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The Pine Box

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

32 Ratings
Ratings: 32
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 7.03%
Taps: 33
Bottles: 0
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1600 Melrose Ave
Seattle, Washington, 98122-2023
United States
phone: (206) 588-0375

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @pinebox

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(Place added by: Ianbroberts on 04-02-2012)
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4.6/5  rDev +4.3%

roan22, Yesterday at 05:00 AM
Photo of flagmantho
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Having just got a new job down in Denny Triangle, I'm exploring some of the bars on the west side of Capitol Hill. My buddy and I were lucky enough to stumble upon this place yesterday.

It's a damn good beer bar. About 30 beers on tap, with most of them being Northwest selections. When I was there, there was only 1 beer per brewery -- definitely an opportunity to check out a number of breweries. The atmosphere is great; it's in an old mortuary (hence the name) and is furnished with dark woods and warm lighting. Service was reasonable, although the place was ferociously busy at 8 PM and I didn't get a chance to chat with the staff about beer.

I will definitely be returning to the Pine Box. Definitely the best beer bar I've found on that side of the hill.

flagmantho, Oct 17, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev -0.2%

anteater, Oct 14, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

GasPasser69, Sep 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

nobelk18, Aug 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

LBittman, Jul 18, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

dwagner003, Jul 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

strongaf, Jul 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

mcintire78, Jun 24, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

brien, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of terence
4.93/5  rDev +11.8%

My wife and I hunkered down at the bar a sunny Sunday early afternoon. The bartender was very friendly and helpful. The beer selection was very good and included some hard to find ones. We didn't order food, but it seemed like your standard bar type food.

Good place here, definitely worth checking out whenever near the area.

terence, Jun 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

yancot, Jun 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

HoppySeb, Jun 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

dipso123, May 23, 2014
Photo of EspressoGuy
3.45/5  rDev -21.8%

Like everyone else has said, it's a great building, great room, wonderful beer selection ... now here's the but ... but the service was not very good. Our bartender was pleasant but he was acting like he really didn't want to serve people. He wasn't mean or nasty just as bare-bones polite as he needed to be. And I expect more from a bartender.
I'd go back to give the service one more try because of all the positive stuff about the place and reviewers saying good things but if I'm hoping for a little interest from the bartender next time.

EspressoGuy, May 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -15%

Sammy, May 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

memphischas, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of damndirtyape
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Reviewed during the start of happy hour - not too crowded on a Tuesday.

Atmosphere: After talking with the waiter, I learned this place was a former funeral parlor, and the main joint was originally the chapel where services would be held. Neat place - very high ceiling, big ceiling lights, huge bar, plenty of tables and a eclectic feel to the place. Great music as well. Well....I thought it was good. They played Simple Man by Skynryd which usually gets many points for me when I rate atmosphere.

Quality: All great craft beers and a handful of Belgian imports as well. All Pacific NW beers and Northern California on tap or in bottles.

Service: Great waiter - very attentive, quick service, and very friendly.

Selection: 30 beers on tap and about 30-40 beers in bottle form.

Food: Looked like pretty simple but well done fare - I had of all things the Pretzel with spicy mustard. While that mustard was infernally hot, it was full of flavor and the pretzel was perfectly done - not reheated. They took the time to make this from scratch. If this was what a pretzel was like, I suspect the rest of the menu would be quite good.

Value: Very good prices. $5 for a 160z beer, and $4 at happy hour.

I will definitely visit this place again.

damndirtyape, Apr 02, 2014
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4.26/5  rDev -3.4%

Capitol Hill is cooler-than-thou, but not in a Brooklyn-hipster kind of way. Way more relaxed and attitude-free. We all had dinner at Sitka & Spruce and, bam, there it is. The Pine Box right across the street. At first I thought it was an old bank, but it turns out it used to house a funeral home. Later on, I learned that Bruce Lee was buried in this very spot! I think he’d be proud of the fine beer now served here.

About 35 taps, mostly Northwest and West Coast: 10 Barrel, Almanac, Big Time, Black Diamond Peak XV, Highwater Hop Logic, De Dolle, Mad River Serious Madness, Midnight Sun Monk’s Mistress, Oakshine, Sniprd, Tieton… short-but-sweet selection of bottles as well, including Cascade sours, Firestone 17th, Parabola and Sucaba (at $21-$24, not bad at all).

I had some food to go with all the beer and was not disappointed. Porcini-and-smoked-salt popcorn plus baby kale and arugula salad with walnut and chevre. Service is efficient and prices are maybe a tad high but not terrible: around $8 for 12 ounces of the better brews. Easily the best, coolest bar in Seattle.

DoubleSimcoe, Mar 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Kurmaraja, Feb 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

crowbar540, Dec 19, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

This is where I bring my dates when I want to impress them. Fantastic selection of beers, wide range of prices. The food I is ooo-lah-lah delicious. I ordered a sausage dish that arrived plated to look like male genitalia. That was a challenge for me, for obvious reasons. I ate it anyway because after all, this is Capitol Hill in Seattle! It was delicious. The food makes this a worthy destination spot for any foodies in your midst. The beer list is like a snobby wine list without the insufferable snobs. I used to be a wine snob, but beer is much better. The atmosphere is really nifty once you get over the idea of it having once been a funeral home. The pizza oven did not used to be a crematorium. I asked. Really, this is where you should bring your dates. They will be impressed, and you will get to enjoy good food and beer. Even if your date sucks, you will still have a great and memorable evening.

Xena, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of bram325
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%

Great staff. Fantastic list of NW beers. And we had a great meal sitting at the bar.

The bartender was very helpful in making some selections on beers we were not familiar with. We were posted up at the bar for a solid 4 hours and never once did he make us feel like we were in his way or bothering him with our questions. I will definitely be going back here on my next trip to Seattle

bram325, Oct 24, 2013
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4.48/5  rDev +1.6%

I spent four days in Seattle working a tradeshow at the Seattle Convention Center downtown. I was staying at the Homewood Suites nearby and The Pine Box was two blocks away.

I visited two days consecutively and had a great time. The first day, they had a brewery takeover by Elysian, Ninkasi, and Firestone. They also mix custom made bloody mary's that were outrageously good!

Great tap selection-over 36 types of beer.

The first day I visited they brought in three live chickens and we all played "chicken shit bingo".
The chickens were released into a 8X8 cage with a grid on the floor. Winners won prizes! The chickens were all well treated. In fact they had names; Lady Gaga, Betty White and Apple Dumpling. They were all returned to their farm after their performance.

The bartenders were all outstanding and knew their beer.

A great place to hang out!

rudyarmand, Sep 19, 2013
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The Pine Box in Seattle, WA
96 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.