Collins Pub

Not Rated.
Collins PubCollins Pub
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

35 Ratings
Ratings: 35
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: n/a
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 TheBungyo
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

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.

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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...

Photo of dickroop
4/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

Photo of strongaf
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of sholland119
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

The closest good beer bar to my hotel (well, Stumbling Monk was about the same distance but not open yet), I stopped in for a couple of pints and snacks at the end of the day.

Collins Pub is located in a small storefront on 2nd Avenue. There are a few tables outside. Inside is a bit cramped. There are tables in the front and back and a small bar area on the left.

About 20 taps, mostly local and high quality. Fat Tire was probably the least appealing choice. I had a Velvet Merkin and a Walking Man selection I can not recall. Both were nice and fresh.

I had a couple of happy hour app specials, both of which were just ok. Service was attentive. A nice stop, though the long walk up the hill to my 6th Avenue hotel was a bit taxing.

Photo of joedon
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Visited this place on a cold, rainy night specifically to try some beer from Anacortes Brewing. Naturally, Collins had run out of the requested IPA.

Outside, this place looks pretty unassuming; converted from an old retail building. Inside, soaring ceilings with lots of wood panels, big mirror behind the bar and sort of a dark, private club ambience. What I didn't enjoy was really loud music playing constantly along with ESPN on about five big TVs. At times, the music got so loud, I could not hear myself talk. The whole vibe didn't work for me.

Nice selection of tap beers at fair prices. I had two different IPA's and the Port "Santa's Little Helper" which was a huge Imp.Stout. They only charged the regular beer price for a full pint of this excellent seasonal; probably a mistake.

I marked down the service because they really seemed overwhelmed by a not particularly large crowd. Plus, no time or desire to discuss beers or any small samples.

Food was also good. I had the house-made lasagna which I really enjoyed but was a bit overpriced at $14.

Overall, an acceptable place for a good beer but I doubt I will return. Too many other places in Seattle with an atmosphere I prefer to Collins.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

We stopped at Collins Pub on a sunny Friday afternoon after buying some art from an art gallery nearby. Pioneer Square is a funky 'hood, so full of art galleries, stores, old buildings... and tons of homeless people loitering around. Oh, Seattle...

The Collins is beautiful, big inside, with a long bar and booths plus a dining area on the back. Nice atmosphere, a neighborhood-bar-meets-classy-joint kind of place. Chill and quiet on a Friday at 4pm, we sat at the bar and enjoyed some local brews. Great music as well, including Postal Service and Strokes.

The chalkboard menu says it all: Sound Tripel, Twelve Bar Red, Naked City, Anacortes, Breakside, Fremont, Island Hoppin, Boneyard, Black Raven... it's all about the great Pacific Northwest.

A bit too many IPA's and not enough big beers or stouts, but it's all good. Bartenders were nice and funny and a good time was had by all here.

Photo of bosco7
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Dropped in for a pint. The atmosphere was a little stale and corporate for my taste. High quality furnishings decorate the pub, something a businessman would love I guess.

The service wad decent but nothing outstanding.

I had a Ten Fidy it was quite pleasant. There was a dozen or so high quality beers on tap and more in bottles. They had Stone IPA, Lagunitas Hairy Eyeball, Moylans Barleywine, and other pretty good beers on tap. Prices were decent, I paid 4 bucks for 12oz glass of Ten Fidy.

Decent little pub but I think that it was a little stale for my taste.

Photo of tokyofatts
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

One of my favorite watering holes. Staff is knowlegeable and super friendly.

Atmosphere at 4p-5p is commuters and professionals that grab a pint, interesting crowd, 4 tvs w/no sound, cool music (bar tenders'), then late at night or early afternoon, slower.

Q=food is okay. Service is usually great, occasionally it is understaffed.

S=20 taps of of mostly micros (Rus Riv, Gr Flash, Uinta, Oakshire, Boneyard, HUB), many locals(American, Bl Raven,Elysian, Anacortes), great IPA selection, all styles of beer.

I usually don't come here to eat, but when I do, it is okay and reasonably priced

$5/pint or tulip if high octane, $4 happy hour

Photo of morebeergood
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

We were eating lunch at Salumi, and based on the recommendations I've read on ba.com, we stopped in here on the way back to Pioneer Sq. for a pint. Very cool looking bar, all the way to the ceiling with wood and mirrors. There was only one girl bartender, so it took a few minutes to get served, but she checked on us later. The beer selection was very good for a beer bar, but I was really hoping for a few more NW beers. There were only like 3 WA beers on tap and one from OR. And for bottles, they have at least 30 to choose from, but 99% were Belgian as I saw only one WA beer. I ordered the New Belgium Abbey Ale (came in correct glass) ad my wife got the Full Sail Imperial Stout (very good). Prices for pints and bottles were only slightly above reasonable. This place is certainly a good beer bar and is surely worth a stop if you are in the area. I guess I just got my hopes up that I'd be able to try some jewel of a NW beer but will have to wait til next time...

Photo of czechsaaz
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

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.

Photo of benito
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Right in Pioneer Square in Downtown Seattle, Collins is a fairly upscale beer bar with local artwork (for sale) adorning the otherwise-minimally-decorated dining room in the back. The bar is long and narrow and has limited seating in the front.

They have about twenty beers on tap, featuring lots of Northwest and NoCal breweries. I had a pint of the Walking Man IPA, while my friends had Lagunitas The Hairy Eyeball, Full Sail Imperial Stout, and the rarely-seen Eric's Ale from New Belgium. There was good representation of other NW breweries including Port Townsend, Boundary Bay, and Rogue, but nothing too out there. A fine selection overall.

The service was slightly aloof, but the excellent food made up for it. The Collins Burger is delicious, and they are justly well-renowned for it. There are a handful of more upscale entrees, and fortunately, the burger is only $9.

Definitely worth a stop if you're touring Seattle beer bars, though it is a large cut below Brouwer's and Uber.

Photo of bram325
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of FirstMan
3.45/5  rDev -15%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

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Collins Pub in Seattle, WA
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