Taps: 9 / Bottles: 950
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 118 | Reviews: 104 | Show All Ratings:
3.11/5 rDev -29.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Visited this place about a week ago on vacation in seattle, and i was super excited to finally go into bottleworks. the atmosphere was a little menacing (i guess that's a good word). Lets be real it's dark in there. you have to basically put your face on the glass to see what beers you are looking at. the place did seem clean, and i liked the paintings on the wall. A few guys were in the back when i walked in and they continued talking for a while, but one came up and offered help. he was helpful, and pointed me to some stuff i cant get my hands on in South carolina. the selection was good, but i've been in better stores. the prices were reasonable, and i would definitely shop again if i was in the area but i wouldnt go out of my way for it.
06-01-2011 19:25:36 | More by dbhall
4.04/5 rDev -8.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Eh. For all the hype this place gets, there are certainly better options out there. I haven't experienced the rudeness that some people have mentioned, but it's not exactly a friendly atmosphere either. Selection is good, but nothing spectacular. I didn't see anything here that I couldn't get some place else. Their taps are nice, if you are into that sort of thing. I'm not much of a draft drinker or else I might be more impressed...as they really do get some good stuff here and rotate the taps regularly. Prices are decent...no huge mark ups or anything, and in line with the other stores out there. Overall, it's a good store, and I'd probably hit it up more often if there weren't other stores closer that I preferred.
06-01-2011 08:31:34 | More by atowle25
3.1/5 rDev -30%
quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | $$$$
Bottleworks is fairly local for me and I sometimes pop in, the problem is that the staff there other than Trevor are usually complete dbags. If you go in expecting any help or with any expectation of having a question answered you will be sorely disappointed. This is even the case if you are a somewhat regular and spend a good amount of money here. They don't usually have any of the beers that you could find at the QFC down the street including simple stuff like winter seasonal's. Basically if you want something other than a harder to find import beer you are better off going somewhere else. Occasionally they pull out good stuff from the cellar but those are usually jacked sky high in price. I will say that at least they refrigerate all of their stock which is nice.
01-12-2011 18:38:27 | More by psiweaver
3.1/5 rDev -30%
quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | $$
Wow, what a disappointment this place was. After a killer stop at Full Throttle Bottles, I was expecting to find some great, possibly rarer stuff to supplement my haul. No such luck.
Bottleworks is a decent sized store, pretty much all craft beer. The coolers are unlit, apparently by design, though it makes it very difficult to see what's for sale. This was not much of a problem on my visit since most of the slots in the cases were empty anyway. Nothing particularly special for the out of town shopper. Good size Belgian and German selection in particular, but nothing that is unavailable locally.
There is a growler fill station in the back with about 9 taps. I believe you can have a pint on premises also. I was not greeted, offered assistance, given the raspberry or otherwise given an indication that the staff realized a customer was present so I can not say for sure. They were happier carrying on conversations with each other.
This is not the first beer store or bar or pub I have been to with douchey staff that appears to be coasting on its reputation. But it certainly is one of them.
12-27-2010 15:56:22 | More by sholland119
4.5/5 rDev +1.6%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
Fresh from a visit during their anniversary cellar sale, it's not too hard to call their selection anything less than amazing. Bottleworks IX-XI, Abyss 07, vintage Freds and Adams, 2000 vintage Leviathan and Poseiden from Fish. Other things, sure. They always have an incredible selection of the Belgian styles, a decent German selection, a good amount of barley wines and various other American made styles. A nice representation of the American craft brewing scene that is available out here.
A few tap beers that are always interesting and at least a few are excellent. Service varies, usually people are pretty friendly, I've definitely gotten the cold shoulder a couple times, which is always off-putting, but more times than not, the staff is helpful and they are definitely knowledgeable.
12-21-2010 06:15:00 | More by dragonWhale
5/5 rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I hit Bottleworks 2-3 a week. Shaughn and Trevor are great guys who chat me up when I'm in the mood to chat and leave me alone when I'm in the mood to be left alone.
They nearly always have in stock what I want (when it's available from the brewery and/or distributor) and will get me whatever I want (when they can get it). And because the place is so small, the things they have in stock are gone through rapidly; hence, almost everything is fresh.
