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Bottleworks

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

146 Ratings
Ratings: 146
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 12.19%
Taps: 9
Bottles: 950
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Store ]

1710 N 45th St
Ste 3
Seattle, Washington, 98103-6855
United States
phone: (206) 633-2437

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @bottleworks

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Photo of black13
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.

Photo of MexicanSkittel
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.

Photo of giantsequoia
2.9/5  rDev -34.5%

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.

Photo of youradhere
3/5  rDev -32.3%

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.

Photo of Caleb
3/5  rDev -32.3%

Photo of sholland119
3.1/5  rDev -30%

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.

Photo of psiweaver
3.1/5  rDev -30%

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.

Photo of dbhall
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.

Photo of Bfarr
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.

Photo of cbros
3.3/5  rDev -25.5%

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.

Photo of berley31
3.4/5  rDev -23.3%

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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev -21%

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.

Photo of reymic
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.

Photo of livingregret
3.5/5  rDev -21%

--Having just heard about this store yesterday, I decided to embark on a epic 1 hour drive to check the place out.I am quite pleased I made this journey. Upon arriving I noticed the place was indeed dark and kept at a nice cool temperature for all of the drinks. When you enter you also can't help but notice the large amount of different beers they had available. Unfortunately for me, many of the drinks I came in to find were sold out. Staff was quick to make recommendations for other drinks I might enjoy. Staff could also easily point where any drink you named was at, which made it a nice smooth experience.
In terms of pricing it was fairly reasonable for what I could normally expect to pay online. The plus side was is that it is cheaper than paying S&H. I will be making another trek a bit later to explore all of the drinks I have yet to try

Edit: I'm actually editing my review after making another stop to the store. Once again a good amount of the drinks that I was looking for was sold out, which is not there fault. But they also weren't aware of when new stock(or what I was looking for) would be coming back although they were pretty common international drinks and they even carried posters for them. So w/ that in mind I decided to change up my review some

Photo of GradyS1
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

Photo of beerandcycling88
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.

Photo of kamikazeokami
3.79/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.25 | selection: 4.75

Great selection of beers. Naturally lots of fremont brewing stuff. However, the guy working the counter (was wearing glasses) was terribly dismissive and just not a pleasure to speak to.

Photo of barleywinefiend
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.

Photo of dnichols
3.9/5  rDev -12%

I have visited the store twice after learning about it via the website. The web site does not adequately inform regarding current availability and price of products, however, it does provide a decent understanding of the breath of options you are likely to encounter. The store was easy to find and when I was there parking was adequate. The limited hours is a bit of a hassle (noon to 8 or 9 pm) but once I knew the limitation I was able to plan my schedule around the business hours. The staff was extremely friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. I bought a decent quantity of beer and that may have increased the attentiveness of the staff but I did feel welcomed from the moment I entered the store.

Photo of vande
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-

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

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Bottleworks in Seattle, WA
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