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BA SCORE
96
world-class

125 Ratings
Ratings: 125
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 11.55%
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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Photo of weizendoc
2.08/5  rDev -52%

I had high hopes of enjoying an evening imbibing at Brouwers when I was in Seattle last weekend. I lived 2 miles down the street from this place from 1991-1996, but of course it didn't exist then. Anyhow I was pumped (and thirsty).
Got there around 8 on a Thursday night. No immediate seating available, but plenty of standing room and some loungy kind of seats up near the hostess desk. My buddy and I approached the end of the bar where one bartender seemed to be paying attention. We waited patiently there for 5 minutes while he made several passes BS'ing with those seated around us. Never making eye contact or acknowledging us. So, I went down to the other end of the bar. He passed me by 2 or 3 times again, and numerous waitresses didn't offer to get me anything but kept on saying 'excuse me', 'Excuse Me'. Finally I asked the guy if I could order some beer. This semi-long-haired douche turns to me and says he's "very busy and will get to me later!"
Well, it wasn't THAT busy and I've definitely seen alot more hustle, ability and good attitude from bartenders at, say, The Yard House or even a TGIF!
F*ck this place!!! It's everything I used to hate about Seattle. So cold, unfriendly, too caught up in its momentary eccentric popularity to be real. Don't waste your time or money here! F'in bunch of pr!cks!!!

weizendoc, Jun 06, 2006
Photo of Ficonblue
2.48/5  rDev -42.7%

Large selection of beer but lacking variety. Food was very good. Service was was a shotgun blast of disappointment to the face. A lot of employees standing around, and a bartender who wants to chat up her personal friends more then great customers or keep glasses full. All I ask for is a "Hello, I will be right with you" Clearly too much for them. After speaking with some other locals it seems I am not the only one. I just moved to town and I can assure you there are many other establishments who would be happy to have you as a customer. I won't be back soon.

Ficonblue, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of TheBungyo
2.9/5  rDev -33%

Brouwer's has a lot going for it but also has just as much if not more pitted against it. Many times you'll find that folks visiting Seattle love the place but us locals tend to avoid it.

Most of the patrons are not beer drinkers. Yes, that's fine, but since Brouwer's is set in one of the trendiest areas of Seattle it attracts tragically cool emo types and even worse, douche bag frat boys.

Also a product of the trendy locale is the shoddy service. Once we sat down it took about 15 minutes for a server to appear. Even then she couldn't answer basic questions about the drink menu. 3 times I ordered a 12oz beer and three times she returned with a full pint. The first time she did it I told her of the error and she still continued to make the same mistake. Yes, this is also after waiting a century for her to actually return with my drink.

They've got a pretty good selection (and yes, with as many taps as they have they sure as hell better have a good selection) but honestly I find a better range of options at many places boasting only a handful of taps. They stumble again when it comes to price. $5 for a 12oz glass of this years vintage of Hale's Rudyard's Rare? Ooook. Everything is wildly overpriced, enough so to make me go elsewhere when I'm looking to enjoy a beer. The food is also pretty expensive (and truthfully the food selection is not very plentiful) but each time I've eaten there I have enjoyed what I ordered.

My last visit to Brouwer's was my first visit in two years or more. Unless I hear that things have improved it's likely to be another handful of years before I go back.

TheBungyo, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of diamond_mind
3/5  rDev -30.7%

diamond_mind, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of jaskiern
3/5  rDev -30.7%

I was certainly not a fan of the atmosphere. The setting itself just didn't do anything for me. And the music didn't blend in well with the background -- it was loud and wasn't very good bar music.

Brouwer's certainly has enough customer's that the beer is always kept flowing. I get the impression nothing is ever old. The fish seems pretty fresh also.

The service just barely existed. It took the bartender quite some time to get people their drinks, I don't really know how he managed it. It was quite a magic trick.

But the selection is where Brouwer's really stands out. They had ~50 taps with a strong focus on Belgian beer and food to go along with it. They only had 2 handpulls, which seems like a shame with that many taps. Considering the customers from the area, it seems understandable (unfortunately).

Beer and food seem a bit pricey.

