Seattle lets the rest of world think this town is all about coffee, when really, we’re just hoarding the good stuff for ourselves: beer. With new breweries opening every day and the best beers from around the country coming in, drinking needs to be done at a bar where they know their wit from their weisse and can break down the difference among 27 different Northwest IPAs. So before you head out for a hop fix, check our guide to the best beer bars in town.
The Best Beer Bars in Seattle
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...well... killer flavor.
All of Beacon Hill cheered when Tippe & Drague opened. Finally, a beer bar in a part of town that is in need of about 17 more. It’s even better than it needs to be, given the lack of competition, keeping a funky collection of local beers from big guys (Full Sail) to nano-breweries so small you’ve never even heard of them -- yet.
Opened by a guy named Stan (kidding, it's Chuck) in what used to be (and sort of 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, as well as a handful of tables, outside.
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.
Opened by a pair of nature- and each other-lovers (she's a lawyer, he was an outfitter at REI), this bar 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.
Presumably named for what you'll be doing once you leave, and also for the guys 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.
The 45-seater is living up to its name (it's owned by the guys behind The Dray, who simply turned the name around) by adding 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.
When pouring from a selection of 64 taps and 300 bottles, it's possible to cover everything from obscure Belgians (their specialty) to tiny cask pours of local IPAs. The food kicks ass, and it’s at its best on the special pairing menus they do for tasting nights, when brewers come through to shoot the shit about their beers and answer questions while you drink.
This former parking lot nails the most important feature of a beer garden: a sweet mural of intoxicated walruses (walrusi?). But if you get bored of that, try out a game of ‘Washers’ (think cornhole with smaller pieces). It’s the perfect way to waste away the ever -- accompanied by the tap list split between Naked City’s own delicious brews and other top craft beers.
The Beer Junction is actually a beer store in West Seattle with 37 taps (organized by style: “odd and delicious” or “on the dark side”) from which they will fill your glass. There are seats here, but they’re rarely in use. Why sit when you can walk around and browse the 1,300 bottles that are on display in the fridges that line the hallway of the store?
1. The Pine Box1600 Melrose Ave, Seattle
2. Tippe & Drague Alehouse3315 Beacon Ave S, Seattle
3. Chuck's Hop Shop656 NW 85th St, Seattle
4. Beveridge Place Pub6413 California Ave SW, Seattle
5. The Burgundian Tavern2253 N 56th St, Seattle
6. The Noble Fir5316 Ballard Ave, Seattle
7. Stumbling Monk1635 E Olive Way, Seattle
8. The Yard Cafe8313 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle
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.
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".
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.
Beveridge Place Pub has a selection of 36 taps of brews and ciders, with friendly bartenders to help you decide which ones to taste. This place is replete with comfy couches and chessboards, pool tables, shuffleboard, plus bowls of Goldfish and other salty snacks. It 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.
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.
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).
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.