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Hidden Gems of the Pacific Northwest – Hood Canale Beer & Wine Bar

Location: Union, Washington, USA

How lucky am I to have so many creative and talented friends? Very. And today’s Hidden Gem is the brainchild of friends of ours. A brand new, innovative approach to entertainment in the tiny community of Union on Hood Canal. Let me introduce you to this week’s Hidden Gems of the Pacific Northwest – Hood Canale Beer & Wine Bar.

Welcome to the Grotto
Hood Canale is open for business

Union Washington

If you have never heard of Union Washington on the beautiful Hood Canal, let me tell you a bit about this wonderful, beautiful, (and a bit quirky) hidden gem. Union is an unincorporated area of Mason County on the East and South shores of the Hood Canal near the mouth of the Skokomish River.

First settlers arrived in the late 1800’s. A hotel and sawmill were some of the first commercial operations. Wealthy residents began to grab up property for summer homes and permanent residences and by the 1920’s Union became known as an artistic community.

Hood Canale is across the street from Robin Hood Village Resort

When I was a kid, once or twice a summer we would make our way to Union either before or after we visited Twanoh State Park. We also passed Union on our way to Shelton or hiking in the Olympics. One very memorable Christmas we drove to Alderbrook Inn for Christmas dinner…absolutely unheard of in our family. The Inn has long since been replaced with a beautiful new hotel, grounds, restaurant, and dock….an absolute must visit when in Union.

Fabulous location
Beautifully appointed

Creative Friends

Our friends John and Jolica have long had property in Union and their new endeavor Hood Canale has been a dream for these entrepreneurs. Next to Hood Canale are two waterfront Airbnb cottages recently updated with Jolica’s artistic touch. In addition Jolica Jewels (her real job she says with a grin) has a presence at Hood Canale. John also has a “real” job in the travel industry…but boy these two have so much energy they decided to run a bar and pizza grotto too!

John showing us his pizza skills
Hood Canale owners John & Jolica

Immediate Success

It’s no surprise to me that this Hidden Gems of the Pacific Northwest – Hood Canale Beer & Wine Bar is an immediate success. The space is gorgeous and comfortable. The wine and beer selection is lovely. And the pizza…well, clever and delicious. I wouldn’t expect anything less from this duo.

According to John, the work ethic here is excellence not perfection. But we think the product is pretty close to perfection – and a very authentic Neapolitan style pie. Fresh dough made every 2-3 days, innovative toppings, “New Wine Wednesday” and music twice a week will keep the customers coming.

No two pizza’s are alike
Beautiful Charcuterie
Current menu

In fact locals are flocking to the inviting space and not only to enjoy charcuterie, pizza and drinks, but fun music and events. It has quickly become a gathering place – the hearth of the community. And yet it’s also a perfect stop if you are just passing through – wherever you are on your way to. Stop and say hi, meet the amazing staff and the owners who are hands on. Enjoy some pizza, listen to the lapping water or the fabulous music and take a bottle of wine to go.

The Bar
Incredible wine selection

Stay Tuned

John and Jolica have more plans…this is only the beginning. Great things are happening in little ole Union. You don’t want to miss out!

As of this writing hours are;

Monday 12-8pm Bar and Charcuterie (no pizza)

Tuesday Closed

Wednesday noon-9pm and pizza starts at 5-8pm

Thursday 12-9pm Pizza 5-9pm and music

Friday 12-10pm Pizza 5-9pm

Saturday 12-10pm Pizza 5-9pm and music

Sunday 12-8pm Pizza 4-8pm

but check the website or call as this will change seasonally. The website also has music line up and information about the cottages next door. Hood Canale will be open year around.

Need directions? Click here.

Fantastic local beers from the Pacific Northwest
View from one of the cottages

Hidden Gems of the Pacific Northwest – Hood Canale Beer & Wine Bar

Thanks for reading this week’s Hidden Gems of the Pacific Northwest – Hood Canale Beer & Wine Bar. Check out last week’s Hidden Gems of the Pacific Northwest – Boehm’s Candies. And be sure to come back next week for our Annual Travel Wardrobe post. Always a favorite.

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  • Reply Mia L.

    I loved learning about Union and your personal connection to Hood Canale Beer & Wine Bar! I wish your friends the best of luck—hopefully I can make it to the restaurant whenever I visit the area. Thanks for sharing!

    August 19, 2023 at 7:38 am
  • Reply Lorraine Caputo

    Wow! That place sure is a gem!

    August 19, 2023 at 9:54 am
  • Reply Ella

    This looks like a perfect weekend getaway spot!

    August 19, 2023 at 10:59 am
  • Reply Linda (LD Holland)

    I had not heard about Union or the Hood Canal area before reading this post. We would definitely visit a spot like the Hood Canale Bee & Wine Bar. Especially what we could also get an authentic Neapolitan style pizza!

    August 19, 2023 at 1:11 pm
  • Reply Terri

    Definitely would be my type of bar to visit if I was in this part of the country. Fun!

    August 19, 2023 at 1:49 pm
  • Reply Yemi Edwards

    Wow! This looks like a pure hidden gem! Your friend’s have a great looking place. I had a look at their website. The pizzas look amazing!

    August 19, 2023 at 9:18 pm
  • Reply Nadine

    Sounds like fun!

    August 20, 2023 at 9:41 am
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