Owl'n Thistle is located in Post Alley in Pioneer Square. It's hidden away and located right across from a pay-parking lot behind the Viaduct. Next to a bike shop, I believe. It's hard to find if you don't know where you're going.
This place is the epitome of the word "dive". Everything smells like an ashtray. They even have Real Life Barfly's sitting at the bar. It's a great experience for the kids if you want to expose them to something beyond the sheltered life of the suburbs.
This is a eating joint for the working folks downtown. You're just as likely to see a biker in full leathers as you are an attorney in a 3-peice suit.
The food is full-on grease. It doesn't matter what you order, they're going to deep fry it, or at least pour some grease on for the same effect.
I love their Reuben sandwich & fries. Oh such greasy goodness. Chicken fingers are what you'd find anywhere, and the burgers are pretty good too.
This is NOT a non-smoking establishment. Maybe there are parts that are non-smoking, but you're going to smell smoke.
It's dark and dusty and smoky and easy to forget that it's 1pm outside instead of 1 AM. Not a bit of sunlight peirces the thick walls of Owl'n Thistle.
Prices are okay, but I've only ever gone there when someone else pays my way :-)