74th Street Ale House
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3.71/5 rDev -8.2%
A: Pretty busy here, even on a mid Sunday afternoon. Nice long bar, traditional pub decor, a mix of people but never heard anyone talk beer or drink or saw anyone drink anything solid which goes to the selection.
Q: Slightly above average. Some pretty typical WA generic beers: Mannys, Rogue and of course Guinness blah blah blah. Nothing exciting at all.
S: The server was nice and prompt
S: Like I eluded to in quality. There was nothing there that I could not find at any beeer bar or Red Robin in WA sate. Boring taps!
F: Did not try any but the guy next to me ordered a soup that looked more like water with some food
01-11-2011 03:24:44 | More by barleywinefiend
4.2/5 rDev +4%
This is one of three neighborhood pubs that make up the Seattle Ale Houses franchise (along with Hilltop Ale House and Columbia City Ale House).
While I haven't been to an English pub house, this is what I imagine one is like. It's often crowded and rather loud (from conversations at every table rather than music or TVs). Long cedar bar that runs 3/4 of the length of the place with two-top and four-top tables on the floor. These are often situated very close together, giving the place a cramped feel.
Bartenders are often friendly and knowledgeable and more than willing to strike up a conversation. The waitstaff are also friendly and prompt but not so knowledgeable about the beer.
A good selection of PNW and west coast taps with a few English and east coast taps. Focus is on the PNW, though.
The food is upscale pub food. The red cabbage Reuben is the second-best Reuben in town. (The best Reuben in town can be found at T.S. McHugh's: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/2373
11-12-2010 18:44:32 | More by BuckeyeOne
4.68/5 rDev +15.8%
Finally decided to add my 2 cents after frequenting this place for many years. Had a good friend who lived 3 doors west on 74th St. and the first time I visited this location, it was a hole-in-the- wall tavern with little to distinguish it from others. The present incarnation is what a good beer bar should strive for. An extensive and varied tap and bottle selection, and a good solid menu of tasty and unique interpretations of sandwich, soup and salad offerings. The Reuben is one of the best I've had, anywhere, and that includes, LA, and NY. I seem to enjoy a bottle of Sam Smith's Imperial Stout on most occasions, but there's plenty of local, regional, and foreign beers, as well. It's a bit noisy, but what popular crowded bar/restaurant, isn't. If you've not tried it, do. It's a special alternative to your usual haunts!
07-08-2009 20:13:48 | More by bweinst
4.18/5 rDev +3.5%
I have to say that I'm a bit amused by some of the recent reviews of this place. It's not that they're inaccurate, but I guess I just see some of the "problems" in a somewhat different light.
I've been coming to this place for nearly 15 years now; it was easily my favorite restaurant when I first visted Seattle back in 92 or 93. This was the first place I ever went to where they only had craft/import beer on tap, and where they served the beer exclusively in imperial pints and half pints. I know that's not such a big deal these days (at least it's not in the Seattle/Portland area), but it was a rarity back then. Then as now, the alehouse had an excellent, diverse selection of beers, often times having some limited run beer from a local brewery on tap as well.
The alehouse is located in what I guess was at one time a fairly small home. It's a somewhat narrow structure with high ceilings, so even under the best of circumstances and occasions, quarters tend to be a bit tight. The place is wicked popular, and I can't remember the last time I was there when it wasn't crowded. When by myself I usually find myself tucked in the corner of the bar (just to the right when you walk in the front door), which is fine by me. Generally, I think you get better service sitting at the bar then at a table. Because the alehouse is always crowded (at least that's how it seems), the place is often very noisy and service is invariably a bit slow.
As for the food, I really don't understand how anyone can complain about it. I've eaten here over a dozen times, have brought family and friends, and no one has ever complained about the food. Portions are good size and I've always been very happy with the gumbo and ceaser salad. I try to branch out when I visit, as I like just about everything on the menu, but the gumbo is the best I've had (and the hottest/spiciest I should add) outside of Louisiana and Alabama. I just have to order it whenever I visit (thank God they have half portions of it).
