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Drink Outside Year-Round as Ounces Opens in West Seattle

The kid- and dog-friendly bar is serving Washington beer, cider, and wine


A beer garden showcasing a large outdoor space is definitely an appealing springtime concept, isn’t it? Due to delays, though — primarily finding the right space in what owner Laurel Trujillo calls West Seattle’s "booming market" — the city’s latest pub, Ounces, is facing a wet, chilly opening at 3 p.m. on Thursday, November 3, instead of its original plan to hit the ground half a year ago as the weather warmed. Nevertheless, Trujillo isn’t fazed; she told Eater even last winter that she wanted "to create a space that will be open outdoors no matter what type of weather — rain, shine or windstorm."

Since the interior of the venue she found is a tight 600 square feet or so, while the outdoor area is closer to 3,000 square feet, that’s a great attitude to have. Currently there’s a big tent covering most of the space, with patio heaters keeping it cozy and warm, Trujillo says. As the winter winds approach, she’s also working on side enclosures for a truly all-season experience. Eventually, there will be large TVs outside for Seahawks games and other events, to complete the kind of tailgating vibe she envisions.

Expect 30 taps of beer, cider, and wine, all from Washington state.

With its focus on fresh air, Ounces hopes to draw the whole community through the doors; Trujillo says this is a kid-, dog-, and family-friendly affair. Bond over 30 taps of Washington-only beers, available as 5-ounce tasters, 12- or 16-ounce glasses, or even to-go in growlers. The cider, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages will all be from Washington, as well. Trujillo and her husband, who are looking to escape the corporate grind and follow a passion, raised more than $7,000 in a successful Kickstarter campaign, suggesting there’s some support already drummed up.

Expect to see a small selection of snacks and sandwiches for purchase, a variety of food trucks outside, and the option to bring in or order in from other eateries while you enjoy some local brews. And don’t forget to wear layers.

3809 Delridge Way SW, (206) 937-1065, website. Open Wednesday to Friday 3 to 10 p.m., Saturday 12 to 10 p.m., Sunday 12 to 7 p.m.