A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods


Bill’s on Greenwood sold to Bleachers Pub

June 20th, 2016 by Doree

Bill’s on Greenwood, a sports bar at 8560 Greenwood Ave. N. for the last 2-1/2 years, has been sold to Bleachers Pub, a sports bar that is losing its current space at 8118 Greenwood Ave. N. because the land was sold to the city to be developed into a park.


Bill’s on Greenwood will become Bleachers Pub by the end of June.

According to a press release by Bill’s on Greenwood owners Don and Colleen Stevens and Bleachers owners Shane Toupal and Loc Tien Nguyen, the city notified Bleachers nearly three months ago that it must be out of its current location by June 30.


Bleachers Pub’s current location, and the adjacent building, are being turned into a park.

The Stevens also own Bill’s on Capitol Hill and say they found themselves spread too thin between the two locations, so they were happy to sell Bill’s on Greenwood to an established neighborhood business.

Bill’s on Greenwood will close sometime next week, between June 26-30. Bleachers will reopen in that spot sometime in early July.

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Give your input on planned park by Greenwood Library

June 10th, 2016 by Doree

Seattle Parks and Recreation is asking for public input on the design of a new park that will be built on the site of a nearly empty strip mall at 8100 Greenwood Ave. N. and the adjacent Bleachers Pub. The park will cover the entire east side of Greenwood Avenue North between 81st and 82nd streets, just north of the Greenwood Library.


The city has already purchased the land. Development money — $750,000 — is coming from the Seattle Park District.

The two buildings are scheduled to be demolished this fall. Cascade Design Collaborative will design the park this summer and fall. Construction will take place winter through fall of 2017.

During the Greenwood Car Show on June 25, stop by the site from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for an open house to ask questions and provide your ideas. You can also take an online survey. They’ve even got a Pinterest page where you can post ideas.

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SPD: Man argues with others at Bleacher’s Pub, then returns with a machete to hack at trees

June 2nd, 2015 by Doree

From the SPD Blotter:

Police believe a dispute at a Greenwood bar early Saturday led a man to arm himself with a machete and hack several trees limb from limb.

Officers responded to the 8100 block of Greenwood Avenue North around 1:30 AM Saturday after receiving reports a man was swinging a machete on the street outside Bleacher’s Pub.

Police arrested the 31-year-old man and seized his weapon, and soon found someone had hacked off the top of a tree in front of a business down the block.

Several witnesses told officers the machete-wielding suspect had gotten into an argument with two other men at the bar earlier that night. After the argument—reportedly a dispute over a woman—the 31-year-old man left the bar, went home, and later returned to Bleacher’s with a machete. Upon his return, he found the men he’d argued with earlier in the evening had already left.

At some point during the night, police believe the man hacked the top off a tree belonging to a nearby lighting store, and may have also lopped branches off several other trees in the area.

Officers booked the man into the King County Jail for unlawful use of weapons.

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Break out your ugly Christmas sweaters for the neighbors first-ever Ugly Christmas Sweater Pub Crawl

November 26th, 2012 by Doree

Tim’s Tavern and the Phinney Neighborhood Business Association are sponsoring the neighborhood’s first annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Pub Crawl on Saturday, Dec. 8. Starting at 7 p.m. at Bleacher’s Pub at 83rd and Greenwood and ending around midnight at Tim’s Tavern at 105th and Greenwood, the pub crawl celebrates the well-intentioned but often tacky holiday sweater.

Besides Bleacher’s and Tim’s Tavern, the other participating pubs are The Angry Beaver, Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, The Ould Triangle, Snoose Junction Pizzeria and Vinyl Lounge, and The Pub at Piper’s Creek.

Tim’s Tavern Owner Tim Arnot showing off his best (worst) Christmas sweater.

The idea is to get more people patronizing neighborhood businesses, but it’s also a fundraiser to raise money for Cancer Care Alliance’s Mammovan, a mobile mammogram screening service.

Purchase a $10 wristband at one of the participating bars to “crawl for the cause” benefiting SCCA’s MammoVan program. Meet fellow revelers at Bleachers Pub and crawl your way North along Greenwood Avenue stopping at participating venues offering drink and food specials, as well as door prizes exclusively for pub crawl participants wearing their wristband. Finish the night at Tim’s Tavern, where just after midnight we will have the final voting for ugliest XMAS Sweater. $100 cash prize to recipient so they can buy some decent clothing before it is too late! Runner up prizes also given out.

Tim (Arnot, owner of Tim’s Tavern), wanted to organize a pub crawl that didn’t exclusively just focus on a number of bars in a concentrated area. “Downtown Greenwood is a great destination for night life and entertainment and gets a fair amount of foot traffic. However, I want to expose people to other bars on the fringes of downtown that they may not have made it to before as well as providing a little bit of exercise. The crawl starts in downtown Greenwood and 82nd with bars that are members of the Phinney Neighborhood Business Association and moves north up to 105th. He explains, “I know the 20 block stretch may be difficult for some, but logistically it makes sense. The Ould Triangle (9736 Greenwood Ave) will break up the stretch perfectly, allowing people to burn off some alcohol from the first three bars, and give folks a chance to experience a traditional Irish bar lying just on the fringe of the downtown area.” The entire crawl is also on the Metro Bus Line #5 and #40 which presents a feasible option for the mobility-impaired or the event of particularly nasty weather.

Wristbands are available for purchase now at any of the participating pubs, or on pub crawl night.

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