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Über Tavern

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

54 Ratings
Ratings: 54
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.07%
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 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.

Photo of woemad
4.64/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

An incredible bar. My brother and I stopped in while we were slowly working our way south to catch a Mariners game. There were only a few other people in, all Oregon Duck fans watching the game against Cal. Seemed a cozy little place. Wasn't sure if there was another room in the back or not. If not, then this place must get ubercramped during peak hours.

Service was perfunctory. The girl behind the bar was friendly and efficient, but I don't know if she knew anything about the beers she was serving as she spent much of her time when not serving beers talking to one of her co-works. As it was my brother and I were talking amongst ourselves and with the other patrons about college football, and the others were frequently placing orders for various beers, so it's not like she was being rude. She was obviously trained on glassware, though, as Belgian and German beers were all being placed into their appropriate glasses. Any beer bar that puts effort into using the correct glasses gets pretty high marks from me.

The selection was incredible in it's breadth. I ordered a Walking Man Oatmeal Stout and a Gordon. My brother had an Avery Imperial Oktoberfest (which was freaking incredible from the taste I had), and a Schlenkerla Helles (he was intrigued by the idea of a Rauchbier - unfortunately, the Helles was the only klind they had). The tab came to $20, which wasn't bad for the quality of the beers, and wasn't really that much higher than what I'd have paid in Spokane (and would probably have been cheaper than the Viking). While we ordered no bottled beers, we both spent quite a lot of time gazing in wonder at the beerbook the bartender had handed to us when we came in.

Anytime a beer geek is in Seattle, they owe it to themselves to check this place out.

Photo of walshclimb
4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

It is worth stopping the Uber Tavern just for the beer selection. They have an incredible bottle list and more than 20 awesome beers on tap. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. They even held on to my wife's purse for 12 hours after she left it behind. On the down side, the bar is small, crowded and loud if it is full. I think going there for an afternoon tasting would be ideal because the noisy crowd is too distracting for me to contemplate flavor, etc. There are no real options for food short of ordering delivery, so trying to pair something from their excellent beer menu is impossible.

Photo of Murchmac
4.61/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Went to the Uber after going to duck island saloon and didn't expect what I saw. Tons of bottles, from different years, countries, and breweries. They had an extensive selction of belgians, microbrews from up and down the west coast with different years on them. Even a thomas hardy from 1998! The artwork on the walls were of day of the dead beer labels, and they were a lot of fun and very good. The bartender was knowledgeable, and even changed the channel to watch glavine win number 300. (Go Sox) I had great microbrews, and was able to bring in a hamburger from the greasy spoon dive from down the road. I really enjoyed this bar, if your in town definitely hit this bar up.

Photo of Ruddiger
4.72/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I love uber.
I always have a good time when I go there. Being on the eastside going to uber is more in the way of an event than something I do all the time.

As the other reviewers have mentioned, they have an amazing selection of bottled beer, and there is almost always more beer taps than I have time / tolerance to try.
The best part is after last call you can stumble over to beths cafe and eat some greasy breakfast food at 3 in the morning. If you are in Seattle you need to go to uber and enjoy a pint or 6 or some amazing beer.

Photo of bosco7
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Small little beer bar with a couple tables and a handful of seats at the bar. Kind of cramped but it was early so it wasn't bad at all.

The quality and selection of beer there was amazing 100s of bottles (all quality) and 15 or so beers on tap. Beer from Belgium, American craft brew, and German beer seems to be most prevalent. Kegs and bottles to go !!! Exceptional. No amazing.

No food but plenty around to bring to the bar.

Exellent service.

A must stop if you are in Seattle or even the Pacific Northwest.

Photo of czechsaaz
4.94/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I've been holding off reviewing the place because it's local for me and I thought it was so good that I might just sound like a hometown cheerleader. But really, it's worth all the praise I can think of. Small but the fireplace in the middle of the room makes it a nice comfy place.

