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The Pike Brewing Company

Not Rated.
The Pike Brewing CompanyThe Pike Brewing Company
Based on:
37 Beers
3,293 Hads
Place Score: 87
Reviews: 101
Visits: 168
Avg: 3.83
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Reviews: 101 | Visits: 168
Photo of Liverpool08
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of mynie
3.83/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of ThreeDimesDown
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Photo of Offa
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

This is a great place.

The place itself is interesting and attractively designed, a bit different from the normal place, modernistic and pseudo-industrial in some ways, with old-fashioned/traditional elements in others and plenty of decor harkening back to Seattle's past. The layout is varied and interesting, comfortable even though often extremely busy.

Beer quality is on the whole excellent, especially with respect to reasonably sessionable beers of 4.5-6.5 %, with a good range of beers on tap although fewer than many other places.

Service is very good in our experience, friendly and efficient. It is even very good when the place is extremely busy, which seems to be often. In fact, it seems to be one of those places where the service is better the more busy it is.

Food is really good, with some variety. The best part of the food is the pairing of certain dishes with certain beers, especially those dishes made with the particular beers as they go really well together and very nicely complement unusually well. One example is the Kilt Lifter wee heavy, not that great with most foods, but pairing wonderfully with the macaroni & cheese that's made with it.

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Photo of clarkm04
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Really enjoyed my visit to The Pike.

Situated right inside Pike Place Market makes it a great location for a brewpub. The atmosphere when I went for lunch was laid back and much more quiet than the hassle at the Market.

The beer lineup was impressive. I appreciated the amount and wide range of beers on tap. I tried a taster tray and was impressed with quite a number of their beers. Drank their IPA which is listed in Protz's 300 Beers to Try Before You Die and loved it. Pike's IPA is a traditional American IPA so it's not as aggressive as the current connotations but was very tasty. I also had the Monk's Uncle and found it a very unique Tripel. It struck me as having a unique flavor profile to it.

The food was great. I especially enjoyed the beer float which my girlfriend and I shared. It had chocolate ice cream inside a stout. Very yummy!

The service was above average and the waiter was able to answer some questions about the beer. Their beer menu is laid out very well so it was easy to pick beers that you would enjoy drinking.

I'm good we stopped here after shopping at the various market areas. Definitely worth a visit if you are nearby.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Really cool beer 'memorabilia' if you will. While the location may turn some off, because of its popularity or tourist aura, its nonethelesss pretty cool that a brewery of this caliber is in the Pike Market.

The service was outstanding and knowledgeable. Damn if that Old Bawdy ain't the greatest barleywine I've ever had. I mean, that v. Bigfoot on tap whooo. And drinking it at that beautiful back bar? I was close to giving a 5.0 on the atmosphere. Selection is good as well, couldn't get the DIPA, but the ipa, the stout, the barleywine, that is about just right for a visit. Wish the gift shop stuff was a little more reasonably priced, I mean, there is the advertising component of having peope wear your stuff you know. That is my only complaint. All around, very enjoyable, always check it out when I'm in Seattle, or WA in general.

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Photo of spointon
4/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I visited this place on 3/23/2010.

This brewpub is located in a retail building right next to Pike Place Market. It is creatively wedged into the building, with the brewhouse being totally open for viewing (the brewer has to run up and down a spiral staircase to reach the mash tun).

The beer selection was pretty large (12-15 Pike beers plus a couple guest taps), and all of the beers were well made. Only a couple really stood out though. The XXX Stout and the Belgian dubbel were very good. I was also really impressed that they had a "dry Belgian wit" on cask, that was very tasty.

The food was sort of expensive but it was also very good. We had a 10" pizza and some wings and they were great.

Service was friendly and the bartender seemed to know his stuff. All in all a nice place that's well worth visiting if you are in the area.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I used to go here every weekend but I didnt like it. Does that make sense? Its in a nice spot by the marketust to much for me to relax. I have never been impressed by the beer. XXX Stout and IPA are good but I never have been impressed with anything else. The food has always been decent and the service has never been good in my opinion. I thought it was pricey for what you got, I guess you can do that considering the location. It is an ok place.
3/6/2010- Back after a lengthy break. 3 years and nothing has changed, other than having to get a code to get nto the bathroom now. I do understand with all of the traffic in and out. I have waited in line here and I am glad to see that change. Still super busy, beer has upped a bit in quality, I really liked the IIPA and left with a growler of Tandem. Selection is now better and more competetitive. Service is still the same, prices I believe edged up a tad but not to bad.

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Photo of johnyeast
3.79/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Really liked this place. It was crazy busy, but the wife and I were able to find a spot at the bar to try/ have a few beers and watch some of the winter olympics on the TV. Had the tandem ale, a wheat offering, and a cask ale. Server was knowlegable, but young and inattentive to her customers. I was amazed at all of the brewetania on the walls throughout the place. Quality was good. Great atmosphere. Good beer. so-so service. Very convieneant location downtown, close if not connected to Pike Street Market. Would like to go back to this place when it wasn't so busy.

