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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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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 07, 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.