Über Tavern

Not Rated.
Ãœber TavernÃœber Tavern
BA SCORE
97
world-class

54 Ratings
Ratings: 54
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: n/a
Taps: 17
Bottles: 120
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar ]

7517 Aurora Ave N
Seattle, Washington, 98103-4747
United States
phone: (206) 782-2337

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @ubertavern

Notes:
Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 2:00am
Friday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 2:00am
Sunday: 3:00pm - Close

(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-01-2006)
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Photo of atowle25
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

The best bar in the Seattle area. I don't go to bars very often, but this is definitely my top choice when I do. Pretty laid back atmosphere, generally not super crowded, but it is a pretty small bar. The tap list is always phenomenal. Bar tenders are friendly for the most part..but the key here are the rotating taps. Doesn't get any better. They get some really good beers here that you will hard pressed to find anywhere else. Overall, great place to stop by for a pint. If you are visiting Seattle, this should be on your must stop list. A+

Photo of jag21
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

I like this place.

The atmosphere is great: somewhat dark, and there's funky dia de los muertos beer art. They've added HD tvs recently and have quirky old movies or sports in there; I appreciate both from timem to time. I'm sure the "quality" is great, but I'm also sure I don't know what that means. The service when I go in is usually pretty good, but I go earlier and more on weekdays than some. The selection, between on tap and bottles is really good. The food is what it is, nonexistant really, but they allow food from other places and even'll give you some plates and forks.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.6/5  rDev -18.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

A: Walked in on a Sunday, only 2 others at the bar. Could tell they were there often. We drove yep from Tacoma to try the Flyers Cab Ride, upon arrival I was disappointed to find out it was unavailable despite the website saying so. However, the guy working did manage to get me a sample or two which was nice. The girl working the bar was also nice but really was not as smart on beer as she made out to be. Also opening a bottle and only sharing it with your buds at the bar when a few other patrons are there is probably not good, not even offer but no biggie. It was pretty laid back, smaller than I thought but cool place but did not get a big, nice craft beer loving vibe from the other patrons or staff

Q: Quality was good. I thought the handles were ok but the bottle selection more than made up for it

S: Cant complain

S: Very good, bottles are great, draft selection was ok

F: Did not have

I did think this place was a bit overpriced. $13 for a bottle of Stone OG? Decent stop, wont be back.

Photo of brewandbbq
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Small place with a very laid-back vibe. L-shaped bar that seats probably a dozen with 17 on tap. Cream of the crop bottle selection prominently displayed in a glass cooler behind the bar. Cool paintings that feature macabre renditions of the Cat in the Hat, Sam Adams, etc.

Friendly enough bartender with a few locals hanging out. Tap selection was very nice with a Cascade Sang Rouge and a Pliney the Elder to be had. Prices were average for bars in the Seattle area. Nothing really mind-blowing on tap or in the cooler on our visit, just pretty top-notch. Our only complaint was the extreme reak of bleach which my wife was not able to ignore.
All the beer on tap is available to go also with per oz prices clearly marked on the beer menu.

We drove there and you're probably looking at about a 20 minute drive from Downtown. Don't know if it would be possible to knit together a bus route, but it seemed impossible. The relative location from downtown where we were staying kept us from staying too long, but we'de be happy to go back for another quick hit. Any place that serves full pints of Pliney (as they should) gets big ups in my book.

Photo of alfrantzell
4.66/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

We sat by the fire pit.

About how many beer bars can you say that? Not that there was much we could say during our visits to Über Tavern - we were busy drinking RR Consecration, Baron Liberator Doppelbock, and Chili Mead.

The mead - where did that come from? There were three or four of them on tap. How many beer bars have that? Toronado SF has mead on the menu, but it's served warm from a crockpot. In Seattle they do things differently.

There are seventeen taps, and they're well chosen. On both occasions I visited, I was put in charge of ordering drinks for the non-beer people in the group (plebeians, I call them) and was able to satisfy all concerned.

It's a small space, but clean and well-lit. I ended the night with Lagunitas Gnarlywine, which they served to me in a pint glass. At a place like this it's all too easy to end up under the table. Or fire pit, if you're seated by it.

