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Pike Pub & Brewery

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Pike Pub & BreweryPike Pub & Brewery
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3.66/5
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3,127 Ratings
Place Score: 87
Ratings: 161
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.88
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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1415 First Ave.
Seattle, Washington, 98101
United States
phone: (206) 622-6044

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Ratings: 161 | Reviews: 101
Reviews by estlinska:
Photo of estlinska
3.26/5  rDev -16%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4

Visited in October of 2012. We decided to visit this place while we were being touristy in the Pike Place Market. I was with my wife and in-laws, so we just dropped in to have a beer while the women were shopping nearby. I wish I would have had time to do a tour, but the last one had already gone for the day. My first impression was that this place was new and shiny and somewhat over-the-top. My last impression held up. It was extremely crowded (3pm on a weekend), but we found a table eventually. There were servers we thought, but they were more interested in clearing tables, so we went to the bar to get beers. My father in law had a Scotch Ale and I got an IPA and we both, being perveyors of those styles, thought they were good, but not mind blowing. There were several special taps available, so the selection was there. We didn't stay long, but it wasn't really the kind of place you want to stay at. It was more like a busy, trendy bar than a brew pub. Overall, it just wasnt for me.

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Photo of mabermud
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Very good set up, service, and food. Great location. The only thing lacking is World-Class beer.

Photo of MikeyGCAP
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Fun brew pub with amusing décor and decorations. The beer is okay. Friendly staff.

Photo of SeattleBoB76
2.93/5  rDev -24.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Ok place. Beer is not the best but great when you're at Pike Place Market.

Photo of Bunman3
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

This place is near and dear to me. I first visited in 1997, when craft breweries were popping up all over the Pacific Northwest. The combination of funky location, great food and interesting beer had me hooked immediately. Each of my return visits have been equally favorable. They make great burgers, but my absolute favorites are the Penn Cove Mussels or the fish and chips. For me, no visit to Seattle is complete without a stop by the Pike Pub & Brewery.

Photo of anthony-martinez
5/5  rDev +28.9%

got a great draft selections back in 2004-2006 before i left back home in southern California

Photo of buschbeer
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

I stopped into this place merely because I walked by it. It seemed to be somewhat of a tourist trap. It was mid afternoon and pretty busy. I walked up to the bar and ordered a sampler. My buddy and I walked into the adjoining room and plopped down away from the crowd. The room we entered had tables and booths but also casual living room style seating.

The beers were average, but the place was amazing. There was breweriana everywhere from tap handles to bottle openers, from old beer cans to postcards, etc. It was basically a beer museum which I found awesome once I got settled in. I wandered the place checking out the various displays while drinking my samples. All of the sudden, the average samples seemed well paired with the surrounding museum atmosphere.

I did manage to have a good beer, albeit a guest tap. The crowning jewel of my experience was finding a postcard of a pre-prohibition brewery from my hometown, Dostal Bros. Brewing. The sentimentality of that experience elevated Pike Brewing for me.

I look at the place as a beer museum that brews its own beer. It is a very cool place to check out based on the breweriana. The beer isn't awful. I had a memorable time. It is a cool place to check out.

Photo of maddogwit
4.23/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This place looked small upon arrival but stretched out inside to be an absolutely delightful atmosphere full of memorabilia and interesting knolls. Everything about the food, service, and beer were excellent. A place not to be missed when in Seattle.

Photo of drrone
3.88/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Overall a cool place to check out. The atmosphere is cool, with a lot of cool memorabilia and different items to check out. They have a nice selection of their beer and few guest taps. I had the flight and each of the beers were definitely decent. I followed up with a DIPA and that was by far the best. If you are in the area it is worth dropping by.

Photo of Hawksfan79
4.68/5  rDev +20.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Took the whole family for a brewery tour and dinner. Our tour guide was outstanding. She was friendly, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic about Pike beer and beer in general. The tour was fun and extremely informative, we learned a lot about the ingredients they use (including getting to smell fresh hop), Their brewing process, and lot of other information about their brewery.
Dinner was fantastic, the food was excellent and they even have a really decent kids menu. The beer selection was great mostly Pike beers, but it is after all their brewery and they make some pretty excellent beers. The price was pretty spot on for what you get which is a great atmosphere, great food and beer, and extremely helpful and friendly service.

Photo of WoopWoop
4.8/5  rDev +23.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

We visited the Pike Pub and Brewery for a tour of their facilities. The tour guide we had was knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and understood what we were interested it. The brewery was bigger than I had imagines, and looked very well established. And the few beers we tried tasted great. I would definitely recommend the tour to anyone. And try their Barley Wine, it's fantastic!

Photo of msubulldog25
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

For all the times we've visited Seattle, I'd never visited Pike. Have always enjoyed their beers, have even walked around (and past) their Pike Place Market brewery spot, just never descended the stairs into this sublevel pub. Finally did so on Tuesday (11/13/2012)...

