While it's meat-markety during party hours and the food's nothing to write home about, Merchant's Cafe's mostly original 1890 saloon interior is shabbily marvelous—the pressed tin ceiling, the 30-foot bar, the antique safe that drunken miners used for their Klondike gold. In a better world, a good chef and a team of ace bartenders would reclaim this place from the tourists and d-bags; in this world, you can still go on a quiet afternoon and raise a whiskey, neat, to the past.
109 Yesler Way,
Hours: Mon-Wed 6 am-midnight, Thu 6 am-2 am, Fri 6 am-4 am, Sat 8 am-4 am, Sun 8 am-midnight
Live Music, Happy Hour, Good for Groups
Daily 4-7 pm (seasonal food specials, $5 drafts, $3.50 tall boys, seasonal drink specials).