I highly recommend reading BA <deeplennon>'s review of Brouwer's Cafe, they share many of my other sentiments regarding the bar. This is not the kind of place that I would visit regularly, but only when I really wanted some beer that I had difficulty getting elsewhere.

jaskiern, Sep 10, 2005
Photo of alfrantzell
3/5  rDev -30.7%

Size isn't everything. Yes, Brouwer's has a multitude of taps. For that they get a 4.0 good rating. But there are five other fields.

The atmosphere is too cool. Not Tap House & Grill chilly, but definitely on the consciously hip side of craft beer bars. Despite wandering in here on both a Friday night and a weekday afternoon, I never warmed to it or it to me. This depends partly on the service, which was barely there.

Back to the selection: despite having 60+ taps, the selection at smaller bars in Seattle were more exciting. From their website I've seen they've had Boon on cask and Cantillon on tap, but wasn't there for that. I'd give them an A for effort, but that's not an available field.

alfrantzell, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of nkersten
3.1/5  rDev -28.4%

I have been here a few times and I have really tried to like it. The food is good, but inconsistent, and it is a little overpriced for what you get. Quality is for the most part ok, but I have watched bartenders break glasses and not seem too concerned where the shards even went, let alone if they may have made it into one of the nearby beers they just poured.

Service is consistently terrible, right down to the management. There is one good server in the whole restaurant, and I have never seen her work anywhere other then the upstairs section. If you can get a table in the loft area, you will be happy with your service. Otherwise, all the other servers and bartenders I have dealt with are snotty and arrogant, and far from helpful.

Beer selection can be hit or miss too. When they get a good beer on tap, it usually doesn't last more then a few hours (even blind pig ran out on a Thursday), and the Belgian taps seem a bit on the expensive side. Not everything is overpriced, but its easy to tell when it is. And don't let the bottle list fool you; most of the rare beers on there they will tell you they are out of when you order it, and the ones they do have... Do you really want to pay that much for a bottle of La Folie? I expect to pay inflated bar prices, but some of their bottles are a little much.

Overall, Brouwers has far more hype then it deserves, and there are much better beer bars in Seattle. If you do want to go to Brouwer's I would definitley try to check it out on a weekday or afternoon.

nkersten, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of 4thoseabout2bock
3.4/5  rDev -21.5%

This was our second visit to Brouwers. The first was last summer and upon trying to negotiate a beer order on our second visit last week we were immediately reminded of the first. This is decidedly NOT a beer geek atmosphere or clientele.

The beer menu listed a nice sampling of imports and some local brews, but when asked to describe the fresh hopped full sail vs the fresh hopped something else that were both available, our waiter was at a loss. When some beers are costing 8-10 a glass, this makes ordering a high risk proposition. And, it seems they are ANTI craft beer education. They are clearly not about the beer. They refuse to give samples and their servers are ill informed about the beer selection. Perhaps you can get better service at the bar during the day, but this is our second visit with the same bad impression. What a waste.

We did not get food this time, but on our last visit we did. One entree was fine but the other was subpar. Unless there is something on the taplist you are craving, Uberbar gets my vote as the go-to beer geek destination. Higher hit rate on taps, and much better service.

4thoseabout2bock, Nov 22, 2007
Photo of Jodi215
3.55/5  rDev -18%

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.

Jodi215, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of Tbone
3.58/5  rDev -17.3%

Went to Brouwers on Sunday night. The selection was very very good.
They were having their Christmas in July event, and had some nice winter beers on tap, plus a strong selection of Belgians and local microbrews.

We had a new york strip steak cooked to a proper medium-rare and the tomato-stuffed tomatoes.
The steak was prepared well. It came with fries that were done well (crispy) and had salty but tasty seasoning. The caprese stuffed green tomatoes (green tomatoes stuffed with red tomatoes and mozzerella) were a bit disappointing, lacking much basil and the mozzerella was poor quality and minimal. We should have ordered the mussels, but weren't in the mood.

We tasted Maritime beers Jolly Roger (scotch -- very malty sweet) and Imperial IPA (also very good, but not very imperial). We also had Elysian Bi-Frost (ok), and Scaldis Noel.

