Naked City Taphouse
Active Beers: 66
Beer Ratings: 171
Beer Avg: 3.55
Taps: 24 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 20 | Reviews: 17 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by RedDiamond:
3.43/5 rDev -14.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
Among Seattle's handful of neighborhood brewpubs, Naked City is easily the smallest. Beers originate on a tiny 3 1/2-bbl brew system at the rear of the bar. Thus far, only four of their two-dozen taps are reserved for house beers, and it's clear that these former homebrewers are still adapting their recipes and technique. Even so, Naked City's guest taps embody a choice array of craft beers, favoring west coast innovators from Alaska to San Diego, and guarantee a contented session. What's more, their taplist is posted on their reliably up-to-date website so you can peruse before visiting. A menu of distinguished bottled imports is also available.
Food leaps imaginatively beyond ordinary barfare to include pickled hop shoots, white truffle pâté and Italian bresaola. (Having googled it, I now know that bresaola is a dried, salted beef.) These are just some of the appetizers. The core menu consists of sandwiches, soups, and salads. Prices are high relative to value.
The bar has a decidedly urban configuration in that it is long and skinny and roughly aligned as a trident. One tine is the bar, another a counter, a third comprises a kid-friendly seating area. The room is candle lit and a bit dark and service can be challenging on crowded nights. But as a beer bar, Naked City is easily one of the best in Seattle. I remain hopeful about eventual improvements in their own beers.
12-17-2009 01:58:41 | More by RedDiamond
More User Reviews:
British Columbia (Canada)
3.86/5 rDev -4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
24 beers on tap; 16 of their own. An amazing range ... so I wished that you could choose the six for the tasting tray instead of being restricted to the six they say you must have. Loved two (Crossfire IPA, Pinkerton Porter), really liked another (Infernal Beaute Belgian PA) and liked the others (Blonde Ale, India Red Ale, American Brown Ale). Friendly prompt bartender. "Rawhide" on TV; this ain't the place to come to watch sports!
11-12-2013 04:58:30 | More by EspressoGuy
4.56/5 rDev +13.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Boy was I glad I visited this place. A film I am of film noir of the 50's and now a fan of their beer. Service was excellent and got to meet the owner who said they were coming out with a "Dude" flavored beer. Beers were solid to mostly great. I really liked their IPAs in particular and wish I had a chance to taste some of their seasonal offerings. One of the best places I visited in Seattle period. I need to get back.
10-17-2013 10:09:21 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
4/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5 | $$
Good vibe. Good service. The food is reasonable. There’s a very nice selection of beer on tap. This brewpub puts out their own beers as well as putting on some very good taps from the area and the region. Very good spot to check out, the Greenwood area is pretty saturated with good beer spots.
05-30-2013 17:03:08 | More by Smurf2055
3.95/5 rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
I went to Naked City with my wife yesterday for the first time. I've been itching to go there for awhile, now.
It's a decent, straightforward bar setting. It's clean and laid out pretty well, and there are games and things available to help you kill the time while quaffing some brews. Of these there is a very good selection on-tap and in cans or bottles. The on-tap selection seems to center around Pacific Northwest brews, which I appreciate. Their selection also includes a half-dozen in-house brews, all of which I look forward to sampling in the future.
Service was good, although the place was pretty empty when we were there. Food is decent if unspectacular; the menu is rather small but has some tasty options and some vegetarian items.
I definitely plan on heading back to Naked City again soon.
11-14-2011 15:24:06 | More by flagmantho
3.33/5 rDev -17.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$$
Finally got to check this place out. Just went for a couple beers but I did make these observations:
- Bar was full due to World Series on the screens, not really clear where to order, eventually found the line at the end of the bar.
- They had a list of the beers on a piece of paper, didn't find the paper until it was my turn. That fact and having only one bartender on duty made ordering slooow. Why not add a large chalkboard with the taps listed?
- I didn't check, but the pints looked more like 12oz shakers - when will proper pours be a law here? The schooners looked like 10ozers.
- Eventually got a seat at the bar, and the bar was sticky.
- Their own Naked City beers were excellent! Many different styles. It was nice to see local/fellow brewpub beers on tap as well. Wish they had a beer engine though.
-Bartender was knowledgeable and friendly.
10-28-2011 19:08:13 | More by jkdrummer
4.14/5 rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
located relatively close to my abode, just off of 85th
pretty big interior, long bar, multiple rooms and lots of tables.
there seemed to be a heavy dosage of UW students in the room late on a Friday evening.
solid tap selection - lots of rotation too and their twitter feed dilligently updates every move in real time. I decided to see how bad the Deschutes Stoic really was while my gf opted for a goblet of damnation. There were other interesting guest taps as well - anacortes, cascade, lost abbey, etc.
They brew their own beer too, which has mixed reviews - I'll check that out next time.
09-03-2011 16:24:17 | More by dirtylou
Naked City Taphouse in Seattle, WA
90 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.