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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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Photo of mnapier
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

mnapier, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of czechsaaz
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.

czechsaaz, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
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.

Georgiabeer, Dec 17, 2007
Photo of ojiikun
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.

ojiikun, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of Murchmac
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.

Murchmac, Aug 09, 2007
Photo of dickroop
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.

dickroop, Jun 12, 2007
Photo of John_M
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.

John_M, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of Redrover
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!

Redrover, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of hogfodder
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.

hogfodder, Dec 11, 2006
Photo of bierme
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.

bierme, Oct 19, 2006
Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Another great new bar in downtown seattle right by pioneer square and many of the office buildings downtown. A good lunch spot if there ever wa sone, with a nice atmosphere with good outdoor seating, excelent vintage posters, and some nice freakin' bar stools. Gorgeous bathrooms as well, I may add. Anyway the quality of the food and beer is very good, and priced very reasonable and the service was pretty spot on as well. My beers (erics ale, whoop ass from silver city, and an el jefe) were all fresh, well cared for, and delicous. One minor complaint is they have no beer list, and when I inquired as to what was on tap, the guy just told me "a bunch of stuff just look at the tap handles" the problem being that I could not see the tap handles well since I did not have my glasses handy. A printed beer menu is always nice when a place has 20-30 taps of quality beer on. Anyway besides that one minor caveat this place is highly recommended...

francisweizen, Jul 06, 2006
Photo of TheBungyo
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%

Made my first visit today. I walked in surprised to see only a few other customers. It was immaculately clean, the atmosphere relaxed. There was only one server on hand, who happened to be doubling as bartender. I took this as a bad sign, but never felt ignored and my glass was never empty without her stopping by to ask if I'd like something else. Some fantastic beers on tap! I wished I could've tried more, but I was limited by the strength of the two I did purchase. I would've rated the selection higher if they had a little more variety. I almost feel I'm cheating them by giving them "only" a four, but the selection begged for a good stout or porter! The food was pretty good, and I'd happily go back and try some other dishes.
2 beers and fish and chips and my bill came in at uner $20! What a bargain! Know this Collins Pub! I shall return!


Edit:
Have been back 2 or 3 times since then and was impressed by the selection. Stouts, Porters, Pilsner ... they've added a lot to the tap selection! Unfortunately the service is pretty bad. More often than not, I'm nearly ignored or treated poorly. A shame because I really want to like this place.

TheBungyo, Nov 27, 2005
Photo of FirstMan
3.45/5  rDev -15%

Collins is one block down from where I used to work in Seattle. When it opened I first thought that it might be a little pretentious. That was before I saw the beer selection.

Collins is fairly narrow when you enter but widens out into a larger dining area in the back. There are a couple of nice round tables at the windows in the front, which are great to sit at in the mid afternoon. On a nice warm sunny day in the summer, there's a little outdoor seating area out front too. Atmosphere is slightly "chic" but also pretty comfortable.

Beer selection is great, although it can sometimes be heavily set in one category. I've been in before when they had 7 or 8 different IPAs on but maybe only one (or none) Stout. The quality, however, is generally great with nearly 90% from local breweries.

Food is very good as well. I especially like the lobster bisque and the fish and chips. I'm not much of a fish and chips guy, but these are exceptional.

A few drawbacks that make Collins problematic for me: (1) Service generally sucks. Best expect to be waiting around for a while. If the beer and company wasn't as good as it has been at Collins in the past, I would have really been turned off by this. (2) The place gets rediculously PACKED after work sometimes - especially on Fridays. (3) They allow smoking. That sucks.

Overall, however, I forgive. Collins is an excellent Northwest beer bar. Highly recommended.

FirstMan, Oct 25, 2005
Photo of Knuckles
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%

I wouldn't go so far as to call Seth Howard a homie, but I'm in Collins often enough that he knows my big, fat, bald self on sight. Collins is about two blocks from my office in Downtown Seattle, opening after my company moved here from Bellevue (making my commute shorter, and making it far easier to drink beer after work). Anyway, prior to the opening of Collins, I would usually walk up to the Pike for a beer after work (and, seriously, once the 5X comes back out, I'll be up there again), as they've got $2.75 pints at happy hour, along with half price appetizers. However, you are beholden to the Pike's house beers, as well as whatever Merchant du Vin guest beers they have on (usually an Ayinger of some sort, and always a Lindeman's fruit lambic). But this isn't about the Pike, it's about why I go to Collins instead of the Pike. So, without further digressions...