Photo of KNORDSTROM
4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

We stopped in on a Friday around 10:00. SMALL AND PACKED. I did not think I would be surpised on the size but I was. It's small, but that is what makes this bar so special. Great little L shaped bar, glass filled fire pit in the middle, one bathroom. and some KICK A** BEER.

DRANK PTE IN RANIER PINT LOL!!
SUPLICATIN
CONSECRATION
LOST ABBY ANGEL SHARE
DOUBLE MTN IRA

ALL WERE FANTATSTIC. TEMPS ,GLASSWARE,AND SERVICE

DIDN'T TRY FOOD
ALSO HAVE A FANTASTIC BOTTLE LIST
CAN'T WAIT TO GO BACK!!

Photo of flagmantho
4.66/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

I went to Über yesterday again to try to get a little taste of Pliny the Younger, but sadly the bartender said they blew their keg in about fifteen minutes. And though I didn't get my PtY, I did manage to find myself in the bar with the best selection in Seattle.

I played it safe and went with a Duvel (quite reasonable at $6), though they had a couple hundred other choices. Though the tiny place was insanely packed, I still got relatively quick service from the one guy working behind the counter. I drank my Duvel from a colossal Tripel Karmeliet glass which I enjoyed immensely.

The place is decorated with all manner of beer paraphernalia, including antique signs and tons of bottle labels affixed to the low rafters. My favorite pieces of ambience, however, were the Rainier shaker pints into which the bartender was pouring draught after draught of Pliny the Elder (clearly the crowd were pining for what they had missed).

All in all, Über is a must-visit establishment if you love beer and are in Seattle. My only complaint is that it is tiny -- super tiny -- and finding a seat or even a place to stand can be difficult if there are more than 25 people there. Luckily, there is a small outdoor area for overflow when the weather's nice. If you get a chance, absolutely visit the place.

Photo of troymccluresf
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This place has inspired me to write my first review on BA- and I'm a guy who's gotten a free beer at Toronado before.

It's always hard to find that right combination of selection and ambiance in a city you're not familiar with, but this place had a fantastic selection and an awesome, laid-back attitude to it. I found Brouwer's to be a bit stuffy and Stumbling Monk to be a bit boring to be so divey, but Uber walked that line beautifully.

Our bartender was happy to make recommendations and was very friendly to us goofy tourists (though a bit on the slow side) and knew her stuff. Plus, she gave us some recs for other places to check out (which we promptly did).

The place itself is fairly small, but not crowded the Sunday night when we went. And if you're from SF, it won't feel small anyway. The stuff on the walls vary between cool and hilarious, and create a perfect vibe for drinking awesome beer with a couple of good friends.

I've sought out beer bars in the Bay Area, LA, NYC, Boston, Pittsburgh, Chicago, and Seattle, and Uber is easily within my top... three? four? All-around awesome place, that I will never miss when I go back to Seattle.

Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
4.88/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Wow,

This is everything a beer bar should be. The atmosphere is a little divey and random (the fireplace is cool but how does it work?) but that is a good fit in seattle and doesn't detract from the place.
The quality of beer there is out standing with everything from local breweries to Belgians to limited releases. The staff is very friendly, they aren't arrogant like some beer bars, and know their stuff. The selection is world class with over 200 bottles and over 15 taps. No food but you can bring in your own food which is nice. Over all one of the best beer bars I have been to.

Photo of nkersten
4/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This is a small bar with tons of big beers and great service. A few tables (one that is on fire), and a decent sized bar for sitting. Outside has a few chairs to enjoy a smoke and beer. The bar staff are usually pretty good. Lots of other great bottles, and not too crowded compared with some of the other places in the area. Overall a good place to go if you are in the area. Prices are very fair too, most not too much more then what you would see in a bottle shop. Most taps are available in growler form and bottles can be taken to go.

Photo of ScreamForMe
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

After hearing many good things about the Uber, I finally got a chance to check it out this past Friday.

As others have reported, it is very small - probably equal amount of chairs at the bar as there are in the other parts of the bar. The fire pit was being redone when I was there as some drunk spilled (or maybe poured) his entire beer in it the night before. Loved hearing the landlord's stories about the building, the fire pit, and the bar in general.

