For almost four decades, the Canterbury was the world’s best ye-olde-English-pub-themed dive, with scuffed pool tables and dark corners and neighborhood characters bolted to the bar, plus cheap grilled cheese and good soup for sustenance. The new Canterbury, from Mike Meckling (a partner in Neumos) and James Snyder (owner of Sam’s Tavern), is unrecognizably fancied-up in an upscale-manly vein. Cormac Mahoney, of the departed-but-excellent Madison Park Conservatory (and a 2012 Food & Wine Best New Chef), was in charge of the kitchen at the beginning, but he didn't last long. Did Seattle need another place for $12 hamburgers, kale Caesars, and 30 beers on tap as much as it needed a place for the tired, the poor, the masses yearning to drink, play pinball, and worry not about decorum? On Facebook, Meckling and Snyder claim that “Cheap booze, hearty food and a bad ass staff make this bar your best fucking friend (or your worst enemy).” Cocktails go up to $12, which is apparently cheap these days.
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