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Type: Bar, Store

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

(206) 633-2437 | map

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Photo of beerandcycling88
3.79/5  rDev -14.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Found myself in the neighborhood and decided to check this place out.

This place was really dark and a bit uninviting which oddly enough appeals to me.

The service was ok I only had a question about pricing on something and it was answered in a polite informative manner. So nothing to complain about there.

The beer selection seemed fairly large with a pretty good number of vintage beers. I ended up picking up some 2002 Bigfoots. Aside from the vintage stuff there was really nothing special that you couldn't pick up somewhere else.

Overall this place doesn't live up to the hype but it is an excellent place to stop if you are looking for vintage beers.

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Photo of MexicanSkittel
2.88/5  rDev -35.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5

Just visited bottle works this early afternoon. I wanted to see if there was something I'd not be able to get at home. Granted there were a few and I really mean a few, none of which blew my mind. The website says 950 bottles, well maybe yes if you consider a 6pack of the same beer "6 bottles". So that left me a little un-impressed. After stopping at a bar before with an amazing bottle list which weren't available to go I thought the bottle works selection would have been comparable.
I think if you're in the area give it a shot, maybe the selection grows at different times of the year.

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Photo of vande
3.94/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This one may have the problem have not quite living up to the hype. I had heard a lot about this place, but, while in Seattle had stopped at a few places prior. To be honest, the selection at a smaller, run-of-the-mill store I'd probably not had stopped in if it weren't for a friend's rec, was actually just as good if not a touch better.Bottleworks would be a perfect hangout to drink some beers, as they have taps, and open some bottles and/or trade some shit or bottle share cuz its got that kinda feel. But I was kinda looking for something special, and didn't quite find it. I walked out w/ a bottle of Upright and a couple of Northcoast bottles...Maybe if I was around for their special releases or Cellar deals I'd have more of a "wow" feel for it...but I'm going on my visit...I'd give it another chance though-

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Photo of reymic
3.5/5  rDev -21.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Coming from the East Coast, I was really hoping that I could find some of the more hard to find beers from the West Coast. Surprisingly, I'd say about 95% of it, I could get back home. The selection had a few winners, but nothing that grabbed out at me that i NEEDED to have. I still did pick up a number of bottles that aren't available back home: New Belgium, Maui, Cascade, Laurelwood, Freemont, etc. It just wasn't a mindblowing selection, that's all.

Also, the guy working here was very helpful. We explained that we were looking for some beers that weren't available where we were from, and he was fairly knowledagble. Also, when we were looking for a certain Cascade beer, he went into the back to dig up for us.

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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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Photo of GradyS1
3.56/5  rDev -20%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

I was pretty disappointed in this place, maybe it was because my expectations were too high or maybe it was because it seemed cleaned out due to beer week. Not much hear that I could not grab in SD or online. I grabbed a few left hand iteams as well as some Seattle locals but nothing that blew me out of the water. There Belgian selection was average at best and I was told by an employee that cantillon and fantome have not been distributed in the state in over a year. They had an 03 03 03 chillin in the cold box with all the other stone stuff, $75, which for that bottle isn't that bad IMO. That was the only rare bottle I saw. I enjoyed the fact that there is some tap lines there, had some le terrior

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Dropped in on a Saturday morning over Memorial Day weekend. Located on a street with lots of other little shops and restaurants, looks like a fun little neighborhood. Not a very big place at all. When I first walked it seemed a little dark but oce my eyes adjusted it had a deent feel to the place. I am always a fan of beercentric and beer only stores and this is certainly one of those. Small bar in the back that had 6 or so taps. Lots of Hair of the Dog and a few other miscellaneous.

Coolers line both walls and a few other random displays sitting around. Great selection of Washington and Oregon stuff; I certainly got my NW hops fix on the trip. Random gems sitting around as well; Lost Abbey Deliverance; RR Salvation; Stone VE 03.03.03. Cetainly had a nice mix of things. The section of Belgians was real nice as well' picked up a couple of gueuzes I had not tried before.

