Taps: 9 / Bottles: 950
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 118 | Reviews: 104 | Show All Ratings:
3.86/5 rDev -12.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
A: A pretty cool vibe. Sordove a place to just hang out free from clowns. Dimly lit which some do not like but I do. It's relaxing and chill.
Q: Top notch. Every beer I have ever picked up was quality. The beers I took home were properly stored and tasted great. The beers I had draft were good as well. No issues.
S: Service is usually average to good(sometimes good). After numerous stops in I am always able to strike convo on beer with the staff and never had terrible service. Somedays are not the best and I have experienced douchiness here from the staff as have many other BA's I. My initial two trips I was let down on service but it was not badI have seen improvements since my first few visits but the inconsistency of service makes me wanna drive cross town or down the road.
S: Not the biggest in Seattle but close. They always have some vintage bwines and I have pulled some mighty bog beers out of here. 2002 Fish BA Leviathan, Vertical Epic 03 ect on top of West Coast staples
F: No try
V: Some beers were well priced and some were a tad expensive. Comparable to anywhere else in the Sound.
01-06-2012 14:41:38 | More by barleywinefiend
4.8/5 rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Cam in here with a fellow BA, I've obviously head of this joint and was excited to get to check it out with a local!
I found some Temptation in bottles and had a glass on tap! We split a bottle of fremont oak aged IPA which was delicious, and they had VE 03.03.03 as well as a few other rarities such as Matt!
The service was great, we chatted with a couple of the guys and they were nice and helpful, the selection was awesome, locals, growlers, vintage stuff and ratities.
It seems like the slection changes a lot from day to day, but it was very impressive!
10-12-2011 01:26:31 | More by kingcrowing
3.79/5 rDev -14.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Found myself in the neighborhood and decided to check this place out.
This place was really dark and a bit uninviting which oddly enough appeals to me.
The service was ok I only had a question about pricing on something and it was answered in a polite informative manner. So nothing to complain about there.
The beer selection seemed fairly large with a pretty good number of vintage beers. I ended up picking up some 2002 Bigfoots. Aside from the vintage stuff there was really nothing special that you couldn't pick up somewhere else.
Overall this place doesn't live up to the hype but it is an excellent place to stop if you are looking for vintage beers.
10-03-2011 03:03:38 | More by beerandcycling88
2.88/5 rDev -35%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | $$
Just visited bottle works this early afternoon. I wanted to see if there was something I'd not be able to get at home. Granted there were a few and I really mean a few, none of which blew my mind. The website says 950 bottles, well maybe yes if you consider a 6pack of the same beer "6 bottles". So that left me a little un-impressed. After stopping at a bar before with an amazing bottle list which weren't available to go I thought the bottle works selection would have been comparable.
I think if you're in the area give it a shot, maybe the selection grows at different times of the year.
09-28-2011 01:33:50 | More by MexicanSkittel
3.94/5 rDev -11.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This one may have the problem have not quite living up to the hype. I had heard a lot about this place, but, while in Seattle had stopped at a few places prior. To be honest, the selection at a smaller, run-of-the-mill store I'd probably not had stopped in if it weren't for a friend's rec, was actually just as good if not a touch better.Bottleworks would be a perfect hangout to drink some beers, as they have taps, and open some bottles and/or trade some shit or bottle share cuz its got that kinda feel. But I was kinda looking for something special, and didn't quite find it. I walked out w/ a bottle of Upright and a couple of Northcoast bottles...Maybe if I was around for their special releases or Cellar deals I'd have more of a "wow" feel for it...but I'm going on my visit...I'd give it another chance though-
09-03-2011 06:51:53 | More by vande
3.5/5 rDev -21%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
Coming from the East Coast, I was really hoping that I could find some of the more hard to find beers from the West Coast. Surprisingly, I'd say about 95% of it, I could get back home. The selection had a few winners, but nothing that grabbed out at me that i NEEDED to have. I still did pick up a number of bottles that aren't available back home: New Belgium, Maui, Cascade, Laurelwood, Freemont, etc. It just wasn't a mindblowing selection, that's all.
Also, the guy working here was very helpful. We explained that we were looking for some beers that weren't available where we were from, and he was fairly knowledagble. Also, when we were looking for a certain Cascade beer, he went into the back to dig up for us.
07-08-2011 15:48:42 | More by reymic
2.33/5 rDev -47.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | $$
While on Seattle for the weekend I was looking forward to browsing the selection in this place. My first stop was Brouwers, but I had to pass as I had my family with me and they had no desire to wait while I had a beer.
