The classic Pioneer Square brick space looks just right. Suzi Pratt


i don't understand The Stranger - on the one hand you call for micro-housing that will further the gentrification of Cap Hill and scoff at the simple requirement that the units have a kitchenette, and then on the other hand lament the upscale joints that will cater to that crowd that has to and can afford to eat out in upscaled restaurants.

And you cheer for less (or NO) parking requirements for development and then weep for restaurants that will suffer from inadequate parking supply.
Terrible name, but holy hell DAMN THE WEATHER looks gorgeous.
No no no, the new Canterbury is awful, the food and beer are both WAY overpriced, they took a dive-bar neighborhood favorite and gave it a fancy makeover, now it looks like a franchise - The Stranger is always raging against the gentrification of Capitol Hill, I don't see how you possibly support this bar.
It's a shame about the Canterbury. They refused to have anything to do with the old classic dive bar. I miss the former staff and old regulars. No more Melvins or metal in the juke box. This new place not the Canterbury. I'll never go there ever again.
It's a shame about the Canterbury. They refused to have anything to do with the old classic dive bar. I miss the former staff and old regulars. No more Melvins or metal in the juke box - no juke box at all! This new place not the Canterbury. I'll never go there ever again.
I dunno. Whenever we ate at the Canterbury, we never got served in less than 30 - 45 minutes, and I'm talking about fries and a drink. Maybe we always chose the wrong night to go, but it was slow. ass. service. If the prices go up but I can get my food in a somewhat reasonable amount of time, or if I'm going to wait that long, I expect everything lovingly made from hand.. it might not be so bad.
Thank you for your honest review of the new Canterbury. The old, the "real" Canterbury, was my home pub for many years. I felt at home there. I could go there to relax, unwind (with my dog, nonetheless!) and have good food, good drinks and a laid back atmosphere with honest folks. It was one of the few havens left in this city of upscale, up-pricing. The new Canterbury is yet another place catering to "New Seattle". I'm old Seattle and am feeling pretty lonely these days.

R.I.P. Seattle
The bar formerly known as the Canterbury: it's just another soulless, pretentious, self-satisfied, over-priced, homogenized bar recycling the same template as the joints on Pike/Pine. Don't like the lack of diversity on the Hill? Point a finger at the nouveau riche copycats who care only to maximize the cash they can squeeze out of the 20-something white hipster set. I miss the old regulars and staff. I miss the character. I miss the diversity. Ownership cared not a whit for the cultural and neighborhood significance of the Canterbury. Be sure to tip well since ownership will probably continue fighting a living wage for their employees selling $7 beers and $18 fish & chips.
Hummingbird in Ballard is a rip off. A 20 oz juice is about half juice and half blended ice--but the prices are still crazy high despite the end product being cut. The juice is faster, cheaper and more abundant at the Herbs House on 65th and 8th, if you're in Ballard looking for a juice bar.
Tried out Damn the Weather and it was great. The incomparable bartender, Jay, will dazzle you. The food I tried was delicious and creative. I will be back soon for sure!
i'll go to the canterbury. the new one. the old one..well.. no. and i've lived on or near the hill for 35 years..
Almost all of these (and similar) bars and restaurants are small business's owned by local chefs, bartenders and entrepreneurs. Take your pretensions about what 'old Seattle used to be' and shove it. We are the fastest growing city in the country, I'm sorry the shitty dive bar on the corner isn't there anymore and your Rainer cost too much. It's brewed in Irwindale, California anyway, who cares... Move somewhere else if you don't like it.
#1 Microhousing isn't gentrification or for rich people. The big regular apts and condos going up all over are for rich people. Microhousing is for reasonable wage-earners, the people who work in restaurants and bars, e.g., or non-profits or in the arts or whatever. The nimbyism against them is fear that poor people will move into the neighborhood.

Fancy restaurants are nice, but it's good to keep comfortable dive joints too.
#2, rather.
So long as nobody ever messes with the 5th Ave Tav or the Baranoff!

Sympathies to old Canterbury folks.

I like new, I like change but some things are better left as is, tradition and familiarity is good too.

Too bad Olivar's is gone. :(
I heard that the original Storyville owner with ties to Mars Hill Church has sold and there's no longer a connection.
@Chandira, the Maple Leaf Moms who haunt the 5th nearly every evening after they put their kids to bed and order their husbands to stay home would never let Tara sell the place. Hell, a couple of them could easily buy the place if it ever came to that...
@attagirl (#17) - there were multiple original owners/founders associated with Mars Hill. Jamie Munson, a co-president, appears to have left in May (according to linkedin: but Kris Rosentrater ( and Esther Phelps (…) still list themselves as owner and president.
Cormac is no longer at Canterbury.

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