While it didnt quite live up to the hype that i had built for it, it certainly didnt dissapoint either. A great store with quite the selection and certainly a must stop if you are ever in Seattle.

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Photo of doughanson78
4.08/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

June 2, 2011

A: Dark (I'm assuming so the beers don't skunk). Not a real inviting place. Kinda an old cabin feel.

Q: Had some quality bottled beers and their selection of taps (rotating), although I only tried one, seemed to be quality selections. Featured Hair Of The Dog Brewery. Prices on the beers were haphazardly stuck under the beers, some to the side and some above. More than once I could not find the price and ended up finding in the bottom of the cooler.

Ser: We were greeted as we walked in. Told that if we have any questions just ask. When I couldn't find a price on a beer the lady went right over to the computer or register and looked it up for me.

Sel: Had 9 different beers on tap. 4 or 5 were from Hair Of The Dog Brewery. Seemed to feature barley wines. Could of had something on tap from each style of beer. No porter's, stout's, blonde's, or Hefe's on tap. Say's on the website they have 950 different beers. Well they definitely have a LOT of beers but didn't seem like 950. Maybe it was. Dominantly featured Washington breweries (no surprise). Would've liked to see a bigger selection of beers that you won't ever find in a regular store.

V: All the beers that they have that I have seen at the U Village QFC or another store were mostly cheaper here. I don't think any were more expensive.

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Photo of dbhall
3.11/5  rDev -30.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Visited this place about a week ago on vacation in seattle, and i was super excited to finally go into bottleworks. the atmosphere was a little menacing (i guess that's a good word). Lets be real it's dark in there. you have to basically put your face on the glass to see what beers you are looking at. the place did seem clean, and i liked the paintings on the wall. A few guys were in the back when i walked in and they continued talking for a while, but one came up and offered help. he was helpful, and pointed me to some stuff i cant get my hands on in South carolina. the selection was good, but i've been in better stores. the prices were reasonable, and i would definitely shop again if i was in the area but i wouldnt go out of my way for it.

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Photo of atowle25
4.04/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Eh. For all the hype this place gets, there are certainly better options out there. I haven't experienced the rudeness that some people have mentioned, but it's not exactly a friendly atmosphere either. Selection is good, but nothing spectacular. I didn't see anything here that I couldn't get some place else. Their taps are nice, if you are into that sort of thing. I'm not much of a draft drinker or else I might be more they really do get some good stuff here and rotate the taps regularly. Prices are huge mark ups or anything, and in line with the other stores out there. Overall, it's a good store, and I'd probably hit it up more often if there weren't other stores closer that I preferred.

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Photo of psiweaver
3.1/5  rDev -30.3%

Bottleworks is fairly local for me and I sometimes pop in, the problem is that the staff there other than Trevor are usually complete dbags. If you go in expecting any help or with any expectation of having a question answered you will be sorely disappointed. This is even the case if you are a somewhat regular and spend a good amount of money here. They don't usually have any of the beers that you could find at the QFC down the street including simple stuff like winter seasonal's. Basically if you want something other than a harder to find import beer you are better off going somewhere else. Occasionally they pull out good stuff from the cellar but those are usually jacked sky high in price. I will say that at least they refrigerate all of their stock which is nice.

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Photo of sholland119
3.1/5  rDev -30.3%

Wow, what a disappointment this place was. After a killer stop at Full Throttle Bottles, I was expecting to find some great, possibly rarer stuff to supplement my haul. No such luck.

Bottleworks is a decent sized store, pretty much all craft beer. The coolers are unlit, apparently by design, though it makes it very difficult to see what's for sale. This was not much of a problem on my visit since most of the slots in the cases were empty anyway. Nothing particularly special for the out of town shopper. Good size Belgian and German selection in particular, but nothing that is unavailable locally.

There is a growler fill station in the back with about 9 taps. I believe you can have a pint on premises also. I was not greeted, offered assistance, given the raspberry or otherwise given an indication that the staff realized a customer was present so I can not say for sure. They were happier carrying on conversations with each other.

This is not the first beer store or bar or pub I have been to with douchey staff that appears to be coasting on its reputation. But it certainly is one of them.

