Love a cold beer paired with solid bar food and a game of pool or bowling? Look no further than The Garage. Home to all of the above plus outdoor seating and a daily happy hour featuring $10 hr lane rental, $5 hr table rental and pints for just $2.50.
Great bar with bowling. Come here on thursdays during happy hour, lanes are cheap and so are the drinks and food! fun place to come drink and bowl or play pool
The worst service. We used to have a good time here and enjoyed the bowling/pool games and food until tonight. We arrived around 12:30am and got a pool table and a round of drinks. The server was great and the atmosphere was like any other place on a Saturday night. Around 1am last call was announced and we ordered another round and a couple appetizers. The Garage is open until two am or so we thought. About 15 minutes later, after we had just gotten our drinks and were setting up for another game, the security guard came over yelling at us, asking us if we were deaf or stupid that we didn't hear last call was announced. Apparently to him that meant no more pool games either, though that was not said over the loud speaker. I asked why we couldn't play any more pool since it was 45 min. before closing. He asked me if I could understand English. It would be fine to explain if they were closing early, but to be rude was uncalled for. I went to pay and told the guy at the desk about the guard yelling at us, then the security guard came over and got in my face asking why I was lying about him being rude. It was one of the worst experiences with bad customer service I have ever had. Then I went back to my friends to finish my beer when the security guard came over to tell me that they were taking drinks away from people. What?! Why would you call last call and 15 min. later take away people's drinks. This place runs on truly bizarre principles. I went to ask the waitress who said she was sorry and that sometimes the owners like to close early. The manager then came over and yelled at me for being argumentative. I was totally appalled at the behavior and communication with the Garage's management. I also don't expect to have to pay for food and drinks that were hardly touched because a place decides to close early without warning. If you're going to close early and if you're going to end activities before closing, let your customers know and in a way that is respectful. Do NOT go there!! There are many finer places with better customer service!
I love this place.... The garage has been a favorite for me and a lot of friends for many years. I believe that the owners are the old bartenders that use to serve us in the 90's. Still, it is a very fun place to hang out have cocktails, bowl or play pool. Good environment for mid to large sized groups for a night out.
a good night out.. Service was friendly. Drinks were good. Nice atmosphere.
Dishonest . . .. This could be a great place, but they are dishonest. The guy who works the bowling counter on Saturday night is a liar. When I arrived at 6:30 p.m., I specifically asked him about the lane rates. He said, "It's $10 an hour, as long as you want." Of course, when I paid my bill at 7:45 he charged me at the outrageous $25 an hour rate beginning at 7:00 p.m. When I asked him about it, he smiled and said, "Read the sign." Integrity is a must, even in a pool hall.
MY FAVROITE SPOT IN WASHINGTON!.
The Garage not only is the best bowling alley/pool hall, it delivers everything you wouldn't expect in terms of food/service/atmosphere. We came here for a large party and thought maybe we should eat somewhere first. (My experience has been don't eat at bowling alleys.) However to my surprise, the food was to die for (the pizza was my favorite!) The drinks were made perfectly and the quick service definitely helped my bowling average! I like that I still feel like I am at the hottest spot on a weekend night.
Thank you Garage!
Great food, great staff, a pleasure to work with..
I arrange events for my company, and it has never been as easy, or as much of a success as it was with the Garage. I had a group of about 250 people, not an easy number of guests to take care of, but the Garage staff handled us with flying colors. We were given the Star Light Lounge (the Garage's newest addition) as our own private party hall. 6 private bowling lanes, pool tables, and a private bar. Each staff member working our function was friendly and acommadating, making a seemingly daunting task of organizing a 250 person function, easy. The food was great, the drinks were strong and never left our hands, and the Garage delivered on everything they promised. They definititely gained themselves 250 more loyal customers.
Thank you, Garage!!
AWESOME SPOT. I LOVE the new space at the bowling alley, GARAGE, on Capitol Hill! It really is a beautiful space with many curious and interesting art pieces to look at. I've attended many events there over the years and think it just continues to get better and better! When exploring which space would be best for our group there where so many options available. The person I spoke to on the phone was very thorough and knowledgeable about which areas he thought would best suit us. At the private birthday party we had, there seemed to just be endless amounts of food! And delicious to boot! I loved the thin crust pizzas and crisp veggies to dip in the garlic hummus! The bartender was so sweet and patient with me when I couldn't make up my mind about what to drink...She suggested a grapefruit press and it was PERFECT!! Refreshing...sweet and tart at the same time! We had a great experience there! They were all very accomodating and professional and we had a BLAST because of it!! I highly recommend this venue for your party or just hanging out w/ a group of friends!
Money hungy, bad service, watered down drinks.... terrible management, snide, you name it.
Ok... so we were there last night for a birthday party and we rented the room for the night and they didn't let us know about a minimum drink/food order. We didn't have a contract with them and this minimum was never discussed until it came time to pay. When it came to check out they stuck us with a $600.00 tab on top of what the 40 or so people paid individually. We thought it was unreasonable and their managers said that they have a min and we need to pay it or they will run it on our credit card anyway. Then they said "you can just take home several bottles of wine to make up the difference." So we did trying to be "fair" and "agreeable".
Then, they literally took 1.5 hours to find the bottles of wine, run the credit card, etc. Terrible. The very last thing you want to do as the party thrower, and Bday boy for 1.5 hours after you just drank and bowled for 4 hours. We asked for help to speed it up and their terrible waitress says in a snide way "I don't want to be here either, this wasn't exactly a huge party (looking for tips) and I want to leave too..."
Anyway, they lacked tack in every way... when we asked to speak with the decision maker my brother in law literally got kicked out of the bar for asking even thought it was polite.
We have had fun other times here and have had a good experience in general... until we came with a party. They showed total devotion to themselves over the customers and were just terrible to deal with. Apparently they have new management too... so maybe that is the difference from other experiences here.
I would highly discourage any large group from using the Garage as a venue. They clearly don't care about their customers... and again... the worst way to end a party is to standing there while someone takes an hour and a half checking you out. Terrible...
Worst management and staff ever. This place is horrible with the new owners/management. This was a regular place for us to go and play pool for the last 5 years, until just recently. On a Saturday night, I was threatened by one of their patrons. She prevented me from playing pool based on where she was sitting. I asked her to move and her boyfriend threatened me. He was screaming and making a scene. When I asked the doorman to help us with these people, it was quite obvious the screaming man was one of doorman's friends. The door man did nothing to help the situation, so we could play the pool game we were paying to play. When the verbal altercation with the patrons next to us continued, I asked to speak to the manager. I was ignored; he couldn't have cared less. The change in the atmosphere and the people who now go here reflects the horrible staff and management. I have never been threatened with a gun before, and it is not something I would ever had expected before. Avoid this place at all costs! It is now dangerous to go there.
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