The service however was a problem. Our waitress was knowledgeable but unfortunately her shift ended at 10. After that we needed to order at the bar. I asked for a taste of a beer then ordered one, later I asked for a second taste prior to ordering my next beer. The bartender, acting like serving me was a great burden upon his yapping with his buddies, told me "Just so you know, I'm not supposed to give tastes, but I'll give you one more". Either he was lying and thus even a worse bartender, or the owner has a pretty dumb and short-sighted policy.
I find the latter hard to believe, given the owners clear devotion to good beer evidenced not only by Brouwer's selection, but that of Bottleworks which has thed same owners. I'll probably drop the owner and email about it.

Tbone, Aug 02, 2006
Photo of TheName
3.68/5  rDev -15%

Stopped in for their Hopfest and hadn't been in quite a while. Previous experiences hadn't been terribly impressive but I found a good time that night.

Service as of 5pm was good if a little brisk. Our waitress gave us far too long before taking a beer order and then refused to bring three of us more than 3 schooners at a time--how were we supposed to try the 25+ new beers? She said something about how strong the beers were; meh. Eventually she relented and surprised us with another round. Kudos to her.

Food was prompt and very tasty. Halibut was cooked and breaded excellently and the cajun turkey was a spicy revelation, the perfect match for a nice bunch of hops.

We ended up shifting to a table outside where the waitress was very courteous and attentive, serving us schooner after schooner until well after 1. Nobody seemed to mind us ripping hops off their decorative bines to add to some of the less exciting beers and everyone accomodated the spirit of the fest.

Prices were reasonable and our tab was not outlandish for finishing a taste of every new beer. Generally, however, I have found them moderate to high.

In short, Hopfest was a great time. Easily the best experience I've had at Brouwer's. Prior experiences have found the majority of people working a branch of the meat-market centered on a few blocks in Fremont along with less than knowledgable and far from friendly service. Scores reflect this.

I'll definitely pop in now and again to find new beers and I'll definitely hit Hopfest next year. But that's about it. Give me Beveridge any day.

TheName, Aug 28, 2006
Photo of Philabeerphia
3.78/5  rDev -12.7%

I was lucky enough to do a mini beer tour during my short visit to seattle last weekend. Brouwer's sounded like a must stop; I'm definitely glad I went, and I'd definitely go again, but something was slightly off for me here. I can pinpoint two things - the place is relatively large and bright with a lot of faux(?) stone. I'd say its just as much a restaurant as bar, and I hate to admit, I was reminded of a midieval adventure dinner theatre. Second thing was my bartender. He was friendly, but also loud and cocky (plus not esp knowledgeable). normally this wouldn't bother me much but seemed out of place here. That said I enjoyed the very very good tap selection and good bottle selection. Good frittes too. Fun for something different, very unlike what i'm used to in Philly.

Philabeerphia, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of tang3nt
3.8/5  rDev -12.2%

Went here on a recent trip up to Seattle for my birthday. The decor is really cool with a industrial feel to it. The stuff they have on tap was ridiculous. All kinds of Belgians, on tap! Their bottle list was also amazing, with just about anything you would want. I ended up getting my first Dogfish Head 120 there! I was so excited. The food was also amazing. The only downfall of this place was the service. I was warned by a friend that lives nearby, that the service always sucks and without all these amazing beers they wouldn't ever return. But yes the service did suck. There was only 1 barkeep/waitress there!!! She kept bring us the wrong beers, and disappearing forever! All ina ll I would love to return here next time I make it back up north. A must.

tang3nt, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of atomicbwax
3.8/5  rDev -12.2%

A friend of mine turned me on to this place a few months ago. I have to say I am quite impressed.

Selection - I don't anyone would argue that this place has an incredible selection of beers from all over the world. The beers are usually served in the "proper" glass as well. Goblets, pints, imperial pints, half-liters, and liters are all available. Be careful on the liter though as on more than one occasion they have run out of the giant glasses and my friends have been left waiting for 30 - 60 minutes to get their liter. They advertise 40+ taps and 200+ bottles. By the looks of things insode this is not a lie. The wall of taps is quite impressive and the bottles behind there are quite impressive as well. They also seemed to have a decent selection of winess and they did have a full bar for the non-beer drinkers. I would be hard pressed to think that someone could go in there and not find something they would like.

