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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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DoubleSimcoe

New York

3.82/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

02-21-2014 07:46:03 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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Gavage

New Jersey

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.

07-24-2008 23:36:32 | More by Gavage
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John_M

Oregon

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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morebeergood

Massachusetts

3.66/5  rDev -9.9%

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...

03-29-2008 00:37:16 | More by morebeergood
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

12-27-2010 19:31:58 | More by sholland119
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GJ40

North Carolina

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.

11-18-2008 16:00:34 | More by GJ40
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barleywinefiend

Washington

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.

05-23-2010 21:46:20 | More by barleywinefiend
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dirtylou

Washington

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.

10-06-2008 18:24:25 | More by dirtylou
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francisweizen

Alaska

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...

07-06-2006 23:38:28 | More by francisweizen
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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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Collins Pub in Seattle, WA
91 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.