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Duck Island Saloon

Not Rated.
Duck Island SaloonDuck Island Saloon

Taps: / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

15 Ratings
Ratings: 15
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 6.71%
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]

7317 Aurora Ave N
Seattle, Washington, 98103
United States
phone: (206) 783-3360

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masikon

Washington

3.8/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$

This place is located just up the street from Uber tevern and right next door to a greasy spoon 24 hour joint that is a late-night favorite for drunks like me in seattle. Long and skinny with basically 3 different rooms, bar in the first room, lounge in the second, and pool table in the back. I'll admit I was pretty buzzed by the time I got here after leaving uber and didn't get too involved in studying the beer selection. A buddy of mine asked for a barleywine and got an aventinus which he hated, so I was obliged to drink it. An odd move by the bartender in my opinion. Pretty neat place, the combo of here and Uber is a good way to spend an evening. Oh ya, the pool table is free.

03-11-2008 03:01:43 | More by masikon
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Murchmac

California

4/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

This is a cool beer bar, with fun staff and even more colorful locals. Small place, the door pulls open, not push, also watch that first step up to the bar! Awesome jukebox selection, got a pool table, and a couple different small rooms. I love a beer bar that has Ranier on tap, and they do! This bar is a little out of the way of seattle proper, and looks very inconspicuous, but since it's right near uber, and a greasy spoon diner right next door, you want to go to this area of town. The decor is tap handles hanging from the ceilings and punk rock red. I liked this bar and it is a dont miss in Seattle.

08-09-2007 05:56:29 | More by Murchmac
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strongaf

Washington

4/5  rDev -7.4%

07-09-2014 23:54:41 | More by strongaf
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dirtylou

Washington

4/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

aurora ave, just a block from the institutional Uber Tavern

A dive bar, with a tap selection. 25-30 taps though most were kind of pedestrian craft offerings - i did thoroughly enjoy an aged la folie tap though.

separated into 3 divey rooms, each with a TV playing college football on this saturday with some seats out on aurora ave as well. pinball machines and a decor of dead tap handles hanging from the ceiling.

not quite A-worthy in my opinion, but a good spot, and i'll return. for those that are interested, the also-divey, but famous, beths cafe is right next door

10-16-2011 02:32:47 | More by dirtylou
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julian

Washington

4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$

I actually had intended to visit the Uber Tavern for the first time after work yesterday but I walked in and it was PACKED. I could barely move and with no place to sit, I decided to come back another time. Thus, I walked down the street and entered Duck Island which had plenty of space and a few locals with 1 bartender. I actually met erkaneva (Eric and Eva) here and had a nice chat and shared a few pints with them. Great convo and really nice people!)

A: great cozy little joint with a definite dive bar feel. The taps all have the proper tap heads for the beers they serve and the ceiling is covered in upside down tap heads which makes for a unique decoration and feel.

Q: the beers were served all in regular American pint glasses, but the beers were great. I only had two (had to drive). I tried the Walking Man Knuckle Dragger and the Lagunitas Lumpy Gravy Pale Ale...great combo. A nice hoppy IPA followed by a somewhat caramely and malty Pale Ale. They had St Bernardus Abt 12 on tap too which was cool to see.

S: Service was good. The place wasn't very packed but it took me a little while to get the bartender's attention. In her defense I didn't try very hard though. I also ordered a philly cheese steak with tomato soup which was brought over from Beth's Cafe just next door. No complaints, it was awesome.

S: Selection was pretty good. About 14+ beers on tap some local (Walking Man, Lagunitas...) and some imports (St Bernardus, Oud Beersel, Franziskaner Dunkel Hefe-Weisse). There was also a bottle list of about 20-25 bottles with a decent selection.

F: The food looked delicious, which is why I ordered. It didn't disappoint. The crispy tater tot style fries looked really good, I'll have to get some of those next. The smell of burgers also had me salivating.

All in all, great place with an awesome atmosphere. The ceilings were kind of low too, which makes it feel that much more cozy. There is a definite dive ambiance to this place, yet it's quality and selection speak for itself. Definitely will be going here again! I would recommend to anyone visiting the Seattle area.

06-06-2008 16:30:53 | More by julian
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woemad

Washington

4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$

Actually stumbled in here because of a need to use the bathroom! In preparation of a 370 mile drive and the need to be alert, especially in the near-constant lane jumping that is standard on I-5 between the Skagit Valley and Seattle, I'd loaded up on caffeine during breakfast. I was heading home to Spokane and was in no great hurry, and had the idea of stopping at Big Star to check out their selection. They were closed, so I'd decided to hit Uber was open so I could try another couple of beers from their incredible selection, but they weren't open yet. In desperation from the overabundance of coffee consumed in the morning, I'd remembered reading on BA that Duck Island was just down the street. I raced down Aurora on foot and made it just in time!

