The Eastside Club
Taps: 42 / Bottles: 40
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 16 | Reviews: 12 | Show All Ratings:
3.87/5 rDev -10.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | $
A fellow BA from Oregon told me about the Eastside Club in Olympia. The wife and I decided to stop there for a quick beer after a long drive from Astoria, Oregon, to Seattle.
The place is funky and divey, kind of like Olympia herself. On a Monday at around 2:30pm, a couple of odd fellows were hanging out at the bar. There was one hipster, one South American man with a most exotic accent, a sad-looking Native American and a bunch of blue-collar types.
On "Micro Mondays", most pints are only three dollars. THREE. Regular prices are not that much more expensive, though, between $3.75 and $5 for a snifter or pint. Super fresh ales!
I wasn't too impressed with the tap list. I guess I wasn't expecting a lot after reading reviews and hearing from my buddy JM in Portland. Lots of Pacific beer: Port Townsend Hop Diggidy (nice), Snipes no-bake Stout (not so good), Crux Imperial IPA (lovely!), Boneyard RPM IPA, Hales Supergoose, Mad River Extra Pale Ale, Harmon Point Defiance IPA, Pelican Seahops, Evil Twin Molotov, Rodenbach Grand Cru... would have loved a bit more variety of styles.
They have some bottles, including a $25 Mother of All Storms that is hard to pass up. No food, but they'll happily steer you towards a good place around the corner. Indeed, Le Voyeur right next door is a fine option for good sandwiches and craft beer (loved the tempeh cheesesteak and the vintage Old Stock).
I would revisit this bar, but I'm not sure I want to revisit Olympia.
02-19-2014 00:19:38 | More by DoubleSimcoe
4.23/5 rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 5 | $
A: On 4th Ave downtown Oly you will find the East Side just a block away from the Fish Brewpub amongst plenty of dining. The clients inside are usually pretty cool, like any other place you're gonna run into wanna be beer know it alls and douchebags. However, I have never had a problem inside. Now outside is a different story..it seems that I am always have a panhandler in my face or someone acting a fool along the sidewalk but then again you can't control this either. Cash only! The ATM is usually broken so you better bring your own cash and be ready to go. Upfront you find some booth seating against the wall, dimly lit with a long narrow passageway leading to the back where you find games, pool tables ect. Plenty of seating at the 20 seat bar which greets you at the front and stretches midway to the back of the establishment. It can get crowded fast and I really like this place when its mid-day, low key.
Q: Always very good. I have yet to have a bad beer here; through poor selection or tainted kegs, dirty lines....
S: The service has been up and down for the couple of years I have been visiting. At one point in time when libbey was working the bar service was exceptional on his watch. Since his departure some old, new and mainstay servers have picked up and really provided obnoxious, abrasive and lazy service at times. I see a trend of less than caring, stellar service has extended to my friend and BA johnmichaelsen as well. The past couple of trips left me wondering if I were going to ever come back even I moved here. I may give the service one more shot, if not I may be visiting other places in Olympia.
S: Very good selection of West Coast beer ranging from a big variety of PNW goods and then some. Exceptional selection and they routinely have some really nice vintage stuff tapped.
F: No food sales here but if I recall you can order and bring it in with you. If not, there are plenty of places along 4th Ave to grab a bite.
03-05-2013 22:53:58 | More by barleywinefiend
4.04/5 rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $
Let me be real clear about this place. The beer selection here is absolutely outstanding and I plan to stop back whenever I'm in the area. That being said....
