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Brouwer's Cafe

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Taps: 64 / Bottles: 300
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
96
world-class

117 Ratings
Ratings: 117
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.57%
$$ - reasonable
[ 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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seasondek

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +10%

11-12-2013 07:57:31 | More by seasondek
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bram325

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +10%

10-24-2013 16:20:43 | More by bram325
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Zach122

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

10-24-2013 16:00:21 | More by Zach122
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fourstringer

Maryland

4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
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!

10-16-2013 00:03:08 | More by fourstringer
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

10-12-2013 16:01:01 | More by jaydoc
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Jodi215

Arizona

3.55/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

09-04-2013 21:55:20 | More by Jodi215
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Abrengle

Washington

4.91/5  rDev +13.7%
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!

06-06-2013 05:58:55 | More by Abrengle
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Smurf2055

Washington

4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

05-30-2013 18:09:37 | More by Smurf2055
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estlinska

Arkansas

4.45/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$

Visited in October 2012. The first impression of this place was that it was huge and open like a good pub feel. We visited during some High Times festival that was going on next door, so there was some pretty cool clientele hanging out as well. We comandeered a large table as I was traveling with my wife and my in-laws' family. The waitress and bartenders were very knowledgable about beer styles and able to walk my non-beer-geek family members towards beers that they would like, but seemed a little put out by their ignorance. I had read this in reviews about the place before, so I expected it. My MIL can be a little less, um, patient, so it grated on her, but I didn't let it interfere with my experience. We ordered food which was a little steep, but very high quality. The Reuben was delicious, and I had a dish of mussels steamed in white ale and it was gorgeous. I got to taste my first Pliny the Elder as well as two local beers per the bartenders' suggestions. Overall it was a great experience that would be even better if I could come by more often with more beer geeks.

03-16-2013 18:15:46 | More by estlinska
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HardTarget

Texas

4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4 | $$$

Atmosphere: Large open area with an oval balcony overlooking the interior. Big, shiny bar with taps as far as the eye can see, with refrigerators showing off the extensive and well kept bottle collection. High end industrial feel to the place, but comfortable at the same time.

Quality: Everything we tried was on target. I'd be concerned about some of the less popular taps with as many as they had going, but that's my bias, I didn't see anything wrong with my choices.

Service: Friendly, knowledgeable, happy to talk us through our choices and make suggestions. Led us to tasty tasty beer.

Selection: Yeah, they've got a lot of choices. Good choices, tempting choices, I saw equal mixes of Belgian and domestic with strong local representation. Even saw a Real Ale tap from Texas which made me proud.

Food: Brought us a dump truck of fries, then a sampler plate with pickles, olives, salmon, sausages, crackers and moar fries. Tried a sandwich which was also tasty. Good food, a little pricy but not outrageous.

Overall: A really great place. Worth the cap ride out from downtown. You can get a lot of ground covered trying local beers while your friends will find something they like and will eat and be happy. I'll go back next time I find myself in Seattle.

02-16-2013 03:12:10 | More by HardTarget
Brouwer's Cafe in Seattle, WA
96 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.