Location - Located in the popular & trendy Fremont neighborhood of Seattle this place is close to quite a few other good places inclusing the George and Dragon. Because of this location close parking might be difficult t find so be prepared to walk a few blocks from the car.

Ambience - Being a popular spot in a popular area the place can fill up and is quite loud. There is the main floor where the bar is and a "balcony" that runs aroun d the perimeter. On Friday and Saturday nights seating can be difficult to find, especially for larger groups. The clientele is quite varied as well. Anyone can go in there and feel welcome.

Service - I love this place but the service is not the greatest. Unless you know someone who works there or know someone who knows someone who works there (lucky me) you might have to stand in line for a while before you get helped. With so many taps the bar is quite long so you may need to wait a while for a bartender to notice you.

Staff - The staff, when they are helping you, is quite knowledgable and more than willing to help you make a good decision on a beer if you're having a hard time deciding. Free samples are available upon request as well, just don't overdo it.

Food - I didn't have any food but my friends who did said it was decent enough.

Overall this is a good place for beer fans.

atomicbwax, Nov 07, 2005
Photo of Knuckles
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%

I was sadly disappointed in my initial visit to Brouwer's, so I'll have to go back and give them another opportunity to change my mind.

Atmosphere: Rather sterile, really. Lots of exposed steel beams, exposed concrete, fake rock walls, and stainless steel everywhere. I mean EVERYWHERE. Steel bar back, shiny steel beer coolers, steel steel steel. It was like the episode of 'Spongebob' where Squidward gets frozen, then thawed two thousand years in the future. "In the future, all things are chrome." In short, not terribly homey. Now, in their defense, this is a converted warehouse, so it's sort of to be expected. But it's just the kind of trendy atmosphere that I avoid like the plague, and will probably prevent me from making this a regular kick.

Quality: I'm not sure what quality we are speaking of, so I'll encompass everything. The quality of the remodel is top-notch. They clearly spared no expense in the construct of this place, it's just simply not my style. The quality of beers poured is also top-notch. Proper glassware, beers served at the proper temperature. All very good.

****Edit: I contacted Mark, the head brewer at North Coast. He has since informed me that I am the one that is whack, and he designed the Old Rasputin to be served on nitro when on draught. Oddly enough, he and I completely disagreed on the flavors muted and accented with the nitro pour, so I'm going to have to go back and try it again (although I'd really prefer to go down to Fort Bragg). So, that said, I'm swallowing my pride and giving back the half-point I docked them for the nitro serve.

Service: This is where they really need to improve. The servers basically knew nothing about the beers they were serving, only which ones they had on tap. Also, as previously mentioned, they were out of almost every Belgian save for the St. Bernardus Abt. 12. I'd like to see a board somewhere in the bar where they post updates of which beers are on tap and which are not. They've got a beer menu which is much appreciated, but no way to know which ones aren't available without walking through them one by one with your server. Also, the visits to our table of four were few and far between. The place was hopping on a Saturday night, but there was an assload of service staff on the floor, so it shouldn't have been an issue. They need to make a visit to Silver City in Silverdale to get some customer service lessons (their customer service should be the model for all businesses, it's freakin' amazing).

Selection: Wide-ranging, just rather pedestrian. Their German beers didn't range much beyond Paulaner or Spaten (they MAY have had Weihenstephaner Hefe, but I'm not entirely sure), and as previously mentioned, their craft selection was just rather dull. The Lost Coast 8-Ball Stout was a find, however. No bar I've ever been to in Seattle has ever carried a Lost Coast keg. Docking a half-point for not having most of their Belgians on tap, and an embarassing selection of German beers.

Food: Dude, pommes frites can only go so freakin' far. I realize they are a Flemish cafe and all, but holy crap. Also, the menu is very brief, and offered nothing for the vegan (I am not one, but my father is. It's a good thing he ate before we went down there).

I think this place could truly be great, but it's got a ways to go. For me, the thing that will always cause me to think twice about going there is the ambience. Just not my cup of tea. That said, it's definitely worth a visit, and maybe more if you aren't as crotchety as I am.

Edited to add the value field: I chose $$$ instead of $$, but the place actually falls in between the two. It is a bit pricier than most. That's all.

Edited again to add: I'll accept a partial correction from justinp. The bar is not steel. The bar back, and pretty much that entire wall is steel. As you can probably tell from my review, it really stuck out to me.