Once I was feeling relieved of my burden, I decided to order a beer. Thinking a crisp pilsner would be nice, I ordered a Trumer pils (the only one of the style on-tap). After that, I had a pint of Monkfish. The service was prompt, and the Monkfish was poured into a Chimay goblet, so extra points for glassware. The bartender made conversation with me but didn't hover, which was nice, since I was the only one there at first. While it's no Uber, there was a decent selection split between micros and import, with the one macro being the once-local Rainier. There didn't seem to be a whole lot of overlap between here and Uber, so perhaps they keep tabs on one another. Prices were on average $4/pint, which seemed about average around Seattle.

Like Uber, the atmosphere was cozy, split between a couple of different small rooms. Everything seemed to be clad in shiny sheetmetal, which was a little odd, but original. It was early in the afternoon, so it wasn't too crowded, but it wouldn't take much to crowd the place.

If Uber is closed or too crowded, you could do a lot worse than this place, and its only a few blocks down the street.

10-02-2007 04:07:02 | More by woemad
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

A: Just next door to Beths on 99 this place is an overlooked beer bar. It has a great atmosphere, pretty laid back, sordove odd shaped. Walking in is wham bar and taps. then you can go left and step down into the middle room where you can play the Indy Jones pinball machine or watch TV. Pretty laid back

S: My server was nice friendly and prompt. She took the time to chat with the customers

S: The handles were thought out but struggled to find many Strong Ales or Bwines regardless of where I went on trek today.

F: No food here but you can order food at Beths and then bring it over I believe.

01-10-2011 14:53:08 | More by barleywinefiend
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ScreamForMe

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$

Right down from the Uber on the same side of Aurora, is the Duck Island Saloon.

My friends and I had stopped in at the Uber first and then meandered down to DI.

It's a small saloon - bar, pool table below, etc. I prefer these types of bars - kinda like the old vet vs the new rookie.

The beers on tap was a good 20 listed - heavy on the local but that's cool with me.

They still bring food over from Beth's Cafe' so getting some food in you to absorb the alcohol is not an issue.

A cool place that gets overlooked because of the Uber....check it out!

Edit: Went back on 3/6/09 - sober - and had a good time there. Had 5 local brews and some Beth's grub to absorb the alcohol. Cool hang out spot!

02-09-2009 01:06:24 | More by ScreamForMe
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AccidentalKate

Washington

4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$

Atmosphere: If you're looking for what I term a "high end dive bar", this is as close as you'll ever get. Small, with a bit of a run down feel to it, it more than makes up for it with a look at the list of beers. Clientele runs towards the young, but that's okay by me. One booth, two tables, a pool room and plenty of bar stools can make this place crowded quickly. Smokers tend to congregate by the front door.

Quality: Great list of beer, migrating towards Belgians and local brews. Saison on tap, as well as the German Bitburger are all I can remember the day after. I did have Lucifer on tap there as well, but this was a one time deal. The only downside? Pabst for the Hipsters.

Service: Outstanding. Friendly bartender, and an owner who visited our table three separate times to check in on us.

Selection: Very good for the size of the pub. Yes there are places that carry more brews, the but the person who chooses the beer here works well within the boundaries of the location.

Food: First off, ignore the food options on the beer menu. They will tell you to avoid these foods, as they are there only to appease the local laws surrounding what constitutes a bar versus what constitutes a tavern.

Instead, as for the Beth's menu, where the full menu from the diner next door is made available. Great diner food made available here makes ensures that you don't have to leave too early. Available? The 12 egg omelette, reubens, and burgers and tater tots. Choose wisely.

Value: Quite reasonable. Three belgium beers ran me $21. Not a bad night at all.

05-09-2009 17:56:18 | More by AccidentalKate
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Ruddiger

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Duck island is just a short walk down 99 from Uber tavern and right next to Beths cafe. A good night out is starting out at Uber, walking down to duck island and then getting some drunken late night food at about 3am at Beths. Great tap selection, with some real surprises sometimes. Also they have a decent bottle selection and recently they got a full liquor license so you can bring your non beer drinking friends here as well. This place can get pretty busy, but there is a fair amount of space so it usually doesn't feel too crowded if you move away from the bar.

06-14-2007 23:55:55 | More by Ruddiger
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Duck Island Saloon in Seattle, WA
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