Spar Café

114 4th Ave. E., Olympia, WA 98501

Hours:
Sunday – Thursday, 7 a.m. 'til 12 midnight
Friday & Saturday, 7 a.m. 'til 1 a.m.

Stop by and play some pinball or try our 22-footer shuffleboard table!

About Spar Café

From one family to another — welcome to McMenamins!

Olympia's beloved Spar Café was family-owned for 60 of its 70 years of existence and then changed hands to another Pacific Northwest family — ours! From its original days as a blue-collar joint for dockworkers and loggers to its modern reinterpretation as a gathering spot for students, politicians and legislators, The Spar has a long-running history as an anchor of the community. Have a look at an excerpt from our newsletter for a story on the Spar's past.

McMenamins is pleased to continue the family tradition, with a nod to its past and an eye on its future. We offer family-friendly breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, including such McMenamins staples as hearty pancakes, housemade granola, burgers, fresh salads, seasonal specials and more, along with a selection of our handcrafted ales, wines and spirits.

Want to try a beer made with 3,330-year-old artesian well water (give or take 50 years)? Then you’ve come to the right place. Our beer is brewed onsite, and the water comes from the artesian well bubbling away in the basement!
 
According to one hydrogeologist, the water is from an aquifer called the Tumwater Sand of the Holocene Epoch, a deposit of the Deschutes River (in Wa., not Ore.). The sand was deposited as the Deschutes re-established its channel after the last glacier withdrew from the Puget Sound, about 12,000 years ago – all of which makes for one historic pint of beer.

Spar Café allows pets to be tied up outside of the patio areas.

Menus

Menu  Breakfast  Breakfast Specials  Breakfast Dietary Options
Kids  Happy Hour & Specials  Beverage  Dietary Restrictions

Food specials 3-6 p.m. & 10 p.m.-close
Drink specials 3-6 p.m. & 10 p.m.-12 midnight
No substitutions, additions, or to-go orders
Minimum drink purchase $2 per person

We offer Northwest-style pub fare that incorporates the freshest seasonal ingredients from local and regional growers and producers (including Tillamook Cheese and Ice Cream, Pleasant Valley Pickles, Sheridan Fruit Company, Country Natural Beef and many others). We make everything onsite, including pizza, soups and more. Weekly specials round out our menus – ask your server for details.

Gluten-free buns available! These light, crisp, locally made products are available for an additional charge with hamburgers and sandwiches – just ask your server. Please note: Although the bun is gluten-free, our kitchens are not.

Pizza available to go, call (360) 357-6444.

Art

History

At five o'clock on Friday afternoon, June 28, 1935, the creators of The Spar extended a genial invitation to all residents of the community to come and explore the new business. People came from all over the region — by plane in some instances — to see downtown Olympia's new sporting man's paradise, the "finest eating and recreation parlor" around. By all accounts, none were disappointed.

Read more about saloons, beer halls and stores on this spot of 4th Avenue since at least 1880.

Take home your favorite McMenamins Ale or Cider!

$8 Growler Mondays

Head to any of our pubs, bring your 2-quart growler and have it filled with any regular McMenamins beer for $8 every Monday! You can also fill your growler with any McMenamins high gravity beer for $10. We don’t offer a special on growler fills of Brewmasters Reserve beer or cider at this time.

Regular price $14 - $17.

Note: This special does not apply to cider or brewmasters reserves. 

Check out what's ON TAP on the free McMenamins app.
Apple App Store   Google Play store for Android  

On Tap To Go
(not including growler or jar)

Hard Cider To Go
(not including growler or jar)

1 quart  $7.00-$8.50 1 quart $8.80
2 quarts  $14.00-$17.00 2 quarts $17.60

 

Half-Gallon Growlers 
We're offering these special 64-ounce growlers (think a glass moonshine jug) that are now engraved with many different company seasonal logos and other assorted graphics! Use it time and time again, or keep it as a memento from your visit. 
Available at all locations

Cans To Go
Our 16-ounce cans of our signature Ruby and Hammerhead are available to-go at all locations. Crack ‘em open and enjoy on the beach, in a backyard....bottle openers are no longer required. 

Crowlers
Offered at our 23rd Avenue Bottle Shop
Prices vary

We're now offering Crowlers - a mashup of can and growler - in a 32-ounce vessel that we fill fresh from a tap of your choice and seal up to-go. Choose from our 20 rotating taps of McMenamins' and guest breweries handcrafted offerings, including cider and high-gravity selections.

Kegs/Cornelius Cans
$120/15.5 gallon plus refundable keg and equipment deposits

At select breweries we can also fill Cornelius canisters. Call the brewery to make arrangements.  You will need to bring your clean canister and leave it with the brewer for filling.  You cannot just drop in and get a canister filled unannounced.

Current pricing on Cornelius canisters is $50 for 5 gallons, $30 for 3 gallons.  If you have a different size Cornelius canister figure on $10 per gallon.

Order a keg of McMenamins brew for your next party from one of our Oregon or Washington breweries! Different varieties are available at each location, so call ahead to see what beers are on hand.

All sales are final. We do not offer refunds.

Shipping Beer
Now shipping to anywhere in Oregon
Call the Edgefield Gift Shop to order:
503-492-5470
7 a.m.–7 p.m. Pacific Time

Bottles: $5.60 per bottle
Cans: $2.75 per can
Plus shipping and handling
Max 24 bottles/cans per order per state law

Why can't you ship elsewhere?
While Oregon law allows us to ship outside of the state, individual state laws prohibit us to ship beer directly to consumers.

