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Columbia City Ale House

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Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

4914 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, Washington, 98118-1744
United States

(206) 723-5123 | map

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Added by jletts on 12-15-2006

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4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Columbia City Alehouse, Seattle, Washington.

Columbia City is one of those out-of the-way neighborhoods in Seattle that most people either don’t know about, or don’t care about because it’s south of I-90. My wife and I moved near here last June from downtown. It was nice to be out of the condo and have a house and yard. But now that we lived in an actual neighborhood, and not in the middle of the entertainment/restaurant/bar district, I realized would have less selection of pubs and bars. So I quickly set about finding my new neighborhood pub and happened across near-by Columbia City.

The center of Columbia City is situated along Rainier Avenue South and consists of a series of street front shops, restaurants, and bars in historic buildings, and surrounded by a nice 1920’s neighborhood. The Columbia City Alehouse sits near the south end of the restaurant/shop/bar area, just north of Tutta Bella pizza (which is awesome!). If you drive, a parking lot is conveniently located around the corner, about a block away, and a bargain at $1.00 for the entire evening. Otherwise the #7 will drop you off right at the front door.

Though the Alehouse itself is rather new (same owners as the Hilltop and 74th Street Alehouses), the building that houses it is historic. The menu is posted on the front glass door. Because of the large west-facing windows and glass door, the place always seems to be filled with natural light, even on the stormiest days. A stack of Northwest Brewers News, the Stranger, and a few neighborhood papers can be found to the right of the door.

I showed up with the intention of reviewing a Jolly Rodger and posting the Alehouse on BeerFly. But above the taps sits a large chalkboard displaying the beer specials for the day. Today the chalkboard read: Bottle Special- Baron Brewing Presents This Rare Beer: Uber-Weisse WeizenBock. Only “2” Bottles Left. I’d only heard a little about Baron Brewing, but figured I’d better give this bottle a try before it’s gone for good. After talking to the bartender I found out that about 200 cases were released, most of which were given to friends and small pubs, and this was about it for the supply. So I started with one of those and finished with the Jolly Rodger instead.

On tap they had the Maritime Jolly Rodger, Elysian Bi-Frost, Sierra Nevada Celebration, Baron’s Hefe-Weisse and Black Lager, Hale’s Wee Heavy Ale, Georgetown’s Chopper’s Red Ale and Manny’s Pale Ale, Diamond Knot IPA, and keeping with the British alehouse theme, Fuller’s ESB and Blackthorn cider. Additionally they have a good selection of bottles, including the Arrogant Bastard Ale, some more English brews, a few mainstream imports, and some strange concoction called wine.

The food is consistently excellent here. I have yet to have a bad meal. Typically they have three specials, which rotate weekly. Each special is paired with either a beer or a wine and one always seems to be vegetarian. The bartenders know their beer, some more than others. But they always have an excellent selection of at least 15 taps and an excellent bottle special.

The décor is modeled after a British neighborhood pub. Pictures of random British pubs and old advertisements adorn all walls, including the bathroom. One thing I really like is that Columbia City has free wireless internet, so it’s a great place to head to in the middle of the day if you’re “working from home” because you can easily stay connected with the office and even get a little work done. It’s definitely my favorite bar in Seattle and well worth a visit. So all you north-Seattleites should head down to the south side for some tasty grub and excellent brew!

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Photo of flagmantho
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I recently visited Columbia City Alehouse while in the neighborhood to see a movie and I can definitely recommend it. It's a neighborhood pub with good people, good food (I went with the patty melt -- well-executed!) and a good tap list. When I visited, they had 15 beers on top including Harviestoun Old Engine Oil, something you don't see on tap every day. The rest of the list was equally well-curated, with a focus (of course) on local offerings. There are a few TVs up on the walls, but mostly it's a friendly neighborhood hangout and the staff are welcoming; worth a visit if you're in the area.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

A; Like a local neighborhood pub. Small, cozy, lots of wood. Tutta Bella piiza is just next door with phenom old world style pizza. Walking in is a long, slender place with a ktchen at the back, bar is on the right.

S: Service was good. We were the only two people at the bar.

S: About 15 handles, ten of them being craft NW brews like Snoqualmie, Ninkasi, Pike, 21st Amm, Maritime, Odin. The other 5 handles were reserved for Guinness and other Euro brews.

F: Did not try any food but the menu looked appealing. The food coming out looked good as well.

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Columbia City Ale House in Seattle, WA
Place rating: 4 out of 5 with 3 ratings
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