Pike Pub & Brewery
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2.09/5 rDev -46.3%
Near Pike Market, the Pike Pub is like a Hard Rock Cafe of brewpubs--there's tons of interesting breweriana adorning the walls, but one can't help feel slightly manipulated by the commercialized nature of the place. It's located downstairs a few storefronts down from the actual Pike Place Market, and they carry all of their house beers on tap. The pub is enormous; there are several dining rooms, a large bar area, and, of course, a dry goods section that hawks lots of Pike-beer merchandise. The bar is tucked behind the t-shirts.
My friend and I sampled all of the house wares and were so thoroughly unimpressed that we left without ordering a single pint. All of the beers tasted over-attenuated (dry) and metallic. Only the Weisse Beer, their American wheat ale, was passable, but it wasn't good enough to merit a pint or schooner on its own. It may have only been passable by comparison. Their tripel and barley wines were not on tap, but the first seven beers were enough to make me pass on buying bombers.
Between the dizzying atmosphere and the mediocre beer, stay away and save yourself a headache.
04-07-2008 21:03:43 | More by benito
2.45/5 rDev -37%
I noticed a word in a previous review that struck me as being very true - this place is spooky. It's big and laid out kind of oddly, with short flights of stairs going up and down and handrails dividing different sections of the dining room. There are interesting posters of other non-Pike beers adorning the walls, most of which they serve.
I went on a Sunday night and the place was almost deserted, but I still stood in the doorway in front of the 'Please Wait to be Seated' sign with my thumb up my bum for five minutes while various servers, hosts, and busboys rushed past me doing other things. Finally a bartender noticed me and took me to a table - stopping to take care of two customers' checks on the way (with me standing there feeling like an idiot). An emo looking server wandered over eventually and grunted a few unisyllabic responses to my order (IPA and spicy chicken sandwich) and dissappeared. I got the beer five minutes later without a word and spent a while soaking up the atmosphere; I went to the restroom and returned to find my food waiting for me with no server in sight. (I'd prefer the server to wait until I've returned to the table to give me the food and ask me if I want anything else).
The food was marginal, the beer decent, the service absolutely terrible (No tips for these guys, and I am a good tipper by nature). I'd avoid this place.
01-31-2006 02:52:48 | More by Tupperwolf
2.85/5 rDev -26.7%
The first impression is a good one, when you walk in you can see all of the brewery equipment in the middle of the restaurant, , but it also looks like a sports bar (lots of TVs). We stopped in the the middle of the afternoon so it wasn't very busy, mostly people watching the NBA Finals. Given the number of people in the place, the service was pretty erratic. I don't think our waitress felt like working that day :)
My wife had a root beer and I started with the sampler ($8). They give you 8 beers on a numbered wooden tray (with a page that describes each numbered beer), unfortunately they don't let you pick which beers you get. I used the wheat as a palate cleanser between samples (not impressed). I liked a couple of the beers the Kilt Lifter -( "a scottish style ruby ale") and the extra stout (I'd give both of those a 3.5-4). I could do without the rest, not that they were bad, just not that good. After the sample and mediocre service, I decided that a whole pint was not in my future.
We also tried the chicken nachos. This was a huge plate of nachos with black beans, corn, tomatoes,... again good but not great. We did not have any other food, but it looked like standard bar food.
Maybe worth stopping by if you are doing the tourist thing at the Market, but I would not make a trip for it. It also seemed a little pricey but I suspect that is because of the tourist location.
06-23-2008 19:53:58 | More by wspscott
2.93/5 rDev -24.7%
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...
10-16-2011 10:47:43 | More by kingcrowing
3.13/5 rDev -19.5%
Atmosphere This is in the heart of Seattle at Pikes Market. Even though its on Pike Street, you can take Union all the way down to the water and find some good parking.
Since its downtown, there are lots of kids hanging out. There are several bars and lots of room to wander. They have everything from unkempt pool tables to lounge chair seating and even a bar museum. This is a great place to hang out or to wind up a tour of the city with visiting family or friends.
