Taps: 9 / Bottles: 950
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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4.15/5 rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Considering how highly this place is rated, and considering the rave reviews for this place, I guess I was expecting something a bit more impressive.
Bottleworks is literally a hole in the wall beer store, located in the GreenLake area of town. I used to stay at a now defunct hotel right off of I-5 on N. 45th street years ago and never knew the place existed. That's how small this place is; it's the kind of place you really have to be looking for or you likely won't notice it.
As for the selection here, it's undeniably decent, but I'd hardly describe it as huge. There are roughly 6 or 7 wall racks of beer, all of which are (thankfully) refrigerated. There are also a few unrefrigerated beer displays sitting out. The store is housed in a long, dark, narrow room, and it can start to feel a bit crowded if there are more then 3 or 4 customer around. On the positive side, there is no "crap" sold in this store, with the selection devoted to local West Coast craft beer and a few Belgiums, German and English beers. Prices seemed reasonable to me and the staff working here really know their stuff.
This is a pretty good place, but IMO it really doesn't compare selection-wise to the better places I'm accustomed to in Portland (John's Market and Belmont Station). It's the sort of place I might go to find some small distribution Seattle brewery beers, and I'd go here for that, but otherwise this place is hardly anything special. Maybe I was expecting too much...
Edit: Have been back several times since, and really feel as if the addition of several tap lines has improved this place signficantly. It's now often possible to peruse the aisles while enjoying a glass of Elder or some other excellent NW IPA, and certainly that ain't no bad thing. Still wish they had a better bottle selection than what's available though...
01-03-2008 16:12:34 | More by johnmichaelsen
3.86/5 rDev -12.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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
4.85/5 rDev +9.5%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
christ, this is one of those places
You read all the reviews, soak in the hype, and prepare expectations. You enter the store and immediately think "gee, this is pretty small". You begin to browse and quickly realize you could spend your life savings in about 5 minutes.
There were tons of bombers from the northwest and beyond with a decent belgian selection (though not quite what i can find in chicago). Most of the beer was quite unknown to me as the best of the NW stays in the NW. My girlfriend impulse bought the Lazy Boy Belgian Ale because she liked the label. I scooped a Lost Abbey 10 Commandments, Ninkasi Tricerahops, and 2004 Elysian Cyclops. There were maybe 5 Lost Abbey 750's, some port (hop 15, double red, sharkbite, old viscosity, maybe another), a variety of Full Sail and all the Washington breweries. Russian River Damnation and Pliny the Elder were available
All prices were fair and the staff was very cool and friendly. Beer is treated with great respect here so there is no quality control issue to worry about.
10-06-2008 18:15:32 | More by dirtylou
4.5/5 rDev +1.6%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I've made a couple of trips to Bottleworks while in Seattle in business. Unfortunately I never seem to hit them when they have any Pliny.
They have a very good selection and while I've seen a few better, I can't think of one that keeps as much of its stock refrigerated. They have a huge selection of Belgian and European beer. If they have a weakness, it's in the number of Northwest beers. I didn't think there were enough IPAs or DIPAs; certainly not as many as I've seen in stores down in Portland.
I don't think it's quite the A+ it's rated at but Bottleworks should definitely be commended for the quality and the way they treat their beer.
04-29-2009 00:34:30 | More by GJ40
3.1/5 rDev -30%
quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | $$
Wow, what a disappointment this place was. After a killer stop at Full Throttle Bottles, I was expecting to find some great, possibly rarer stuff to supplement my haul. No such luck.
Bottleworks is a decent sized store, pretty much all craft beer. The coolers are unlit, apparently by design, though it makes it very difficult to see what's for sale. This was not much of a problem on my visit since most of the slots in the cases were empty anyway. Nothing particularly special for the out of town shopper. Good size Belgian and German selection in particular, but nothing that is unavailable locally.
There is a growler fill station in the back with about 9 taps. I believe you can have a pint on premises also. I was not greeted, offered assistance, given the raspberry or otherwise given an indication that the staff realized a customer was present so I can not say for sure. They were happier carrying on conversations with each other.
This is not the first beer store or bar or pub I have been to with douchey staff that appears to be coasting on its reputation. But it certainly is one of them.
