Taps: 9 / Bottles: 950
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 119 | Reviews: 104 | Show All Ratings:
2.33/5 rDev -47.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | $$
While on Seattle for the weekend I was looking forward to browsing the selection in this place. My first stop was Brouwers, but I had to pass as I had my family with me and they had no desire to wait while I had a beer.
Walling into this dungeon, you have to give your eyes some time to adjust to the minimal lighting. I realize protecting beer from light is important, but without a flashlight, I truly couldn't see what bottle I was looking at without taking it out of the cooler.
It was great to see (or not see) moat of the beers in coolers. But selection and lighting need to improve.
Maybe the clerk was having a bad day or didn't like that I was from Portland, but he was honestly no more help than a clerk selling chips and sigs at your corner market. I told Jim o was from Portland and I was interested in offerings that I couldn't get there. His first response is "I don't know what you get". I'm just a beer geek that doesn't work at a beer store and I can name several things that are not offered in Portland. If you work at a beer store, at least you should know something about distro, especially when you're close to Portland.
Selection was minimal at best. Their website says something like 950 beers. I didn't count them, but this seems to be a stretch. There are Fred Meyer stores in Portland with a better selection. There were several bottles of Epic 03 for $75, but I could find everything else at local grocery stores. I didn't look at the tap list as I wasn't able to stay and enjoy a beer so I cannot comment on this aspect.
Overall, the hype of this place probably contributed to it's letdown. Aside from the Epic 03, I could find anything in this store around town, and there were very few things I couldn't get in Portland aside for some Lost Abbey and a couple local breweries. Makes me happy to live in Portland.
06-25-2011 03:23:04 | More by black13
2.88/5 rDev -35%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | $$
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
2.9/5 rDev -34.5%
quality: 3.5 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | $$$$
I just moved to Seattle from Portland and was excited to check out Bottleworks. I hoped it would be as great as Belmont Station or John's Market in Portland. My hopes were crushed.
First, it's very dark inside and hard to see the products. I understand that light damages beer, but it's just too dark and dingy inside to be inviting. Plus, the selection, while decent, isn't as expansive as it's touted on the store's website.
The store also advertises its beer as properly chilled, but after a ten minute walk on a relatively cool day, my beer was warm.
I bought a six pack of Caldera Pale Ale in cans, which cost me $11.40 plus tax. In Portland, I could get the same beer at the local grocery chain for $9 plus deposit. Whole foods carries it for about $10. It's too expensive at Bottleworks.
Finally, the customer service was lacking. There were four people chatting in the back near the taps. This went on for awhile as I shopped. No one acknowledged me as I walked in the store. I had to go around one worker who was blocking a cooler. No acknowledgment. No "hello". I waited at the front to pay as the workers continued chatting in the back. I was going to give it another minute before walking out, leaving all my products on the counter, when a clerk, who was friendly, finally came up and apologized for my wait. Apparently they were chatting with a distributor. I've worked in customer service before and was taught to always acknowledge a customer. That the workers at Bottleworks chose to chat with a distributor rather than acknowledge and help a customer shows who they value more.
I will not be returning to Bottleworks.
08-21-2010 19:27:43 | More by giantsequoia
3/5 rDev -32.3%
quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$
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
3.1/5 rDev -30%
quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | $$
Wow, what a disappointment this place was. After a killer stop at Full Throttle Bottles, I was expecting to find some great, possibly rarer stuff to supplement my haul. No such luck.
Bottleworks is a decent sized store, pretty much all craft beer. The coolers are unlit, apparently by design, though it makes it very difficult to see what's for sale. This was not much of a problem on my visit since most of the slots in the cases were empty anyway. Nothing particularly special for the out of town shopper. Good size Belgian and German selection in particular, but nothing that is unavailable locally.
There is a growler fill station in the back with about 9 taps. I believe you can have a pint on premises also. I was not greeted, offered assistance, given the raspberry or otherwise given an indication that the staff realized a customer was present so I can not say for sure. They were happier carrying on conversations with each other.
This is not the first beer store or bar or pub I have been to with douchey staff that appears to be coasting on its reputation. But it certainly is one of them.
