It is not necessary to cross the pond. Inviting and friendly, the craic – a popular term in Ireland for “having fun” and “having a good time” – at the St. James Gate Irish Pub in Lynnwood is warm and ready to welcome anyone who loves all things Irish. . The pub is a taste of Ireland for anyone who crosses the threshold.
Specializing in a welcoming pub atmosphere, including a focused menu of favorites and a wide selection of Irish drinks, this is a more than welcome addition to the Highway 99 scene.
“The drink is always good. The food is always good,” owner Mac Torres said. “But the atmosphere is what you’re going to come for, and it’s the people who really create the atmosphere.”
The St. James Gate Irish Pub first opened during COVID and has gained momentum as a lively and welcoming establishment since its arrival.
Serving a wide range of Irish drinks, from the mainstays of Jameson Irish Whiskey and Guinness beer to the chance to try new Irish distillers like Teeling Whiskey or a variety of cocktails, the pub has something for everyone.
“We have a pretty good drinks program, although we try to highlight newer Irish distilleries like Teeling Whiskey,” Torres said. “Once people start tasting it and comparing it to typical, we tend to switch people.”
St. James Gate’s menu is made from scratch, and many ingredients – imported Irish beef and Kerrygold cheese – are sourced directly from Ireland. Mouthwatering offerings include bangers and mash, sausage rolls, Guinness beef stew and shepherd’s pie created by Torres’ wife, who is Irish. Although there is no traditional lamb, it is still a crowd favorite.
“A big thing for me is finding these kind of traditional products and seeing what I could create with them,” Torres said. “At first people came for the food, but I wanted it to be small for a reason.”
The main reason, according to Torres, is to capture the atmosphere of a traditional Irish pub, where the menu is smaller, drinks are plentiful and conversation is smooth and comfortable.
“We’re creating a place where people can come and chat and put their cell phones down for a while,” Torres said. “The atmosphere is to come in, sit down and relax.”
Torres prefers to think of St. James’s Gate as a middle ground between a local tavern and a restaurant. It has live music on Saturday nights, a nice folk rock sound with many popular favorites from the 1970s to the 1990s.
Soon the pub will also feature a monthly Irish guitar and fiddle duo to play music along more traditional Irish lines.
An outdoor patio is currently being built in front of the pub to provide a place to have a drink, chat with friends or even make new friends. The decor is pure Irish bonhomie imagined by Torres and his wife.
“It’s very satisfying when people come in and find a very intimate and inviting feeling. That’s exactly what we wanted,” Torres said. “And we pour the best Guinness. We do it well.”
The St. James Gate Pub is located at 21025 Highway 99 in Lynnwood. It is open Tuesday to Thursday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Check them out at the St. James Irish Pub or call them at 425-582-0595. Craic is waiting for you!