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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 mnapier
4.74/5  rDev +7.5%

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

mnapier, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of Ruddiger
4.72/5  rDev +7%

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 +6.1%

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 +5.7%

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 +5.7%

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 +5.7%

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 +5.2%

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 +4.5%

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.

Murchmac, Aug 09, 2007
Photo of 4thoseabout2bock
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%

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 +4.3%

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 +3.6%

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 +2.9%

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 +2%

DCLAguy11, Nov 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

bbtuna, Jan 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

aullrich, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
4.5/5  rDev +2%

jaydoc, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of GJ40
4.5/5  rDev +2%

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.

GJ40, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of sharpski
4.5/5  rDev +2%

sharpski, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of jag21
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

jag21, May 04, 2011
Photo of TheName
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

TheName, Dec 19, 2006
Photo of RoryGilmore
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

RoryGilmore, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of brewandbbq
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

brewandbbq, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of Trailmix242
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

Trailmix242, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of flexabull
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%

Great place that is new to me. I am pretty sure this place wasn't around 10 years ago when I lived here.

Great atmosphere, dark and small, but the fridges behind the bar are well lit, and stocked nicely. There are a handful of chairs, a couch, and a very cool round table that has a fire pit in the middle.

Quality is very good, saw lots of great locals on tap, Russian River, and tons of high quality bottles.

Service was fine, no complaints.

Selection was great. Liked I said, they had tons of excellent bottles, and it looked like at least 2 dozen taps.

Don't think they have food.

Value is good, prices were fair for Seattle.

All in all, a great place, really enjoyed it, and might have to go here again before I leave.

flexabull, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of walshclimb
4.39/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

walshclimb, Aug 17, 2007
Über Tavern in Seattle, WA
97 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.