The taps in the back make an great place even better. And they know how to fill growlers, which is not always a given.
And for a specialty beer store, the prices are spot on. They can't beat Safeway or QFC on sale prices, but everything else is more than reasonable.
11-11-2010 05:24:03 | More by BuckeyeOne
4.5/5 rDev +1.6%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
I have to say I was a little disappointed on first walking in. The coolers seemed relatively empty and the staff seemed way to0 busy and aloof to deal with me.
Making my way back to the growler station and finding out that they could serve on-premise changed all that ... as did a pint of PtE. With that in my hand, the staff seemed to open up a bit more. That also gave me more time to examine the entire store.
The coolers were actually a bit of a mess and it took me a bit to locate several things I was looking for. There was a good bit of open stock in the middle of the floor to go through as well.
Several nice local finds, but lots of imports here. Lots. Huge Belgian and German sections. For an out-of-towner, that was not too appealing but for a local I can see the draw.
The growler bar was very impressive, with PtE headlining nine taps.
Wish I had this place in NC. Can't wait til we change our laws to allow growler stations.
11-05-2010 01:53:04 | More by beer2day
3/5 rDev -32.3%
quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$
I've been to this place a few times, the previous times I've been here the people were arrogant dicks who couldn't give me the time of day despite my cash in hand. How dare I come in there not knowing everything, eh? Anyway flash forward a year and the guys actually greeted me after I walked in, and actually forced small talk at the check out- so I now give them a 3 for service. The bar in the back is a nice addition for growler fills, selection is a bit limited as far as range of variety, but then again this place isn't too big. It is dimly lit, kind of cramped feeling, in a kind of Pulp Fiction- rapey way. Bottles were decently priced, nothing really wowed me but they had enough for me to paruse; the Cantillon demanded a price, but at least they had it. It is a place I'd probably visit again, but nothing I'd go out of my way to visit.
10-28-2010 02:32:44 | More by youradhere
3.5/5 rDev -21%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
Wow, I've never disagreed with a beerfly grade so much. This place is extremely dark. Yeah, I don't want 150W light bulbs right over the beer, but damn, if there ever was a 'goth' beer shop, this has to be the place. Really dark, everyone seems to be sad and kept to themselves inside, some horrible shitty metal music like those kids would listen to in 8th grade was playing as well. Yeah dude, Rage Against The Three Tier Distribution Machine or something. . .
Selection, well, I made the trip up, stopping in Bend, Portland, Olympia and Federal Way. I spent tons of $ everywhere else. Here, about $15. They just didn't have much that was unique. Sure, the kegs were neat, but I wasn't really eager to listen to someone argue how awesome King Diamond or Stryper is/was. Nobody was a jerk or anything, they just all seemed like someone humped their GF or kicked their dog. And it was a sunny day, in Seattle no less!
Prices were about 10-15% higher than the rest of the PacNW it seemed as well. This place just doesn't deserve an A+. Its worthy and all, but not that worthy. Shitty parking too.
09-22-2010 23:38:00 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.55/5 rDev +2.7%
quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Bottleworks is amazing.
There really isn't much else to say about it. I kind of want to say that I found the selection of craft/micro brews lacking but that would be wrong as the selection is just different. Tons of stuff from the West Coast and North west that I didn't even know where to start. I want to say they may have been running low on stock as some of the cases were a bit bare when I visited however there was still a good amount of beer to be had.
If you know your Belgians and imports, Bottleworks is sure to please as they have tons of stuff, some in multiple vintages. It was to the point that while I consider myself knowledgeable I this I felt lost. Also admirable is the Barleywine case which features a number of barelywines from various breweries in different vintages.
If all this wasn't enough to get you in, then check out the tap list. They have a nice chill tasting area where you can grab a drink or two and motivate yourself for some beer buying. Russian River Publication and Walking Man Cherry Stout were some standouts here, nevermind that I haven't seen them on tap anywhere else.
If you want hard to find, you came to the right place.
09-09-2010 08:42:33 | More by TheStove
Bottleworks in Seattle, WA
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