If the allure of being an early adopter isn't enough to draw you to a new bar in Pioneer Square, Flatstick Pub is sweetening the pot with free games until its grand opening on June 15.
The first expansion for the entertaining Kirkland establishment opened quietly last weekend underneath Good Bar and Elm Coffee Roasters, and will be open daily for you to try your hand at mini-golf, a live robot-battling game called "Robodub," and a shuffleboard/golf hybrid called "Duffleboard," invented by the pub's owners. Leave the minors at home, though, as only the young-at-heart-but-over-21 crowd is allowed.
If there's a catch, it's the potential frustration of beta-testing the new golf course, designed to spell out "SEATTLE" — already, one Facebook commenter complained that he'd been defeated by the letter "A," to which the business responded, "We're going to be making adjustments to some of the golf holes to make them a little easier."
You can drown your faux-sorrows in local craft beer, a focus for Flatstick; this should also be a good spot to watch sports games like the ongoing Copa America soccer tournament. Co-owner Sam Largent said at one point that he had someone in mind to provide food, but was having trouble getting approval from the landlord; for now, you can bring your own or order delivery.
Update, 6/6/16: Largent tells Eater he's excited to announce that Manu Alfau of nearby Manu's Bodega (also known as La Bodega) will sublease the kitchen at Flatstick Pub and serve street tacos in the bar and at a walk-up window for passersby. The food service won't be ready for at least two to three months.
The bar currently has 32 taps available for glass pours and growler fills; when a small back bar is fully operational, the total will climb to 36 draft lines dedicated entirely to Washington State beers (Paradise Creek's Hucklebery Pucker, Farmstrong's Flatstick Lite, and many more) and ciders (Finnriver's Black Currant, Grizzly Ciderworks' The Bruin, and three others at the moment), plus two wines.
240 2nd Ave, (425) 242-1618, Facebook. Open Sunday to Thursday noon to midnight, Friday and Saturday noon to 2 a.m. Happy Hour is Monday to Friday 3 to 6 p.m. with $1.50 off all draft pints.