I'm a beer guy who likes his schwag, so the museum-quality signage and memora-beer-lia throughout the pub struck me right away... and is AWESOME. Seriously, you cannot escape it! It's a feast for the eyes that encompasses literally thousands of posters, placards and paraphernalia collected over the years - seemingly every square inch of every wall (from dining room to restrooms) is coated with beer stuff. My wife, sister-in-law and I stopped in around at around 1:00pm on a dreary day; atmosphere was a bit sleepy but still jovial enough with all the lighting and visual candy. Since it was SIL's birthday, we decided to grab a seat and have a pint.

We bee-lined it to the bar at far right, a cozy C-shape that was mostly full - no 3 seats together except for at the less appealing fringes. After some pondering, I opted for the XXX 'Extra' Stout (hadn't had it in years, but it's as good as I remembered). Most other 'standards' from Pike on tap (8-10 in all) and a couple 'guests'; a cider, too. In a nearby cooler were a number of imports (Belgians like Westmalle and Rochefort 6/8/10) and others like Hair of the Dog 'Adam'. After placing orders, we clutched our pints and went into the adjacent Brewery Museum room - very cool space, neon and even more historical beer stuff.

Pints were $5 (schooners $4), which I though was reasonable, but the cider pints the ladies ordered were $7 (kinda steep). Service was friendly (& patient) at the bar -- she gladly offered some oyster crackers when my SIL wasn't feeling well (no fault of Pike's - she'd been carsick most of the ride up from Portland and hadn't told us); otherwise, we were completely left alone.

We skipped food this visit, but will return on our next Seattle visit, I'm sure of it. Great look and feel to the place, lots of beer - a place worth visiting and hanging around for a while.

Photo of youbrewidrink
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

We stopped by while visiting the market place.This place is huge, there is a resturant area and at least two different bar areas.

The resturant was full so we opted to sit in one of the bar areas and do our own ordering at the bar.

The beers on tap covered a good range of styles, there were a number of small batch brews as well as the regulars.The beers we had were quite good.

The sandwiches were very good and delivered to the table by a server.

All in all a pretty decent place, just a step above your typical chain type brewpub resturant.

Photo of Hopmodium
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Visited on 4/20/12 while on vacation

My wife and I stopped in for The Pike Sampler after walking around The Market on a beautiful day.

Six 4oz. beers (Naughty Nellie, Pike Pale Ale, Kilt Lifter, XXX, Monk's Uncle, and Pike IPA) with fitting descriptions served on wooden tray satisfied the palate and the soul. Although these brews are not necessarily my favorite style I did enjoy them and respected the order that they were suggested I drink them in. I was happily surprised by Kilt Lifter and yearned for more XXX, Naughty Nellie was better than most organic beers (which I usually do not care for except Deschutes Green Lakes Amber Ale), and the rest were just above standard. $8.95 to check off 5 beers (I had already tried Pike IPA) in such an environment was well worth it for me. My wife enjoyed the Monk's Uncle more than she thought she would but favored the XXX over all the others as well.

Cool items in gift shop as well.

Photo of bbHOP
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I lived in Seattle for 5+ years, and this was one of my favorite spots near work (downtown, right next to Pike Place market).

It's an interesting place... in the bowels of an old building attached to the market place - cool interior with lots of great beer memorabilia and art.

Pretty enjoyable selection of house beers, in my book. Really like the Kilt Lifter and XXX Stout. Great place to come and grab a few pitchers with friends for a reasonable price.

Food is pretty standard pub fare - not a ton of selection, but it gets the job done. Don't come here for lunch - come here for beer, and perhaps get lunch as well.

Photo of sespourteille
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I visited this place when i was looking at colleges back in 2008 but it made quite the impression on me. The staff was extremely friendly and even though i was not of drinking age, they were more than happy to enlighten me to some of the finer aspects that go into making the beers they offer. The food was standard, with a decent selection, burgers sandwiches, fish, steaks etc. What i remember most was the selection of merchandise available, decor and location, that made the atmosphere one regrets leaving. All in all, this place made a large impression on me and i felt that they deserved to be recognized for this on the best beer reviewing site in the world.

Photo of kingcrowing
2.93/5  rDev -24.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3

Stopped in here for some food and a sampler with the
Girl. Prices seemed decent, they had an ok selection, I wish they had more seafood dishes though. The place is quite large with lots of cool old brewing stuff and old bottles and that kinda stuff - it's neat if not a little tacky, like a tgif or something.

Beer was ok, nothing amazing but a decent line up of standard brewpub beers. I thought the scotch ale was solid. The smoked salmon was quite tasty but it was one of only 3 fish dishes which is odd given that the fish market is about a block away...

Photo of coldriver
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Located in the touristy Pike Place market, this is a great place to seperate yourself from the wife and kids and grab a beer while they wander through all the craft booths and marvel at the salmon tossing.
Place is big and takes a few minutes to get your bearings. Walls are covered with beer memorabilia, much of which pays homage to Seattle's beer past. Very festive fun atmosphere, the crowd was a mix of thirsty tourists and young local urbanites. Had a sampler flight and I found the offerings good but not great.