Visually, the ES club is nothing to write home about. The place looks a bit worn around the edges, and more than a bit run down. There's a longish bar to the right as you walk in, with pool tables and a ping pong table in the back. The place has a pretty stark vibe otherwise (there's a couple of TV''s and a jukebox as well), and atmosphere is never going to be this place's most remarkable feature. Still, it's a comfortable enough place to hang out with a beer or two, which was all I required. On the other hand, the ES club has over 40 beers on tap, and whoever does the selecting, he/she knows their stuff. Hop venom, RPM, Green flash DIPA and rye ale, hoprod rye, HUB imperial stout and the Lost Abbey Mayan apocolypse were some of the more impressive offerings I saw on the board (along with the 09 jolly roger). Told the girlfriend I said wow at least 5 times while looking over the offerings, which doesn't happen all that often any more. The beer selection is outstanding here, and as that's the main feature I care about whenever I look for a decent beer bar, it's a forgone conclusion that I'll be back again soon.... likely very soon. On the other hand....
Service was average at best, with the bartender just completely disinterested in waiting on customers it seemed (I thought maybe he had just woken up, but the GF noted that the tavern feels like a local's bar, and as we weren't locals....). When we walked in I asked about a food menu and whether he wanted my credit card after ordering my first beer.... all he said was we don't take tabs, we only take cash and we're not a restaurant. That's all true, but maybe a bit more info would be helpful (they have some sort of arrangement with the pizzeria next door, with a window in the back where you can order slizes - but not today, for whatever reason). So the bartender wasn't exactly a fountain of information (though he perked up a little bit when I asked about the Lost Abbey beer, and it became apparent I hadn't just fallen off the craft beer onion truck). Whatever... the positives so far outweigh the negatives of this place that it's laughable. Prices are just stupid good.... my pint of RPM was $3.75. That kind of pricing tends to make me a lot more tolerant about a few minor idiosyncracies. (Note: During happy hour, certain select beers are reduced down to $3 a pint. They also tend to run specials on other limited release select beers, and the last time I was there, the bartender indicated they are committed to offering at least one vintage beer at all times. It was the 09 Jolly Roger the first time I stopped by, and the 09 Stone imperial stout when I stopped by in 2/13. I was told that when that blows, they will feature the Black Butte XX. Pretty impressive, to say the least!)
Sure, this place is far from perfect, but the beer selection is just sooo good here. I'm guessing I'll be back, and likely sooner rather than later. Despite the indifferent service, this place is highly recommended.
12-24-2012 04:07:49 | More by johnmichaelsen
4.71/5 rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I usually don't review places, but it took only two trips to this place to make me write this review.
The super efficient bar/beer tenders was the thing that impressed me the most. I learned of this place thru Untappd. Why is everyone going there? I found out. They have some pizza if you want to eat but this is a awesome beer bar with many pool tables and a couple ping pong tables. It was not the cleanest places but that just added to the charm. The clientele is everything from hipster to hillbilly, young and old. Outstanding vibe. Great beer list. And the service was the best I've seen in a long time. If I live here I would be a regular for sure.
11-16-2012 04:08:03 | More by MADhombrewer
4.28/5 rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Great place for people new to craft beer. The staff will gladly take he time to find something you like even on a busy Saturday night. They don't serve food but their is a place next door and they put in a little window so you can order in the bar. Lots of pool table and quite a bit of seating. It does get a little busy on the weekend for my tastes but still an all around good place. The service is great even when busy. You never have to wait to long for a beer. They have a great selection and constantly rotating it.
02-17-2012 19:35:54 | More by ds21tango
4.03/5 rDev -7.1%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I stopped at the Eastside Club while on a business trip in the Olympia area.
Atmosphere is a little seedy and rundown. No smells to speak of. I'm glad we have the smoking ban, or I suspect this place would be unbearable.
Quality was very good. A lot of quality bres from the region and up and down the west coast primarily.
Service was outstanding. The bar keep knew a lot about the beer and was willing to share information, even though he was very busy. The only real problem is the place is a cash only business. No plastic.
Selection was very good and varied. Only problem was it was hard to tell what was available. There was a lot to choose from, the taps were spread around the place and the selections and specials were written on various white boards behind the bar.
Value is OK depending on what you have and what you like. I had a Pliny the Elder for $5.50 but there were others for $3.75. A daily special at $3.25.
