Roslyn, Washington. Drinks have been served since 1889 at the Brick, Washington’s oldest operating bar. Arguably, other bars may be as old, but haven’t been operating continuously. The exterior was featured in Northern Exposure, the 1990s Emmy award winning television drama that was filmed in Roslyn.
The Brick’s customers sit on the original barstools that were ordered from Sears Roebuck. There’s a unique 23 foot-long running water spittoon flowing alongside the lower edge of the bar.
Annually in March, the Brick hosts the Indoor Running Water Spittoon Boat Races and Regatta, billed as the only race of its kind in the world.
Classes for entries include soap/wax, paper/plastic, and wood, all of which must weigh no more than one ounce. Entries in the open class for motor and experimental boats can weigh as much as 1.5 ounces. The boats can’t exceed 3” long, 1 1/2” wide, and 3” tall and may be waterproofed.
Stick around for the dancing. On the evening of the races, the Brick hosts the Nautical Ball with a live band.
Let’s say one drinks too much at the Brick, and needs a designated driver. Stan the Man give rides to Brick customers. Stan works independently and operates solely off of donations to make sure guests arrive safely at their next destination without having to face the consequences of driving under the influence.
Stan makes his rounds each weekend, so customers can give him a call for a pick up or schedule rides in advance. One might find him at the Brick drinking coffee and chatting with folks near closing time. Stan works on a donation only basis. The Brick website enthuses, “Please be generous with your donations! He makes a big difference in keeping you and our roads safe!”
The Brick’s pub grub is good basic bar food and the servings are large. On a recent visit with my friend Nick, I enjoyed delicious chicken quesadillas. Nick savored a generous serving of fish and chips.
All in all, visiting the Brick in guarantees a taste of history and heaping serving of fun along with food and drinks.
Need information? Pondering an entry in the Spittoon Regatta? The Brick’s website invites interested persons to call (509) 649-2643 for more information.