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Photo of dragonWhale
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Fresh from a visit during their anniversary cellar sale, it's not too hard to call their selection anything less than amazing. Bottleworks IX-XI, Abyss 07, vintage Freds and Adams, 2000 vintage Leviathan and Poseiden from Fish. Other things, sure. They always have an incredible selection of the Belgian styles, a decent German selection, a good amount of barley wines and various other American made styles. A nice representation of the American craft brewing scene that is available out here.
A few tap beers that are always interesting and at least a few are excellent. Service varies, usually people are pretty friendly, I've definitely gotten the cold shoulder a couple times, which is always off-putting, but more times than not, the staff is helpful and they are definitely knowledgeable.

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Photo of BuckeyeOne
5/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I hit Bottleworks 2-3 a week. Shaughn and Trevor are great guys who chat me up when I'm in the mood to chat and leave me alone when I'm in the mood to be left alone.

They nearly always have in stock what I want (when it's available from the brewery and/or distributor) and will get me whatever I want (when they can get it). And because the place is so small, the things they have in stock are gone through rapidly; hence, almost everything is fresh.

The taps in the back make an great place even better. And they know how to fill growlers, which is not always a given.

And for a specialty beer store, the prices are spot on. They can't beat Safeway or QFC on sale prices, but everything else is more than reasonable.

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Photo of beer2day
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

I have to say I was a little disappointed on first walking in. The coolers seemed relatively empty and the staff seemed way to0 busy and aloof to deal with me.

Making my way back to the growler station and finding out that they could serve on-premise changed all that ... as did a pint of PtE. With that in my hand, the staff seemed to open up a bit more. That also gave me more time to examine the entire store.

The coolers were actually a bit of a mess and it took me a bit to locate several things I was looking for. There was a good bit of open stock in the middle of the floor to go through as well.

Several nice local finds, but lots of imports here. Lots. Huge Belgian and German sections. For an out-of-towner, that was not too appealing but for a local I can see the draw.

The growler bar was very impressive, with PtE headlining nine taps.

Wish I had this place in NC. Can't wait til we change our laws to allow growler stations.

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Photo of youradhere
3/5  rDev -32.6%

I've been to this place a few times, the previous times I've been here the people were arrogant dicks who couldn't give me the time of day despite my cash in hand. How dare I come in there not knowing everything, eh? Anyway flash forward a year and the guys actually greeted me after I walked in, and actually forced small talk at the check out- so I now give them a 3 for service. The bar in the back is a nice addition for growler fills, selection is a bit limited as far as range of variety, but then again this place isn't too big. It is dimly lit, kind of cramped feeling, in a kind of Pulp Fiction- rapey way. Bottles were decently priced, nothing really wowed me but they had enough for me to paruse; the Cantillon demanded a price, but at least they had it. It is a place I'd probably visit again, but nothing I'd go out of my way to visit.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev -21.3%

Wow, I've never disagreed with a beerfly grade so much. This place is extremely dark. Yeah, I don't want 150W light bulbs right over the beer, but damn, if there ever was a 'goth' beer shop, this has to be the place. Really dark, everyone seems to be sad and kept to themselves inside, some horrible shitty metal music like those kids would listen to in 8th grade was playing as well. Yeah dude, Rage Against The Three Tier Distribution Machine or something. . .

Selection, well, I made the trip up, stopping in Bend, Portland, Olympia and Federal Way. I spent tons of $ everywhere else. Here, about $15. They just didn't have much that was unique. Sure, the kegs were neat, but I wasn't really eager to listen to someone argue how awesome King Diamond or Stryper is/was. Nobody was a jerk or anything, they just all seemed like someone humped their GF or kicked their dog. And it was a sunny day, in Seattle no less!

Prices were about 10-15% higher than the rest of the PacNW it seemed as well. This place just doesn't deserve an A+. Its worthy and all, but not that worthy. Shitty parking too.

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Photo of TheStove
4.55/5  rDev +2.2%

Bottleworks is amazing.

