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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 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 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 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 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 LittleDon
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%

Upscale gastropub atmosphere with plenty of brass and wood. I sat at the bar on a Monday for lunch. Very uncrowded. Despite the four or five TVs tuned to soccer games, the place wasn't noisy or have a sports bar vibe. Bartender was very knowledgeable about the available beers and was helpful in my selection of the local/regional offerings. Food was good, about what you'd expect in that type of establishment. Twenty or so drafts, rotating on a regular basis. If I lived near downtown Seattle, I could easily make this place a regular stop.

LittleDon, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of Gavage
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%

This is a great bar that would satisfy any BA. You first notice a few outdoor tables, but when you walk inside you see a nice beer selection. The bar area was not that big, and seats about 15. There is a huge mirror behind the bar that catches your eye when you walk in. There are several booths alongside the bar and bigger ones in the back. Some cool blues music was blasting from the stereo.

There are 20 taps and they are of local beers so anyone from out of town that wants to sample the beers of the area, this is a great place to go to.

Beers covered many styles such as Stone Ruination, Left Hand Sawtooth, Silver City IPA, Georgetown 9 lb Porter, Boundary Bay Amber and IPA, Lost Coast 8 Ball Stout, Oskar Blues Gordon, and Spaten.

The beers I had were fresh. Service was good but not overwhelming based on the large crowd.

This place is a must stop for anyone visiting town on business or pleasure.

Gavage, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of GJ40
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%

I visited Collins Pub on a business trip to Seattle after finding it here on BA.

Collins Pub is an upscale and hip establishment that focuses on great beer, good food and atmosphere. It's a lot nicer that many of the places I go for good beer but I don't hold that against them because they really come through on the beer. The high ceilings, red walls, natural woods and original art create a unique and warm atmosphere. They had some classic 70s music plying as well such as Elvis Costello, The Who and David Bowie.

Collins has the best lineup of NW beers on tap of any Seattle pub I've visited. They have 18 with most from Washington, Oregon and California including some of my favorite breweries like Walking Man, Ninkasi, Rogue and Lagunitas. I had a DIPA from Roslyn Brewing Co and it was outstanding. They also have a large selection of bottles (50-60?) with lots of Belgians.

The owner, Seth, was very helpful and seems very happy to discuss beer and the Seattle beer scene.

Collins Pub is now my favorite beer bar in Seattle (with Elysian being my favorite brewpub). Uber Tavern comes close but I didn't think the selection of NW beers was nearly as good. Check out Collins Pub if you're in the area.

GJ40, Nov 18, 2008
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 blackc5
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%

I really like Collins Pub. The atmosphere isn't the best, and its not really the best place to meet people, but as far as the food and beer goes, it is excellent.

The tap list is pretty impressive, about 20-25 mostly local taps that seem to rotate pretty frequently. As the printed beer list says, check the chalk board for the current selections as the printed list is likely already out of date. Mostly NW locals as I mentioned, but they do carry some from other regions on tap. A recent visit netted me some Pliny the Elder and La Folie.

They also have a great bottle selection encompassing a much wider geographic profile, and including some definite BA favorites. All the beers I have tasted have been fresh.

Food definitely leans to the gourmet side for a pub, and I have enjoyed everything I have had. The burger is top notch, and I highly recommend substituting for the sweet potato fries. The appetizers are all good too. Our recent crap and artichoke dip actually had nice big lumps of dungeness.

Service can be a touch slow - it seems they are generally a bit understaffed. But they are always friendly and helpful, which compensates.

Overall, a great ale house.

blackc5, Jun 25, 2009
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
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 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 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 beerandcycling88
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%

Stopped in here after an afternoon of wandering Seattle.

The atmosphere is quite pleasant, seems to be a more upscale bar. It was quiet without a lot of televisions.

The beer selection was all high quality stuff with stuff like Pliny the Elder, Black Raven Wisdom Seeker, and La Foile on tap.

The service was friendly yet not over attentive which I like.

The food is good and about the right price for eating in the area.

The prices seemed reasonable.