The beer selection is great. Not the biggest selection you'll run across, but the bottle list is fantastic (a few more lambics would be good) and the taps are really interesting. There's always some standard lagers and ales but there's almost always something really rare/unusual on offer. They always have Delirium Tremens served from the tap tower with the DT pink elephant and they pull kegs from smaller Pacific Northwest breweries that no one else seems to have. On my last visit they have two Midnight sun beers on that I had only seen once before at a special fest. The taps rotate quickly and if you're local get on the e-mail list because sometimes the really interesting kegs move in a couple nights.

Everybody behind the bar knows their beer and has their favorites.

There's no food except packaged chips and nuts but they keep a menu file for delivery and there a couple places within a few blocks walking that you can bring in.

Value is great and everything is available to go. They fill growlers from the taps and the price is by the ounce at about the same as what you pay for a pint. Bottles are a more than standard retail but they are a bar and you can get GREAT beer here at 1am to take home that you can't get at your local corner store.

Really a can't miss place.

Photo of John_M
4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

There's no doubt this is a fabulous place, though I'm not sure I quite understand the BA score of 97.... but no matter.

Had occasion to finally stop by the Uber this past Friday afternoon (4/13/07). From the outside this place really looks to be nothing special, and my initial impression upon going inside wasn't a lot better. This place is surprisingly small, with I'm guessing not room for much more then 20 patrons. There is a very relaxed vibe to this place, and the Uber is nothing if not unpretentious. As others have noted, while the atmosphere may not be all that impressive, the beer line-up is anything but. I'd estimate around 20 tap handles in all, with some very well thought out selections on tap. I had a very nice glass of the 2004 Silver City Imperial Stout, while my friend had an excellent glass of Belgium trippel (it was not something I'd seen before and the name escapes me now). The bottle selection here is also quite good, and the bar tender that afternoon was exceptionally knowledgable and personable.

I quite liked this place and there's no doubt this would be a regular stop for me if I lived in Seattle. Along with Collin's pub, there is no doubt this will be a regular stop for me from now on when I'm in Seattle.

Photo of shivtim
5/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

While in Seattle for only a day and a half, I decided to make the walk up to the Uber Tavern from the U district. It was a long (beautiful) walk, and am I glad I did it. This place is amazing. First, and probably foremost, the people are great. Everyone is there to enjoy, appreciate, and advocate beer. Plenty of beer-versations taking place left and right. It's a very small place, with just the bar, a circular fireplace table, a couch, and maybe two more small tables. This really helps to facilitate conversation between both strangers and old friends. It doesn't hurt that the organizer of the Seattle International Beerfest is the landlord of the place, and the bartender is the daughter of the owners of Stoudt's in Pennsylvania. Everyone was so excited to talk about beer, and being from the midwest I got to talk up Bells and Three Floyds a bit, and spread some love for Canada's McAuslan Brewery.
To back up all of this beer camaraderie is a down-right incredible selection. 20+ on tap, and every one is a gem. The bottle selection is amazing, and everything is served in the perfect glassware. Service was exceptional, and the bartender Laura was really enjoying herself while effectively and quickly serving everyone. I was sitting at the bar, and ended up sharing a few different exceptional beers with the people sitting around me. Thats the kind of place this is, people hear that you haven't tried something, and they BUY it for you, because they're so sincere about sharing the love of beer. Free tasters are given out too if you can't decide what to try on tap.
Overall, I can't think of one complaint about this place except that it is currently more than 2000 miles from where I live. If you go, get into conversations with the people around you, it's what makes this place. I'm VERY hesitant to give any place all 5's, but this is the one establishment I've been to that deserves it.

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

Über's a great little pub with the selection that would be the envy of any major pub around.

Greeted by friendly, knowledgeable staff and a comprehensive (and very up to date in print and on the web) tap and bottle list it's easy to be comfortable. Add to that the beer-oriented, very friendly crowd and the nice warm fire and you've got an excellent spot.

The focus is clearly on beer and making sure all that is there is fresh and of excellent quality (a kitchen would be nice but the possibility of impinging the beer means it's fine the way it is). The taps covered the spectrum with everything from IPAs to imperial stouts to Flemish reds and the bottle cooler backs up the breadth with depth.

Prices are reasonable--especially when considering the origin of some of the draught beers--and become more so as you move up in quality/rarity. They must have been selling some of the more unique beers practically at cost.

All in all a great little pub that I will visit more often.

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