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Dog And Pony Ale House And Grill, The

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92
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14 Ratings
Ratings: 14
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
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351 Park Avenue N
Renton, Washington, 98055
United States
phone: (425) 254-8080

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Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 13
Photo of joedon
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of zacharius
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Atmosphere: This bar is a non-smoking bar decorated with beer banners and neon signs. The tables have Chimay glasses with malted barley and candles in them, classy. You can take a seat at the bar, sit at a table, sit on a sofa or when it's warm sit outside in the beer garden. Mostly young to middle aged men frequent the place, although couples come here as well. The last time I went, one of the old husky football players was having a birthday party here.

Quality: The beers are all served fresh and in correct glasses. Most are PacNW microbrews so it's just pint glasses. But they have correct glasses for each belgian they serve. Also they have their own House ale brewed for them, The Dog and Pony IPA, which is a good brew.

Service: Even when busy, they frequently check on the tables. Service is prompt, once ordered. When they aren't packed, you're greeted with a hello at the door. Bartenders know their stuff about the beers.

Selection: They have 30 taps, one is Pabst. But the rest are all great selections. They focus on Pacific Northwest microbrews. You should be able to find something here that you never had before. They rotate frequently. They also have a handful of belgians on a rotating basis. Not only a good quanity but good quality of selections. Whoever does the picking out of these really knows their beers.

Food: Food was great everytime I have been there, far better than standard pub fare. You can pick from a few different breads and cheeses on their burger. Other stuff, like prime rib, seafood is also on the menu.

Definatly worth a stop if you are in Renton. Hell if you're just flying in from the Sea-Tac airport and are only stopping at one bar in the area, this is a great choice to sample the regional beers.

Prices are very reasonable. $3.50 per pint. This place is a great value.

Photo of RoyalT
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Atmosphere – This pub is located just south of Boeing in Renton. It is a real “blue collar” bar, totally unpretentious and down to earth. A true beer lover noticed some of the Beer Advocate shirts at our table and just came over to chat and to tell us about his favorite brewery in VT (I think there was a VT brewfest shirt in the group).

Quality – Nothing fancy here, which went with the overall motif of the place. It’s kind of a diner-like setting with a nice, well-balanced pool table (which can be difficult to find).

Service – The service here on my one visit was excellent, although it was none too crowded. Both of the waitresses knew the beers and were not only helpful when I was there but very patient and polite when I called them a few times to get some info about their beer selection.

Selection – This is currently about as good as a beer bar gets in the greater Seattle area. They have 31 taps, mostly fresh microbrews (the lone Pabst handle stood out and was quite comical). The night I was there they had the rare dry-hopped Immortal IPA that you can’t even get at Elysian brewery.

Food – I didn’t get the chance to try the food Saturday night but will definitely sample it on my next visit.

Update 08/20/04: My second visit on a Friday night again saw excellent service, this time with a full bar. I'm upgrading the Service rating from 4.5 to 5.0. Also, I had two beers that I've never seen anywhere else: Boundary Bay Simcoe Pale Ale & Mac and Jack's IPA.

Photo of pluto
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

The Dog and Pony is my home town day off lunch place of choice so I've been there at least once a month for a couple of years. Located just south of the Renton Boeing, it's not much to look at from the outside but has a very nice selection of beers, favoring the lesser known independents of the Northwest. The atmosphere is unpretentious and welcoming, the food is pretty standard fare. Service can be a tad spotty but they're nice folks. All in all, a very good place to drink quality brews when you're in the Renton area. I've kicked a couple of the ratings for food and service up a notch for 2004. Especially enjoy the seafood chop salad and staff has improved. Beer selection is the strong point and among Seattle's best.

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Dog And Pony Ale House And Grill, The in Renton, WA
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