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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 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 Knuckles
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

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."

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.

Photo of Murchmac
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of beerandcycling88
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

Photo of bram325
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of goatgoat
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of beertravel
4.06/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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!

Photo of bierme
4.63/5  rDev +14%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of mnapier
4.18/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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

Photo of ojiikun
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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.

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 hogfodder
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

Photo of blackc5
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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.

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Collins Pub in Seattle, WA
91 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.