12-27-2010 15:56:22 | More by sholland119
3.1/5 rDev -30%
quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | $$$$
Bottleworks is fairly local for me and I sometimes pop in, the problem is that the staff there other than Trevor are usually complete dbags. If you go in expecting any help or with any expectation of having a question answered you will be sorely disappointed. This is even the case if you are a somewhat regular and spend a good amount of money here. They don't usually have any of the beers that you could find at the QFC down the street including simple stuff like winter seasonal's. Basically if you want something other than a harder to find import beer you are better off going somewhere else. Occasionally they pull out good stuff from the cellar but those are usually jacked sky high in price. I will say that at least they refrigerate all of their stock which is nice.
01-12-2011 18:38:27 | More by psiweaver
3.11/5 rDev -29.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
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
3.21/5 rDev -27.5%
vibe: 1 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Dark is an understatement for this place. Not a cheerful place to hang about in or browse, particularly with heavy metal blaring in the background. You can't read the labels or the tags unless you're 3 inches from the glass. Prices are reasonable except some of the aged beers. I actually expected a little more of a selection. There were a lot of European beers but otherwise there was a lot of empty space but certainly not much more than my local bottle shops. A couple of interesting beers on tap to try but I really didn't feel like staying. So unless I'm looking for a rare or aged beer I really won't be stopping here again anytime soon.
06-27-2012 00:15:00 | More by Bfarr
3.3/5 rDev -25.5%
quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | $$
This is from notes taken on 10/23.
I was eager to hit thos place up because I had heard so much about it. Coming from the East Coast and having a limited amount of spce in my luggage to take bottles home I knew that I had to make wise selections.
As you walk in the register is to your right, past that are rows of coolers that end at the back of the shop. On the left hand side in the back is a 'bar' where they had 5 taps on. On average the plce is a good size and I could tell that they only catered to quality beer, however there were alot of missing and empty spaces. I chalked that up to it being a Friday and maybe them having a run during the week. What they did however was pretty solid. Stuff from Cali, Oregon and Washington took up a lot of the coolers up front, all in signels which was a definate plus. The imports were closer to the back alongside a really awesome cooler that housed vintage stuff. This place had some good points and not so good points. The good stuff was the apparent selection of both craft and vintage stuff, and the taps that looked like they could fill growlers as well. I ended up buying 2 bottles of Midnight Sun Bersker and 2 SN Bigfoot 02's. I was really psyched about finding those as I am trying to fill in some Bigfoot years.
The bad stuff however left a more lasting impression. First off the staff hardly even bothered to look up as I walked in, looked arouind or even paid. Maybe it was my lack of 'cool' dress but they gave the impression that they were too cool for school. I was hoping to ask some questions but decided against it after checking out the attitudes on display. Secondly was the above mentioned lack of selection. Like I said I went on a Fri so I can see why they might be a little low however it was UW homecoming and this is Seattle so in my opinion that trumps the day of the week.
Because Seattle is such a big beer town and I can only make it up there once a year I probably will not be frequenting this place again and will either try some place else or go back to stores that I have been to and know what to expect from them.
10-27-2009 20:18:46 | More by cbros
New Brunswick (Canada)
3.4/5 rDev -23.3%
quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$$
I have to mostly agree with the recent review by cbros of Bottleworks. I, too, came here expecting so much after all I've read about the place; I guess it's inevitable that I was to be disappointed.
Lots of great beers, but lots of empty spaces. I had no problem finding stuff to buy to take to the hotel room to drink over the next few days, but there were several good beers they didn't have that I was easily able to find at other beer stores. And the staff was quite dismissive... they blared their music while we shopped, but never offered to help, other than getting us a beer on tap when we approached the bar.
My other real complaint is concerning the prices. I checked my receipt after we left the store (unfortunately); there were many beers that didn't match up with the prices advertised on the coolers... some were cheaper, some more expensive. Not a big deal as I'm sure it evened out, but I would expect a little more consistency at a place that seems to pride itself on its service and selection.
Don't get me wrong, still an awesome beer store. But I think I preferred 99 Bottles in Federal Way.
10-29-2009 19:43:30 | More by berley31
Bottleworks in Seattle, WA
98 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.