Yesterday we reported live from Pillagers Pub. This is the follow-up. To begin with, we’d like to extend our congratulations to Jeff Smiley and his wife Kate. They’ve worked their tales off getting the new place open and it looks great. Here’s some stuff we learned.
The Pirate Thing – It’s Jeff. He’s the one into the whole pirate thing. Kate describes him as being pretty wacko, but not totally over-the-top. It certainly makes for a great pub theme.
On Tap – You’ll find Baron’s full arsenal of German beers. Hefe-Weisse, Über-Weisse, Schwarzbier, Pilsner, and so on. You’ll also find 3 Skulls ales, including Black Bonney Porter, Pillagers Pale, and Cutthroat Red. (We heard rumors of an IPA being in the works.) You’ll also find a couple guest taps. Last night the guests were Water Street’s Smoked Porter and Ram Northgate’s Saison. In the future, you will also find mead (Kate, after all, makes mead). At Pillagers you will even be able to get grog. Yes, I said grog. It’s not beer, exactly, but you’ll be able to get it at Pillagers. Grog is an interpretive art form. We look forward to seeing what Jeff does with it. Argh!
The Food – We did not eat, but we talked to people who did. Several people raved about the Jerk Chicken Wings. They’ve got a selection of appetizers and a selection of sandwiches. It all looked very good and everyone seemed very happy.
The Room – With big windows looking out onto the corner, there’s a lot of natural light. High ceilings. Big, heavy, wooden beerhall style tables with bench seating. Jeff has a special sword on hand (the 3 skulls sword) that he says won’t get pulled out until he catches the first person carving their name into one of his tables. Arghh! They’ve got of decorating left to do, but they’re aware of this. The walls are quite bare right now, except for the big mural which is really cool.
It is certainly worth a trip to Greenwood to check out Pillagers. As time goes on, this place will get more and more fun. They’ve got great plans and there is no shortage of ideas floating around. Right now, they are just happy to be open and pouring beer for a very thirsty neighborhood.
8551 Greenwood Ave
Seattle, WA 98103