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Photo of climax
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

The Pike Pub and Brewery is a big place in the heart of downtown Seattle. I went there with a couple buddies to drink some good beer and watch the game after a 3 day camping bender in the Idaho wilderness (with nothing but keystone and Ranier beer). So the fresh selection of micro-brew was refreshing.

It's a solid place to go watch the game and eat. The brewery itself isn't anything to rave about, but the selection is very good. Anything in Seattle is pricey, and this was no exception. I was lucky to know someone who worked there, so the prices I paid were discounted. It's typically quite busy, so get yourself a spot and cling to it. The food and beer menu is none too shabby.

The place offers a lot of merchandise to buy, including single beers and growlers of your favorite Pike beer. The beer itself isn't world class, but it's worth a try.

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Photo of TreeTopFlyer
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I stopped into The Pike again today for lunch and a beer. Once again it did not disappoint. The bartender was prompt and immediately told me what was not on the menu. Today's treat was the XXXX Stout on cask dry-hopped with Saaz hops. It was excellent. The IPA was tasty but seemed to lack the big hop aroma I was hoping for. With no Double IPA available on draft, I finished up with the Tandem--very nice and drinkable Belgian-style dubbel. The ruben was delicious and the only disappointment was they had no Double IPA on draft and no tours today. If you are in Seattle near Pike Place market, make this a priority.

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Photo of SRossman
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Pike is one of the places that I really like to visit when I find myself downtown and looking for a place where I can get really good food and beer to go with it. They have a pretty solid line up (the XXX Stout is a personal favorite) and truly tasty food for reasonable prices. One thing in particular that I like is that they support so many local businesses when it comes to ingredients which means lots of fresh seafood. There's usually at least one seasonal offering that I'll be interested in trying but if not there's always their stout and IPA. The atmosphere is comfortable and has lots of cool vintage beer stuff all over. The service has always been at least decent but I've never really been wowed, which is fine, I'm there for beer and food. The Finkel's are a huge part of seattle's beer history too so it's nice to support them.

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Photo of tph767
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

Visited Pike Pub and Brewery for lunch after a quick Beerfly search while in Seattle for a day. Pike Pub and Brewery is a wonderful place and I could have sat there all day! The decor seems to remind me of a Belgian Beer bar, complete with the old style serving trays from breweries around the world.
I visited on a Friday at about 11am and there was already a small line building up, however I just went directly to the bar. Scott the bartender was very friendly, helpful, and quick to answer any question I had. The beers I had (Tandem and Monk's Uncle) were very tasty and at $5.00 a pint, well worth every penny I spent!
I really hate to say anything negative about this place as it is one of my new favorite places to visit, and I will be back, however the food was not so good. I had the Halibut fish and chips. The fish was okay, however the chips tasted like they were severly freezer burnt.
Minus my small exposure to the food, this place will be a new favorite spot. If you are one of those people who hates the touristy places, you may be turned off at first. However, don't judge a book by it's cover! Very intimate service by the staff, you feel at home, and the atmosphere makes you feel at home!
Growlers are available for purchase, and I think the initial purchase is $12.00 and $11.00 for refills. They also have clothing, glassware, and other souvenirs.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Stopped in here on 13 Sep 2009 for a drink during lunch. A bit touristy, but it's in the Pike Market, so to be expected. The thing that struck me the most about the bar is the amazing collection of breweriana. Trays, adverts, etc of all types and vintages line the walls throughout the bar. Almost all the beers we tried on tap were available in bottles except for the double IPA, $5 per pint. Too bad we missed happy hour when they are $3.50. Also had a cheese plate, $10 for four different cheeses, maybe 3 oz cheese total. Thought that was a bit pricey. Server was decent but did not know much about the beer she was serving.

The market is worth seeing, so might as well stop in here to have a beer.

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Photo of beertunes
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Pike often gets overlooked in the regional beer scene because of the touristy nature of the market. Pike makes damn tasty brews and because we can get them at most any mini-mart or grocery store we sometimes skip right past them.

The market location is a fine spot. There is brewing equipment visible, and there is a ton more downstairs, and a lot of breweriana on display. Pikes food is tasty but not outstanding. The same can be said for the service, I've always had competent, professional servers but given the nature of the beast they don't generally have the chance to spend quality time with you.

The place is usually very busy days during the summer tourist season, but if you swing by at night, after the market is closed for the day, the place is more relaxed and a better example of PNW brewpub life. If you're visiting, Pike is a must hit. Those of us that live here, maybe we should visit more often.

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Photo of box299
4.64/5  rDev +21.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I had a weekend in Seattle in July of 09. I was able to make it to two brewpubs and found the selection at Pike to be excellent.
The location to one of Seattle's tourist spots, Pike St. Market, worked well for me because I was a first timer... The brewery would make it worth returning to deal with the crowds.

The Bar itself was not too crowded at Noon on a Saturday but by the time we left it had filled in quite a bit.

Bar tender was entertaining and generous with an extra item added to the sampler.

Food looked good but we didn't try anything.

