So, the season has ended, and the blog will now shift gears somewhat, and cover some topics other than the greatest football club in the world.
The South Sound has some great places to watch football. First up; Doyle’s Public House
Some stats from Doyle’s Awards – One of America’s Best Bars – Esquire Magazine
Tacoma Tide coming to the neighborhood. The Brown Bag Brigade will meet one hour before every home game for a “march to the match”
Bus to all home Sounder games. All games shown with sound.
More live soccer than any bar in Washington. Replays available upon request.
Atmosphere: The walls are adorned with beer and footy memorabilia, but not in an over the top Applebee’s sort of way. The highlight of the decor is the floor to ceiling Premier League table which is always up to date with current point totals. Doyle’s has a ton of great local music on weekends. I do wish that there was another television somewhere in the bar when bigger matches are on.
The Menu: The menu at Doyle’s has a wide variety of appetizers and excellent sandwiches, and feature a shepherd’s pie of the month. (May is Enchilada) The most outstanding thing on the Doyle’s menu is the Black Bean Burger. All you red meat lovers give it a try, you WILL NOT be disappointed. Meaty, spicy, savory, de-lic-ious.
Match day vibe: Pub owner Russ Heaton is a huge Liverpool supporter and ALWAYS brings copious amounts of enthusiasm when the Reds are on. Big LFC matches are a blast at Doyle’s. Some good lively banter, without any threat of a brawl breaking out. Matches that are against some of the teams with a smaller local following can be a bit sleepy sometimes.
The Verdict: Doyle’s is a soccer pub without many bells or whistles, just the way it should be. You might be one of a handful of Red fans for a match, but order a black bean burger and all will be forgotten!
9 out of 10 stars