Bottleworks

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BA SCORE
98
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111 Reviews
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PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Store

1710 N 45th St
Ste 3
Seattle, Washington, 98103-6855
United States

(206) 633-2437 | map
www.bottleworks.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
98
Reviews:
111
Ratings:
166
Avg:
4.45
pDev:
10.56%
 
 
Taps:
9
Bottles/Cans:
950
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 111 | Ratings: 166
Reviews by black13:
Photo of black13
2.33/5  rDev -47.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 2

While on Seattle for the weekend I was looking forward to browsing the selection in this place. My first stop was Brouwers, but I had to pass as I had my family with me and they had no desire to wait while I had a beer.

Walling into this dungeon, you have to give your eyes some time to adjust to the minimal lighting. I realize protecting beer from light is important, but without a flashlight, I truly couldn't see what bottle I was looking at without taking it out of the cooler.

It was great to see (or not see) moat of the beers in coolers. But selection and lighting need to improve.

Maybe the clerk was having a bad day or didn't like that I was from Portland, but he was honestly no more help than a clerk selling chips and sigs at your corner market. I told Jim o was from Portland and I was interested in offerings that I couldn't get there. His first response is "I don't know what you get". I'm just a beer geek that doesn't work at a beer store and I can name several things that are not offered in Portland. If you work at a beer store, at least you should know something about distro, especially when you're close to Portland.

Selection was minimal at best. Their website says something like 950 beers. I didn't count them, but this seems to be a stretch. There are Fred Meyer stores in Portland with a better selection. There were several bottles of Epic 03 for $75, but I could find everything else at local grocery stores. I didn't look at the tap list as I wasn't able to stay and enjoy a beer so I cannot comment on this aspect.

Overall, the hype of this place probably contributed to it's letdown. Aside from the Epic 03, I could find anything in this store around town, and there were very few things I couldn't get in Portland aside for some Lost Abbey and a couple local breweries. Makes me happy to live in Portland.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of HaoleToYouToo
4.54/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of mactrail
4.05/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Great variety of beers, though other places have different varieties of Northwest beers not found here. However there are many single cans and 12 oz bottles available so it's great for sampling new beers. They have a lot of sours, barrel aged, and other exotics. Also a lot of German and Belgian bottles. Price and selection are for the high end.

Everything is refrigerated, which is a big plus given the many rare and expensive bottles that are unaccountably left on warm shelves at so many places. I haven't tried the tap offerings but the last few times I've been there I would have tasted virtually everything, except for the long day already and another two hour drive ahead. But it's the place I stock up if I haven't been to Washington for while.

My main complaint is they take the light vs. beer issue to an extreme and the place is so dim you feel like a few candles would be in order. I scan the coolers for brands and then have to open the doors and often pull bottles out to get an angle where I can read the beer name or brewery. But very atmospheric.

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Photo of Erik-P
4.64/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of dwagner003
4.61/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of domdomdomdom
4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Sparky44
4.32/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Texasfan549
4.09/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Beervana
4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of von_kaiser
4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

first time out in seattle...first stop i visited. could have spent the whole day there. sat w/ the wife to have a few on tap selections. being the awesome woman she is, she blatantly noted we'd never have this type of selection at home (que to empy the wallet). had multiple conversations w/ staff and random customers...all very friendly and knowledgable. left w/ over a case of local goods and a smile. the wine store next door sells travel packaging kits so everything made it back to new england unscathed. no question this is a must stop!

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Photo of JamLand
4.31/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Bottleworks is one of, if not the most famous bottle shops in Seattle. As a visitor, it is the only bottle shop I would've known about before looking at reviews for places in Seattle. They had a great selection with good prices. The selection wasn't significantly better than most of the good shops in Seattle, but you can find some of their older anniversary beers available, which was pretty cool. My biggest complaint would be the size of the shop and the darkness of the store. It was often difficult to see into the cooler because of the lighting. Obviously, you don't want the shop lit up like Times Square, but I'm not certain they should be impairing visibility as much as they currently are doing. All in all, a must stop for any BA in the Seattle area.

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Photo of EdwardAbbey
4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of BMMillsy
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Nice little shop that fills growlers and has solid selection. Lots of west coast stuff, snagged some Helldorado while there, though I was hoping for a bit more. Granted, they did have a bottle of RR Deviation for $120 that was tempting me pretty hard. Nice service, and overall neat spot. I'm sure I'd be in plenty if I lived in the area.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

One of my favorite beer shops in Seattle. Excellent selection of beers including some hard to find ones and the service has always been top notch every time I have been there

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Photo of Kylo76
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of greg4579
4.97/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of YamagamiTravis
4.37/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Anaxagoris
4.69/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of mabermud
4.11/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of eawolff99
4.54/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Hendrick24
4.23/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of kamikazeokami
3.79/5  rDev -14.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.25 | selection: 4.75

Great selection of beers. Naturally lots of fremont brewing stuff. However, the guy working the counter (was wearing glasses) was terribly dismissive and just not a pleasure to speak to.

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Photo of SeattleBoB76
4.73/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

World Class Bottle shop. Always something bottle conditioned on the shelf.

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Photo of itracy63
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of KevinL
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

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