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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...
Why I Go to Collins Pub Instead of the Pike
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.
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."
08-25-2005 17:59:40 | More by Knuckles
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.
10-25-2005 00:46:50 | More by FirstMan
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.
08-09-2007 05:44:19 | More by Murchmac
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.
09-22-2011 01:51:36 | More by beerandcycling88
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!
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.
11-27-2005 05:48:19 | More by TheBungyo
British Columbia (Canada)
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.
09-06-2011 06:49:38 | More by DaftCaskBC
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.
08-13-2010 05:37:14 | More by goatgoat
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!
10-12-2008 20:57:31 | More by beertravel
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.
10-19-2006 04:51:13 | More by bierme
Collins Pub in Seattle, WA
91 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.