Quality The condition of the place is average at best. As I said, its in downtown so theres nothing fancy here. The pool tables, balls, and sticks are in horrible condition, and I think a 2.0 quake would bring the place down. Having said that, you dont come here for an uppity time anyway.
Service The service was good, but business was slow so I dont know how it is when the place is jumping. It thought that was kind of strange because my wife and I were there during prime time Saturday night (about eight to ten or ten thirty).
Selection As is typical of a brewpub, they had a bunch of bad beer except for their own in depth supply. You could get just about any style of Pike on tab, but other than that it was slim pickins.
01-20-2004 01:45:39 | More by RoyalT
3.25/5 rDev -16.5%
I had not visited the Brewery in many years so when I was last in Seattle I stopped by with a friend for a couple of beers.
When we visited the bar was packed but because we were not ordering lunch we were required to fit into the bar area in a portion of the facility that did not offer table side service. Despite the poor service the atmosphere was entertaining and upscale. The beer selection featured the current Pike Brewery selections and there were several micro and import bottles of beer available (I was impressed that Rochefort 10 was available). We did not order any food but did scan the menue. They had a decent selection of food for a bar and the prices were reasonable. Additionally, the Brewery had available tee-shirts, caps, glasses and other memorabilia.
07-09-2008 16:40:08 | More by dnichols
3.26/5 rDev -16.2%
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.
03-16-2013 18:10:19 | More by estlinska
3.28/5 rDev -15.7%
I've been to Pike's twice now, and I can say with great authority that this place has three great things going for it, and two rather glaring shortcoming.
In it's favor are it's location, it's beer, and it's location. Situatated in a very touristy section of downtown, it's almost impossible to visit Seattle and not at least pass by Pike's. The actual bar/restaurant is very large and open, and beer artifacts and paraphanalia litter the place (I especially liked the original lable from a New Albion beer!).
As for the beer, you really can't go wrong here. Nothing extraordinary, mind you, but if you go for the sampler like I did you're sure to find a brew or two you'll find quite quaffable.
On the surface this place would appear to be quite the find, but...
Remember the two glaring shortcomings? Well, they're really one and the same - location. Because this place is blocks from Pike's Market (right where all the tourists want to be), it's amost always crawling with people, most of 'em tourists. So, despite all the beer and beer stuff, I'm not terribly keen on the atmosphere because it's hard to enjoy a fine pint sitting next to the Joneses from BFE and the Smith's from who-knows-where as they chat about how great Seattle is.
And because it's so popular and crowded all the time, we come to the Achilles heal of the joint - the service is pretty terrible. The last time I was there I tipped the bartender a small handfull of change (47 cents, I think) because he actually huffed and puffed when I asked for a glass of water! He went so far as to explain how busy he was and how we should've asked for it when we put in the rest of our order, but by then I was already counting out all the change I didn't want in my pocket.
Overall a decent place to hoist a few, but don't expect to be wowed by cozy atmosphere and stellar service.
10-09-2003 05:01:37 | More by weefisheads
3.29/5 rDev -15.4%
Classic brewpub vibe with the machinery in full view. Plenty of beer related parphanalila don the walls. The location is in the basement of a shopping arcade a block or so down from the Pike Public market. This makes it a good location as the market may be a bit touristy it still is a good place to get some quality eats. I had a couple of the beers and they were decent but not great. They have a good selection of styles though. Had the sampler and the winners were the Nellies Golden Ale and the XXX Stout. I got a full pint before this which was their Kilt lifter which was mediocre at best. I had just eaten some fantastic sushi down the block so I did not try the food. Servvice was meh, I got a free sample from the bartender but she didnt come around when I wanted to have another or even to drop off the check.
All in all this is not a bad place to grab a beer but the actual beers really did not blow me away.
01-30-2008 06:24:12 | More by sleazo
Pike Pub & Brewery in Seattle, WA
88 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.