The place reminded me a little of the Viking in Spokane. It's just a beer destination, or pool I guess. But you can find some stiff on tap, Russian River for instance, that is not real common in Washington.
05-17-2011 17:25:44 | More by RJLarse
4.7/5 rDev +8.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $
It's Myyy kinda town! Hey yo anyway, day to night this place is a different animal. Daytime's easy breezy, light traffic, always amazing stuff, some 1 on 1 time with the bartenders, who are damn near all friendly folk. The weeknights are hit or miss business wise, Thursdays are always jammed, especially during the school year and there's usually music most nights, ranging in styles but almost always good and never an unreasonable cover.
40ish taps, who knows how many and a decent bottle selection for there or to go. Recently put in 5-6 new taps for more specialty stuff. Nearly always have Pliny on, plenty of regular rotation micros, lots of seasonal turnover stuff, constant rotation, and the beer always tastes fresh.
New cask every Tuesday, 2.50 pints for half the beers on Thursdays, otherwise, for the most part, 3.50 pints. I will miss this place dearly when I'm gone.
10-25-2010 04:13:37 | More by dragonWhale
4.14/5 rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I stopped in for a beer while in Olympia on business.
The Eastside is a local beer bar that has a comfortable atmosphere and a thorough selection of northwest and west coast beers. There were quite a few people in the place for a Wednesday evening and the crowd had a good energy. They have at least 30 on tap so it was a tough choice but I went with a Pliny the Elder. I enjoyed it but it didn't seem as fresh as others I've had.
The local beers were very reasonable but the less common ones were a bit pricier. The bartender was attentive, upbeat and knowledgeable.
The Eastside is well worth a visit if you're into northwest craft beer.
01-07-2010 13:33:40 | More by GJ40
4.64/5 rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $
The eastside is my regular beer bar. They have 30 something taps(CO2, nitro, cask), a big bomber selection, some dusty bottles of wine, and some cool servers.
They have 4 places where the beer is listed, one of bombers, one of regular taps, one of seasonal, and one of premium stuff. The premium stuff has ranged from three year old barleywines to Russian River stuff since I started going there.
They have a thursday night 2.50 pint night, as well as a free pool day and a rotating tap on special.
There is a little window in the back of the bar that opens to the kitchen of a greesy spoon next door. It used to be The Clubside, which served some disgustingly sublime hotwings. Now it's a cajun joint called A2. I do not suggest it. Instead, you can have burritos from Quality Burrito delivered to the bar and the delivery guy will bring it in and find you.
12-01-2009 02:19:38 | More by olympuszymurgus
4.6/5 rDev +6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $
The Eastside is one of my favorite places in the world. And with no smoking, the friendly atmosphere is even better.
Eclectic/dated decoration abounds. Little has changed over the years since Babe was alive, though years of smoke have dirtied up his walls.
Babe's grandson Adam is the current manager. All bartenders are friendly, and tend to know their beer. This place is laid back, most customers are regulars.
Selection and price are the perhaps the highlight of this place. They have 36 taps serving almost all microbrew. Note that they do not sell anything affiliated with Bud. This appears to be due to their clientele - if a microbrewery gets bought by AB or enters into a distribution agreement with them, the rumor is that the Evergreen students boycott the place. Not 100% sure if this is true, but it would explain why there are no Redhook or Alaskan products here.
They also have a nitro tap and always have something delicious on cask, which is particularly nice.
There ARE a few american macro-crap-lagers here, but they are displayed on a low shelf behind the bar.
Plenty of pool tables, the food through the window of the Clubside Cafe is VERY good, and you can even do your laundry here!
Happy hour is from 4-7 every day - pints are $2.50, with regular price only $3.00
Pints are also $2.25 all day on Monday and $2.50 all day on Thursday.
02-25-2007 01:15:24 | More by udubdawg
The Eastside Club in Olympia, WA
94 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.