Tap House Grill

BA SCORE
86
very good

52 Ratings
Tap House GrillTap House Grill
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

1506 6th Ave
Seattle, Washington, 98101-1706
United States

(206) 816-3314 | map
taphousegrill.com

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Added by morebeergood on 05-04-2008

PLACE STATS
Score:
86
Ratings:
52
Reviews:
33
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
9.5%
 
 
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Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 33
Photo of DoubleJ
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

I was a late arrival into Seattle, and after getting checked into my room around King Street at midnight, my list of places of a few pints were limited. Luckily, the Tap House Grill, located near the retail heart of the city, was open until 1am, even on a plain Wednesday night. You will find the entrance and the host's table with ease, but swirl down a flight of steps and then you can let your beer imagination start flowing.

The Tap House Grill is huge! It feels like a clean lounge with a very large, winding bar, tables on tables, and additional room which included pool tables. I imagine this place can crank people and money during major sporting events. Service could handle the pockets of people there during the late night, and the bartender did offer that I pick her brain for Northwest beer. Knowing very little about the Washington state scene, I fired several choices and hoped for the best.

There could be many firings of shots here, because there are taps and more taps. 160 taps, if you're looking for a rough number. On the menu, Washington state beers are given a special indication, and during happy hour, receive a discount. Variety is not a problem here, as beers from 21st Amendment, Ghostfish, MIkkeller, To Ol, Georgetown, Elysian, Rogue, Snoqualmie, Scuttlebutt, La Trappe, Petrus, Bellevue, and Firestone are among the representatives. It leans heavy on the West Coast, with a drizzle of Belgian mystique, plus a small rotating list.

The one negative is the questionable care of the beers. I do appreciate the usage of different glassware when the time calls for it, but my first two beers didn't taste right (or maybe they're rubbish in the first place, I don't know); astringent and faded hoppines,respectively. I'll choose more carefully next time. I will say that beer number three hit it right, so at least my boozing at Tap House Grill ended on a positive.

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Photo of Gavage
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This place is for any beer geek and I am happy to say I visited this place three times over my trip. If you are from the East Coast like myself, the ability to choose from a plethora of Pacific Northwest beers is the best thing about this place.

When entering you walk down a big flight of curved stairs and the first thing you see is the large bar and 160 tap handles sticking out from the back wall. Very neat and well architected. The room had a dark and cool vibe to it with several booths and tables. There were some seperate rooms that could handle private parties. The other cool thing was the music - everything from Rush's 2112 to Talking Heads to Kiss. Not very often do you hear some unique classic rock in a restaurant. There were 4 pool tables of in another room too.

The beer menu is broken down by style which is nice. There were 7 rotating special offerings to keep some variety there for the locals. There was a nice mix of local micros to a big Belgian selection. The only bad news was the price of the beer - anywhere from $5.50 and up for pint, and if you wanted to do the four 6 oz samplers you would drop $9.50 or more. Most beers were fresh and only one seemed a bit old to me, but still quite drinkable.

The food was good but not great. They do have a Sushi happy hour starting at 3:30 where rolls are only $2.95.

This place is located in a great area of downtown business area and just a short walk to the Capital Hill area. If your time is short and you would like to try some of the smaller known local breweries, this is place to come to. But be forwarned it is a bit pricey as my bar tabs were the highest here versus any other stops in town.

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Photo of sholland119
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

After a long drive from Whistler back to Seattle for my flight home, I dropped in here since it was a 1.5 block walk from my hotel. I had been intending to go back to Brouwers but was not in the mood for the crowd and the cab ride. Or so I thought until I spent some time here.

Atmosphere was not to my liking. Overly bright and drab, with a rather sparse crowd for a Friday night (I guess it's in the business district). No energy at all.

The tap list is sure lengthy. I would not have guessed 160 taps as listed on the BA page for this place but it's sure a hell of a lot. Huge selection in any case with craft beers from the area, the region and nation and some good Belgians. The sheer number of taps made me wonder about freshness so I went with one of the taps from the seasonal insert. Perfectly nice, served in the proper glass, reasonably priced. After five minutes, I reconsidered my decision, fired down my beer and caught a cab up to Brouwers. Glad I did.

