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Stout brings big space, lots of beer to 11th and Pine

(Images: CHS)

(Images: CHS)

IMG_7499Capitol Hill hasn’t always been kind to concepts or chains — large and small — involving multiple locations. The recent reboot of World of Beers is one example. The implosion of Varro on 12th Ave represents maybe the most dramatic meltdown example.

But Paul Reder’s concepts are doing pretty well elsewhere in Seattle. And while he already has plans for more, his first Stout opening on 11th Ave inside the Sunset Electric building Friday seems too big to fail.

From the four screens combined to create the largest television display on the 5,000+ square-foot pub’s eastern wall, to the bottled beer list, Stout is a new spin on Reder’s successful downtown Tap House Grill pared down for a more utilitarian neighborhood like Capitol Hill. The new corner of 11th and Pine has none of the grit from the old poster wall days — and that’s probably a good thing. That building is gone. A new version rises. It feels like 12th Ave has moved into Pike/Pine.

“We’re conscious of that,” Reder told CHS about Stout’s entry into an “indie” spirited neighborhood when we broke the news on the new project last May. “You don’t want to look like some corporate 800 pound gorilla.”

His company’s announcement of Stout’s opening calls the new venue “approachable”…. “yet stylish” —

STOUT is a distinctive Capitol Hill bar and restaurant that offers locals and visitors alike a tasty beer-centric experience. The restaurant features many interesting and hard-to-find beers from around the world, craft cocktails, and upscale pub food. STOUT fills a much-needed role in an already popular nightlife district, offering an approachable, yet stylish atmosphere that transforms itself from afternoon to evening.

The $1 million buildout was designed by Chin-Ley/Reche Associates who also also collaborated on Tap House. With “dramatic floor to ceiling windows,” a Tina Randolph mural above the bar, room for 180, and 15 flat screen, Stout ain’t messing around.

Last year, Reder told CHS the key to Stout wouldn’t be a massive selection of beer or a similar gimmick. Instead, he said his focus will be on curating some great beers, experimenting with new flavors, and “staying fluid.”

In the press release announcing Stout’s Friday opening, Reder says, “Capitol Hill is one of my favorite places in Seattle and the people who live, work, and frequent this area share my passion for craft beer, cocktails, and food. I’m hoping that STOUT can add even more flavor to the neighborhood.” We don’t know if he said STOUT in all-caps but we hope he did.

Stout opens Friday at 1530 11th Ave and is open daily from 11 AM to 1 AM. You can learn more at stoutpubs.com.

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DG
DG
5 years ago

With all those TVs, it looks like another beers for agro bros and woo girls place. That is disappointing.

Randel
Randel
5 years ago
Reply to  DG

Seriously, what Capitol Hill really needs is more broken-down, wood-grain, pissing in shitty clogged toilets, tattoo-ed bartender establishments to get this place back to its just above par status and the all welcoming ‘get-the-fuck-outta-here’ if you’re not one of us standard.

COMTE
COMTE
5 years ago
Reply to  Randel

Well, isn’t that the “vibrant, urban creative culture” lifestyle all the condo developers use to tout their $400,000 600 ft/sq studios to the Amazombies?

Randel
Randel
5 years ago
Reply to  COMTE

it is exactly! as the world becomes more excepting, a lot of nerds think Capitol Hill’s cool will rub off on them. I think the neighborhood is ok but the potent culture is being diluted. But, I mean, don’t you love your favorite underground band enough to want to see them get big and famous?

TD
TD
5 years ago

Honestly, I’m pretty excited about Stout as a place to watch sports. I just haven’t been able to get into the other sports bars on the hill. Fingers crossed they pull this off–it’s definitely a big space to fill up.

Lean
Lean
5 years ago

Glad to see the ridiculous outdoor signs from the renderings didn’t make it to the finished product.

Seems fine
Seems fine
5 years ago

but destined to fail.

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5 years ago

i HATE this place

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
5 years ago

It’s a nice effort but this place is going to suck. More broville for Capitol Hill….which is becoming less cool by the day unfortunately because of places like this and the bros from Bellevue and Kirkland who are hanging and or living in the neighborhood.

Patrick
Patrick
5 years ago

I’m concerned about the type of bros this place is going to attract, considering that that there is a gay bar next door. I hope the people who frequent this place before it inevitably closes will be cognizant of the fact that they are in a gay neighborhood and be respectful.

louise
louise
5 years ago

OMG. A sports bar gets the unwelcome mat on Capitol Hill. Lighten up, it is needed. There are lots of sports fans, even on the Hill.

Timmy73
Timmy73
5 years ago
Reply to  louise

And some of those sports fans are gay! Some of those gay sports fans actually go to WOB and will most likely go here as well.

It’s really a shame to see how unwelcoming some of the Hill’s residents are.

herpaderpa
herpaderpa
5 years ago

It’s so touching to see this kind of tolerance in the neighborhood.

All you negative folks are no longer allowed in the Comet, though, as you are clearly expressing “general hatefulness” (and possibly ableism, with a side of sexism) toward others.

Glenn
Glenn
5 years ago

Not a gay neighborhood. A neighborhood with a significant population of gay residents. There are and always have been a majority of Cap Hill residents who are not gay. I wouldnt describe it as a gay neighborhood anymore than I would a straight neighborhood. How about a diverse and welcoming neighborhood with plenty of room for a beer joint with sports on the tvs?

Mimi
Mimi
5 years ago
Reply to  Glenn

I can’t stand it when people try to control the speech of everyone else. I’ve lived here 20 years and if I want to call it a “gay neighborhood” or “Cap Hill” I’m going to do just that.

Adam
Adam
5 years ago

This is neither the first nor last example that Capitol Hill is the new Belltown. Meh.

dc
dc
5 years ago

Strongly reminds me of a place I was at in Las Vegas. So – not really a good fit, I’d say.

JTContinental
JTContinental
5 years ago

Is this the kind of fun the people in the window silhouette cutouts are having? They might be overdressed.

Timmy73
Timmy73
5 years ago

Walked by at 10p yesterday. The place was nearly full. Looks like they’re off to a good start it seems.

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