In the neighborhood
BY KEEGAN PROSSER
Where to find cheap drinks, yummy eats and good times indoors this winter [I.D. required]
Mustard Seed Too
1428 156th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98007
A mainstay in Bellevue since 1974, Mustard Seed Too boasts 5,000 square feet of fun and features 7 pool tables. The dining area is open to families until 9 p.m. and features a variety of bar fare. Operated by Norm Brown for 27 years and counting, Mustard Seed Too hosts a happy hour during the week from 4 to 6 p.m. Other specials include $3 pints and $2 Miller Light beers during football games (Go Hawks!)
Hours: 7 days a week, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
The Pumphouse Bar & Grill
11802 NE 8th St.
Bellevue, WA 98005
Established in 1978, the Pumphouse is owned and operated by Bob and Danielle Griffith. Known for being a hot spot for lunch, the Pumphouse also boasts an expansive breakfast menu (yes, I would like the Almond French Toast). During the winter they offer a wide variety of seasonal Micro beers, most of which come from Western Washington. They also offer a daily happy hour from 2 to 5 p.m.
Hours: Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. to midnight, Sunday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
124 Kirkland Ave
Kirkland, WA 98033
Sometime in 1992, the Kirkland Downtown Association decided it would be a good idea to introduce live music in to the community, and the Central Club jumped on board, with a weekly jazz night. Though many clubs in the area dropped their jazz nights in the late nineties, Kirkland’s Central Club is still going strong – packing the house every Sunday and Wednesday evening. Once known as the Central Tavern, they were forced to change their name when rules regarding hard liquor changed in 2000.
Hours: 7 days a week, noon to 2 a.m.
J Michael’s Pub & Eatery
15770 Redmond Way
Redmond, WA 98052
Known for having some of the best wings – and burgers – on the Eastside, J. Michael’s Pub & Eatery is a local pub with a sports bar atmosphere. The pub features 10 HDTVs, two pool tables, multiple arcade games, a dart board, pull tabs and lotto while seating around 100 people over its rather spacious floor. J. Michael’s also has a full bar with a variety of beer-on-tap selections, and offers a menu featuring burgers, chicken sandwiches and soups.
Hours: Sun – Thu, 11 a.m. to midnight; Fri – Sat, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
7726 Center Boulevard Southeast #110
Snoqualmie, WA 98065
Finaghty’s Irish Pub is located in the young neighborhood of Snoqualmie Ridge. By day, it’s a family-friendly restaurant with TVs in the booths for kids to watch cartoons on, and after 9 p.m., it transitions to an Irish pub and sports bar hybrid.
Finaghty’s is a social gathering spot, says owner Phil Stafford. People come in to socialize with their friends and neighbors. Besides sipping a brew, patrons can watch international sports, play a free game of pool and enjoy free live music on most Fridays or Saturdays. They carry one of the largest collections of Scotch and whiskeys on the Eastside, and, Stafford says, move more Guinness than any Eastside pub.
Beers run from $3.50 to $6.25, with happy hour prices as low as $3 for bottles and $1 off of any draft beer. The house-made hummus and soups are popular, and the most requested menu item is the Finaghty’s Wings.
Stafford, who’s half-Irish, named the pub for his mother’s Irish side of the family. Old-world tradition is reflected in the pub’s distressed wood floors, the steel-tip-dart boards, and the stained-glass booth accents. Those he had made by an artist he met years ago in Dublin.
Hours: Monday thru Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Sundays 11 a.m. to midnight.