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Photo of GJ40
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I've been visiting Seattle for years and it took a recommendation from a hotel manager to find this place.

The Tap House Grill is a bit too commercial and upscale for my taste but you can't deny the beer selection. They claim 160 beers on tap and I believe it. The menu organizes them by style and while they have lots of mass produced beer, they have some of the best craft beer in the country to offset that. As usual, I focused on IPAs. I had Bear Republic's Hop Rod Rye, Russian River's Pliney the Elder, Stone's Ruination IPA and Stone's Arrogant Bastard. All on tap! You can't get a better series than that.

The interior is a bit retro and brings 70s porn to mind. It's dark and has large mirrors, red walls and big red booths. There's a separate room with pool tables that you can rent by the hour. The appetizers are pretty good. We had sushi rolls and calamari.

So I'm now a follower of the Tap House Grill. Not for the atmosphere or the crowd but for the outstanding beer selection. Check it out.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of morebeergood
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Just happened to stumble across this place on my last trip to Seattle. This space used to house the Planet Hollywood, or so was the rumor. It's a huge place, with stairs that lead you below ground level to a cavernous sized bar/lounge area. The bar area is very modern looking, with all 160+ taps on display behind the bartenders. There is a variety of seating options, from the bar, to stand-up tables, to seats for food, to a lounge area with big couches. Service was good, we were greeted right as we got to the bar. Selection was great. They had a lot of American beers, with a big section of Belgian, German, and other Euro beers thrown in. I just wish they focused a bit more on their Washington selection. I ended up getting a Alaskan Oatmeal Stout. It was good, but I thought that $5.75 a pint was a bit steep. All the prices here seemed a bit high. It is located right downtown, so maybe that's the rationale. I enjoyed my visit, but I had to cut it short, because I could just imagine the bar tab in this place would creep up pretty quickly.

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Photo of Redrover
4.13/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The Tap House is located below street grade, but the place feels airy due to the very high ceilings and suspended lighting.

There is a long serpentine bar seats about 30. There are plenty of tables and booths to share. About 1/3 of the room is elevated which adds some visual interest.

Music is a bit loud but not overpowering. Soundtrack is a mix of 3/4s classic rock and ¼ newer stuff. Think Eagles, Smashing Pumpkins, Steely Dan, etc.

They have 160 beers on tap. Most are listed in a leather bound menu. Ask the server to print out the seasonal offerings. They had 23 seasonals on during my visit!! There is a wide variety of styles, breweries and points of origin. You will have no problem finding interesting beers to try.

It had a nice crowd sized on a Tuesday. Lots of beer love with the patrons.

Bartenders know beer, are friendly, give samples but are a bit slow due to being a bit under staffed

They have good food and seem to have a menu that is easy to pair with beer. They also have a nicely priced happy hour menu and offer a late night one as well.

I liked my sushi rolls, chicken satay and the humus plate is outstanding (love the accompanying grilles tomatoes with blue cheese.

Beer prices are a bit steep figure $5.50 to $6.50 for a standard pint. My 10 oz snifter of Southern Tier choklat was $8.50

The Tap House is just a great spot in a great beer city. Worth a stop each time I visit.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in here on a Sat afternoon. Located downstairs, walin and its a very different taphouse experience. Long odd shaped bart againsnt the wall, ts of eating, and a pool table area back toward the bathroom. Atmosphere was pretty stale. Quality was good. Serice was good. No complaints. Selection was very good, lots of gppd craft brew to choose from but noting that really stood out or was hard to find. Food was good as we had some California rolls. Overall it was a good place to stop if someone is downtown and new to the NW beer sceene due to large selection of staple eers here.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%

I visited the Tap House Grill for a beer after work yesterday. I've been here several times, and it's a convenient place with a great selection right in the middle of the downtown retail district.

The vibe of the place is very hotel-lounge; kind of a corporate attempt at trendy-but-warm. It doesn't bother me too much, and service was quick and friendly despite it being a relatively busy after-work hour.

160 taps means a huge selection. Most of the regular offerings are widely available, but it's nice to have them all in one place. 20 or so rotating taps have a pretty good selection of rare and interesting stuff, though. My only real issue is that it is a bit overpriced, though this may be due to location. $6.50 for a pint of non-rare or special brew is a bit steep, even for this neighborhood.