There really isn't much else to say about it. I kind of want to say that I found the selection of craft/micro brews lacking but that would be wrong as the selection is just different. Tons of stuff from the West Coast and North west that I didn't even know where to start. I want to say they may have been running low on stock as some of the cases were a bit bare when I visited however there was still a good amount of beer to be had.

If you know your Belgians and imports, Bottleworks is sure to please as they have tons of stuff, some in multiple vintages. It was to the point that while I consider myself knowledgeable I this I felt lost. Also admirable is the Barleywine case which features a number of barelywines from various breweries in different vintages.

If all this wasn't enough to get you in, then check out the tap list. They have a nice chill tasting area where you can grab a drink or two and motivate yourself for some beer buying. Russian River Publication and Walking Man Cherry Stout were some standouts here, nevermind that I haven't seen them on tap anywhere else.

If you want hard to find, you came to the right place.

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Photo of giantsequoia
2.9/5  rDev -34.8%

I just moved to Seattle from Portland and was excited to check out Bottleworks. I hoped it would be as great as Belmont Station or John's Market in Portland. My hopes were crushed.

First, it's very dark inside and hard to see the products. I understand that light damages beer, but it's just too dark and dingy inside to be inviting. Plus, the selection, while decent, isn't as expansive as it's touted on the store's website.

The store also advertises its beer as properly chilled, but after a ten minute walk on a relatively cool day, my beer was warm.

I bought a six pack of Caldera Pale Ale in cans, which cost me $11.40 plus tax. In Portland, I could get the same beer at the local grocery chain for $9 plus deposit. Whole foods carries it for about $10. It's too expensive at Bottleworks.

Finally, the customer service was lacking. There were four people chatting in the back near the taps. This went on for awhile as I shopped. No one acknowledged me as I walked in the store. I had to go around one worker who was blocking a cooler. No acknowledgment. No "hello". I waited at the front to pay as the workers continued chatting in the back. I was going to give it another minute before walking out, leaving all my products on the counter, when a clerk, who was friendly, finally came up and apologized for my wait. Apparently they were chatting with a distributor. I've worked in customer service before and was taught to always acknowledge a customer. That the workers at Bottleworks chose to chat with a distributor rather than acknowledge and help a customer shows who they value more.

I will not be returning to Bottleworks.

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Photo of DaveHS
4.55/5  rDev +2.2%

Came here on a recent trip to Seattle after seeing advertisements in Celebrator magazine. Wasn't sure what to expect but this place delivered!

Like most great bottle shops, it doesn't have much in the way of design. Bottles are stacked everywhere. Fridges line both sides of the dimly lit main room, and there are a few wooden tables running down the middle.

Shopping here, I momentarily considered maxing out my credit cards, or just moving in upstairs. This has to be one of the greatest bottle shops in the United States.

Plenty of De Dolle vintage stuff on hand, including 750ml bottles of Dulle Teve from 1994! And they were priced very reasonably.

Found some very old HOTD bottles, and Sierra Bigfoot Barleywine in multiple vintages. Ended up leaving with about 12 bottles, including a delicious '06 Full Sail Old Boardhead that only cost me about 8 bucks!

If you are going to Seattle for beer, there is no excuse not to check this place out.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4.7/5  rDev +5.6%

Visited on a recent trip to Seattle. I'd say I "stopped by," but that sounds much too casual -- I'd researched this place ahead of time & made a very emphatic point of seeking it out.

Granted, I'm going to say the selection's high because it's on the other side of the country from me & will naturally have stuff I can't get here in PA. But man, there was some awesome stuff here, stuff I'd only read about & lots on my Wants list. I was a happy camper picking up some Boulevard BBQ, Consecration, & some more local goodies. I put a cap on myself (with the help of my wife), but could've easily walked out with several hundred dollars worth of stuff: Lost Abbey, Mikkeller, Russian River, Boon, Allagash wilds, oy vey.

I had two hours to drive on an empty stomach, so I didn't stop to savor the short-but-awesome tap list (Pliny the Elder on tap? Yes!). Didn't really need much in the way of service, I was pretty happy browsing myself.

