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Über Tavern

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

51 Ratings
Ratings: 51
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 9.28%
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 shivtim
5/5  rDev +13.1%

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.

shivtim, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of czechsaaz
4.94/5  rDev +11.8%

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.

czechsaaz, May 30, 2007
Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
4.88/5  rDev +10.4%

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.

SeattleBeerBlog, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of atowle25
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%

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+

atowle25, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of bosco7
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

bosco7, Jun 05, 2007
Photo of dirtylou
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%

i've visited uber a number of times since moving to Seattle - with all of the traffic disasters that Seattle presents, the location on Aurora Avenue makes it fairly accessible for most. The road may be a sh!thole but Uber is well worth the trip, and duck island down the road aint bad either.

quite the small room - i like to visit in the afternoon when its cozy but not crowded. there are a few nice tv's that focus on sports and make this actually a pretty nice place to watch an off-peak game.

nice bar area, interesting fireplace table - just cozy.

tap list rotates fast and is easily the 2nd best list behind brouwers in the city, in my opinion. the focus seems to be heavy on american craft, which is a plus. all of the rarities will flow through here, kegs are aged for years (cellar list available on the website), growlers to go, a fantastic bottle list. Really just a great place - highly recommended.

service is always great - no pretention. 1/2 pours available.

dirtylou, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of ScreamForMe
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%

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!

ScreamForMe, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of benito
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

benito, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of Kurmaraja
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Kurmaraja, Feb 08, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Caleb, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of mnapier
4.74/5  rDev +7.2%

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

mnapier, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of Ruddiger
4.72/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

Ruddiger, Jun 09, 2007
Photo of Idaho99
4.68/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

Idaho99, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of julian
4.66/5  rDev +5.4%

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!

julian, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of alfrantzell
4.66/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

alfrantzell, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of flagmantho
4.66/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

flagmantho, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of woemad
4.64/5  rDev +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.

woemad, Oct 02, 2007
Photo of Murchmac
4.61/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

Murchmac, Aug 09, 2007
Photo of 4thoseabout2bock
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

4thoseabout2bock, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of bostonjord
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

bostonjord, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of BillRoth
4.57/5  rDev +3.4%

Recommended on Beer Advocate. So made the trip during Beer Safari trip to Seattle with some friends of mine. Wow. Completely agreed. I loved this place. Great, very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Atmosphere was like an eclectic mix of ultra comfy living room; inside fire pit, small bar area, not too dark, moody but fun. Really had a good, relaxed stop with my friends, OK...then the beer, Great rare beers from Cascade, HOD, Midnight Sun, etc. mixed with a very good collection of taps and bottles from just about everywhere. But for a guy who wanted to tap some hard to get NW beers..it was excellent. Fresh tapped Homo Erectus from Walking Man...hmmm, my kinda session beer. perfect!

BillRoth, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of John_M
4.54/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

John_M, Apr 17, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

bbtuna, Jan 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

aullrich, Dec 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

jaydoc, Oct 12, 2013
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Über Tavern in Seattle, WA
97 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.