Overall this is a pretty good spot to get beer if you are downtown, while not as good as some other Seattle bars, it is very much worth stopping at.

beerandcycling88, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of beertunes
4.14/5  rDev +2%

I've been to Collins several times, as we generally park across the street when going to Mariner games. An attractive room and always an attractive tap list. My most recent visit featured brews from Rogue, New Belgium/Elysian, Stone, Roots, Diamond Knot, Boundary Bay, Anacortes, Breakaway, Russian River, Guiness, Bitburger, Victory, Alaskan, Fremont, Bison, Hipster Deluxe, Roslyn and Walking Man. I've never eaten here but the food always looks yummy. The service is very good, friendly without being clingy or fake. I will go back and recommend you visit when possible.

beertunes, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%

The atmosphere in Collins Pub is nice. The inside isn't overloaded with televisions like many other places and has paintings from local artists on the walls. There is a small patio that goes out on to the street as well.

The beer list has about 50 to choose from, with a respectable amount of Belgian selections. On tap was about 12 mostly mediocre local craft selections.

The service was very attentive and friendly. The bartender created a cocktail for my girlfriend which he invented that was actually quite tasty.

The food was good at this place as well. Although we only ordered dessert, it was great and the other selections on the menu looked good as well as they passed our table.

Value was decent.

Overall, I would go back to this place as it is relatively close to the hotel I typically stay at and a good place to go and chat.

DaftCaskBC, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.1/5  rDev +1%

Numerous stops based on different hours and days.

A: Atmosphere is very calm, laid back, mix of music on, people drinking good beer and unwinding. Was not very busy both at lunch and after work. Relaxing place to have a very good brew.
Q: Quality is phenom! My food was above and beyong traditional pub grub. Very surprising.

S: Ok. Good on some days, bitchy and understaffed on others

S: Selection was outstanding this day. I had a Fish Old Woody, Mirror Mirror, John John, Anacortes IPA, Chuckanut Pils and a Jubel 2010(not all at once). They also had Old Boardhead, Green Flash selection, Boundary Bay Amber, Breakaway IPA and 20 taps total and all were very good.

F: Ranges from average to good. Burgers are good, rest is decent and overpriced.

barleywinefiend, May 23, 2010
Photo of dirtylou
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%

with a name like Collins, you know good things can be expected

The vibe was quite cool...cozy little booths for 2 in the bar area with a number of barstools as well. There was also a larger dining area that was very wooden. Cool artwork lined the walls, a few flat-screens in the bar, and giant mirrors added to the decor.

The beer list was pretty nice (15-20 taps at least with a bunch more bottles). We didnt eat but the menu looked solid.

RR Damnation was dynamite on tap and the Scarlett Fire IPA was great too. There were a bunch of other NW selections too. Its under a mile from the Virginia Inn and far superior. Its probably not of the same quality as the upper echelon (3-5) beer bars in the city, but its pretty solid and located right by the stadiums.

Service was bunk, but it wasnt her fault probably. They dont update their beerlist enough and i was told there may be things unavailable or new taps available. When asked what the new stuff was, she said she didnt know. I ordered a Lost Abbey Avant Garde and it was gone, so that sucked.

dirtylou, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of goatgoat
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%

Just returned from Collins Pub. A slightly upscale bar with an excellent tap list. Very focused on the local brews. The only criticism would be that they are heavy on the IPAs and light on more sessionable ales, reds/browns/porters/etc. But that is a reflection of the region and most likely their customers tastes.
I had a nice crisp kolsch, followed by Double Mountain Vaporizer extra pale and Hopworks IPA. Very nice selections all around suggested by a well versed bartender. The service was sometimes a little slow, but very knowledgeable and accommodating. Other brews at the table included Firestone Walker's pale, an oatmeal stout and a black IPA.
The food was excellent, at the table there was the risotto, the sausages, a burger and fish and chips. All very tasty fare.

Excellent grub, good brews, a nice (though IPA heavy) selection. Thank you Seattle.

goatgoat, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of beertravel
4.06/5  rDev 0%

We stopped in on our walking tour of Seattle. We were on our way back from Elysian Fields and Pyramid. The place wasn't very busy but was a comfortable venue. The warm woods, glass and private booths gave it an upscale appearance.

They had a nice local selection and some surprises from our neck of the woods(Southern Tier). We enjoyed a couple of beers there. I believe they had about 20 taps and an impressive choice of bottles from all over.

We didn't eat, but the menu looked great. Unfortunately, we never made it back there, but I would recommend it for all to try. The bartender had lived in Cherry Hill, NJ for a while! Small world!

beertravel, Oct 12, 2008
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 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 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 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
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

strongaf, Jul 10, 2014
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Collins Pub in Seattle, WA
91 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.