Walling into this dungeon, you have to give your eyes some time to adjust to the minimal lighting. I realize protecting beer from light is important, but without a flashlight, I truly couldn't see what bottle I was looking at without taking it out of the cooler.
It was great to see (or not see) moat of the beers in coolers. But selection and lighting need to improve.
Maybe the clerk was having a bad day or didn't like that I was from Portland, but he was honestly no more help than a clerk selling chips and sigs at your corner market. I told Jim o was from Portland and I was interested in offerings that I couldn't get there. His first response is "I don't know what you get". I'm just a beer geek that doesn't work at a beer store and I can name several things that are not offered in Portland. If you work at a beer store, at least you should know something about distro, especially when you're close to Portland.
Selection was minimal at best. Their website says something like 950 beers. I didn't count them, but this seems to be a stretch. There are Fred Meyer stores in Portland with a better selection. There were several bottles of Epic 03 for $75, but I could find everything else at local grocery stores. I didn't look at the tap list as I wasn't able to stay and enjoy a beer so I cannot comment on this aspect.
Overall, the hype of this place probably contributed to it's letdown. Aside from the Epic 03, I could find anything in this store around town, and there were very few things I couldn't get in Portland aside for some Lost Abbey and a couple local breweries. Makes me happy to live in Portland.
06-25-2011 03:23:04 | More by black13
3.56/5 rDev -19.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I was pretty disappointed in this place, maybe it was because my expectations were too high or maybe it was because it seemed cleaned out due to beer week. Not much hear that I could not grab in SD or online. I grabbed a few left hand iteams as well as some Seattle locals but nothing that blew me out of the water. There Belgian selection was average at best and I was told by an employee that cantillon and fantome have not been distributed in the state in over a year. They had an 03 03 03 chillin in the cold box with all the other stone stuff, $75, which for that bottle isn't that bad IMO. That was the only rare bottle I saw. I enjoyed the fact that there is some tap lines there, had some le terrior
06-19-2011 02:51:56 | More by GradyS1
4.4/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Dropped in on a Saturday morning over Memorial Day weekend. Located on a street with lots of other little shops and restaurants, looks like a fun little neighborhood. Not a very big place at all. When I first walked it seemed a little dark but oce my eyes adjusted it had a deent feel to the place. I am always a fan of beercentric and beer only stores and this is certainly one of those. Small bar in the back that had 6 or so taps. Lots of Hair of the Dog and a few other miscellaneous.
Coolers line both walls and a few other random displays sitting around. Great selection of Washington and Oregon stuff; I certainly got my NW hops fix on the trip. Random gems sitting around as well; Lost Abbey Deliverance; RR Salvation; Stone VE 03.03.03. Cetainly had a nice mix of things. The section of Belgians was real nice as well' picked up a couple of gueuzes I had not tried before.
While it didnt quite live up to the hype that i had built for it, it certainly didnt dissapoint either. A great store with quite the selection and certainly a must stop if you are ever in Seattle.
06-06-2011 19:13:52 | More by ckeegan04
4.08/5 rDev -7.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
June 2, 2011
A: Dark (I'm assuming so the beers don't skunk). Not a real inviting place. Kinda an old cabin feel.
Q: Had some quality bottled beers and their selection of taps (rotating), although I only tried one, seemed to be quality selections. Featured Hair Of The Dog Brewery. Prices on the beers were haphazardly stuck under the beers, some to the side and some above. More than once I could not find the price and ended up finding in the bottom of the cooler.
Ser: We were greeted as we walked in. Told that if we have any questions just ask. When I couldn't find a price on a beer the lady went right over to the computer or register and looked it up for me.
Sel: Had 9 different beers on tap. 4 or 5 were from Hair Of The Dog Brewery. Seemed to feature barley wines. Could of had something on tap from each style of beer. No porter's, stout's, blonde's, or Hefe's on tap. Say's on the website they have 950 different beers. Well they definitely have a LOT of beers but didn't seem like 950. Maybe it was. Dominantly featured Washington breweries (no surprise). Would've liked to see a bigger selection of beers that you won't ever find in a regular store.
V: All the beers that they have that I have seen at the U Village QFC or another store were mostly cheaper here. I don't think any were more expensive.
06-06-2011 03:55:56 | More by doughanson78
Bottleworks in Seattle, WA
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