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Photo of Canada_Dan
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Typical sports bar, modern but no real distinct character to it. It's on the basement level so maybe would have stayed longer if it was raining out rather than being a beautiful sunny day. The private room in the back with pool tables looked cool but there was a loud group of suits doing shots of jager in there. Large selection with some rotating local brews, nothing super unique but a solid selection nonetheless. Fish tacos were good.

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Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of tobelerone
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of rousee
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

The Tap House Grill is located about a block from the hotel I stayed at when I recently visited Seattle. Its in kind of a corporate neighborhood directly across the street from a high end steak house.

The biggest problem I have with this place is it is all sub-terranean and I generally prefer an establishment that has wiindows that you can look out through. So while the decor inside is kind of pleasing to look at , its just a real shame that it is all in the basement of a building.

We managed to get in here right before happy hour (3:30-6:30) ended so they had some fantastic pricing on some of the food items which we tried- sushi rolls and some jerk chicken wings. Both were decent and hit the spot but we were hungry at the time and these items were far from the best of their type that I have tried. I dont remember if the beer prices were discounted due to happy hour but they sure had a fantastic selection of beers. I got an Elysian IPA and a Georgetown pilsener, neither of which I had tried before. Both beers tasted fresh and were served in pint glasses.

The service was kind of bad at first but got better once I just started to kind of speak up and not wait for someone to come over and ask me if I wanted anything.

The other thing that I didnt really like about this place was some of the clientele were just a bunch of corporate types who were clueless about beer and just kind of had bad manners. They were blocking the path for servers to pass through and talking so loud as if everyone wanted to hear what they had to say. Maybe it might be a different vibe on a weekend or later in the evening and I would be willing to give it another try if I were in the neighborhood again but I cant say that Tap House is really worth seeking out in a town where huge craft beer selections seem to be the norm rather than the exception.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of TheBungyo
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of mecmd
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of wingedeel
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Checked out the Tap House Grill while staying at the old Moore Hotel downtown as it was an easy walk.

Nice enough looking place, huge , curving bar, ample table seating as well.

Service was very good, but the wife and I sat at the bar on both our visits. Cant say about the table service.

The 160 taps were really quite good. A nice mixture of local NW, Imports including numerous German and Belgian beers, and a couple of rarities for good measure. The Belgian beers were all served in proper glassware.

We only ordered sandwiches off the late night menu, A salmon burger, and a jerk burger, they were fine, and actually a decent value. ( $9.99 ) Nothing fantastic, but a slight step above typical bar fare.

The beer prices were high, however, even by Seattle standards. $5.50 for a NW standard pint, up to $9.75 for some of the Belgian selections. The beers were all fresh, but I did get a couple of questionable pours, not a good thing when you are paying top dollar as it is.

The Tap House is really a great place, if not for the pricing. If the value was a little better, this place would rate as top notch. As it is, it is VERY easy to run up a substantial bar tab in no time.

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Photo of WoostaBia
4.79/5  rDev +26.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of cherche
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of HoppySeb
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of muskiesman
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Stopped in here twice, once on 14 Sep for dinner and drinks and then again on 16 Sep for drinks. As previous commenters noted, it is easy to run up a high tab here for dinner ($19 for a steak salad, $16 for crab mac & cheese!?). Beer selection is good, and the servers are more than happy to print out a list of beers they did not have on the menu. Beer prices are a little more reasonable than the food prices but still not a deal by any means. Service was quite variable, we were seated in the dining section each time (the bar had a few spaces but not enough for our party of three to sit together), on 14 Sep our waiter was attentive and prompt, on 16 Sep we were forgotten/ignored almost to the point of walking out.

Curiously at the bottom of both of my receipts is the message '100% of gratuities are returned to employees'.

Overall I would consider going back for happy hour specials but not for dinner.

Edit forgot to mention that the music is decent and not too loud, if you are like me. And I know I am.

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Photo of MickeyHops
3.98/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of John_Beeryman
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3.25

Photo of dunix
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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Tap House Grill in Seattle, WA
3.79 out of 5 based on 52 ratings.
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