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Dog And Pony Ale House And Grill, The

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BA SCORE
91
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13 Ratings
Ratings: 13
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]

351 Park Avenue N
Renton, Washington, 98055
United States
phone: (425) 254-8080

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DoubleSimcoe

New York

3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | $$

A friend who lives in Renton took us to The Dog & Pony on our last night in the Seattle are, right before the wife and I had to catch a flight. This is a cozy neighborhood bar, where everyone seems to know each other and you could become a regular after one or two visits.

The bar itself is on the small side, but there are a lot of booths and tables, and even a pool table. I dig the jukebox as well (although I wasn't happy when the bartender turned the volume down, at the request of a regular).

Lots of good beer here, all listed on a chalkboard by the bar (no menus). Heavy on the IPA's, no doubt- there are about ten of them on tap, and 32 taps total. The house beer is a Dog and Pony Double Dry Hopped IPA, brewed by Maritime, and beyond that I saw Pelican Imperial, Ft George North VII Barrel Aged Belgian IPA, Maritime Jolly Roger, Lagunitas Hop Stoopid, Silver City Scotch, Duchesse de Bourgogne... I really wanted to try Hales Barrel Aged Barleywine but they were out. Too bad, I ended up having a bourbon (they offer one single bourbon: Bulleit).

Service nice, great personable bartender and the joint really is warm and comfortable. I can't say I was the biggest fan of this bar but I will certainly come back next time I am in Renton visiting our friend.

03-02-2014 04:23:41 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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czechsaaz

Washington

3.28/5  rDev -20.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$

The reviews on here aren't very recent. I reviewed it about 4 years ago and rated it way better. But...

There was some drama and a change of ownership, sort of.

They still have a really great tap list most days but they're really disorganized. They have great accounts with distributors so they can still put on rare beers. But some days you walk in and 25-40% of the taps are empty 'cause no one has changed them over. Other days you walk in and there's 10 great IPAs a couple Belgians and a nice variety of Stouts/Pales/Lagers for every palate.

I'm rooting for them. I honestly am. But I see the day coming when I don't go here unless they put out a Facebook post about a keg of something I really want. I won't just pop in to see what's on tap.

09-20-2012 07:47:03 | More by czechsaaz
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rudyarmand

Georgia

3.11/5  rDev -24.7%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$

Hey, If you are a local, and I mean a knuckle-draggin' plaid shirt wearin' subaru drivin' local...this is your place!

If not stay away! For locals only!

Good selection of IPA's from Washington state. Comfortable seating if you like to drink with inbred neighbors.

Couches, tables, pool table bar seating available.

The prices seemed fair at least.

There must be better places than this for hanging out. I was staying over near Sea-Tac Airport and this place was recommended. I just want to warn people that driving a few miles more would be my advice.

10-30-2011 18:01:23 | More by rudyarmand
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KNORDSTROM

Washington

4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

Wow since my move from Vegas. I have been on the hunt for my new beer hangout.
I FOUND IT!!!
Not to far from Boeing and real close to tons of shopping this 10 year old bar has it's spot. I walked in an noticed around 35 taps. But when you see Consecration on TAP. They have to be doing something right. Also had a very tasty Airways IPA.
SERVICE- Was as good as you can get. prompt ,courteous, and just down right good people. I also was amazed on how well the locals treat a newcomer.
FOOD- I had a blue cheese burger( big patty) . very enjoyable.

Will be going back many times. Probably tonight !!!

07-24-2010 21:46:11 | More by KNORDSTROM
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$

Stopped by on a Sunday afternoon. Not to crowded. 5 or so people at the L shaped bar tucked into a corner along the back wall of the place. People were friendly at the bar and staf was nice too. Today this was IPA Sunday or something but haflt the taps were IPA/IIPA. I filled the ol growler with Glacier IPA and consumed my Harmon Black Tartan IPA and Walking Man Homo Erectus. Ordered some sweet potato fries which were ok. All the beers were good. Food was pub food and no real issues here. Selection was very good, but it was missing some big stouts, porters and a barley wine.

04-26-2010 13:11:31 | More by barleywinefiend
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GJ40

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

I stopped in while in Seattle on business. I considered driving right past when I saw it but I'm glad I didn't. The location and exterior are anything but impressive but the interior has an inviting, neighborhood bar atmosphere. The decor is mostly beer signs and other paraphernalia. They have a small bar, tables, a pool table in the middle of it all and an outdoor patio area. I stopped in on a Monday evening and there was a great crowd of what appeared to be locals. It wasn't packed but there was a great buzz about it.