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Photo of aevarela
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Beers are better now that Drew is helping them out. Not really a vast array of interesting offerings on tap. The Triple is much better than the typical American brewpub triple. The Tandem (?double strong ale) was rich and tasty. Old Bawdy never disappoints. No double IPA or varieties of other IPA's besides their basic. A few guest taps including a nice hefe from Ayinger.
Something about the layout or design of the place is not very inviting. Its nice and open, and the brewing gear built into the space is unique. Its just not a very comfy, cozy place to drink. The bar area gets quickly crowded too.
Foods fine. Staff was very nice. Not very crowded for Friday night at 6pm.

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Photo of brdc
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Location, location, location. As you might expect, at least for a tourist, it has a great location, steps from the public market. If it had a view, would just be perfect.
It has your standar bar vibe, although when looking from above (it is on a lower level), you get to see all the brewing apparatus.
Nice food selection, with pairings suggested. Food and beers are good, not great, but certainly well above the average for a touristic location. It has most major styles covered with their own beers, but not much else. Service is nice and courteous but they know very little about beer.
Worth your time if you are in the area.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Pike has moved up (literally) from its original setting under the Pike Place Market to its present digs at the Market's perimeter on 1st Ave. To find it, look for the Pike sign and step inside a shopping corridor. The brewpub is one flight down and may be accessed by stairs or elevator.

Many, if not most breweries exhibit some sort of breweriana on the walls of their pub. But Pike showcases a museum-like display of more bottles, posters, and beer related materials than any brewery in the northwest. Personally, I find this display fascinating, especially the older, historic stuff. Most people go to a pub to talk; here you can walk and gawk. Touristy? Perhaps. But the place is dazzling and classy in my view, and it's quite apparent that the Finkels spent a lot of energy and cash on the collection. Enjoy it.

After absorbing the visual milieu, you may order a beer at one of three bars. Though often the main bar is the only one operating, the multi-level, slanted, stepped, and pocketed floorplan provides an odd array of seating arrangements and party schemes amid steel and copper brew kettles and an exposed atrium. Pike serves nine or so standards, mostly of Anglo-Celtic and American designs and mid- to upper quality. Their bottled beer is perhaps preferable to their draught though some seasonals are not bottled. Pike's simpler recipes with their immaculate filtration and clean lines work best, including the IPA, Naughty Nellie Golden, and the Kilt Lifter Scotch. The food menu is ambitious and laden with seafood. Service is entirely professional.

Pike's central location in the heart of downtown assures a steady influx of scenesters and party people. But the warmth and congeniality inherent to brewpub culture assures a relaxed vibe almost in spite of its cosmopolitan clime. Just be advised that although the neighborhood is as safe as in any American city, drug activity in the area is quite notorious. So keep alert.

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Photo of Trailmix242
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5

Probably a victim of its location but definitely has a very touristy feel about it. Had a sampler which comes with 6 predetermined beers kind of following the standard light to dark lineup. The bartender did not appear to be interested in us at all and it was not very busy at the time. In addition to the Pike lineup of beers they had a small selection of Belgium Trappist beers which I did not expect to see. Worth visiting once but would not be a place I would frequent especially since Pike beer is readily available in the Seattle area.

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Photo of Schwab
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I visited Seattle during Labor Day weekend 2008 and made two stops at Pike. During both stops we enjoyed food, great service and great beer! I tried all beers but their stout during the two visits and was very impressed.

The brewpub itself is in a kinda odd location. It is in a larger office/shop/entertainment building on more or less two floors. Brewery is custom built into the building and you can walk around some the individual parts of brewery. They also have a small museum and a gift store plus beer store.

Service is prompt and beer is great. Servers knew what they were talking about. Beer was awesome! I tried all sorts of local beers I could get my hands on and we don't have in FL and this was some of the finest.

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Photo of froghop
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

the place has lots of awards, as being family friendly, best singles, best bartender etc. and it is good. yet it is a little busy, loud, and the food prices are a little higher than i would expect.

$9 hamburgers, and $15 cheese and meat plate that gives you 4 pieces of cheese and 7 slices of meat.

the brew prices are about right, and they have lots of tee-shirts "been there, got the tee-shirt".

atmosphere is a nice brew pub type.

serves the basic brew house fair, burgers, sandwiches, pizza, just wish that they had some steak or a good rib-eye.

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Photo of GJ40
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

I'd been to Pike several times over the years but not in a while. The beer never really impressed me but I thought I'd give it another try.

Pike Pub is in the basement of a small shopping mall near Pike Place Market. As you walk down the stairs, the senses are assaulted with beer paraphernalia and bright colors. The decor includes lots of beer trays and Pike Pub beer signs. The main bar is fairly large and U shaped. They also have a smaller bar and lots of booths and tables.

They had 12 beers on tap; 9 of their own and 3 guests. The menu lists one on cask but I didn't see it and didn't get to ask about it. I had the IPA and it was very good (especially at the happy hour price of $3.50/pint).

They also had a large selection of Pike Pub goods for sale (shirts, glasses, etc.) And they sell bottled beers to go. It included both their own and a decent selection of Belgians.

Pike Pub was better than I had remembered. I'll have to start to work it into the routine on my visits to Seattle.

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The Pike Brewing Company in Seattle, WA
87 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.