Über Tavern

BA SCORE
96
world-class

59 Ratings
Ãœber TavernÃœber Tavern
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar

7517 Aurora Ave N
Seattle, Washington, 98103-4747
United States

(206) 782-2337 | map
uberbier.com

Notes:
Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 2:00am
Friday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 2:00am
Sunday: 3:00pm - Close

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-01-2006

PLACE STATS
Score:
96
Ratings:
59
Reviews:
45
Avg:
4.4
pDev:
8.41%
 
 
Taps:
17
Bottles/Cans:
120
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Ratings: 59 |  Reviews: 45
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.04/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

This place wasn't around when I lived in Seattle, so I was glad to be able to check it out on a recent trip. Let me say that I thought it was well worth the visit but I wasn't blown away like a lot of reviewers seem to be. One of the thngs I always loved about Seattle was the great pub culture- this means not just great tap handles and clean lines but a cozy place to drink a pint with knowledgable servers (or least pourers), and usually better than average food as well as a neighborhood feel. This place has the great taps and the clean lines, but not a whole lot of the other stuff. The place is basically a tiny storefront with a small bar in it a sofa or two and a few tables. That's it. It's tiny. What's there is fairly nicely appointed, but rather sterile. I don't feel cozy here- particularly on a cold, windy, rainy Seattle day. The service is fine, quasi-informed, and relatively into it but doesn't strike me as passionate about beer as the servers at some other great beer bars. They are friendly, though. No food at all, and somewhat limited options in the immediate vicinity, but they will let you bring food in. They had 20 or so taps and a whole bunch of botttles in the cooler behind the bar. Some nice bottles, and some nice taps, but I can't say I was amazed by the selection. It was well chosen, had some nice local stuff on, but nothing super rare or tremendously special. I had a New Old Lompoc LSD (definitely the happiest find on tap) and a Curieaux. I hadn't had the New Old Lompoc before, but had had pretty much everything else they had, including the bottles- except for a couple Belgians in bottles that I could get for less in the liquor store. Nice, but not my favorite place. Would I go again? Sure, if I checked their tap list online and found something interesting, or if I lived nearby. I'd hit it up as an out-of-towner if I hadn't been before or if something really good was on as well. So, I'll probably be back and then on to other Seattle spots like Brouwer's cafe, Bevridge Place, and Elysian.

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Photo of benito
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

This is about as close to beer bar heaven as I get. An intimate, quiet bar off of one of Seattle's busiest thoroughfares...it's an oasis.

Uber Tavern is small. There are a few tables, a couch, and a bar with seating for about six to eight folks. There's no kitchen, but they pack a whole lot of beer into that small space. Seventeen wisely-chosen taps, including a mix of Belgian, German, and Northwest beers. I had a snifter of Allagash Curieux and Walking Man Oatmeal Stout--both were excellent (as expected), poured properly, and in the right glassware. The seemingly unending collection of bottles is on display behind the bar and makes for nice window shopping.

This is a beer lover's bar and is a nice counterpoint or complement to Brouwer's, which is equally wonderful and much larger. It is a must visit in Seattle; I'm envious of the folks who live within walking distance of this great bar.

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Photo of eawolff99
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of brewandbbq
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Small place with a very laid-back vibe. L-shaped bar that seats probably a dozen with 17 on tap. Cream of the crop bottle selection prominently displayed in a glass cooler behind the bar. Cool paintings that feature macabre renditions of the Cat in the Hat, Sam Adams, etc.

Friendly enough bartender with a few locals hanging out. Tap selection was very nice with a Cascade Sang Rouge and a Pliney the Elder to be had. Prices were average for bars in the Seattle area. Nothing really mind-blowing on tap or in the cooler on our visit, just pretty top-notch. Our only complaint was the extreme reak of bleach which my wife was not able to ignore.
All the beer on tap is available to go also with per oz prices clearly marked on the beer menu.

We drove there and you're probably looking at about a 20 minute drive from Downtown. Don't know if it would be possible to knit together a bus route, but it seemed impossible. The relative location from downtown where we were staying kept us from staying too long, but we'de be happy to go back for another quick hit. Any place that serves full pints of Pliney (as they should) gets big ups in my book.

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Photo of woemad
4.64/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

An incredible bar. My brother and I stopped in while we were slowly working our way south to catch a Mariners game. There were only a few other people in, all Oregon Duck fans watching the game against Cal. Seemed a cozy little place. Wasn't sure if there was another room in the back or not. If not, then this place must get ubercramped during peak hours.