They had 20+ on tap with five IPAs including Deschutes Hop Henge. It was mostly northwest and CA beers with some from Belgium and other parts of Europe. I went with a Glacier IPA (based on the bartender's recommendation) and it was fantastic. I'll likely stop by again before I leave.

The Dog & Pony is a great little local with a nice atmosphere and great beer. Check it out.

04-28-2009 11:36:45 | More by GJ40
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snaotheus

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

Dog & Pony is a local place. It's not terribly big, and there's a surprising roster of "regulars" who are apparently so regular that they help out with cleaning up and packing up for the night. Even so, I always feel welcome and well treated.

Every time I've been there, the service has been friendly and fast. The selection is always of high quality (they *always* have something I love on tap, and they *always* have something I haven't tried on tap). The last time I was there, I had a question about one of the taps that the waitress couldn't answer - luckily one of their regulars is a brewer who was able to answer it for me.

So, they're totally into beer. They have a neat little "Wall of Fame" thing in the corner that appears to be a bunch of notes/signatures from different brewers/breweries who have come to visit.

They fill growlers. I think $9 for standard beers; for some beers, they either won't fill a growler or charge a little extra, which is generally fine.

The food is solid (I've gone for dinner more than once), and the menu has character (it's the only menu I've read cover to cover - check it out online and you'll see why).

Dog & Pony is definitely a worthwhile stop.

11-09-2008 19:56:50 | More by snaotheus
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mnapier

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $

With a small television in the "bar" and a big screen HD in the dining area, this place can entertain depending the season of sport.

The draft selection initially was "tainted" due to improper cleaning of the lines, but recently I noticed a strong clarity in the flavors coming off the draft. Bottle selection is equally well laid out. Menu of available bottled and draft beer is on a tall chalk board.

The food is pub grub, with such dishes as Oyster Po Boy & BLT Salad. Overall, very enjoyable for anyone vegetarian or omnivore alike.

Additional bonuses, are "Brewer's Nights" and a wall near the patio entrance with names of brewers west coast and abroad with their signatures.

Nothing Dog & Pony about this place.

Cheers

04-17-2008 20:01:33 | More by mnapier
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Arassuil

Australia

4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

This old gas station turned ale house has a good atmosphere you can feel when you walk in the door. Parking can be a bit hard to get, but the Metro bus stops at the door!

Having used to live near Renton, this place became my ale house of choice when I hit one of the Whistlestop's 'off' days as as far as service went. Service at the Dog & Pony was always prompt and friendly. Some afternoons I had to elbow my way to the bar as it seemed many patrons like to cloister around it. I myself liked to get my beer and go sit outside in the nice beer-garden. Service was still tops while sitting out there, not having to wait or have to go back in to re-order.

The twenty-something beers were always fresh, and just the right temperature. One Monday I was there and the selection was down to about 12, but if the keg blew out, the beer was free, so no complaints.

I ordered food there three different times, each time wanting the menu's 'Bangers & Mash'. Each time I was told they didn't have any, so I had to mark the food rating down a bit for that. I did enjoy other menu items though, and a basket of their 'chips' goes great with the beer!

The $3.25 pints during happy hour (4PM to 7PM when I was there) is a bargain, with their regular price less by a couple quarters than the Whistlestop. I agree with a statement said by another reviewer... If you're flying into Sea-Tac and can only hit one bar for beer, this is the place to go!

01-31-2008 05:09:29 | More by Arassuil
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joedon

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$

Based on some of the previous BA reviews, I wasn't sure what this place would be like. I was extremely pleased to discover that it is just my kind of place.

Room for a dozen at the bar and about 45 at tables plus an outdoor beer garden for fair weather. Atmosphere is bright with lots of breweriana decorations, seasonal touches (Oktoberfest banners) and local color.

My visit was on a Friday during happy hour. Mostly a blue-collar crowd with lots of Boeing factory workers which is nearby.

Thirty-two beers on tap, although they ran out of three during my visit. Lots more in bottles. No BMC choices but they do serve PBR, Oly and Rainer. The tap beers were mainly Northwest along with imports from Belgium, Germany and England. Guinness-nitro on tap, of course.

There was only one server; a very attractive bartenderess wo also served the talbes. She informed me that at 5pm, three more workers arrived for the evening rush. Service was never an issue. She was very free with samples and advice. Very friendly, too.

Food was mainly appetizers, salads and short-order sandwiches. Well prepared and tasty but nothing extravagant.

I look forward to returning to the Dog and Pony. A very welcoming neighborhood pub.

10-14-2007 04:06:01 | More by joedon
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Dog And Pony Ale House And Grill, The in Renton, WA
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