12-27-2010 15:56:22 | More by sholland119
4.93/5 rDev +11.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
Has a dark gothic almost feeling that you would expect out of a place in Seattle. Had very good selection, and the Bottleworks Cascade release was available. For top shelf hard to find items this seemed to be the place to visit. Spend a few hundred dollars in a matter of minutes. What more needs to be said that hasn't been said already.... well they did give me a free shirt and stickers that I didn't know about until I got back to Nebraska.
10-17-2013 10:05:45 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
3.5/5 rDev -21%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
Wow, I've never disagreed with a beerfly grade so much. This place is extremely dark. Yeah, I don't want 150W light bulbs right over the beer, but damn, if there ever was a 'goth' beer shop, this has to be the place. Really dark, everyone seems to be sad and kept to themselves inside, some horrible shitty metal music like those kids would listen to in 8th grade was playing as well. Yeah dude, Rage Against The Three Tier Distribution Machine or something. . .
Selection, well, I made the trip up, stopping in Bend, Portland, Olympia and Federal Way. I spent tons of $ everywhere else. Here, about $15. They just didn't have much that was unique. Sure, the kegs were neat, but I wasn't really eager to listen to someone argue how awesome King Diamond or Stryper is/was. Nobody was a jerk or anything, they just all seemed like someone humped their GF or kicked their dog. And it was a sunny day, in Seattle no less!
Prices were about 10-15% higher than the rest of the PacNW it seemed as well. This place just doesn't deserve an A+. Its worthy and all, but not that worthy. Shitty parking too.
09-22-2010 23:38:00 | More by Beerandraiderfan
5/5 rDev +12.9%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
The rumors are true. This is a world-class place to buy beer. My first impression of Bottleworks was kind of funny. I walked in and started browsing, but had to promptly step out and trade in my sunglasses for my regular specs. The place is a bit dark inside. No doubt the subdued lighting is for the benefit of the beer. Now thats a great idea.
The selection was fabulous. Im accustomed to shopping in the better beer stores in Portland, but was quite impressed with the selection of Washington state beers that dont make it south of the Columbia River. There was also a decent selection of meads, ciders, barleywines, and pretty much anything you might care to drink from around the world. They also sell chocolate and a wide array of glassware. Most of their beer is refrigerated.
This is a fairly small store in terms of square footage. But the floor space is optimized and the smallness of the place assures attentive service. I found the staff to be knowledgeable and helpful. They pay attention to details such as stocking beers from the back of the shelf outwards to assure good turnover and fresh product. Prices were fair market value. Really couldnt ask for more.
04-26-2005 07:28:31 | More by RedDiamond
4.65/5 rDev +5%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5
Thanks to RoyalT for taking me to this beer Mecca. A small storefront on a fairly minor street somewhere outside the center of Seattle masks an awesome collection of beers available for purchase. The inside, not much bigger than a 20 foot container, really, is dark and packed full. All of the walls are lined with coolers with beers perched above, while more beers are stacked on shelves in the middle. It's hard to move in the narrow aisles, and sometimes hard to see the labels in the dark, but, man, they've got a lot of good stuff. They even had several brews from Russia's Baltika line, as well as many other imports. The strength of this place, however, is in brews from the Pacific Northwest, sorted by style rather than brewery. Hundreds of choices to make, but nary a bad one in the lot. Only down side? No Westvertieren products (but plenty of other Belgians). U.S. beers from east of the Mississippi were also rare, although I did spot a Dogfish Head product. The staff was friendly and helpful. If I lived in Seattle, I'd be here regularly. Moscow needs a place like this..
06-25-2004 07:30:37 | More by Globetrotter
5/5 rDev +12.9%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Best beer store around. Bar none. I have found others that are good... but this is the best.
Selection is incredible, especially for such a small place. All the beer is refridgerated, and the selection is well sorted so it's easier to find the region or style you are looking for.
The owner is great, was always a good guy to talk to about beer, music, whatever. The other employees I have ran into there were always helpful too.
This is a place I make sure to visit everytime I make it back to Seattle.
07-29-2006 19:26:35 | More by flexabull
Bottleworks in Seattle, WA
98 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.