Service was perfunctory. The girl behind the bar was friendly and efficient, but I don't know if she knew anything about the beers she was serving as she spent much of her time when not serving beers talking to one of her co-works. As it was my brother and I were talking amongst ourselves and with the other patrons about college football, and the others were frequently placing orders for various beers, so it's not like she was being rude. She was obviously trained on glassware, though, as Belgian and German beers were all being placed into their appropriate glasses. Any beer bar that puts effort into using the correct glasses gets pretty high marks from me.

The selection was incredible in it's breadth. I ordered a Walking Man Oatmeal Stout and a Gordon. My brother had an Avery Imperial Oktoberfest (which was freaking incredible from the taste I had), and a Schlenkerla Helles (he was intrigued by the idea of a Rauchbier - unfortunately, the Helles was the only klind they had). The tab came to $20, which wasn't bad for the quality of the beers, and wasn't really that much higher than what I'd have paid in Spokane (and would probably have been cheaper than the Viking). While we ordered no bottled beers, we both spent quite a lot of time gazing in wonder at the beerbook the bartender had handed to us when we came in.

Anytime a beer geek is in Seattle, they owe it to themselves to check this place out.

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Photo of DCLAguy11
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of strongaf
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of coldriver
4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Visited on December 27th on a Seattle area holiday pub crawl. This place is quite small, but you get a great welcoming vibe when you enter that immediately puts you into your comfort zone. The seventeen taps were nicely selected with a focus on local and PNW beers. Selections are numbered to match the pool ball tap handles! Bartender was very helpful in making recomendations. Crowd was very friendly compared to the typical Northwest standoffishness and we throroughly enjoyed our visit. I'll make a point of coming back here the next time I'm in town.

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Photo of Erik-P
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of loren01
3.03/5  rDev -31.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1 | selection: 4.5

Went here this last weekend while in Seattle, heard many good things about this place. Excellent bottle selection of some top notch beers. Decent tap selection also very high quality beers. The only thing that bugged me about this place was the service. I don't think that I have ever seen a bartender with less personality than the one we had here. Its not that hard to be nice to people and whatnot, we were there for one beer and did not get a good vibe from things so we went to the bar down the road.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.81/5  rDev -13.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Stopped in here with UA8 for a couple beers, they had an '08 Stone IRS aged in Elijah Craig bourbon barrels which was phenomenal and it was only $5/10oz pour! I got a couple fresh hop beers and they had abacus and FW 14th for sale in bottles.

The place is really small and cozy, lots of cool are and stuff, good music and a nice bar, the location of is easy to find and the prices are dirt cheap. They do growler fills of all their beers I think. The guy working there was friendly and seemed to know his stuff which is always a plus. I don't think they had and food.

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Photo of 4thoseabout2bock
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

The ambience is converted garage/store front, with cement floors. But the beer selection is amazing. As of today, Curieaux, Avery Old Jubelation, Doggie Claws, and Iron Horse Quilters Irish Death (billed as a an old ale, but a little like an imperial stout -- dark, sweet, and strong) among 12 other impressive handles were all great on tap. Tap list seems to stay up to date on line. Not crowded duerring the middle of the day -- and an interesting firepit in the center of the room makes a warm welcome on cold rainy seattle days, with a reggae beat. Small but worthy. Beer tourists, stop here.

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Photo of SeattleBoB76
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of czechsaaz
4.94/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I've been holding off reviewing the place because it's local for me and I thought it was so good that I might just sound like a hometown cheerleader. But really, it's worth all the praise I can think of. Small but the fireplace in the middle of the room makes it a nice comfy place.

The beer selection is great. Not the biggest selection you'll run across, but the bottle list is fantastic (a few more lambics would be good) and the taps are really interesting. There's always some standard lagers and ales but there's almost always something really rare/unusual on offer. They always have Delirium Tremens served from the tap tower with the DT pink elephant and they pull kegs from smaller Pacific Northwest breweries that no one else seems to have. On my last visit they have two Midnight sun beers on that I had only seen once before at a special fest. The taps rotate quickly and if you're local get on the e-mail list because sometimes the really interesting kegs move in a couple nights.

Everybody behind the bar knows their beer and has their favorites.

There's no food except packaged chips and nuts but they keep a menu file for delivery and there a couple places within a few blocks walking that you can bring in.

