Columbia City Alehouse
4914 Rainier Ave S.
Seattle, WA 98118
Several years ago I didn’t have a kitchen, or heat for that matter, so I ate out every night of the week for almost 18 months. Finally a toaster oven and a Ronco Pizza oven came into my life and I was able to eat back at the shack. I have eaten at the Columbia City Alehouse over 150 times. Quite frankly I have had enough of it for this lifetime. I digress.
The Alehouse is an expensive pub, its is not a dive. Beers are $5.00 with no “blue collars” on tap, but they do pour a nice Guinness. No liquor, just beer.
The menu hasn’t changed much in the past 6 years, but they do have 3 items that rotate with the mood of the cooks. On the rotating menu is an Oyster Club sandwich, its damn good. Also, the Tuna Melt is a solid choice and it is on the everyday menu.
The service is generally good. The catch here is that they seem to under staff the bar. The servers hustle their asses off, but sometimes they just seem overwhelmed at peak times.
The Alehouse was one of the anchor businesses that helped Columbia City revitalize and I am grateful for that. However, it is too expensive to be my daily hangout. When I get an itch for a nice Guinness, there is no better pour in Seattle. TR RGC