bellevue that debuted 15 years ago and the man-cave in downtown Seattle that goes by the same name. Those were beer meccas years before downtown and Capitol Hill were inundated with beer meccas; Stout isn’t as original.
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But sports fans will come. The $4 happy-hour flatbreads are a big draw — salty, cheesy and overstuffed with toppings like its salami offering that came with Mama Lil’s peppers, provolone, garlic-marinated fresh mozzarella, deep-fried capers and lemon thyme over a red sauce. You’ll need a big IPA to take on these over-the-top snacks.
lts cocktails showcase gins and whiskeys made at distilleries located a few miles away, though the drinks were unremarkable. It’s a short mixed-drink menu, and still, at least on a recent visit, the bartender struggled to keep up with the cocktail orders.
But what did you expect? This is a beer joint: 20 craft brews on tap and 66 more in bottles, heavy on stouts (of course) and IPAs.
This 5,600-square-foot bar is built very much to handle big crowds and big games. The flatbreads come almost as fast as you can nuke a frozen pizza. And so does the alcohol — as long as you stick to drinks where the bartenders can just pull the tap.
You can catch several games from any seat in the house. If only there were a big game on now. Instead, a subdued crowd was more focused on cheap eats than on the Louisville-Notre Dame women’s basketball game. March Madness and the Mariners’ season opener can’t get here soon enough.
Stout, 1530 11th Ave., offers happy hour weekday 3-6 p.m. and again 9 p.m.-close Monday through Thursday, with $4 flatbreads and $2 off on appetizers, draft beers, house cocktails and wines (206-397-3825 or stoutpubs.com)