Hilltop Ale House
Taps: 18 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 7 | Reviews: 7
3.4/5 rDev -11.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$$$
Overall it is a ok place but I really wouldn't recommend it compared to all the other great beer bars in the city, but it is probably the best one I have found in upper queen anne which is kinda sad :( They have around 8 taps of rotating beers (good) but most of the beers they rotate through are average at best (bad). they have a cool yet kind of boring atmosphere and oh yeah cask beers (definitely the highlight). My major problem with this place is the prices as they definitely nail you (6 bucks a pint is way to high). Overall an ok place.
03-04-2010 19:49:02 | More by SeattleBeerBlog
3.55/5 rDev -7.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$$
Hilltop Ale House is on Queen Anne Hill in the middle of the small business district up there. The atmosphere is American Faux-British Pub. Lots of wood, british beer signs (Young's, Fuller's, Boddigtons etc.) and a bunch of exterior photos of actual British pubs around the walls.
The beer selection is solid, mostly local products but it suffers from the usual standards syndrome. There are several adequite micros but you're not going to see anything here that you haven't had before. They tend toward the mass-acceptance beers even from breweries that make some outsanding "out-there" products. As such, it's a great neighborhood spot if I'm over there, but I wouldn't make an effort to get there otherwise.
The food is really good if on the pricey side. They make an effort to be "healthy" pub food (no deep fat fryer so you can't have fries with your burger.) They do have one of the better hummus plates around. Entrees at lunch and dinner are almost always over $10. So a meal and a single pint will likely set you back over $15 per person.
02-02-2006 00:05:47 | More by czechsaaz
3.68/5 rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Hilltop Ale House is in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle and in the "downtown" area. The bar itself is quite small and divided into a front and back section. The front section was VERY noisy to the point where we yelling was almost a necessity. The rear section was quieter, but also isolated from the bar. The food selection was OK (standard pub fare), but the quality was spot on. Beer selection was limited but all the brews on the list were good ones. Lunar, Elysian, and Snoqualmie Falls were all represented as were a few others. The bar is beer only so don't go looking for mixed drinks. Overall, the experience was a pleasant one and if you are in the neighborhood it is worth checking out.
09-07-2002 10:43:18 | More by jreitman
4/5 rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
For someone visiting from the east coast, I thought this was a great place to get to sample a lot of the local Seattle Beers.
The Bartender and manager were very friendly and the place had a nice, kind of classy but homey vibe.
On tap they had Diamond Knot Industrial XIPA (awesome),Boundary Bay Harvest ale ,maritime pacific islander pale ale(both on cask) and Georgetown's Manny's Pale ale and Baron Brewing's Pilsner.
I didn't try the food but some of the specials looked pretty enticing and smelled even better.
Nice place to pop in and sample a few local brews.
09-02-2006 18:52:06 | More by BillyB
British Columbia (Canada)
4/5 rDev +3.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is a bit of hike from Downtown/ Belltown so take a cab up the hill. The place is fairly small with the great woody vibe of a nice local pub. The beer list isn't huge but well considered and heavy on the local beers. I drank a great Diamond knot IPA and my girlfriend had a Maritime Hef. There was two cask beers on tap at the time. The food is great with a burger to die for. The service is efficient and knowledgeable. The only small complaint is that the open kitchen produces a smoke pall that seemed to linger over the tables a bit. All in all a real great neighbourhood joint.
04-22-2008 01:14:35 | More by canucklehead
4/5 rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Hilltop Ale House is a quality pub on the top of the hill in Queen Anne. From my understanding this location is in more of the downtown area of Queen Anne. The girlfriend and I drove up that way on 03/31/09 from Belltown. Even though it is possible to make the trek there without a car there is a rather mammoth hill separating the two locations. However, now that I think about it the walk back down the hill could be fun.
It is right across the street from a Safeway grocery store so we parked there and skipped across.
The establishment has a fun English pub theme to it. Granted, I have never been across the pond but the girlfriend has and she mentioned the quaint London like quality. They had some Fútbol on the television which added to the atmosphere. At the time we were there it was a pretty low key and older afternoon crowd. I can imagine it would be tons of fun on a weekend night as well. They have a couple tables for outdoor seating as well which could turn into a great location for a long day of drinking.
We were greeted with smiles and immediate service. I went with the Boundary Bay Oatmeal Stout on cask. I also tried the Mongoose IPA on cask and the Diamond Knot IPA. The latter being a very quality beer. It appears that they always have at least one (maybe two) beers on cask.
We tried the reuben sandwich and the house gumbo both of which were delicious.
This is a great place to grab some local WA beer and a healthy pub meal. The latter may cost a little but it is well worth it.
04-11-2009 02:20:18 | More by erikm25
4.29/5 rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25 | $$
Great burgers, kind staff. Awesome music. Go during off-hours or ELSE! Busy place, i.e. Food has variety and can be prepared according to your desires. Top of the hill, walk up sober. Reminds me of England or somewhere across the pond that I have yet to visit. Great destination for a brew or 3.
04-20-2013 06:28:42 | More by Hopmodium
Hilltop Ale House in Seattle, WA
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