The re–imagination of Bothell has subtly transformed this cozy little enclave near urban Seattle, making it one of the hippest small towns just a “hop, skip and jump” from metro madness. Here’s a look at what’s new – and how to enjoy every inch of it.
Main Street Alehouse
So what happened to Main Street Alehouse, the century-old heartbeat of Bothell? It’s got some new digs and a few extra bells-and-whistles, but don’t worry: it still harbors the secret stories and shenanigans of Bothell-ites as it’s done for decades. It’s now called The Alehouse and Eatery, and it shares space with the Preservation Kitchen on Bothell Way Northeast. But you can still order the best made-straight-from-peeled-potatoes fries in the Northwest, and it’s still the same Cheers-esq place where “everybody knows your name.”
The Hop and Hound
It’s no surprise that craft breweries define the social scene in Bothell these days, just as wineries rule in sister-city Woodinville next door. But what if a brewpubhad a food truck serving things like “Peach and Pig” and “Meat on a Mission” barbeque? Say hello to Charlie the Coonhound from Georgia and Eric from New York, owners of the Hop and Hound on 101st Avenue. Stop by for cider events, beer festivals or just any-day taps with names like Jitterbug and reDankulous IPA. The Bothell Underground Beer Festival for 2017 takes place there on October 14th.
McMenamins Anderson School
The 1931 Art Deco-style Anderson School stood as a bulwark of Bothell for decades, but is now reimagined by the McMenamins fun-masters. They’re known for transforming massive underused buildings such as monasteries and sanitariums into quirky, earthy social spots.
At the 5.4-acre complex on Bothell Way Northeast, you can relax in year-round soaking pools, raise a glass in the Principal’s Office, hear live music in the courtyard, and visit the onsite brewery and creamery (yes, that means homemade ice cream). Catch a flick in the custom cinema with chandeliers, vintage posters, rocker seats and personally delivered food and ale.
Drop in at one of the McMenamins Small Bars, a collection of cozy gathering spots sprinkled around the complex, or just head straight to Tavern on the Square. The farm-to-table restaurant and brewpub dishes out everything from homemade cinnamon rolls to sizzling seafood. Even if you aren’t hungry, go just to see the riot of color in handpainted murals, hippie-hipster art, and floor-to-ceiling stained glass windows. Old “Andy” Anderson, the school’s first principal, would be proud.
Just down the street from McMenamins, you can slip into the aura of old-world Tuscany with a candlelit dinner at Amaro Bistro, tucked into the bottom floor of the Six Oaks apartment building. If it feels vaguely familiar, it’s because the owner, a Bothell resident, is also the talent behind Il Bistro, the renowned Italian hideaway on a cobblestone street behind Seattle’s Pike Place Market. At Amaro, just remember three things: rigatoni Bolognese, roasted rack of lamb, and stone-hearth woodfired pizza.