So, are the prices here super cheap? No, lunch for two and a couple of beers will probably run over $30. Is the atmosphere the best? While it's fine, there's no getting around the fact that this place is always very busy and it's hard to feel very relaxed. Is the service slow? Absolutely; it never seems as if there is enough staff to handle all the tables and folks invariably waiting for a table at the door.
.... but this place has been around for a long time now in an area where closings occur and new restaurants open on a pretty frequent basis.... and yet 74th Street alehouse has changed hardly at all and the place continues to pack them in night in and night out, in a city teeming with great restaurants, great alehouses, and excellent beer bars. I think it safe to say they must be doing something right. Good food, solid beer list, friendly (albeit often slow) service, and a nice vibe... yep, works for me.
This is, and always has been, a great place. I just love this place.
Update from 3/15/08. Visited with a friend, and if anything this place was even better then the last time I visited. In particular, the service was absolutely outstanding, though that may be attributable to the time we stopped by (around 5 PM). There were actually a few empty tables when we arrived, which allowed the waitress to stop by far more frequently to check on us. P.S. Yes, the gumbo was as spicy hot and delicious as ever!
08-07-2007 15:55:38 | More by John_M
3.83/5 rDev -5.2%
The place has a cozy feel with it with darker interior and fashionably worn furniture. The service was good, very attentive. Beer selection was good, about 12 quality local micros (boundry bay, elysian, hales, baron, and walking man) on tap the day we showed up. The food was great and very well prepared. The menu was different than normal pub food, with several interesting specials available. the beer had been well handled and was served in proper glassware. I'd go back if I didn't live quite so far away.
10-28-2006 03:27:40 | More by ccs
3.78/5 rDev -6.4%
I walked from Prost! and went to the 74th Street Ale House to check it out. A recreation of a classic English pub with nice wooden signs and a bit of neon. A nice bar as well. They have around 14 to 16 taps that are mainly UK and local micros and a decent selection of beer in bottle as well. They only do beer and wine, no hard spirits. The service was good and the selection of food was very good. I had the very spicy gumbo which was very good. A very clean place that seems to be popular with the locals. A solid place to get some beer and food.
04-19-2006 21:39:17 | More by TheEclecticGent
4.08/5 rDev +1%
"Purveyors of Fine Ales & Splendid Food" was the greeting and some of the first words I noticed, quickly followed by curious glances at the offerings on tap. This was my first visit up to Phinney Ridge and was right in time for a few pints with lunch. I had only come across this establishment recently while doing online research planning my latest trip out and was anxious to check it out.
At first, the place was just getting going. I sat alone at the bar while only two other customers were seated at tables behind me. But by the time I had finished my second glass, more and more lunch patrons were arriving - with a mix of business and more casual folk. The atmosphere was what I would expect from an old-time NW ale house - relaxed but with a bit of (beer) sophistication. Clean-kept wood bar, wood tables and fixtures, with mirrors and windows to let in and reflect any varying amounts of light.
I ended up having some fresh local suds starting with a Baron Hefeweizen, then Pyramid Snowcap followed by a Snoqualmie Avalanche Winter Ale and finished with a fine Boundary Bay Cabin Fever. Didn't really want to leave, but any more of this and I would be retiring way too soon. And I had yet to hit Prost! (spitting distance from here -- well, depending on the animal, I guess).
Some have noted that the food prices are a tad high, but the food I had was really tasty and freshly prepared and others around me were enjoying and commenting on their lunches. I had the black bean burger which had a good spice and heat kick. Washed down happily with my winter beers.
When I return to the NW I'm def. going to hit up this neighborhood again. With friendly Prost and the Barking Dog nearby, it's a great alternative to downtown.
01-31-2006 08:18:38 | More by Hobbz
74th Street Ale House in Seattle, WA
90 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.