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Brouwer's Cafe

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

134 Ratings
Ratings: 134
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: n/a
Taps: 64
Bottles: 300
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-01-2005

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.21/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

One of Seattle's iconic craft beer destinations. 60+ taps covering the country and the world, strong on Belgian and West Coast beers. Frequently unusual versions of standard craft ales. Also has an extensive whiskey line-up and limited wine. Each time I've been here I've been able to find something I've never tried, or special treats like Old Rasputin (which I've had tons of times in bottles) as a superb nitro pour. The food has changed over the years, there was a quite interesting Belgian oriented menu a few years ago, now more along the lines of bistro dishes. I had scallop ceviche on the last visit and my sister had the fish and frites, both were excellent, my ceviche came with plantain chips for dipping, which was a great combination. The service, despite a large crowd, was friendly, efficient and knowledgeable. Both the beer and food are excellent. The only drawback for me is that it is extremely popular and usually crowded in the evenings. The layout, which is a large room with large balcony overlooking the bar is attractive, lots of rustic wood, but as a result has poor acoustics and can be too loud for quiet conversation. On my last visit, We were able to sit out on a small open patio, which was much less noisy; unfortunately not always possible with Seattle weather. Other the noise, attributable to being too popular (if that's possible), a must visit in Seattle.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Fluffheady
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Holy Wow. This is one of the most well thought out beer destinations I have ever seen. The setup of the cooler is the wet dream of any beer bar owner. There is obvious mad respect for beer here. It is a rather large place, which isn’t my favorite kind of setting (it makes it rather impersonal), but if you have to go big, you should go big like this. I honestly don’t have anything to say other than go here if you visit Seattle. Be aware that it's the kind of place that gets really crowded and attracts a lot of novices, so go on a Wednesday afternoon if you really want to appreciate this.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Fantastic. Got to enjoy a Drie Fontinen and Cantillon in the same place. Our waitress was in the back looking for whatever we asked for in a blink of an eye. All the beers were of excellent quality and served expertly. I think the prices were fair with appropriate mark ups you'd expect from a bar vs bottle shop/liquor store. Didn't try the food. Hell, didn't even look at the menu. Liquid bread only, friends. Will definitely be back the next time I am in Seattle.

Prost!

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.55/5  rDev -18.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is a Belgian style beer bar with a lot of atmosphere. Long bar, lots of wood, cement floors, balcony seating. The food was very good, we had fish and chips, beet and endive salad and chili fries. Everyone loved their food. Beer selection was outstanding. Service was friendly even though I returned my ice tea. It was horrible. Server said something was wrong with the ice tea maker. Maybe they shouldn't have served it if that was the problem.

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4.91/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

My wife and I love Brouwer's and have visited over 10 times since we moved to Seattle a year ago. The new Monday half bottle pricing on their bottle selection is an added plus. The food is good, their cellar/vintage options are fantastic, and the atmosphere is rather comfortable. The only reason I did not give full points was because of the lack of concentrated flavors (I prefer gastro-pub style food) and the need for a waitress to suggest a beer without qualifying the customer.
If you work at a beer bar with a notorious reputation for attracting consumers with above average knowledge and palates (which one would expect if shopping at Bottleworks or being frequent at Brouwer's) I wouldn't expect to be "felt out" before you ask me if like a DIPA or a sour beer before I order it.
Please don't insult the informed, educated customers, we do exist!

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4.08/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This is certainly the kind of bar that knows how good they are. Two levels, so it can get pretty crowded and busy. Specialize in beer food’, but haven’t had a chance to sample much of their menu. I’ve only had poor service one time, the staff seems friendly enough. Huge collection of rare bottles and an amazing selections of great beer on draft. Like I said, the only real problem is they know this and charge a pretty penny. Great place though, if you can afford it.

Brouwer's Cafe in Seattle, WA
96 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.