Along with a few other hiker friendly establishments in the state, Next Door Gastropub was featured in the July & August 2015 publication of Washington Trails Magazine. We feel honored to be recognized as a popular post-hike watering hole and food stop!
The Annual Best Towns contest put on by Outside Magazine each year has brought a little piece of fame to little ole PA–that’s what the OGs call Port Angeles by the way. As a wildcard entry into the contest, Port Angeles took the nation by storm and ended up in the championship round with Chattanooga, TN–a pretty cool “big” town we’d say. Although PA ended up coming in second to Chattanooga, we were all just super honored to be there!
Co-Owner of Next Door, Jacob Oppelt, took the competition to a level it’s never been before when he made a spectacular video outlining all the cool things you could do in PA in one single day. The video went viral on Facebook within hours which inspired him to travel to Chattanooga in the final days of the contest to make a similar video of all the fun things you can do there in a single day. With money raised by fellow excited citizens, he and business partner Justin Tognoni jumped on a last minute flight to Tennessee to challenge Chattanooga in a positive way. The two boys really took to Chattanooga and you could say Chattanooga took to them as well.
“The people of Chattanooga really embraced the video project and reached out to us in ways we couldn’t imagine while visiting their town,” says Jake. “We were called by local radio stations, taken on some super fun excursions and really just treated like we were in the contest with them instead of against them.”
Because of the Best Towns Contest 2015, Port Angeles has already gotten some extra tourist attention. Local business have seen business increase as high as 30% in some cases in July and August.
“Any exposure is great exposure for a small town economically,” says another Co-Owner of Next Door Gastropub Angela Oppelt, “but what coming in 2nd in this contest did–and moreover what my brother Jacob did with his videos–was shine a positive light on the people of PA. It really is a testament to the spirit of the Northwest and what we are allabout up here. We might be second best in an annual contest, but in our minds we’re in the best small town every morning we wake up.”
Check out the videos below and most importantly…get OUTSIDE!!
Each year the Peninsula Daily News holds a “Best of Clallam County” contest where locals vote on their favorites in numerous categories. This year Next Door is so proud to have collected 5 of these 1st Place awards–which is a personal best!
Thank you Clallam County for voting us Best Cold Beer, Best Happy Hour, Best French Fries, Best Burger and the coveted Best Fish and Chips!
Need a gift for a beer drinker you know?? Or a cold one to-go for yourself?? The Next Door Annex is now open for growler fills and more! Come by and check out our extensive bottle selection as well as all of our Next Door Gastropub merchandise and gifty things!
Robert Sarazin Blake, now more commonly known by his middle name and surname, Sarazin Blake, is an American singer-songwriter hailing from Bellingham, WA. Sarazin Blake is generally considered a folk musician, though his music incorporates elements of traditional Celtic songwriters, modern punk rock, country and blues all blended together with a heavy dose of improvisation.
Robert Sarazin Blake will be returning to the Olympic Peninsula to play Saturday night at The Pour House in Port Townsend and then again on Sunday evening at Next Door Gastropub. Both are FREE shows although gratuities for the musician are much appreciated!
Sunday, December 7th * 5pm * next door gastropub * 113 W First St Ste A * FREE
Next Door Gastropub will be closing to the public on Saturday, December 13th from 4pm-9pm in order to host Air Flo Heating Co’s Annual Holiday Company Party. We will re-open with a limited food menu and full cocktail service at 9pm following the festivities. Cheers!
Next Door has a few projects on the horizon! We’ll be knockin’ down storage walls and building more cooler space to aid in service in the years to come. We expect to be closed for a mere 3 days (December 16th-18th) assuming all goes according to plan…
Next Door Gastropub is very Proud to be hosting Tom Segura Wednesday, March 5 at our 2nd annual Comedy Night! Tickets are on sale now on location. $5o get you in for the show and also includes a 3 course, chef prepared prime rib dinner. You don’t want to miss this event!!
Tom Segura is a comedian originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, though he was raised in too many places to list. His television credits include Conan, Comedy Central Presents (half-hour special), Showtimes’ Russell Peters Presents, and Live at Gotham! When he’s not on tour Tom continues to perform at the top comedy festivals in the world, including Montreal’s Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, The Melbourne International Comedy Festival, The Comedy Festival – Las Vegas, The South Beach Comedy Festival, and The Global Comedy Festival in Vancouver. Tom also regularly appears on syndicated radio shows The Bob and Tom Show and The Jim Rome show. Additionally, his noted podcast, Your Mom’s House can be heard weekly at YourMomsHousePodcast.com. Tom’s debut album Thrilled is available on iTunes and Amazon.com