Value is great and everything is available to go. They fill growlers from the taps and the price is by the ounce at about the same as what you pay for a pint. Bottles are a more than standard retail but they are a bar and you can get GREAT beer here at 1am to take home that you can't get at your local corner store.

Really a can't miss place.

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Photo of bosco7
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Small little beer bar with a couple tables and a handful of seats at the bar. Kind of cramped but it was early so it wasn't bad at all.

The quality and selection of beer there was amazing 100s of bottles (all quality) and 15 or so beers on tap. Beer from Belgium, American craft brew, and German beer seems to be most prevalent. Kegs and bottles to go !!! Exceptional. No amazing.

No food but plenty around to bring to the bar.

Exellent service.

A must stop if you are in Seattle or even the Pacific Northwest.

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Photo of sharpski
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Trailmix242
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Uber is a great little place with great atmosphere. The staff is friendly and they have great selection of bottles and taps. I love the table with the fire in the middle which is a nice bonus on cold winter night. They also carry a few meads on tap which was interesting having never had mead before. The website is pretty informative as well as it is updated frequently with what they are serving and what they have coming up next on draught. Prices are in line with what you would expect to pay. Wish I had a bar similar to this place in my neighborhood.

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Photo of cbros
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Went here on the last night of a Seattle trip. Cool place that even though is small would not deter me from coming again. We went on a Sun night so there were very few people. Got a seat at the bar and looked over the notebook full of selections. Had one tap beer and one bottled beer. Since it was so slow I talked to the bartender and she was very nice and seemed to know quite a bit about not only the beer she was serving but also about the craft beer scene in general. All the other people in the bar where quiet and respectfull, definately not the type of bar you would find the college crowd in.
Overall a good place to get a good beer.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Uber Tavern is a great beer bar. It is quite small and cozy, with a pleasantly chill atmosphere, even in the earlier parts of a Friday evening. There is no table service, but service is good. The bartender was plenty willing to answer questions, and beers are served at proper temp and in appropriate glassware. Selection is sold if not huge, about 25 taps or so, but very well selected. The bottle list is extensive and selected with the same care as the taps. Prices are very reasonable. I had a bomber, or was it a 750, of Abacus for $19, and a healthy pour of Life and Limb for a fair price. Can't be too much less than that in a bottle shop. They had clean 09 Abyss on tap, as well as lots of other impressive offerings. If you like great beer bars, it would be silly not to visit this one, given the chance.

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Photo of alfrantzell
4.66/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

We sat by the fire pit.

About how many beer bars can you say that? Not that there was much we could say during our visits to Über Tavern - we were busy drinking RR Consecration, Baron Liberator Doppelbock, and Chili Mead.

The mead - where did that come from? There were three or four of them on tap. How many beer bars have that? Toronado SF has mead on the menu, but it's served warm from a crockpot. In Seattle they do things differently.

There are seventeen taps, and they're well chosen. On both occasions I visited, I was put in charge of ordering drinks for the non-beer people in the group (plebeians, I call them) and was able to satisfy all concerned.

It's a small space, but clean and well-lit. I ended the night with Lagunitas Gnarlywine, which they served to me in a pint glass. At a place like this it's all too easy to end up under the table. Or fire pit, if you're seated by it.

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Photo of EdwardAbbey
4.18/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

The space, ambiance, and location (right on "illustrious" Aurora Ave.) are not to my personal liking, but the tap list and bottle inventory tend to be first-rate, and the service is solid. I don't know if it's worth a special trip, but if you're in the area, and aren't too fussy, you should always have a good time here...

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Murchmac
4.61/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Went to the Uber after going to duck island saloon and didn't expect what I saw. Tons of bottles, from different years, countries, and breweries. They had an extensive selction of belgians, microbrews from up and down the west coast with different years on them. Even a thomas hardy from 1998! The artwork on the walls were of day of the dead beer labels, and they were a lot of fun and very good. The bartender was knowledgeable, and even changed the channel to watch glavine win number 300. (Go Sox) I had great microbrews, and was able to bring in a hamburger from the greasy spoon dive from down the road. I really enjoyed this bar, if your in town definitely hit this bar up.

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Photo of Smurf2055
2.93/5  rDev -33.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4

Uber used to be one of my favorite beer bars, but it seems that some of the staff have decided they are the end all be all in the Northwest, and the service has gone downhill. Still got good stuff on tap and good bottles, but I can’t support a place that has rude bartenders.

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Über Tavern in Seattle, WA
4.4 out of 5 based on 59 ratings.
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