What Pioneer Square bars have been around since the late 1800s? What current rock-and-roll hotspot was originally called "Wee Deoch and Doris"? What tiny tavern used to be a horse stable?
Peter Andrijeski has the answers (give them a guess and get the answers after the jump). A self-described "collector of wisdom," Andrijeski is a local who gathers facts about baseball, "the Wisdom of God Himself," and -- here's where I get interested -- Seattle bars, pubs, and taverns. In 2006, Andrijeski began his Project K-Bar, in which he dedicated himself to visiting, drinking at, and documenting 1,000 Seattle bars. (You can read more about the project on his website's FAQ page).
Along the way, Andrijeski's picked up a wealth of trivia and history about Seattle's drinking establishments, and he's listed all his found facts on his website. Some places predate Prohibition (Merchants Cafe, the J&M, Central Saloon, Queen City Grill, Jules Maes, Virginia Inn, the Triangle Pub). Heaven Nightclub used to be a speakeasy and may be the oldest continually running gay bar in the country. In 1935, the Conor Byrne was The Owl Cafe.
Andrijeski seems to have consulted a number of city guides and done a lot of chatting with the bartenders. Who knows how accurate this stuff is. But it's still interesting.