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Why I Go to Collins Pub Instead of the Pike

by Knuckles

Atmosphere: I go to Collins Pub instead of the Pike because the atmosphere is dope.

Quality: I go to Collins Pub instead of the Pike because the quality of the food and beer is always high (not that the Pike's isn't), and the black bean burger is dope.

Service: I go to Collins Pub instead of the Pike for reasons other than the service, because it is very rarely dope.

Selection: I go to Collins Pub instead of the Pike because the selection is dope.

Food: I go to Collins Pub instead of the Pike because the food is dope.

The End.

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Seriously though...

Atmosphere: This is an old school bar (once called the Jolly Roger, I believe), that Seth has effectively converted into a modern throwback. Great old bar and back bar, with modern seating and hipster art lining the walls (the only ones I actually liked would have been the kickass watercolors of heavy machinery. Those were great.). Huge, 20 foot ceilings and brick walls, the place is actually comfortable for a yutz like me, and cool enough for all the other kids. And hey, Seth wears shorts and flip flops. He is my kind of people.

Quality: Everything about this place is quality. The remodel, the beer selection, the food. The only way you will be disappointed with the beer is if you are in the mood for an imperial stout or something equally dark, as Seth tends to be a hop junkie in his tap selection. He'll bust out of that mold on occasion, but not enough for us black-hearted folk.

Service: Hard to say, really. It depends on who you get. There will be times when they are horribly understaffed, as they'll get unexpected lunch rushes at times, and other times when they are overstaffed yet you get ignored. It's not horrible, by any means, but it's also not great (although there is this one young kid whose name I do not know who is just a waste of a paycheck. Horrible service and a shitass attitude. Don't know who he is, but I move on to someone else's table if I get stuck with his ass). A good rule of thumb at Collins is to just make sure your server is either Seth (the owner), or one of the women servers/bartenders. If you get stuck with a non-Seth guy, hold on for a generally annoying service adventure.

Selection: Beer selection is magnificent. Twenty taps, always good quality (and with one devoted to the sacred Rainier), just not always what I want. But that's my fault, not Seth's. Very good representation of NW micros (including Walking Man on an almost regular basis), with the requisite Stone and DFH taps as well.

Food: The food simply kicks ass. This is THE place to go before an M's game, in my opinion. It's all very reasonably priced, they have a decent happy hour (either $2.50 or $3 pints and appetizer specials), and it is never too crazy inside, just consistently busy.

Go, check it out, and tell Seth that Knuckles wants more dark beers on tap. He'll know the jackass you are talking about, and he'll say, "Knuckles is a fucking dope."

Knuckles, Aug 25, 2005
Photo of Globetrotter
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%

Located in the southern part of downtown Seattle, this would be a good stop for someone heading from the hotel district to Safeco Field or Seahawks Stadium. The place is one storefront wide and goes back twice as deep, with two-story industrial ceiling. The front half of the place is filled with the bar running down the left wall and boothes going down the right. The back has more boothes, but the whole place can't seat more than about 60. The furniture is pale wood and metal. It's a bit anti-septic, and only a few souls were there on a Wednesday afternoon, but I liked it.

25 taps line the wall behind the bar. There is also a cask engine, but it was out of service when I was there (bartender told me that not enough people order cask-conditioned, so they had to take it off). The selection is excellent, with a wide range of local brews, plus some Rogue, Stone and a few other heavy hitters. I don't recall seeing macro taps at all. The bartender was friendly and knowledgeable, and let me sample a couple before I ordered a pint. She wanted to give me a frosted pint glass, but didn't argue when I asked for one at room temperature. The beers were well kept and served at the right temperature. Good place.

Globetrotter, Jun 23, 2004
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Collins Pub in Seattle, WA
91 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.