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Collins Pub

Not Rated.
Collins PubCollins Pub
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

35 Ratings
Ratings: 35
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 7.39%
Taps: 20
Bottles: 60
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

526 2nd Ave
Seattle, Washington, 98104-2336
United States
phone: (206) 623-1016

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(Place added by: 49degrees)
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mnapier

Washington

4.18/5  rDev +3%

A Pub that is run by a beer geek.

This is yet another gastro-pub in Seattle (in the key of Brouwer's) with a kick ass food selection and a great selection of beers.

With a varying selection of bottled and draft ales, this place offers alot of surprises almost daily if not weekly. Try the clam chowder, or the cheese plate.

Another bonus is the number of hosted beer dinners per year that they put together. Such previous dinners included; Silver City, New Belgium, Stone, and many others.

Well worth the visit.

Cheers

03-09-2008 07:27:45 | More by mnapier
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czechsaaz

Washington

3.58/5  rDev -11.8%

I keep swearing off this place, but then I go back for the beer and the food. The tap list is usually excellent and the bottles have enough interesting things to keep even the most discriminating beer afficianados happy. I personally think Collins Pub has the best food of all beer spots in Seattle.

But then there's the service. I've been huried out several hours before closing when the place was fairly empty. I've sat at the bar with an empty pint glass for over 15 minutes several times while the place was not slammed but a little bit busy. The last incident, arrived a bit before opening, but the door was wide open. So my group took a table. Server came into the room no fewer than three times, ignored us, then waltzed over to the table and announced, "We don't open for another 10 minutes." and walked away. Not politely either.

It would be sooo easy for management to make this a top tier place, but no one seems to care.

01-03-2008 18:45:08 | More by czechsaaz
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%

Very nice location downtown within walking distance of Pioneer Square. Nice room with high ceilings and well appointed. Bar is long and has quite a few seats and quite a few taps. Quite a bit of local stuff on tap and a number of one-offs and rarities. As others have said, there tap list could be more up to date. We were there during lunch and there were still several taps that were incorrect. No matter, our server was effecient and knew exactly what was really pouring. Everything was fresh and top-notch. The menu is quite ambitious for a pub, and my special of butternut squash ravioli with a maple sage brown butter sauce was perfect. Unfortunately, my wife's seafood stew was off. Finding spoiled seafood in your lunch is a meal killer (and possibly more). That being said, it has happened to us at several other places and they acted as they should about the incident, comping the meal and our beers. So,I split the difference on the food score.Most of the menu looks great. Really glad I finally checked this place out. Definitely the best option for downtown, but it sounds like when you go is important.

12-17-2007 17:58:40 | More by Georgiabeer
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ojiikun

Washington

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

Re-reviewing after a year and a half here and growing along with this handy downtown spot.

I've yet to see any more late-night special events. This is a bit of a downer, since the one I did manage was quite good. That said, the bar is looking up. As the management changes out the art from month to month, the place gets a fresh look.

The trick here is to sit at the bar. The 3 or 4 ladies and gents tha work thing are occasionally brief and always stressed, but they learn your favouries and your name in the span of half a dozen visits. Nothing to write home about, but better than the service you get at the tables. Before and after Mariners and Seahawks games the place is packed with sportsheep drinking bad beer, but these instances are easily enough avoided.

The food is quite inspired. Sure, if you get a burger or the fish and chips, you won't be impressed - go for the smoked brisket or the ahi tuna. The rissoto is a work of art, as well. Haven't been impressed by the baby back ribs, but the hosue salad is tasy and minimal - worth subbing for the sub-par fries.

The Beer: Collins seems to change out their taps after nearly every keg, so repeat visits will be rewarded. The offerings span the East and West coasts quite nicely, and the bottle selection, though fairly static, includes some VERY hard to find offerings from all around the country and the world.

Highly recommended.

08-20-2007 02:09:07 | More by ojiikun
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Murchmac

California

4.45/5  rDev +9.6%

Hit this bar up before the Red Sox/ Mariners game. We got in right as it opened and ordered a sampler fo local microbrews. I'd never been to a bar that you can order samples of different beers on tap. Very cool idea. The waitress wrote them down on a napkin in order and served them on a school lunch tray. Very dressed down and I liked it. Ordered an awesome artichoke, crab dip, and and crab BLT. Awesome food, great beer, even struck up some good sports talk with the locals. Hit this place before seahawks and mariners games.

08-09-2007 05:44:19 | More by Murchmac
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dickroop

Maryland

4/5  rDev -1.5%

After a long, LONG day touring Seattle, we finished by going to the Smith Tower to enjoy the outstanding historic ambience and great views, then we stumbled out into the street and into the first available open door for sustenance and brew. I hadn't even checked out the BA beer bar ratings, and just by great good fortune happened upon this gem of a place.

