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Pike Pub & Brewery

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Place Score: 87
Ratings: 157
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.88
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1415 First Ave.
Seattle, Washington, 98101
United States
phone: (206) 622-6044

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Photo of Gavage
3.29/5  rDev -15.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5

Easy to get to after hitting the Public Market. Large spacioius building with several different sections including a cigar room off the bar. Nice large comfy chair section behind the gift area. The bar section was pretty large as there were about 17 patrons cramming the bar. Mostly tourists, as several sounded like they knew nothing about beer. One guy stated the Kilt Lifter tasted like Killians. Ugh.

The bartender was very disinterested, especially with basic questions on the beers from the patrons. While I waited for a second pint, the bartender repeatedly served walk-up patrons.

The beers were average at best, nothing overly noteworthy here. They had about 10 on tap, with a few guest brews like Ayinger and Lindenmann's. Wiess, IPA, Naughty Nellie, Pale Ale, Kilt Lifter, Oatmeal Stout, and a brewer special winter beer Auld Acquaintance which was strange to see in July.

Worth a trip to see the interior, but beer wise this leans towards pleasing a tourist market with average tasting beers.

Photo of Dogbrick
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Pike Brewery is located at one end of the Pike Market near the Arcade. Parking can be found at various meters and garages in the immediate area.

The brewpub is on the lower level, and you can actually look down into the bar from above which is pretty cool. Some of the brewing equipment rises to the upper level so you can practically reach over and touch it from upstairs. The interior is large with segmented areas and multiple bars. One room in particular is really cool as it is a brewing history museum of sorts. It's nice to learn about drinking beer while drinking beer.

Pike has around 10 beers on draught, and has a sampler available featuring 6 beers for $7.95. Many of the beers are the standard Amber, Pale, IPA, Scottish fare but there are a couple seasonals like a Weisse and a Tripel. All of the beers are average to above average. The XXX Stout is particularly good.

Service was good on a weekday afternoon. The server was familiar with what beers were available and what styles they were.

I tried the fish & chips and it was very good.

Overall I would say no visit to the Pike Market would be complete without hitting the Pike Pub & Brewery while you are there.

Photo of GJ40
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of morebeergood
3.88/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This was the fourth stop on my brewpub tour of Seattle while visitng family for Christmas 2006. I have been here a few times before, but this is the first review I am submitting. The atmosphere is the best selling point here. Besides being located near the Public Market, the place is just really cool inside, with a large spacious area, plenty of couches to relax on, and even a cigar smoking room. The beer here is always good, and this visit I tried the XXX Stout and the Tripel. Both were excellent choices, but I would have liked the tripel in a tulip glass instead if the pint glass I was served. The food and the service are both ok, so I would not hesitate to come back for another visit.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
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.
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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.

Photo of dirtylou
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

located at the far end of the Pike's Place Market in downtown Seattle - probably the most central brewpub location for tourists

The actual brewpub opens up into the halls of the indoor market and is 3 stories. There is tons of seating but a rather small main bar.

There was maybe 10-12 taps on the day we visited - i had the XXX stout and the lady had the tripel. Both were ok (stout being better) but nothing overly special. I perused the bottle selection and noted that the old Bawdy was like $9 for a 12oz bottle. The tap beers were pretty cheap ($3.75, maybe a happy hour price).

Service was good but not great (hostesses seemed to enjoy chatting rather than hosting) and we didnt have any food.

Not a destination brewpub, but a spot to grab a beer at when at the market

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 Redrover
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I had not been here in a number of years, so during my latest trip to Seattle, I made a beeline to Pike.

Located in one of the lower levels of the market, Pike has several elevations and this adds to both the ambiance and the look. They have a U shaped center bar which seats about 20. They also have a small auxiliary bar and plenty of tables, you should have no problem grabbing some space.

The Pike has lots of black iron, exposed ductwork and some neat display cases. The tanks are front and center. Lots of framed beer memorabilia on display.

They offer 5 year round beers with additional seasonal and cask offerings.

Brau Ayinger Weisse, Celebrator Double Bock and Framboise Lambic offered as guest taps. Guest bottles include Sam Smiths, Pinkus Organic Pils and Melbourne Brothers Wild appricot. In addition they have 8 botted Belgiums including Orval, Rochfort 6, 8, 10, Westmalle Dubbel and Tripel, Chimay Red And Chimay Grand Reserve. Not to shabby in my opinion.

The server was friendly and quick. Not hovering. I enjoyed my food, my beers and the overall experience. I'm already looking forward to my return visit!

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Like Elysian, this was another brewpub that I visited whilst in Seattle. The atmosphere is nice, as this is a nice basement pub and restuarant decked out in dark wood tones. Service was fast and friendly, and the selection was good with about 8-10 draughts, including some fine seasonals and guests as well as their own wares. The quality of my IPA was good as always, and the food did look and smell quite good as well even though I did not partake myself since I had just eaten at Elysian. Conveniently located right next to the famous Pike Place Market, this may not be the best brewpub in the city, but it is definately one I recommend, especially if you plan on hitting the Market up the street.

Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of spointon
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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

Famous Seattle BP ("famous" meaning that this place is choked with tourists -myself included) located in Pike Place Market that brews their own high-quality beers, offers a great selection of bottled imports (they are owned by Merchant du Vin) such as Ayinger and Westmalle. Then there is the beer - about 5-6 taps, including "Naughtie Nellies, Pike IPA and the Pike Pale Ale - which is what I tried. The IPA was extremely hoppy at 60 IBU. One of the many places to visit when in Seattle, a great beer city!

