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These are Seattle's 8 best beer bars

In a suds-crazy city like Seattle, it's easy to make bad decisions about where to drink, especially if you think having shloads of taps, or even just, like, Mac & Jack's, is all it takes to be a sweet beer bar. Sure, pouring a few of these brews helps, but is it enough? Find out in our definitive guide to Seattle's best beer destinations...

Naomi Bishop
Best Beer Church: The Pine Box
Capitol Hill
Fine, it's actually the old funeral home that used to house Chapel, but this 120-seater takes a pretty worshipful approach to the 30+ brews on tap, some of which they pour through a flavor-infusing filter, giving them a really... um, killer flavor.
Best (Only?) Beer Spot In SW Seattle: Tippe & Drague Alehouse
Beacon Hill
The cozy spot is even better than it needs to be, given the lack of competition, with a ton of vintage/reclaimed touches (a bar built from old doors, a slew of antique photos, a working grandfather clock...), and a promise to serve "no crap on tap".
Naomi Bishop
Best Place To Drink With Your Dog: Chuck’s Hop Shop
Greenwood
Opened by a guy named... waitforit... Chuck in what used to be (and sorta still is) a convenience store, this beer shop/bar boasts a constantly updated, color-coded electronic menu board inside and a constantly rotating array of food trucks (and a handful of tables) outside.
Beveridge Place Pub
Best Place To Play Games: Beveridge Place Pub
West Seattle
Drinking at West Seattle’s Beveridge Place is just like drinking at home -- if your house has 36 beers on tap and 150 different bottles in the fridge, a living room strewn with comfy couches, and a rec room packed with darts, foosball, TV, pool tables, etc.
Best Breakfast: The Burgundian Tavern
Tangletown
Opened by the people behind another pretty sweet beer bar, Brouwer’s Café, this Tangletown spot's got an incredibly solid beer list, (Ninkasi, Fremont Brewing, etc.), next-level pub fare, and -- best of all -- it serves its unbeatable fried chicken & waffles and other breakfast options all day.
The Noble Fir
Most Northwest-y: The Noble Fir
Ballard
Opened by a pair of nature- and each other-lovers (she's a lawyer, he was an outfitter at REI), this drinkery aims to bring the outdoors to you via a large selection of beers/wines made from "some of the best things the NW has to offer" (hops, barley, places that aren't Portland), in an un-fussy wood-heavy space that's even got an over-sized booth stuffed with guide books and laminated trail maps.
Naomi Bishop
Strongest Beers: The Stumbling Monk
Capitol Hill
Presumably named for what you'll be doing once you leave, and also for the dudes making what you'll be drinking while you're there, the Stumbling Monk is the single-best place in this craft beer-crazy city to score Belgian-inspired brews... but not food, or music, or anything else, really.
Naomi Bishop
Best (Literal) Beer Garden: The Yard Cafe
Greenwood
The 45-seater is living up to its name (it's owned by the dudes behind The Dray, who simply turned the name around) by adding three feet or so of room for the same number in its fire/space-heated front "yard", where not only do they grow hops, but also serve hoppy Northwest IPAs that go surprisingly well with their line-up of Mexi-eats.
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1. The Pine Box 1600 Melrose Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

Opened in the old funeral home that used to house Chapel, this 120-seater's pouring the same number of beers Larry Bird probably drank with Wade Boggs every night after a victory (33) in a vaulted space decked w/ a U-shaped bar built using shelves that held ashes from the crematorium, and a poster in memory of Bruce Lee, whose funeral was held there in '73.

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2. Tippe & Drague Alehouse 3315 Beacon Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

Tippe & Drague has a light-rail-convenient location, vintage/reclaimed touches (a bar built from old doors, a slew of antique photos, a working grandfather clock...), and a promise to serve "no crap on tap".

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3. Chuck's Hop Shop 656 NW 85th St, Seattle, WA 98117

This beer garden-meets-pub-meets-ice cream parlor is right up anyone's alley who's looking to make their own beer float. Even if that's not allowed, go and indulge in some of the tastiest food trucks that are lined up outside constantly.

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4. Beveridge Place Pub 6413 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98136

With lots of on-tap brew options and a solid offering of pub food, Beveridge hits all the right spots.

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5. The Burgundian Tavern 2253 N 56th St, Seattle, WA 98103

Though some of Coughlin's lesser-known laws -- like only play basketball with Tom Cruise -- are pretty hard to follow, the dude behind this spare, wood-heavy brew-slinger's had no problem taking the maxim "beer is for breakfast" to heart by pairing a schton of craft suds with an all-day menu of AM eats.

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6. The Noble Fir 5316 Ballard Ave, Seattle, WA 98119

Opened by a pair of nature and each other lovers (she's a lawyer, he was an outfitter at REI), this drinkery aims to bring the outdoors to you via a large selection of beers/wines made from "some of the best things the NW has to offer" (hops, barley, etc).

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7. Stumbling Monk 1635 E Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98122

Presumably named for what you'll be doing once you leave, and also for the dudes making what you'll be drinking while you're there, the Stumbling Monk is the single best place in this craft beer crazy city to score Belgian-inspired brews.

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8. The Yard Cafe 8313 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

This low-ceiling'd wood-heavy 45-seater is living up to its name with its fire/space-heated front "yard", and supplementing its cafe area.

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