You probably can’t go wrong when you mix a beer hall, indoor bocce, and some of the best wurst you’ve ever tasted. A former 1940s candy factory on Capitol Hill in Seattle, Von Trapp’s is a behemoth 420-seat beer hall and restaurant with five indoor bocce courts. The sausages are house-made, and there is a superb beer program.
Beer is central to Von Trapp’s, with 25 drafts divided between European and West Coast styles. Beer cocktails like Billy Dawson’s Revenge must be noted; it uses bourbon, cognac, Jamaica rum, lemon, allspice dram, and dunkelweiss. The draft beer list will range from Stiegl Lager and Veltins Pilsner to Firestone Walker DBA and Schooner Exact 3.
“We wanted to create a list that appeals to the imagination and curiosity of both our guests and our bartenders,” says bar manager Doug Wargo. “Beer is really a perfect, and often overlooked cocktail ingredient. It can simultaneously add brightness and depth to a drink and impart flavors that you can’t find anywhere else.”
Von Trapp’s menu features local Bavarian dishes like sea salt pretzels and cheddarwurst sausage sliders. A buffalo-chopper meat grinder is used to create a standout selection of sausages; bockwurst and wollwurst are the best of the wurst.
With a beer selection and Bavarian menu like this, along with bocce courts to exercise it all off, you might end up staying for a while at Von Trapp’s.