Prices were not crazy good, but reasonable. Everyone in PA bitches about the pricing in bottle shops, but I didn't really see any difference here. Granted, I don't how the alcohol laws & taxation work in WA, but like I said: reasonable.

I saw a cousin who lives in Seattle the next day. When I told him we'd been shopping for beer, his response was "I hope you went to Bottleworks." Only wish I'd budgeted more for the visit, definitely an awesome place.

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Photo of DaveJanssen
4.65/5  rDev +4.5%

Good selection of the more regular local stuff as well as harder to come by stuff. The staff was helpful and were very willing to look in the back for more of something they were out of on the shelf, even if it was from the cellar.

I think the most impressive thing about this store is that each of the four times i went in there in about a week there was always a good number of new beers. Either cellared stuff or new stuff.

And they did have some amazing beer (deviation, 2000 drie fonteinen geuze, 1999 lou pepe geuze, four years of old crustacean form the 90's) when i was there in december. Part of me is glad i no longer live around it, as i would spend all my money there. Great bottle shop, and they also get some reasonably good beers on tap (they have 5).

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Photo of vroney
4.35/5  rDev -2.2%

Today was the third time I have gone to Bottleworks and it just doesn't get old walking into that place. They have the best selection I have ever seen and having 5 rotating taps for a taste while browsing the massive selection is a nice touch. The guys who work there are always and helpful so if you have questions just ask. Another cool thing about this place is that they have a cellar where they store certain beers. Have my first aged stout in the fridge waiting to be drank right now. If you like finding and trying new beers I would highly recommend checking out Bottleworks.

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Photo of unHipHopHead
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

This place is pretty chill which I appreciate, they let you browse and if you want something specific just ask for it!

If you go early or on a weeknight you will get great individual service and the staff is always pretty knowledgeable depending on who you talk to.

They have 5 rotating beers on tap in the back of the store with a small standing bar so you can enjoy a pint while browsing. I think this is a nice touch! (note: you can also order half pints if you are looking to taste).

If you go on a Friday or Saturday night after 7 you will most likely run into a crowd and sometimes a party atmosphere which can be a lot of fun but can also appear off putting until you just talk to someone because ultimately this is a really friendly and joyous place. In other words, if you go on a Friday or Saturday night don't be in a hurry.

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Photo of boogyman
4.7/5  rDev +5.6%

A friend first recommended Bottleworks to me and I went ahead and checked it out. Boy was I in for a surprise.

Quality- The quality of their beer is very good. This place cares more about how their beer is stored then any other place I know. They even go so far as to take lights out of their fridges to lessen the lights affect on the beer that their customers will be buying. They also have their own cellar in the back that they age beer in and sell it when it comes of age. I will see beers from 2003-2008 on occasion.

Service- This would be a tough one for some people but I think their service is good. When you first go in and up to a few minutes into it, you kinda feel intimidated as you may get greeted on your way in or you may not but you wont likely get more then that unless you approach any of the employees. Not many times do you have someone coming up and asking if you need help finding anything. But.. at the same time if you do have a question and ask them, they are really very knowledgeable guys. They know their beer, and they know their stock. They can make good recommendations as well. Overall I would initially want to say their customer service is only mediocre but considering their knowledge and ability of answering pretty much any question you have, they make up for it there.

Selection- Their selection is one of the best in the Seattle metro area. The only thing I guess you could say was bad about it is that they get a lot of beer but they can sometimes have trouble keeping it in stock because they get so much business. One minute they will have more beer then they know what to do with and will have boxes of beer sitting on the floor, the next they are kinda thin on their selection since they are awaiting their next shipment. So if you go their on the right day right after their shipment, you will be presented with quite a great bounty and even some rare stuff you might only see once a year.

Value- There has been some things I have found to be cheaper then any other store and their has been things where it was more expensive. But usually its a reasonable price and if it is high it it isn't much higher and it makes up for when it is low. Plus I am pretty sure if you buy a whole case, you get a 10% discount.

Overall I love bottleworks and go there very often and make sure I stay up to date on their stock since the rare beers they get can be gone in less then 24 hours after they receive it.

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