On appearances alone, The Hobnobber in downtown Burien is nothing to write home about. It's a scruffy, ultra-basic tavern that only serves beer, mainly keeps

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Best Tavern Name

The Hobnobber

On appearances alone, The Hobnobber in downtown Burien is nothing to write home about. It's a scruffy, ultra-basic tavern that only serves beer, mainly keeps its TVs tuned to network news, and boasts a roster of regulars whose median age is well north of 40. But, oh, what a name. According to Merriam-Webster, "hobnobber" is derived "from the obsolete phrase drunk hobnob." Its archaic meaning is "to drink socially." Its modern-day meaning is "to associate familiarly." Really? What's wrong with the archaic meaning? What's the world coming to when drunken hobnobbing is excised from trusted texts? Thankfully, as long as The Hobnobber keeps their glasses chilled, the term's true meaning will be simultaneously preserved and embodied.—Mike Seely

 
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