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Slow Boat Tavern To Open Up In Hillman City

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Slow Boat Tavern | All photo credit: Lindsey Scully

Slow Boat Tavern | All photo credit: Lindsey Scully

Update: Slow Boat Tavern has announced via their Facebook page that they will officially open on Wednesday, November 25 at 2:00pm. They will be closed to observe Thanksgiving Dy and return to normal hours on Friday. 

Cantillon bottles with a layer of dust on the counter, a Wu-Tang Clan neon sign hung high up on the wall, various dollar bills so lovingly attached to the ceiling.  Slow Boat Tavern is not just another beer bar it’s the tangible personification of Ken Provost, who has been in the beer industry for over a decade.

Provost admits his decor is eclectic but states that he wanted to build a place that is a reflection of him, he’s been collecting items over the years that would one day find their way home at the Slow Boat Tavern. Various trinkets, like the Trappist crates, were picked up on some of his journeys to Belgium, Italy, and other countries,”They represent a culmination of my travels” Provost said. The tavern has been in the planning stage for many years, it got to the point when a friend had asked how the bar was coming along Provost replied comically, “It’s on a slow boat from China”, and thus the Slow Boat Tavern had a name.

Slow Boat Tavern

The new addition to Hillman City will feature 12 taps and a rotating limited bottle selection. Slow Boat will have a weekly change up in bottles offered although there will be some Belgian and Trappist offerings on a more constant basis. They will have a variety of beer options on tap, including Holy Mountain who have been extremely supportive of Slow Boat from the beginning. Cider and wine options will also be available.

Then there is the espresso machine. Some attendees of previous Coffee Beer Fests might recall a certain drink involving Rainier and espresso shots, affectionately called Old Man Provost – in honor of its creator. The drink will be a staple at Slow Boat Tavern and is even painted on the front window, securing its spot in Hillman history.

Slow Boat Tavern

When asked why Hillman City neighborhood Provost almost immediately responded with a “Why not?” He mentioned that the neighborhood needed a good beer bar to come to after work, a place friends can meet up for a pint and conversation, where you can chat with your own neighbors over a game of Donkey Kong. Slow Boat Tavern is conveniently located about a 15 minute walk from the Light Rail station.

Slow Boat Tavern

One other interesting thing to note about Slow Boat Tavern is that they will only accept credit cards, no cash will be accepted and therefore no cash will be on premise.

While Slow Boat Tavern does not have an official opening date as of this posting, Provost has stated that he expects to be open in early December and to keep an eye on their Facebook page for details.


Monday – Thursday: 2:00pm-12:00am

Friday: 2:00pm-2:00am

Saturday: 11:00am-2:00am

Sunday: 11:00am-12:00am


You can view more photos of Slow Boat Tavern on our Facebook page.

Slow Boat Tavern is located at 5701 Rainier Avenue South Suite D, Seattle, WA.


Certified Cicerone®, Editor for New School Beer - Washington, she has been in the local beer industry for two years. Currently slinging beers at Stoup Brewing and is founder of the Seattle chapter of Girls Pint Out, member of Pink Boots Society, and contributor to Volume by Alcohol and Brewed For Thought.

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