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Chuck's 85th St. Market

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20 Reviews
Reviews: 20
Visits: 51
Avg: 4.43
pDev: n/a
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656 NW 85th St
Seattle, Washington, 98117-3143
United States
phone: (206) 297-6212

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Place added by: chuckshin on 11-20-2010

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Reviews by flagmantho:
Photo of flagmantho
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I stopped in at Chuck's Hop Shop for the first time today to see what all the fuss is about. It was a damn fine little bottle shop; perhaps not the best in Seattle but quite good.

The selection is largely similar to other good bottle shops in the area, and very nearly everything was properly displayed in refrigerator cases. I was surprised and happy to see a lot of offerings from Cascade as well as from Alesmith, the latter of which I don't think I've seen before in Washington.

Atmosphere is great, with seating in the middle for drinking and socialization. There's a small corking fee, which I think is pretty acceptable. Prices in general are a little bit high, but not out-of-order.

Chuck happened to be there and offered his help. Seems like a nice enough guy, and it's great to see the owner mingling with the customers. Chuck's has an ice cream counter and a selection of Kwik-E-Mart type snacks, if you want to call that food. But hey, this is a bottle shop, not a pub.

I will absolutely be back to Chuck's, and probably soon. A great little place.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of JamLand
5/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

V: It is a combination bottle shop/bar with a great neighborhood/local feel. Despite being busy with a large selection of bottles for everyone to look through, a bar and growler fills, Chuck's was laid back.

Ser: Bartender suffered through my wife's new interest in beers and repeated request for tasters. Granted the box of bottles I bought probably helped the cause.

Sel.: The best bottle selection I witnessed while in Seattle along with a tap list that offered several locals I could not find elsewhere.

Overall, I think this is my first 5 star place review. I cannot think of a single way to improve Chuck's in Greenwood. I love this shop so much, if I ever moved to Seattle, I'd try to live near Chuck's so I could walk to it.

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Photo of Erik-P
4.42/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of EdwardAbbey
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of doughanson78
4.64/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I'm partial to central district Chuck's. This one is a bit more crowded but still has the same phenomenal selection and knowledgeable staff.

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Photo of cherche
4.07/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of Rutager
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of JISurfer
4.79/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of semogolf1
4.68/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

This place is pretty top notch....A little pricy though.

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Photo of Hoppyalein
4.97/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Nietzsches_Horse
4.57/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

It's an unpretentious convenience store with ~40 taps, an excellent bottle selection, ice cream (for the kids or weak-willed adults), and food trucks. The interior layout is poor when it's busy (dictionary definition of a "bottleneck"), it's a bit dingy (but in a cozy and charming way), and the draft/growler prices are often befuddling. But, ultimately, if you are new or old to an interest in craft beer, this place is a must-visit when in Seattle. You'll feel welcomed here, and will always find something (and probably many things) to drink.

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Photo of italianstallion
4.52/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of SeattleBoB76
5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of DCLAguy11
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of PacNWDad
5/5  rDev +12.9%

This is my goto beer store/taphouse. Great food trucks every night and weekend afternoons, too. Very knowledgeable, friendly staff. Great draft beer selection and if you do the samplers, it is a great deal. Very good selection of beers to buy as well. Great events weekly, including trivia.

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Photo of slasich
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Colepopp
5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of rab53
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of crowellbw
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Great selection, layout is a bit cumbersome especially with everyone in line for beer on tap.

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Photo of Goatdavemac
5/5  rDev +12.9%

Stellar staff. I went in expecting to find one or two gems, but once I started talking up the staff, I left with a case full. Great selection, and a staff who listened to what I was looking for, and then they were more than happy to help. The dingy outside makes it especially charming.

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Photo of nmann08
5/5  rDev +12.9%

This was by far my favorite beer stop during the entire San Francisco to Seattle road trip. Now being from the Mid-Atlantic where the concept of a liquor store/tap house is a lot more rare, maybe I was just easily amused and impressed, but this place is awesome.

If I lived in Seattle, this would be my go to spot regularly. It's a combination of a mini-mart, beer store and bar. They have electronic tap system that looks great and highlights specific beers. The night I was there they had a Midnight Sun Sampler special ($8 for four 4-oz pours). You had to choose from categories, but I still got Son of Beserker and Bar Fly, which was a great deal. Good service, fast moving line.

The bottle coolers surround the seating area and are divided by style. They have everything from local staples to the big boys and even a few expensive rare vintage bottles that if you are from out of town, are worth the time. I bought a Fremont Bourbon Abominable, Breakside Bourbon Barrel Aztec and a few almanacs. Pricing seemed normal.

The only negative I could ever highlight is it is a bit cramped when busy. The seating area is right next to the bar and then it is boxed in by the bottle coolers, so if it is busy, there is a lot of foot traffic.

I wish I had place like this in the DC area and can't wait to go back. Go here, enjoy, thank me later.

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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Chuck's 85th St. Market in Seattle, WA
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