Food & Drink

The Best Beer Bars in Seattle

Published On 03/19/2014 Published On 03/19/2014
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Brouwer's Cafe/Todd Bradley
Naomi Bishop/Thrillist
Tippe & Drague Alehouse
Chuck's Hop Shop Central District
Beveridge Place Pub/Mark B. Bausche Photography
Jared Adam
Naomi Bishop/Thrillist
Naomi Bishop/Thrillist
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1. The Pine Box 1600 Melrose Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 (Capitol Hill)

The Pine Box, simultaneously cool and a bit creepy given being located in an old mortuary, is more famous for its cocktails than the building's actual history. Here, they always serve a choice of at least two local ciders, along with cocktails, 30-plus taps of extremely well-curated West Coast-heavy brews, fancy brunch, and other delicious bites.

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

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 (Greenwood)

Chuck's Hop shop has over 50 rotating taps, typically divided down the middle between cider and beer, and over 1,000 bottled beers. If you find something you like, kegs and growlers are also available. Come hungry and enjoy the patio while munching from a local food truck with always changing options to choose from.

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

Beveridge Place Pub has a selection of more than 30 brews and ciders, plus friendly bartenders to help you decide which ones to taste. The cozy space is replete with comfy couches, where you can nosh on chessboards and bowls of Goldfish and other salty snacks, or you can sidle up to one of the pool tables or the shuffleboard area. Beveridge doesn’t have a kitchen, but encourages delivery from any of the handful of nearby restaurants, so you can enjoy whatever West Seattle food your heart desires without having to relocate.

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

At The Burgundian Tavern, the maxim "beer is for breakfast" is dutifully maintained, and the power hour specials run Monday through Friday without fail. The always-available selection of craft beers and ciders, as well as the extensive cocktail menu, both stand to prove that no time is a bad time for drinking. Serving AM eats all day, the Tavern is an ideal late brunch spot with plenty of classic American egg dishes featuring utterly Burgundian touches like sour beer vinagrette or bourbon smoked maple syrup. Power hours at the bar include a selection of foods best enjoyed in tandem with copious amounts of alcohol (wings, soft pretzels, steak with beer cheese), and the kitchen stays open until midnight on the weekends. Whether you're looking for fries with fennel-beer-mustard, or a house-curated barrel aged cocktail, The Burgundian offers judgement free indulgence just about all the time.

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

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

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

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.