Hours:
Sunday – Thursday, 7 a.m. 'til 12 midnight
Friday & Saturday, 7 a.m. 'til 1 a.m.

Stop by and play some pinball or try our 22-footer shuffleboard table!

Upcoming Events

  • About Spar Café

    From one family to another — welcome to McMenamins!

    Olympia's beloved Spar Café was family-owned for 60 of its 70 years of existence and then changed hands to another Pacific Northwest family — ours! From its original days as a blue-collar joint for dockworkers and loggers to its modern reinterpretation as a gathering spot for students, politicians and legislators, The Spar has a long-running history as an anchor of the community. Have a look at an excerpt from our newsletter for a story on the Spar's past.

    McMenamins is pleased to continue the family tradition, with a nod to its past and an eye on its future. We offer family-friendly breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, including such McMenamins staples as hearty pancakes, housemade granola, burgers, fresh salads, seasonal specials and more, along with a selection of our handcrafted ales, wines and spirits.

    Want to try a beer made with 3,330-year-old artesian well water (give or take 50 years)? Then you’ve come to the right place. Our beer is brewed onsite, and the water comes from the artesian well bubbling away in the basement!
     
    According to one hydrogeologist, the water is from an aquifer called the Tumwater Sand of the Holocene Epoch, a deposit of the Deschutes River (in Wa., not Ore.). The sand was deposited as the Deschutes re-established its channel after the last glacier withdrew from the Puget Sound, about 12,000 years ago – all of which makes for one historic pint of beer.

    Spar Café allows pets to be tied up outside of the patio areas.

  • Menus

    Menu  Breakfast  Breakfast Specials  Breakfast Dietary Options
    Kids  Happy Hour & Specials  Beverage  Dietary Restrictions

    Food specials 3-6 p.m. & 10 p.m.-close
    Drink specials 3-6 p.m. & 10 p.m.-12 midnight
    No substitutions, additions, or to-go orders
    Minimum drink purchase $2 per person

    We offer Northwest-style pub fare that incorporates the freshest seasonal ingredients from local and regional growers and producers (including Tillamook Cheese and Ice Cream, Pleasant Valley Pickles, Sheridan Fruit Company, Country Natural Beef and many others). We make everything onsite, including pizza, soups and more. Weekly specials round out our menus – ask your server for details.

    Gluten-free buns available! These light, crisp, locally made products are available for an additional charge with hamburgers and sandwiches – just ask your server. Please note: Although the bun is gluten-free, our kitchens are not.

    Pizza available to go, call (360) 357-6444.

  • Art

  • History

    At five o'clock on Friday afternoon, June 28, 1935, the creators of The Spar extended a genial invitation to all residents of the community to come and explore the new business. People came from all over the region — by plane in some instances — to see downtown Olympia's new sporting man's paradise, the "finest eating and recreation parlor" around. By all accounts, none were disappointed.

    Read more about saloons, beer halls and stores on this spot of 4th Avenue since at least 1880.

  • Take home your favorite McMenamins Ale or Cider!

    $8 Growler Mondays

    Head to any of our pubs, bring your 2-quart growler and have it filled with any regular McMenamins beer for $8 every Monday! You can also fill your growler with any McMenamins high gravity beer for $10. We don’t offer a special on growler fills of Brewmasters Reserve beer or cider at this time.

    Regular price $14 - $17.

    Note: This special does not apply to cider or brewmasters reserves. 

    Check out what's ON TAP on the free McMenamins app.
    Apple App Store   Google Play store for Android  

    On Tap To Go
    (not including growler or jar)

    Hard Cider To Go
    (not including growler or jar)

    1 quart  $7.00-$8.50 1 quart $8.80
    2 quarts  $14.00-$17.00 2 quarts $17.60

     

    Half-Gallon Growlers 
    We're offering these special 64-ounce growlers (think a glass moonshine jug) that are now engraved with many different company seasonal logos and other assorted graphics! Use it time and time again, or keep it as a memento from your visit. 
    Available at all locations

    Cans To Go
    Our 16-ounce cans of our signature Ruby and Hammerhead are available to-go at all locations. Crack ‘em open and enjoy on the beach, in a backyard....bottle openers are no longer required. 

    Crowlers
    Offered at our 23rd Avenue Bottle Shop
    Prices vary

    We're now offering Crowlers - a mashup of can and growler - in a 32-ounce vessel that we fill fresh from a tap of your choice and seal up to-go. Choose from our 20 rotating taps of McMenamins' and guest breweries handcrafted offerings, including cider and high-gravity selections.

    Kegs/Cornelius Cans
    $120/15.5 gallon plus refundable keg and equipment deposits

    At select breweries we can also fill Cornelius canisters. Call the brewery to make arrangements.  You will need to bring your clean canister and leave it with the brewer for filling.  You cannot just drop in and get a canister filled unannounced.

    Current pricing on Cornelius canisters is $50 for 5 gallons, $30 for 3 gallons.  If you have a different size Cornelius canister figure on $10 per gallon.

    Order a keg of McMenamins brew for your next party from one of our Oregon or Washington breweries! Different varieties are available at each location, so call ahead to see what beers are on hand.

    All sales are final. We do not offer refunds.

    Shipping Beer
    Now shipping to anywhere in Oregon
    Call the Edgefield Gift Shop to order:
    503-492-5470
    7 a.m.–7 p.m. Pacific Time

    Bottles: $5.60 per bottle
    Cans: $2.75 per can
    Plus shipping and handling
    Max 24 bottles/cans per order per state law

    Why can't you ship elsewhere?
    While Oregon law allows us to ship outside of the state, individual state laws prohibit us to ship beer directly to consumers.

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