First visit to STOUT – Capitol Hill’s new brew & food spot

Just got back from our sneak-peek visit to STOUT on Capitol Hill. We share photos below. We told you about this new beer-focused bar and eatery in a previous post. (See it.) As luck would have it, a friend from the neighborhood (Krista Maes) is the manager, so we finagled our way in for a visit before the official grand opening tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 30. (open at 3:00 on Friday and Saturday, 1:30 on Super Bowl Sunday).

STOUT is located at the corner of 11th and Pine Street, kitty-corner from Cal Anderson Park, at 1530 11st Ave (map). It’s located on the street/retail level of a brand new apartment building, but the space feels lived-in and cozy. Sure, its new, and it still has that new bar smell, but they sweated a few details to give the place an unexpectedly comfortable vibe.

Huge windows let in lots of natural light, so much that on a sunny day it blew out many of our attempts to get interior photos. The overhead lighting is especially cool—custom-blown glass orbs, created by a local artist, that float above you. Above the bar, a large mural pays tribute to the neighborhood’s industrial past. Again, provided by a local artist.

Pre-opening event at STOUT. Photo by Mark B. Bauschke Photography.
Pre-opening event at STOUT. Photo by Mark B. Bauschke Photography.

The room’s seating capacity is over 150, but it feels more intimate than that. There’s lots of seating at the bar, which is something I always appreciate, along with a mix of four-tops and pub-height tables. There are more than enough televisions to watch all of the games at once –  probably a dozen TVs or more.

[singlepic id=1002 w=400 h= float=none]Above: Selfie! L to R, Krista, Kendall, and Kim.

The beer list is solid, with 20 draft beers, primarily focused on regional beers. The bottle list is larger than you might expect, with some unexpected surprises, so even hardcore beer nerds should take a gander. Something that piqued my interest was a drink called the Tagalong: a beer cocktail made with Citizen Gin, Aperol, honey syrup, and Bale Breaker Top Cutter IPA. I suppose you could call it a “hoptail,” or maybe a “skip and go naked through the hop fields.”

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I would describe the food menu as contemporary upscale pub grub. In other words, simple and familiar dishes done well. From the starters menu, we enjoyed the calamari and also the BBQ chicken wings (huge, over-sized, with the wing, the drumette and all). For entrees, we had the salmon and the chicken cob sandwich, which turned out to be exactly what it sounds like: a chicken cob salad constructed into a sandwich. That was my favorite—a bit messy to eat, but totally worth it.

Stout Pub
1530 11th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

Click here to see the press release with more details about this weekend’s opening.



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