White Horse Trading Company
1908 Post Alley, 441-7767
Description: A cozy little tavern tucked into the Pike Place Market's Post Alley.
Namesake happenings: White Horse is an especially common pub name in Great Britain (this is why the owner chose it), but the most famous is the White Horse Tavern in New York City, where Dylan Thomas reportedly drank 18 consecutive whiskeys and died a few days later.
What's inside: An abundance of English knickknacks and a good collection of lovely old books (the White Horse doubles as a used bookstore—check the inside covers for prices).
What's not inside: Blaring televisions at every turn, which is refreshing. (The White Horse has just one TV, a vintage set that's used only on Saturdays, when they play old black-and-white movies with the sound off.)
Fair warning: The bathroom brings an unsettling intimacy. It's just a naked toilet resting in a nook, which is contained by a latch door that seems flimsy even though it isn't, and although no one can actually see you, you will clearly hear the voices of everyone in the bar. Should your pee be unwilling to leave your body, you'll have to coax it out. (Try: flattery, promises.)
Happy hours: Thurs 5–7 pm.
Happy-hour drink specials: $4 select wine, $4 Pimm's cup cocktail (which here contains lemon juice, brown sugar, bitters, Pimm's No. 3, and more).