Edited yet once more: I went back to Brouwer's on the evening of the Fremont Solstice Parade. I had quite stupidly forgotten about that, but still managed to find a parking spot right outside. They were hopping inside, but we got a table quite quickly. Again, this still isn't my kind of place. I can see how it works for many beer fans, but I am completely uncomfortable in the place. It's definitely for the beautiful people, and I'm simply not one of them. I'm adjusting my review to actually bump the value rating up to 'very expensive', as their Belgian prices are completely out of this world. $7.50 for a glass of Abbaye des Rocs, and that was the least expensive Belgian on the menu. We left and headed over to The Jolly Roger Taproom and had a pint of Nightwatch.

Knuckles, Apr 08, 2005
Photo of bbothen
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%

Stopped in on a recent 36 hour Seattle work trip. Glad I did.

First of all the selection is great. About 60 or so taps of American craft brews & Belgian beers. Many seasonals & special releases, not just your standard flagship brews from several breweries.

A HUGE bottle list as well that included Alesmith, Lost Abbey, Rochefort, Jolly Pumpkin, etc.

I had a plate of Belgian style fries with chipotle mayo that were great. That's all I had though so can't comment on the other things.

I enjoyed the atmosphere of the place. Has a real dark dungeon feel to it. Not gimmicky to me at all.

I rated the service as average because, well, it was average. Nothing bad, just average.

I will most definately make it back here next time I'm in town.

bbothen, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of snaotheus
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%

I've been here many times, only recently realized that I've never reviewed them.

The atmosphere is nice, I love their building, I like the layout and the location. I never have trouble with parking because I can walk from my brother-in-law's place. Music is usually within my taste (although it can vary quite a bit), but loud enough to cramp conversation a little bit.

Quality is very high -- they definitely know their beer, they have great beer, and they have a great tap selection and an unbelievable bottle selection, whatever your taste is.

Service, unfortunately, is usually not very good. They have a few friendly servers, but most of them are aloof and some of them are downright rude. They're usually pretty slow, even when they're not crowded (one time, it took them 15 minutes to ask for our order, another 10 minutes to inform us that one of our selections was out, and another 15 minutes to deliver the beer we ordered instead -- that's extremely poor).

Food is good (I really like their fries), and the menu seems to change pretty frequently. Everything is moderately expensive (not prohibitively expensive), but it's almost impossible to beat the selection.

snaotheus, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%

A: My initial visit was for Hard Liver #8. Initially it left a bad taste in my mouth but given the circumstances I decided to go back. Since then I have been back nearly half dozen times both on weekends, weekdays and for other events like Back in Black and Big Wood. The atmosphere is a dimly lit area downstairs, very much tavern like but everyone seems to be in their own bubble and very clickish. I have never been able to grab a seat at the bar due to a constant crowd. Overall, the atmosphere is pretty good.

Q: Very good but some of the WA beers they choose to make the draft list are a bit questionnable at times.

S: Service was rude and bad on my initial visit but since then I have not had any of those issues. Service is slow at times but that is my biggest complaint.

S:Fantastic bottle list but you will pay a hefty mark up on some of the bottlesw. Draft selection is awesome but my ony issue is that they tend to focus on a handfull of breweries to rotate from and some of them are not amongst the best. The Belgian draft is awesome. Most PAC NW'ers still have yet to embrace the Belgian beer and what it has done for the world, the beer community in general. Brouwers could easily be the best beer bar in America if they amped up the American draft list a bit and tweaked the service.

F:Food has always been pretty good, one time I did receive the wrong itme and was charged fo it after I snt it back.

barleywinefiend, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of beer2day
4/5  rDev -7.6%

A little difficult to find for an out-of-towner, but well worth the trip. No easily readible signage, save for a small one over the door.

All decorated for Halloween when I was in. Huge spiderweb over the central bar area.

Separate bar for the single malts vs taps. Liked the serving windows for the bottle selection (an impressive selection at that) behind the bar, over the tap handles. Easy to see what was available.

3 beer engines, but only one running on my visit. Still nice to have that option at all for an east coaster.

Accurate print-out of the tap selection presented on arrival. Made it easy to navigate the available drafts. They do a decent job of updating the web site with new arrivals as well.

