Slayer Cakes

Slayer Cakes

In honor of Slayer playing tonight, The 5 Point presents the return of Slayer Cakes! One large buttermilk pancake topped with a bacon pentagram on a pool of blood berry syrup. $6.66, of course. All week.

Seattle loves our fish and chips

Seattle loves our fish and chips

Our fish & chips are f’n delicious. Freshly breaded Alaskan cod fillets, fried to a golden brown, served with tartar sauce, coleslaw and a mound of our hand cut fries.

The Best Jukebox in Seattle

The Best Jukebox in Seattle

One of the necessary items needed for a true dive bar, 24 hour diner, neighborhood hangout, is a great jukebox. And The 5 Point Cafe has one of the best in town. The story is pretty interesting. John Chigaras, who you can read about in “Seattle Vice” and who owns the building The 5 Point is in, put in the first jukebox here in the early 1960’s. In a deal with then owner Preston Smith, in exchange for the jukebox John was promised free coffee for life. Chigaras still owns and operates the jukebox at The 5 Point, and he still gets free coffee.

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There’s a strong argument to be made for the digital jukebox. It offers a near-infinite selection of music and a credit card payment option; it also costs more to play the more obscure stuff, which (one would assume) translates to a larger cut of the proceeds for the establishment. And yet, there are still a few bars left in Seattle who lovingly curate and maintain the sleek, retro-looking CD player varietal. At this juncture, it’s a statement-making move; one that suggests the sonic backdrop to our lives is important and should be curated by actual human beings. Human beings who care enough about what’s playing in the background to make sure it’s not possible for some drunk toolbox to harsh everyone’s mellow by playing “Don’t Stop Believin” six times in a row. Here are a few such locations.

The 5 Point: This 24-hour diner-meets-dive-bar is a fixture of downtown Seattle. Vinyl bar stools, lots of neon and bathrooms papered with band stickers makes the place look like a Tarantino set. The frank, no-bullshit service only adds to the illusion that you’re an extra in “Pulp Fiction.” Maybe you came for some killer eggs and hash browns, but the crazy playlists you can make on this jukebox — think Mastodon meets TacocaT meets N.W.A. – will keep you sticking around for a second drink so you can watch the patrons react to your DJ skills.

When to come in: Sunday – Thursday from 7 pm until close, they feature a $3.50 boilermaker – a 12 oz. can of cheapo beer (Rainier or if they’re out of that, Iron City) and a shot of well whiskey.

The Twilight Exit: This jukebox goes hard on ‘70s classic rock and ‘90s Northwest alt-rock (Nirvana, Soundgarden, etc), but that’s okay, because the people who remember that stuff when it first came out still aren’t sick of it, and the people who don’t are still really into it. That said, there’s also plenty of other good stuff, like the “Repo Man” soundtrack and the Dead Milkmen.

When to come in: On weekends until 4 pm, all burgers on the menu are $3 off. These are not the wimpy, undersized happy hour burgers some bars bait-and-switch for the regular menu size, either. This is a fat stack of six-inch-high burger mess, and it comes with a huge pile of fries that most humans will not be able to finish in one sitting. We suggest washing it down with an Irish coffee or a big-ass Bloody Mary.

King’s Hardware: This place may be the closest thing Ballard’s got to a rock and roll bar now that the Two Bit Saloon closed. But it’s still Ballard, and as such, the jukebox here features plenty of alt-country and twang. Not just ubiquitous crowd-pleasers like Johnny Cash and Ween’s country album, either, but things like the Cave Singers and Ballard heroes the Maldives. There’s also plenty of punk and metal to choose from for those who’ve grown weary of beard rock. And hey, bonus: you can listen to the songs you chose while enjoying a rousting game of Skee Ball.

If you’re drinking, the cocktail menu features several few variations on the Moscow Mule (otherwise known as a vodka and ginger ale with lime). I liked“Far From The Tree,” which is a blend of Jameson, maple syrup, orange, lemon and a splash of Spire Dark ‘n Dry cider. Garnished with a cinnamon-dusted orange slice, it’s tangy, slightly sweet and more refreshing than most the heavy winter ales and cocktails on offer at this time of year.

When to come in: During happy hour, which is 4-7 pm daily, a tallboy of Olympia costs $2 and a pint of draft beer costs $3. This is a good deal by any neighborhood’s standards. Be warned: This place is a (fun) zoo on weekend nights, so if you’re looking for a quieter evening, come in on a weeknight.

