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McMenamins Anderson School Now Open In Bothell

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Photo: Lindsey Scully

Photo: Lindsey Scully

Finally, the much anticipated McMenamins Anderson School has opened its doors to the general public in Bothell this past weekend. The City of Bothell is counting on the popular chain’s biggest property renovation yet to boost tourism in the area and to aid with the downtown revitalization efforts.

Only 20 minutes from downtown Seattle, the latest addition to the McMenamins properties is so much more than just a hotel. Originally home to Bothell’s first junior high school, the site now boasts several restaurants, a scattering of small bars and cozy pubs, complete with an onsite brewery to keep them well-stocked with McMenamins beer.

DSC_0036Founded in the 1980’s by the McMenamins brothers, Mike and Brian, the popular pub/brewery/hotel chain has made a name for itself in the Oregon and Washington craft beer scene. Known for their eclectic decor, reinvention of historic buildings, and standard and house-specific beer offerings, McMenamins brings a familiar look and feel to each of its projects without ever duplicating itself exactly.

In keeping with the spirit of their many other locations, McMenamins embraces the history of the property while integrating modern comforts and entertainment. The renovated property at the Anderson School has been rebuilt to include stages fDSC_0157or live music, a sizable event venue, a game room, a movie theater, and even a large salt water soaking pool.

Constructed in 1931, the oldest structure on the site is the original Anderson School building. Referred to as the Main Lodge, it now houses 72 different hotel rooms on three floors of former classrooms. Each room is named for an individual connected with the school or the local community’s history. Wandering the halls almost feels like walking through a gallery. Old photographs and historic based art panels adorn the walls, carefully chosen and created by McMenamins historians and artists, and creative and unique light fixtures and chandeliers hang elegantly everywhere you look. Exploration of the building is not complete without a trip to the Principle’s Office, a tiny but cozy third-floor pub named for the school’s original principal and namesake, Wilbert Andell “Andy” Anderson.

Across the courtyard from the Main Lodge sits the Woodshop, a pub and game room complete with pool and shuffleboard. Through windows behind several of the booths, pub-goers can observe activity in the brewery located in the back of the building, while sipping on a Ruby raspberry ale, or a Terminator stout.


To the left of the Woodshed sits Haynes Hall, in the former gym. This space will feature concerts and events complete with a full bar including McMenamins’ own handcrafted beer, wine, and spirits. The complex also houses the movie theater where new releases are being shown, along with several meeting rooms and a large back deck that looks out towards the nearby Pop Keeney Stadium.

DSC_0194DSC_0104Tavern On The Square, the main restaurant at the Anderson School finds its home in the old cafeteria, although thankfully it looks and feels nothing like one. Decorated with beautiful stained glass panels, the restaurant is open all day and features farm-to-table fare, and an extensive beer and cocktail list.

One of the features locals are most excited about is the North Shore Lagoon, a large indoor salt-water soaking pool near the entrance of the property. The building includes south seas inspired decorations and imported art, skylights, and a tiki bar overlooking the pool. Access will be free to guests and residents of Bothell with ID and a current address.

Afternoons watching the clock are now a thing of the past at the Anderson School, with numerous enticing activities only steps away from your hotel room.

More photos of McMenamins Anderson School can be found on our Facebook page.

McMenamins Anderson School is now accepting reservations and visitors. For more information, visit their site at www.mcmenamins.com or visit them at 18607 Bothell Way NE, Bothell WA, 98011.

A recent beer geek transplant to the beautiful state of Washington, Erica has spent the last six years working in the craft beer industry in Oregon and Northern California, most recently at Mikkeller Bar SF. With parents from Belgium and the Pacific Northwest, drinking good beer is in her blood. When Erica isn’t talking about beer, she is…well, sleeping probably. Follow her on instagram and twitter @its_beerica. For tips or leads, contact: erica@newschoolbeer.com

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