Summit Public House: 1 of 52
1 of 52
601 Summit Ave East
Rank: #1 of 1
Type of Establishment: Full bar with food…sometimes.
BEERS ON TAP (at time of visit) —>
Ninkasi Radiant Pale Ale
Hale’s Mongoose IPA
Port Townsend Nitro Stout
Hale’s 25th Anniversay Dubbel Ale
Ace Champagne Cider
Elysian Prometheus IPA
Dick’s Winter Ale
FOOD OPTIONS: Sometimes food means there is a kitchen, with one cook, who sometimes decides to offer meals. The “menu” changes everyday I gather, and is posted on the same chalkboard that one can find the rotating beer selection. During our visit the chalkboard informed us that there would not be food today. There was, however, a print-out taped to the wall advertising a $5 grilled cheese. Just drinks for us.
STAFF OPINION: Though attentive, not very smiley or talkative.
Just a few blocks east of I-5, across the street from Top Pot Doughnuts, lies an establishment that BeerBlotter had never before set foot in. This day, we changed that.
There doesn’t seem to be a sign anywhere on the outside of the building that says Summit Public House, but there is a large Leffe Poster in one window and a few neons to tell passers by that there’s beer inside. No false advertising here. A very round selection of brews can be found, macros to local micros and everything between. Liquor too. All bases are covered in the drinks department.
The place as a whole is small and cozy. A cove to the right as you walk through the door houses the pool table, and to the left, a row of wooden booths separate the stand-alone table section from the bar. The bar itself is warm and comfortable. We grabbed a Hale’s Belgian Dubbel, Dick’s Double Danger Ale and Port Townsend Stout and took a load off in one of the booths.
There was a decent showing for early on a weeknight, but all were well behaved and mainly quite, most with attentions on the T.V. above the bar broadcasting the BCS National Championship game.
A diverse crowd, both young and old. The tattooed bartenders seemed a bit annoyed to be at work. The seats were a little uncomfortable. Summit exists in a strange place somewhere between a dive and a classy joint.
In summary, Summit Public House is not entirely jaw dropping in the character department, but could easily have a much worse beer selection and does a good job providing nearby Capitol Hillers with a solid local spot to grab a cold one and watch a little sports, play pool, or just relax and socialize with friends.