The 5th Street Tavern: Not to be confused with the 5 Point, this delightful little Maple Leaf neighborhood bar consists of two small rooms, one pool table and an itty-bitty kitchen. It also has a kickass jukebox. You can play speed metal back to back with John Lee Hooker and the unflappable regulars will politely tolerate it as long as there isn’t a game on. Pool doesn’t cost here, but you can expect to be challenged and then politely trounced by one of the resident pool sharks if you occupy the table for more than a couple of games. The menu is basic, satisfying American bar fare, with occasional food specials and friendly service. Your dad would drink at this bar, and you should too.

When to come in: If you wanna ROCK? Come in anytime the Seahawks aren’t playing.

Linda’s Tavern: Linda’s is basically a Capitol Hill burger joint for hipsters, so it’s fitting that they’ve got one of the best jukeboxes in town. Whoever chose these albums did so with the clear goal of juxtaposing the best of current and classic Northwest artists: From Gossip to La Luz, Mudhoney to the Unnatural Helpers, Dead Moon to Neko Case, there’s not a single bad chestnut.

When to come in: If you show up from 3 – 4 pm, you can get yourself a pint of Oly and a side of fries for $5; from 7 – 9 PM, there’s a short $6 menu featuring bar staples like quesadillas and cheeseburgers.

5 Point Cafe named one of America’s Grittiest Dive Bars

5 Point Cafe named one of America’s Grittiest Dive Bars named The 5 Point Cafe one of

“Insist on wearing your Google Glass wherever you go? Do not enter this bar. The dive’s owner banned the device before it was even released to ensure the privacy of its patrons, so you and your tech specs had better keep moving. Out-of-towners also receive a warning as they enter, with an honest sign stating, “We cheat tourists and drunks since 1929.” 5 Point’s service may be famously brusque, but the 85-year-old institution has always been celebrated more for its food—greasy, homespun dishes like bacon pancakes and fried donuts—than its ambiance. It’s smoky, loud and more than a little grimy, with a tarnished black and white checkerboard pattern sprawling across the floor and ceiling. But with $2 drafts and an early morning happy hour, the regulars certainly don’t care. Bonus points for the periscope-like view of the Space Needle from the men’s room window.”

The Story of the Oldest Bar & Restaurant in Belltown

The Story of the Oldest Bar & Restaurant in Belltown

The 5 Point Cafe & Chief’s lounge is 24-hour restaurant and lounge in the Belltown neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. It is located at the base of Tilikum Place Park where the historic statue of Chief Seattle is located, near a five-way intersection and in the shadow of the Space Needle and monorail. Open since 1929, it is considered the oldest drinking establishment in the neighborhood, and one of the oldest, if not the oldest, continuously operating restaurant and bar in Seattle. It has received accolades from local media for being one of the best dive bars in the city.


The building the 5 Point is in was originally constructed by the Webb Investment Company in 1922 for use as a dairy warehouse. It was built in what was known as the Denny Regrade, named after a project to flattened Denny Hill. C. Preston Smith opened the cafe during an economic downturn in 1929. Coffee, two eggs, a ham steak, hash browns, and four pieces of buttered toast with jelly cost 40 cents. Smaller dishes were 25 cents or less. A barroom was opened adjacent to the cafe upon the repeal of prohibition in 1933 to sell beer and wine. It became a lounge when state law allowed for the sale of hard liquor in 1944.

Smith’s son, Dick, took over in 1975. Along with political activities in the neighborhood, the younger Smith was known for installing a periscope over the men’s room urinal to provide views of the Space Needle.

The 5 Point Cafe made headlines in August 2004 when radio personality Tom Leykis was ejected and then assaulted outside. Leykis said his assailant kicked him in the head and knocked him to the ground. He was cut above the eye and needed 17 stitches.

In September 2009, it was rumored that The 5 Point would be closing. In November 2009, it was purchased by David Meinert. He has changed little but the menu was expanded slightly with vegetarian options.

In true 5 Point fashion, we made international headlines by being the first business to band [[Google Glass]]

Old Diner learns New Tricks

Old Diner learns New Tricks

As usual we are late to the party. The 5 Point now on Instagram. Photo: @sofhcellars

New Year’s Day at The 5 Point

How People Spent New Years Day in Seattle

People spent New Year’s Day recovering in several ways, from taking a dip in Seattle’s Elliott Bay, to working out, to eating and drinking at Seattle’s historic 24 hour diner, The 5 Point Cafe. Check out the pretty hilarious interviews with 5 Point customers.


Watch the Space Needle fireworks from our outdoor patio – one of the best views of the fireworks you can have with a drink in your hand!

Or watch them from the men’s room periscope.

Drink & food specials, party favors, champagne toast at midnight and a group of people who know how to go hard. And no cover!