On tap I enjoyed the Moylans' RIS (x 2), Russian River's Salvation, and a Belgian that slips my mind right now. Bottle selection looks like part of a wall from any of the beer stores here in Seattle - rather impressive.

Service was right where it should be - kept the beer coming, dropped knowledge on the people I was with when needed, and was very personable.

I'm definitely heading back to the Uber!

Photo of Trailmix242
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Uber is a great little place with great atmosphere. The staff is friendly and they have great selection of bottles and taps. I love the table with the fire in the middle which is a nice bonus on cold winter night. They also carry a few meads on tap which was interesting having never had mead before. The website is pretty informative as well as it is updated frequently with what they are serving and what they have coming up next on draught. Prices are in line with what you would expect to pay. Wish I had a bar similar to this place in my neighborhood.

Photo of jkdrummer
3.94/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

After hearing so much about this place and the really high rating it receives here -- I was looking forward to finally checking this place out. The first thing I noticed was how small this place is. I can't imagine more then 20-25 people in this place. After checking out the on-tap list I was confused since I knew very little about any of them. The bottle selection was awesome but I could buy these bottles a couple miles away a lot cheaper. My non-beer freak friend paid $8 for an ok stout that was only 8oz. Kinda disappointed overall, for hardcore beer lovers only. Wish they had more taps. Street parking only.

Photo of bostonjord
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Ah, my home away from home. I love this place. I usually stop by after work for a nightcap. It is extremely small which doesn't bother me because I don't usually go at night, but I heard it can get very busy. They have a small couch, a couple of tables, seats along the bar, and a circular seating area with a fire pit!! I love being able to check the current taps online which are updated almost daily. When you walk in the first thing you will notice is the cleanest beer refrigerator known to mankind housing the finest craft brews available. Their tap selections NEVER disappoint, last week I had the 2007 New Belgium Le Terrior, 2007 Avery Czar Stout, Pliny the Elder, and the (Please call me a cab) Elysian Great Pumpkin. The staff are nice and I love the interesting people who stop in off Aurora Ave. Oh ya there is no food but a bunch of menus and Beth's Cafe is down the road to satisfy your stomach. If in Seattle, this should be your number 1 stop, no doubt.

Photo of cbros
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Went here on the last night of a Seattle trip. Cool place that even though is small would not deter me from coming again. We went on a Sun night so there were very few people. Got a seat at the bar and looked over the notebook full of selections. Had one tap beer and one bottled beer. Since it was so slow I talked to the bartender and she was very nice and seemed to know quite a bit about not only the beer she was serving but also about the craft beer scene in general. All the other people in the bar where quiet and respectfull, definately not the type of bar you would find the college crowd in.
Overall a good place to get a good beer.

Photo of RoryGilmore
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Uber is a tiny little tavern with beer decor a'plenty. It just celebrated it's 2nd anniversary, and the place doesn't quite have that "lived in" feeling just yet. A couple more years will do well for the vibe as the bar just feels a touch contrived for me - not enough to be tacky, it's just a little too new for me to give it a perfect score. Still, I find it a comfortable place to knock back a few.

I've only had a few brews here, but they've all been really good - you can tell they take pride in keeping their equipment and glassware clean. I think they serve some of the brews in the proper/dedicated glassware, but not all.

Service seems to be pretty good in my handful of visits.

Selection is probably one of the best, if not thee best, in town: combination of Belgian, German, and US micros. I was able to have an Abyss and 120 IPA on tap... awesome. I really like how they have their current tap list online.

Photo of julian
4.66/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Finally stopped in to this place last night after joining their mailing list about a week ago. I got an email Sunday (more like EARLY Monday morning) stating they would be tapping the wooden gravity keg of "Lagavulin-aged J.W. Lee's Harvest Ale". I most definitely didn't want to miss this!

I left work 10mins early (still hit traffic, of course) and got there just a bit before 6pm. There were a few people there but it wasn't crowded - I got there at just the right time.