When we first came in (about 6 pm Monday) the music was overly raucous, but it toned down. We had a booth in the back, our server was quite attentive and quick enough. It's a pleasant if not extraordinary ambience. The beer list (to my great surprise and please) *was* truly extraordinary. Twenty good offerings on tap, and I don't remember seeing a fart in the carload. I was offered a Boundary Bay DIPA - I never looked back. We also ordered a humus appetizer plate, which was very tasty, if small. We were given a break on the price of beers, whether by accident or on purpose I don't know, but I was only charged $4 for what probably should have been a $5 DIPA.

This establishment is recommended. I hope to make it back.

06-12-2007 17:10:21 | More by dickroop
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John_M

California

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

I've been to Collins Pub a few times now and have grown increasingly fond of the place. They have an excellent selection of constantly rotating beers on draft, with around 15 or 20 tap handles. Also, while the bottle selection is not huge, it is very well thought out, with a number of interesting selections listed (Rochefort 10 and Fred from the Wood for instance).

The service here is always very quick and friendly, and I love the layout of this downtown Seattle pub. High ceilings with lots of light in a very comfortable layout. {Note: with respect to the service, I've ever only come here on Sunday afternoons - usually on my way out of town back to Portland. This place is usually pretty empty at that time of day, which I'm sure affects the quality of the service I see. In other words, at the time I'm always there, the service is invariably fast and efficient)

IMO, considering where Collins is located (about a half mile from Pike's Place Market, right smack dab in downtown Seattle), the prices here are nothing short of astonishing. Pints here are $4 a pop, and you can get a taster sampler of 6 for $7. The latter is an especially good deal when you consider the beers come in 5 oz tasting samples (I've never been able to drink my entire round of samplers), and that Collins will let you sample anything, regardless of the abv. and/or cost per glass. The bottle beer cost is no less impressive, with the incredible Rochefort 10 selling for $8. Hell, I haven't seen this beer for anything less then $10 a pop out here on the East Coast, and that's assuming you can even find it out here. If one didn't know better, one would assume that Collins pub is the establishment 2500 miles closer to Belgium, rather then the other way around.

Even for a beer city as cool as Seattle, this place is an absolute gem.

03-20-2007 18:03:49 | More by John_M
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Redrover

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%

I was able to stop by Collins Pub during my recent business trip to Seattle. Thanks to beerfly for pointing out this gem to me!!

Collins is located in a narrow building with a small terrace in front. The actual bar itself has a slightly cramped feel due to a metal railing that runs about 4' from the bar and acts as sort of a corral. They have some nice small tables against the wall opposite the bar and larger tables in the elevated dining area.

The pub has really high ceilings, large windows, exposed brick and funky artwork that add to the ambiance. There was a nice happy atmosphere. I really liked the Allman Brothers and Johnny Winter they were playing.

I counted 22 taps all except one is craft. Offerings from Bear, Stone, O'Harras, Lazy Boy, Boundary Bay, Victory, etc. They also had 8 bottled Belgiums to choose from.

The menu is limited, but innovative and takes advantage of the local ingredients. You should have no problem finding something good to munch on.

The service was friendly but a trifle slow. They do give samples, so extra points there!

I will have no problem going back to Collins. Great bar in a great city!

02-01-2007 20:29:53 | More by Redrover
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hogfodder

Washington

4.45/5  rDev +9.6%

Collins Pub is not just good, it is special. The main reason is the location. Perched on the edge Pioneer Square, it is Seattle's ONLY sophisticated beer bar in that part of town. Ironically, there are a ton of bars in that area. Avoid most of them at all costs. They are tourist traps by & large. Collins Pub is an oasis of good pub grub & beer geekdom in an otherwise highly concentrated lame bar neighborhood. Don't believe me? See how many locals you find in Pioneer Square bars, vs. tourists.

It is walking distance form both Safeco Field (Mariners) & Qwest Field (Seahawks). Makes for a very worthy pre or post game experience. On the beer front, Seth (owner) goes out of his way to find unique beers from the region, many of which are hand-delivered by the breweries. A nice blend of US craft beers & imports, both draft & bottle.

12-11-2006 05:38:31 | More by hogfodder
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bierme

California

4.63/5  rDev +14%

The owner Seth is a super cool guy and he knows his beer. The Selection is great and the food is very good. He kept bringing beer after beer to taste. He knows about styles outside of the northwest which is great and rare in Seattle. His cook is great and the places clears out a lot after happy hour which I loved. His staff is great too. Brought a bunch of my friends with me one night got too rowdy and they were cool with that too. I really have nothing else to say but beer advocate insists that I type more so that is what I Am doing.

10-19-2006 04:51:13 | More by bierme
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