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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 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
Photo of GJ40
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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 barleywinefiend
3.6/5  rDev -18.6%

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.

barleywinefiend, Sep 13, 2010
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 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 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 jaydoc
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

jaydoc, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.04/5  rDev -8.6%

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.

Georgiabeer, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of flexabull
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%

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 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 brewandbbq
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

brewandbbq, Jun 03, 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 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 strongaf
4/5  rDev -9.5%

strongaf, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of Kurmaraja
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Kurmaraja, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of loren01
3.03/5  rDev -31.4%

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.

loren01, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of kingcrowing
3.81/5  rDev -13.8%

Stopped in here with UA8 for a couple beers, they had an '08 Stone IRS aged in Elijah Craig bourbon barrels which was phenomenal and it was only $5/10oz pour! I got a couple fresh hop beers and they had abacus and FW 14th for sale in bottles.

The place is really small and cozy, lots of cool are and stuff, good music and a nice bar, the location of is easy to find and the prices are dirt cheap. They do growler fills of all their beers I think. The guy working there was friendly and seemed to know his stuff which is always a plus. I don't think they had and food.

kingcrowing, Oct 16, 2011
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 coldriver
4.23/5  rDev -4.3%

Visited on December 27th on a Seattle area holiday pub crawl. This place is quite small, but you get a great welcoming vibe when you enter that immediately puts you into your comfort zone. The seventeen taps were nicely selected with a focus on local and PNW beers. Selections are numbered to match the pool ball tap handles! Bartender was very helpful in making recomendations. Crowd was very friendly compared to the typical Northwest standoffishness and we throroughly enjoyed our visit. I'll make a point of coming back here the next time I'm in town.

coldriver, Jan 03, 2013
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 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 Trailmix242
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%

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 cbros
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

cbros, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of sprucetip
4.36/5  rDev -1.4%

Uber Tavern is a great beer bar. It is quite small and cozy, with a pleasantly chill atmosphere, even in the earlier parts of a Friday evening. There is no table service, but service is good. The bartender was plenty willing to answer questions, and beers are served at proper temp and in appropriate glassware. Selection is sold if not huge, about 25 taps or so, but very well selected. The bottle list is extensive and selected with the same care as the taps. Prices are very reasonable. I had a bomber, or was it a 750, of Abacus for $19, and a healthy pour of Life and Limb for a fair price. Can't be too much less than that in a bottle shop. They had clean 09 Abyss on tap, as well as lots of other impressive offerings. If you like great beer bars, it would be silly not to visit this one, given the chance.

sprucetip, Oct 16, 2011
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
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Über Tavern in Seattle, WA
97 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.