Initial impressions, small and quaint, great decor including unique "modified" paintings of some beer labels like Franziskaner but instead it was Franzisgonner...kinda lame but the skeleton dude instead of the German monk was neat. They had "Uber" growlers hanging from the ceiling over the bar. Behind the bartenders were the fridges with all the bottles in plain sight..close enough to read most labels and if you know your beer, you'll know what's what anyway. There was some kind of cool round table in the center of the place with white rocks and a fireplace. I'd love to park my ass there next time, although where I was at the bar was closer to beer, which is why I came :)

OK on to selection. They had about 12-14 taps going of various local micros and craft brews (walking man, lagunitas, north coast) as well as some imports such as Caracole Nostradamus which was my first drink of the evening (excellent btw!) (think they had Saxo too). The highlight of this evening was by far the tapping of the gravity keg of J.W Lees whiskey barrel aged barley wine! The 2nd mallet hit on the tap sent a spray of beautiful coppery brown nectar flying across the room, soaking my barstool neighbor! This is by far the best barley wine I've ever tried (granted I haven't tried many) but the flavor profile from the barrel and it's aging was phenomenol. The high ABV was barely noticeable and it just went down oh so SMOOTH.

I was there for probably 3-4hrs and met some awesome people and had many a conversation about beer, and well, mostly beer :) This place is f*"&in awesome! I can't believe I haven't been here before! If I lived closer into Seattle I'd probably be here a considerable amount more...I may even move closer just so I can :) Great service the bartenders were very personable and easy to talk to as were the other beer lovers I met last night! Josh, Joel, Charlie and Tom...was awesome meeting you and hope to share a brew with you again soon!

My only complaint is they do not serve food...which actually isn't really a complaint more of a note to be aware of. I hadn't eaten dinner before arriving and by 9-9:30pm I was pretty well sauced. I simply walked 2mins down to Beth's (next to Duck Island Saloon) and grabbed a breakfast burger...and goddamn did it not taste like the best meal ever at the time.

Awesome place, awesome people, awesome service...just awesome. If you love beer, this place is definitely for you. Granted they don't have the selection of Brouwer's but I think they make up for it in friendliness and camaraderie!

Go here!

Photo of loren01
3.03/5  rDev -31.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1 | selection: 4.5

Went here this last weekend while in Seattle, heard many good things about this place. Excellent bottle selection of some top notch beers. Decent tap selection also very high quality beers. The only thing that bugged me about this place was the service. I don't think that I have ever seen a bartender with less personality than the one we had here. Its not that hard to be nice to people and whatnot, we were there for one beer and did not get a good vibe from things so we went to the bar down the road.

Photo of benito
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

This is about as close to beer bar heaven as I get. An intimate, quiet bar off of one of Seattle's busiest thoroughfares...it's an oasis.

Uber Tavern is small. There are a few tables, a couch, and a bar with seating for about six to eight folks. There's no kitchen, but they pack a whole lot of beer into that small space. Seventeen wisely-chosen taps, including a mix of Belgian, German, and Northwest beers. I had a snifter of Allagash Curieux and Walking Man Oatmeal Stout--both were excellent (as expected), poured properly, and in the right glassware. The seemingly unending collection of bottles is on display behind the bar and makes for nice window shopping.

This is a beer lover's bar and is a nice counterpoint or complement to Brouwer's, which is equally wonderful and much larger. It is a must visit in Seattle; I'm envious of the folks who live within walking distance of this great bar.

Photo of GJ40
4.5/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I stopped in on a business trip to Seattle. It's very small and on a very busy road / highway but this place has lots of atmosphere. There's a small bar area, several small tables and what looks like an outdoor area for the warmer months. The interior is dark and decorated with beer signs, glasses, etc. It's definitely focused on beer above anything else. They have a decent selection of beer on tap (including Delerium Tremens which I regret not trying) and quite a few bottles displayed prominently in front of the bar. I found it a bit pricey but the selection was great and the bartender was very knowledgeable and helpful. Check it out if you're in the area.

