The Pub at Third Place

A public house for reading, beer drinking, and $4.25 calzones.

The Pub at Third Place is a public house in the original sense of the word, the sort of place where you'd come to read a newspaper over a pint and a bite to eat, banter with friends, or just watch the game on the TV with the affable bartender. The inside is cozy and honey warm, with a polished raw-fir bar and wood paneling. Despite the low ceiling, the pub is a very open place, yet quiet, with old-school jazz crooning through the speakers and the sounds of muted conversation drifting across the room. The 18 drafts are a treat at $3 during happy hour (4–6 p.m. daily and all day Sunday). The beers range from the local (Manny's) and seasonal (Alaskan Winter Ale) to the international and eternal (Guinness, $4). The happy-hour food, too, is comfy and well made, with four offerings (each $4.25) taken from the pub's larger menu. Two calzones, one with spinach and mushrooms and the other with andouille sausage and black olives, are tasty and filling, and even the nachos step it up with Tillamook cheese. Did you forget to bring your newspaper or book? No matter, just pop upstairs to Third Place Books & Honey Bear Cafe and get the latest read, then settle back with your nosh and brew. NEIL CORCORAN. 6504 20th Ave. N.E., 523-0217, www.3rdplacepub.com. RAVENNA

 
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