Photo of flagmantho
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped by the Pike the other night for the first time, and had a really great time.

The whole place is absolutely decked out in beer memorabilia; it reminded me of someone's granddad's basement man-cave. We were there on a Friday night, so the place was fairly busy and had a great, convivial atmosphere.

As always, the beer was great. In the bar there is no table service; you have to go up and order your food and drinks and then take them back to your table (though they will deliver the food once it is prepared). Food and beer prices are what I expect to pay in the middle of the city

I was impressed by their food and drinks menu: almost all the food, wine and booze are Pacific Northwest-produced, and they have several guest taps for beer. In addition to their taps, they have a decent selection of bottles from Germany and Belgium, including a very decent selection of Trappist beers.

Overall, I look forward to going back.

Photo of reymic
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Located in the middle of the most touristy Seattle area, which can be a drawback for some. Couldn't get over the size of this place, it's huge. The beers were pretty good, nothing I had was outstanding. There is tons of beer-decorum upon the walls everywhere, and brewery equipment behind the bar's glass wall.

The beers were reasonably priced, but could not get over how much the merchandise was ($75+ for a sweatshirt and a t-shirt).

Was surprised to read that Pike is a steam brewery and also liked that it was a husband and wife owner.

Photo of Liverpool08
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Right in the middle of Pike Place market. So there will be tourist. But this place does not try and overprice for them. Beers are reasonable, with their own micros as well as guest brews as well. Their own micros are ok, I had three different ones and found them to be good but nothing great. The food was standard pub, burgers etc, some good local fish, better then average pub fare. Service was ok, not really friendly, but not rude either. Nice selection of bombers and sixpacks to go. As well as a nice glass selection to buy as well. Overall an average brewpub, a good choice in a touristy spot in Seattle.

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

A pretty decent place in downtown Seattle. Bright and cheery atmosphere, with tons of crazy crap on the walls, I guess to appeal to tourists. Seems to also cater to a college kid crowd, and can get pretty noisy at times. TVs for sports, tables for families, etc. A fairly decent selection of microbrews available on tap, with good variety. Food menu consisted mainly of comfort foods, but still tasty and decently priced. Our bartender was friendly, attentive, and outgoing. Definitely worth stopping in if you're in the area, but perhaps not worth going out of your way for.

Photo of mynie
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Pike is located in the bustling, very touristy area at the heart of Seattle's downtown, right next to the public market and just across the street from the art gallery. Normally that's a bad sign, right? When things get too touristy the prices get too high and the quality starts to wane--why bother to make a good product when the customers almost literally fall into your bar?

Well, Pike's not exactly world class, but they do a damn good job of not slacking off. The vibe is polished--as interesting as it can be without being potentially offensive or offputting. There's lot of shiny acrylic black, clean brown bricks, and dark neon reds. Also lots of nice brewania pieces (probably the biggest collection I've seen outside of Potosi).

The place is big and busy but there are three (!) separate bars, to accommodate even the largest crowd. About a dozen house taps and then a halfdozen guest taps. All the house beers were reasonably priced but the guest beers were a little expensive. They had a really great take-home selection with bombers as well as growlers and you could have them ship anything you didn't feel like flying home with.

The food was standard Northwest pub fare--lots of fried stuff, lots of fish, and you could also get pizza. I really don't remember too much about it so it must have been pretty medium.

Really I don't got too much to say other than this place is better than you'd expect. It ain't worth traveling for, but it's a hell of a lot of fun and if you're in downtown Seattle you should probably stop by.

Photo of ThreeDimesDown
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Visited Pikes while coming back from my honeymoon. Decent, clean atmosphere but with a bit of a tourist trap feel (t-shirt, buttons, and other crap for sale). The fully open brewery system was a nice touch.

I might have been there on an off day but the service wasn't good. Wouldn't be a big deal but we were 2 of about 12 people in the restaurant. Ever get that feeling that you walked into a place just after a shit-storm hit??? Yea, that was the vibe...

Beer selection and quality was really good. I had the sampler which that day included: Naughty Nellie's Ale, Pike's Golden Ale, Heirloom Amber Ale, Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale, Pike Tandem, and the Street Stout. All were solid brews and was a nice way to be introduced to a brewing company. Capped off my time there with a Monk's Uncle Tripel which put me well on my way for the evening.

Photo of TastyTaste
3.88/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

A nice brewpub for being in the middle of a very touristy part of Seattle. Standard beers had nothing wrong with them, just not th best I have ever had. I had a tripel, there were no off-flavors but it was obviously a mediocre brewpub offering. Food was good, reasonably priced for the area. The atmosphere felt a little to corporate and contrived to make it an ideal brewpub, it was in the basement of an office building and shopping complex. I would like to explore more in the area, I am sure there are better places in Seattle.

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Pike Pub & Brewery in Seattle, WA
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