The Eastside Club


19 Ratings
The Eastside ClubThe Eastside Club

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

410 4th Ave E
Olympia, Washington, 98501-1109
United States

(360) 357-9985 | map

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Added by RedDiamond on 06-08-2005

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Ratings: 19 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of MADhombrewer
4.71/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of ds21tango
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of RJLarse
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Food: N/A

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.

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Photo of dragonWhale
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of GJ40
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.64/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of udubdawg
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of idResponse
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

The Eastside Club is THE place to go in Olympia if you like GOOD beer at a reasonable price. Thursday nights are Thirsty Thursdays and they offer pints for $2.25 each. It used to be simply $2 a pint but... inflation and all... you know...

They have over 30 micros on tap and usually have the Deschutes Obsidian Stout on Nitrous! Very tasty! The menu is constantly changing so it's never boring to visit often. They maintain everything very well and I never have a bad pint poured for me. The staff are knowledgeable and friendly even during the busiest of times.

Food is available through a window in the back leading next door to the Clubside Cafe. The Clubside Cafe has the most authentic and tasty Philadelphia Cheesesteak Sandwiches in the northwest, and the rest of their menu is damned fine as well. Excellent grub to go with that can be ordered from the window. They hand you a nice little coaster that buzzes and vibrates when your order is up.

I highly recommend visiting the Eastside if you are in the area. It has lots of heritage, the best pool tables, a ping pong table, air hockey, a few arcade games, darts, nice people, great staff, and a whole ton of microbrew on tap. They even have a lot of stuff in bottle they will sell to go and they do growlers! Don't pass it up!

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

The Eastside Club has been my regular haunt in Olympia for longer than I care to remember. I’ve probably been drinking there since the days I had to use a fake ID, probably 20 years or more. The place has a lot of personal history for me that includes a long roster of misty watercolored memories. (Cue music. No wait, don’t cue music.)

The point of it is there’s not too many places in this world you can run into folks you’ve known for twenty years. There’s fewer places still where you would want to run into folks you’ve known for twenty years. But the Eastside Club is one such place for me and I can’t help but attach a lot of personal sentiment to the place.

All that aside, it’s a humble little joint; one might even call it grungy. Hell, Kurt Cobain used to live just five blocks from this place (on Pear Street). There are two beer boards behind the bar; one listing 17 regular taps, the other listing 15 seasonals. They’re almost entirely northwest microbrews ranging no further than California with perhaps a Fat Tire thrown in for good measure. They take great pride in refusing to stock Bud or Coors here. If you need some swill, you can probably get a stubby of Oly (now brewed in Milwaukie or some such place). There’s no booze here but decent food service can be had through a window that opens to the café next door.

Mondays and Thursdays are cheap beer nights and they draw a crowd. Micro Monday, as they call it, used to feature $1.75 pints of great NW micro beers like Jolly Roger. It’s probably up to $2.50 by now but still hard to complain. You’ll find about 7 pool tables here, air hockey, ping-pong, video games, and a great jukebox. There’s also lots of hippy folk, revolutionaries, people you shouldn’t lend money to, free wifi, and now free live music on Mondays. This is a great bar for reasons I hope you come to appreciate.

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The Eastside Club in Olympia, WA
4.29 out of 5 based on 19 ratings.
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