Dog And Pony Ale House And Grill

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Type: Bar, Eatery

351 Park Avenue N
Renton, Washington, 98055
United States

(425) 254-8080 | map

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Reviews by snaotheus:
Photo of snaotheus
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of cducap
4.84/5  rDev +15.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of czechsaaz
3.28/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

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Photo of rudyarmand
3.11/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

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4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
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.
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 !!!

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of GJ40
4.22/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of mnapier
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
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.


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Photo of Arassuil
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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