Beer, Soccer and a Golden Fryer at The Atlantic Crossing

The Place: The Atlantic Crossing, 6508 Roosevelt Way N.E., 729-6266, ROOSEVELT

The Hours: 3-6 p.m. and 11 p.m.-1 a.m.

The Deal: $1 off wells, drafts and bottles early; $2, $4 and $6 grub during both

The Digs: As an official Major League Soccer Pub, you can count on at least one of the bar's flatscreens to be broadcasting a soccer game of some sort at any given time--and if the Sounders are playing, forget about it. But that doesn't mean you have to be a member of the Emerald City Supporters to enjoy it; my first introduction to The Atlantic Crossing was during the Karaoke World Championship qualifiers. The Roosevelt spot has all the trappings of a neighborhood favorite, including darts, pool, friendly low-key bartenders and 14 taps. And with a legit menu filled with things coated in house-made beer batter, sandwiches, and weekend brunch, the AC's kitchen is no joke either.

The Verdict:While it might not be anything new or groundbreaking, The Atlantic Crossing is a neighborhood pub done right. The beer selection slants toward a UK selection--the Harp always tastes right--and the mixed crowd of students and neighborhood folk perpetuate a vibe that's not the least bit intimidating. And while greasy pub food might not be a revelation, anything coming out of this fryer is purebred golden-brown merriment. If you need to test it for yourself, the heaping $2 basket of fries is a painless hypothesis-prover.

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