Service was ok, but a bit stand-offish. Definitely more interested in talking with friends and members of the opposite sex than serving patrons. Not bad, really, just a little slow.

Food was very nice. Happy hour menu provided lots of options at a reasonable price. Mahi sliders were very tasty, as was the chicken.

Definitely a good stop for someone visiting the area. Free parking abounds, at least when I was there.

beer2day, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of HoppySeb
4/5  rDev -7.6%

HoppySeb, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of jALEson
4/5  rDev -7.6%

I just can't say enough good things about this place. I am from TX and was in town for a brief stay before heading to OBF. Had read about it being a recommended bar in several beer mags and had to go. Was NOT disappointed! The bar itself is in a great neighborhood with several places of interest (shops if you are bringing the wife who doesn't want to sit in a bar). The layout is modern with seating on an upper floor that looks down at the bar. The bar itself is wonderfully llit to showcase taps and bottles. Cannot remember how many beers were on tap, but that list, as well as the bottles, was extensive and impressive. The food menu had an eclectic selection and my table enjoyed all that was ordered. We were there on a Wednesday night and it did not seem too busy, but our server seemed rushed and not eager to help us with question. Other than that blip, we had an excellent time and of all the different beer bars I hit in Seattle and Portland on this beer-cation this was my favorite.

jALEson, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of atpca
4/5  rDev -7.6%

atpca, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of reymic
4.01/5  rDev -7.4%

Had a great time at Brouwer's on our recent trip to Seattle. Stopped in for two beers, the highlight was definitely the Cascade Apricot Ale (sour). The bar is unique, very high ceilings with a view of all of their tap handles and bottles through glass cases. Really impressive to see how they store their bottles and kegs from a seat at the bar. The bar looks really new and clean and bright lights, if you're into that kind of thing. I prefer my bars a bit darker and with a bit more character, but I digress.

The one thing that drives me crazy about any bar, is when the beer list only lists out by the beer name and doesn't include the beer type, style, ABV, type of glass, etc. Maybe I am just used to how it's done on the east coast, but I found it annoying to have to pull out my iphone to google what kind of beer a Double Mountain ClusterF*ck beer was. I guess this is a way for you to get to know your bartender and have them lead you in the right direction, but sometimes I would rather just make up my own mind. I am also quite the hophead, so was disappointed by the lack of IPAs and hoppier beers on the draft list. This is just the beer geek in me shining through, this place was great.

reymic, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of deeplennon
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%

Brouwer's definitely has it's hits and misses. It's strong point is without a doubt it's selection of over 60 taps, the breakdown typically being roughly 20-25 Belgians (wow), 30-35 domestic micros with a slong slant towards NW brews and 5 'other', english/german/canuck drafts. While the Belgian list is great, nothing is below $7 for a 12oz pour and they can go as high as $10. Most domestic prices are a steal however, with the common price breakdown being $4 for a 16oz pint and $3 for a 12oz schooner. At happy hour (3-6pm 7 days a week) all drafts are a buck off, making schooners the best value per oz making them a great way to knock off some obscure brews or old favorites. The bottle list is at 200 strong and at least 75% Belgian. There are some deals to be found but most overpriced.

Food-wise the small list of entrees are average to above average though somewhat overpriced. The frites however, are really good, and probably the best in the city.

The table service can be hit or miss though it's improved quite a bit over the last two years... You'll find the most knowledgable staff working behind the bar and service is usually great there.

The atmosphere? Fantastic when you have the place to yourself but unfortunately the bar is located in fremont where every twenty-something single ex frat-boy/sorority-girl in Seattle hangs out 7 nights a week. If you leave the place by eight you can mostly miss this crowd. If you arrive after then or especially on a friday/saturday evening, then you'll be in for a crowded loud night. The decor is a tad pretentious with some kind of nature meets industry motif, but you don't really start to notice it until the crowd that's drawn to it like a moth to a flame arrive.

Definitely a place not miss for any Seattle beer tourist. Though locals will general stick to the off times here.

deeplennon, Aug 25, 2005
Photo of Smurf2055
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

Smurf2055, May 30, 2013
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Brouwer's Cafe in Seattle, WA
96 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.