Photo of masikon
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This place is small and cozy with lots of beer-centric decor covering the walls. Clean and welcoming, the bartender was friendly but she was overworked this night so there wasn't much beer discussion going on. The crowd at first consisted of small groups quietly chatting but as the night went on the frat-guy crowd started showing up to take advantage of the 2-liter beer boots that are available. The other odd thing is that the bathroom is where everyone will see you go in and notice when you come out since it sticks out into the table area, may be awkward for some. Beer selection was great, lots of bottles and a few high quality beers on tap, I had victory storm king on draft for the first time. Cool place, I shall return.

Photo of mnapier
4.74/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Cozy but had a kick a$$ selection.

Been here a few times, so I have to admit the tap selection changes with the exception of the Delerium Tremens, and couple of german lagers. To call this place a must see, is a slight stretch but I wouldn't argue swinging by with some left over pizza, or other dish from a night out, if your in the area.

The selection is great, but be warned, the cost fluctuates based on the draft or bottle your consuming. Did I mention beer to go and consumption on premises? The cost isn't any different, so if you don't mind a lack of fluctuation between to go or for here, stop by the bar if your in the area.

Cheers

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.04/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

This place wasn't around when I lived in Seattle, so I was glad to be able to check it out on a recent trip. Let me say that I thought it was well worth the visit but I wasn't blown away like a lot of reviewers seem to be. One of the thngs I always loved about Seattle was the great pub culture- this means not just great tap handles and clean lines but a cozy place to drink a pint with knowledgable servers (or least pourers), and usually better than average food as well as a neighborhood feel. This place has the great taps and the clean lines, but not a whole lot of the other stuff. The place is basically a tiny storefront with a small bar in it a sofa or two and a few tables. That's it. It's tiny. What's there is fairly nicely appointed, but rather sterile. I don't feel cozy here- particularly on a cold, windy, rainy Seattle day. The service is fine, quasi-informed, and relatively into it but doesn't strike me as passionate about beer as the servers at some other great beer bars. They are friendly, though. No food at all, and somewhat limited options in the immediate vicinity, but they will let you bring food in. They had 20 or so taps and a whole bunch of botttles in the cooler behind the bar. Some nice bottles, and some nice taps, but I can't say I was amazed by the selection. It was well chosen, had some nice local stuff on, but nothing super rare or tremendously special. I had a New Old Lompoc LSD (definitely the happiest find on tap) and a Curieaux. I hadn't had the New Old Lompoc before, but had had pretty much everything else they had, including the bottles- except for a couple Belgians in bottles that I could get for less in the liquor store. Nice, but not my favorite place. Would I go again? Sure, if I checked their tap list online and found something interesting, or if I lived nearby. I'd hit it up as an out-of-towner if I hadn't been before or if something really good was on as well. So, I'll probably be back and then on to other Seattle spots like Brouwer's cafe, Bevridge Place, and Elysian.

Photo of 4thoseabout2bock
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

The ambience is converted garage/store front, with cement floors. But the beer selection is amazing. As of today, Curieaux, Avery Old Jubelation, Doggie Claws, and Iron Horse Quilters Irish Death (billed as a an old ale, but a little like an imperial stout -- dark, sweet, and strong) among 12 other impressive handles were all great on tap. Tap list seems to stay up to date on line. Not crowded duerring the middle of the day -- and an interesting firepit in the center of the room makes a warm welcome on cold rainy seattle days, with a reggae beat. Small but worthy. Beer tourists, stop here.

Photo of Idaho99
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Most other reviewers have pretty much captured the essence of Uber: not much to look at, but probably the most impressive beer selection you will ever stumble upon. The tiny Uber packs an incredible amount of beer into a very small establishment. I almost guarantee that you'll find a beer on tap that you've never heard of.

Mixing it up between European, American craft, and the occasional Japanese beer, these guys excel at exposing you to an amazing variety of beers. And that's just from the tap handles. If, on the nearly impossible chance, they don't impress you with the draft selection, they will have something in a bottle you haven't had (such as Dogfish Head's Red & White or Black & Blue). They even have a keg of Victory Hop Wallop ready to tap in the next few weeks!

I stopped in on my way to the Seahawk's game last Monday and the bartender even warned me of my arriving bus a few minutes in advance. That's service!

Visit Uber. You'll be glad you did.

Über Tavern in Seattle, WA
97 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.