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The Pine Box

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Taps: 33 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
95
world-class

15 Ratings
Ratings: 15
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 3.39%
$$ - reasonable


[ 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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Smurf2055

Washington

4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$

This place is very Brouwer's-esk. They have a fantastic taplist, and get some really cool kegs on occasion. It gets busy at times, so service is usually good but sometimes a bit slow. Haven't had the food yet, and prices are pretty standard. Very well done and a great addition to Capitol Hill.

05-30-2013 17:37:02 | More by Smurf2055
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memphischas

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

04-05-2014 00:05:40 | More by memphischas
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damndirtyape

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $

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.

04-02-2014 00:51:12 | More by damndirtyape
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

4.26/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 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.

03-19-2014 15:02:05 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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Kurmaraja

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

02-08-2014 06:06:22 | More by Kurmaraja
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crowbar540

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

12-19-2013 04:11:26 | More by crowbar540
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Xena

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$

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.

11-24-2013 04:02:53 | More by Xena
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bram325

Texas

4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$

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

10-24-2013 14:39:30 | More by bram325
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rudyarmand

Georgia

4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75 | $$

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!

09-19-2013 19:16:22 | More by rudyarmand
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dwitt24

Washington

4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75 | $$$

Had some beers out of Oregon, Washington, & California while I was visiting my sister. This place had some rare and awesome beers. Was well worth the visit, a bit fairly expensive compared to Portland taphouses, buy a couple dollars a pint. Service was great, and beer was cold and glasses were filled to the brim.

Would go back

07-25-2013 04:40:03 | More by dwitt24
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The Pine Box in Seattle, WA
95 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.