Photo of FightingEntropy
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Very first stop on my first trip to Seattle, so headed downtown touristy right off the bat. I'm a vegetarian, so only watch the fish toss w/o purchase upstairs. Around the corner and down is The Pike Pub & Brewery. Walking in it is clean and well lit, but painted black in an industrial chic look. Random decor, including poker playing dogs on one wall. Big tourist shop in the front with T-shirts. Ok atmosphere with a few TVs around for sports.

Three levels going up, and the center piece is the brew tank on the second smack dab in the center of the action including a brewer working behind the gated off area. Looked like the grain mill was upstairs or outside with a chute dumping directly in through the shops on the next level up. Pretty cool looking., and shiny. Great smell of a batch at full boil walking in the door, so that was nice.

Good news, all the beers were pretty good, the Weiss being by far the weakest. After a full sampler, ordered drafts of the Scotch, XXX Stout, and Tandem Double--all worth the effort, my favorites in reverse order listed above. Went for the artisanal cheese plate of all local cheeses and local honey. Good, but not enough bread, and a bit expensive; however, that's par for all high end cheese plates. Ordered some of the steak fries as well since we'd just come from the plane, which were fine but nothing mind blowing. Good prices for the most part, especially for being in Pike Place. Parking was the most, and across the street, expensive, and small in the bowels under the street. Fun visit overall though.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of Goldorak
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Down in the basement of this mall-type complex adjacent to the market, from my memory of my last visit a decade ago I thought it was located further away, but there it was.

I liked the atmosphere a lot, they seemed to have captured the feel of the old market and threw in enough antique breweriana to make it all come together. There was a closed off section at the back that we peeked in to look closer that had a more 50's feel to it and was very cool as well. The collection of Orval schwag made me a bit jealous.

We were at the bar at the far corner near the serving tanks, having a jolly time with the bartendress, who was really friendly and seemed genuinely happy to serve you, a pint of stout in hand for me and a local cider for the missus. A nice lady sitting next to me with her husband asked me if I liked the Beer. I did, and did sort of an on the fly rating, figuring that she was perhaps interested in trying it out. Turns out she and her husband own the place! We chatted a bit with them and they were super nice too. We only hung around for a pair of pints and a taster or two, we had a great time and the Beer was fine.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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 RedDiamond
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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.

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3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Brewpub with the best location in Seattle, it is part of the tourist-rich Pike Street Market complex. The place is big, occupying several rooms in the basement of a shopping center, but it is a bit antiseptic at first, with the entry and bar area almost too clean and nice. The back room looks more lived in. Dark wood dominates the main dining room. The bar seats about 15, with other stools along the ajoining wall. The place was pretty empty on a Friday night at 9:00, but started to fill later. We went back on Sunday at about 8:00 and found a better crowd.

They had seven of their own beers on tap, plus three guest taps and a very impressive bottle list. Their own beers varied from wheat to porter, and I tried them all. The quality was generally good, but many of the beers tasted very similar, with the same strong hoppy tone throughout. The IPA was the best of the lot - good enough to make us come back for more.

Photo of 86sportster883
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I had been to this place a few times in the past and always enjoyed the beer and the atmosphere. Pike Brewing Co is located in the heart of Seattle's Pike Place public market. If you're planning to drive there during the day, you will probably wind up parking in a lot since, street parking is very limited.

Pike's Pub is a nice sized place with an interesting layout that fosters a relaxing brewpub atmosphere. Tables for diners are set up along the windows on one side and there's a good sized bar on the other. Between the two is an area with large leather chairs and a sofa in case you want to feel like you're hanging out at a friend’s house. There is one TV by the bar, but it's small and in an odd place where it's not really too visible. The music, on this Tuesday evening, ranged from tolerable to irritating while the service at the bar was OK.

I ordered their stout which was served way too cold. By the last few sips it had warmed enough to where I was able to distinguish some of the beer's dark caramel and toffee flavors. The stout went real well with the Wynoochie River blue cheese that was part of a "local cheese plate" that I ordered ($7.95 for 5 pieces of cheese and some sliced bread). I also tried their Scottish Ale which smelled a little off (sour?) but the taste was decent.

On tap they also had Celebrator Dopplebock, BraU Weise Hefe Weizen and their own Pale Ale, Weisse, a Tripel, a Double Ale and a Golden artisan ale called Naughty Nellie. They were out of the IPA and had nothing on cask on this particular evening. In bottles they offered Orval, Rochefort 6, 8 & 10, Westmalle Dubbel & Tripel and Chimay Red & Blue.

For diner I ordered the spicy stuffed king salmon and it was very good, but be warned, SPICY is the key descriptor above. After eating it you're not going to taste much of anything else for awhile.

Overall, this would be a good place to go after work or for dinner and beers with a few friends or colleagues.

Photo of TheBungyo
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

I've visited here several times and only once had great service. I've asked about beers that Pike brews and gotten funny looks as if the server had no idea they even made them. The food is pretty forgettable while the beer definitely has a soft spot in my heart though it isn't otherwordly. They do fine selection-wise as most of the more mainstream styles are represented (pale, IPA, Stout, Scottish Ale, Tripel, etc ...). Each time I visit I feel I'm in no hurry to return, even though it is the closest brewpub in proximity to me.

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Pike Pub & Brewery in Seattle, WA
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