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Brouwer's Cafe

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95
world-class

97 Reviews
Reviews: 97
Visits: 142
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: n/a
Taps: 64
Bottles: 300
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

400 N 35th St
Seattle, Washington, 98103-8607
United States
phone: (206) 267-2437

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Reviews: 97 | Visits: 142
Reviews by benito:
Photo of benito
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Brouwer's is easily one of the three or four best beer bars I've visited in the US.

It looks and feels a bit like a medieval castle--dimly lit, lots of black, gray and silver, a second floor that hoops around the first (where the nobility might have sat), and an elevated seating area at the far end of the bar (also where nobility might have sat). You might call this all affected or goth, but I think they're going for something more that recalls the pubs of pre-modern Europe, where beer was sustenance and sociability.

The beer selection is, not surprisingly, overwhelming. They have the taps divided into US and Belgian offerings, and have about thirty of each. I ordered Russian River's Deviation--brewed for Bottleworks and Brouwer's, exclusively, which was served in a nice chalice; Snoqualamie Falls's Serendipity Double IPA (hot and hoppy), and Iron Horse's Saison (a disappointment, but fun to see on tap). I could easily have spent three more hours just looking at the taps, several days tasting the draught beers, and many years working my way through the bottles--all of which are in fridges behind the taps.

The food is also quite tasty. I had the smoked salmon platter, and my friends split the cheese plate. They had other small plates that all seemed well suited to food-and-beer pairings. I could spend some time working my way through that menu as well.

Again, Brouwer's is amazing. The decor is thought provoking, the beer is tremendous, the food is satisfying. It makes a nice pairing with the (much smaller) Uber Tavern as one of the two truly must-visit beer bars in Seattle. (1,603 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of BMMillsy
4.93/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Stopped in here while in Seattle and was blown away by the list of beers. The cellar list is incredible, with amazing stuff from Firestone Walker, Fremont, Hair of the Dog, and many many others. Vintage Cantillon as well. Prices were on the higher side for bottles, but that's also what keeps them around for someone like me to drop in and splurge on something I won't see at home. Food was solid, service was excellent. Up there among the best places I've ever been for beer. (476 characters)

Photo of Highbury09
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of ShaneTheWalrus
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Photo of The_Golden_Spruce
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Excellent beer selection, but the space can feel dark and loud. More windows and quieter music might help. (107 characters)

Photo of cherche
3.85/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of Anaxagoris
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of 322wingedfoot
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Hawkfish
5/5  rDev +16.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of eawolff99
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of oldsailor
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Eternal218
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Brandonparrent
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of mothman
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of SeattleBoB76
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.25

Beer lovers paradise. 100 lines from Belgium brew to local craft beer. (71 characters)

Photo of crowellbw
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of KevinL
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of DCLAguy11
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of anteater
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of kmahe
4.88/5  rDev +14%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of flagmantho
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%

I went to Brouwers today, finally. I feel it is ridiculous that as a Seattle-area citizen I had not been there before.

Atmosphere here is fantastic, a beer lover's dream. It's basement-dark inside with all dark wood installations, and the whole back wall behind the main bar is refrigerator cases full of their amazing bottle selection. Sixty beautiful taps line up to fulfill your every desire; I could probably just hang out inside and look at the place as an end in its own.

I had an Avec les Bons Voeux on draft in an Avec les Bons Voeux glass, and a Snipes Mountain saison in an appropriate saison glass (you don't see those around too much). Service was excellent, as the bartenders there seem to really know their beer. Beer selection focuses on Belgium and Washington State, but there are a few other craft beers on tap, mostly from the western U.S.

I had the croque monsieur with frites and was not disappointed. I will definitely be returning here to sample more of their extensive tap list and try some Belgian stew. (1,036 characters)

Photo of juneauscott
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Beautiful tap and bottle selection. (38 characters)

Photo of nobelk18
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Alpar
5/5  rDev +16.8%

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Brouwer's Cafe in Seattle, WA
95 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.