Naked City Taphouse

Naked City TaphouseNaked City Taphouse

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

8564 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, Washington, 98103
United States

(206) 838-6299 | map

No notes at this time.

Added by Idaho99 on 11-02-2008

View: Beers | Place Reviews | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 38
Photo of erickc
2.96/5  rDev -26.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 4.5

Good beer and good selection. Ordered food and they forgot my order. Feeling insulted and rubricized. Probably won't be back. Pretty lame to take someone's order and forget.

 176 characters

Photo of snaotheus
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Went there for a late lunch with my 2 year old son.

I like the place, but I don't get there often. My son decided to be adventurous and walk there from the zoo (1.7 miles is a long way for someone so short).

Boy's grilled cheese was actually decent, I had a salad that was good, lots of cheese. I had Naked City's triple IPA, which was solid, Hop Valley's double IPA which was OK, and pFriem's bourbon barrel aged imperial stout.

Service was good, attentive and quick (but they kept mixing up which table stuff was supposed to go to).

 548 characters

Photo of Penguins66
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Conflicting feelings about this place. It's in a great location for people watching, they have a decent variety of beers on tap, an interesting food menu, and reasonable prices. However, we felt it did not live up to its high rating.

My wife and I tried 5 different beers between the two of us. They were all decent but nothing really stood out. They appeared to be understaffed on the night we visited. Our server was all business and clearly overwhelmed, so we won't fault her for the slow(ish) service. Our food was OK--a little on the funky side but shame on us for ordering beet burgers and lobster mushroom risotto. (Note the latter was made with lobster mushrooms--I had to look it up--not lobster AND mushrooms.)

 722 characters

Photo of EspressoGuy
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

24 beers on tap; 16 of their own. An amazing range ... so I wished that you could choose the six for the tasting tray instead of being restricted to the six they say you must have. Loved two (Crossfire IPA, Pinkerton Porter), really liked another (Infernal Beaute Belgian PA) and liked the others (Blonde Ale, India Red Ale, American Brown Ale). Friendly prompt bartender. "Rawhide" on TV; this ain't the place to come to watch sports!

 435 characters

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.56/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Boy was I glad I visited this place. A film I am of film noir of the 50's and now a fan of their beer. Service was excellent and got to meet the owner who said they were coming out with a "Dude" flavored beer. Beers were solid to mostly great. I really liked their IPAs in particular and wish I had a chance to taste some of their seasonal offerings. One of the best places I visited in Seattle period. I need to get back.

 422 characters

Photo of Smurf2055
4/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Good vibe. Good service. The food is reasonable. There’s a very nice selection of beer on tap. This brewpub puts out their own beers as well as putting on some very good taps from the area and the region. Very good spot to check out, the Greenwood area is pretty saturated with good beer spots.

 296 characters

Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I went to Naked City with my wife yesterday for the first time. I've been itching to go there for awhile, now.

It's a decent, straightforward bar setting. It's clean and laid out pretty well, and there are games and things available to help you kill the time while quaffing some brews. Of these there is a very good selection on-tap and in cans or bottles. The on-tap selection seems to center around Pacific Northwest brews, which I appreciate. Their selection also includes a half-dozen in-house brews, all of which I look forward to sampling in the future.

Service was good, although the place was pretty empty when we were there. Food is decent if unspectacular; the menu is rather small but has some tasty options and some vegetarian items.

I definitely plan on heading back to Naked City again soon.

 808 characters

Photo of jkdrummer
3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4

Finally got to check this place out. Just went for a couple beers but I did make these observations:

- Bar was full due to World Series on the screens, not really clear where to order, eventually found the line at the end of the bar.

- They had a list of the beers on a piece of paper, didn't find the paper until it was my turn. That fact and having only one bartender on duty made ordering slooow. Why not add a large chalkboard with the taps listed?

- I didn't check, but the pints looked more like 12oz shakers - when will proper pours be a law here? The schooners looked like 10ozers.

- Eventually got a seat at the bar, and the bar was sticky.

- Their own Naked City beers were excellent! Many different styles. It was nice to see local/fellow brewpub beers on tap as well. Wish they had a beer engine though.

-Bartender was knowledgeable and friendly.


 878 characters

Photo of dirtylou
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

located relatively close to my abode, just off of 85th

pretty big interior, long bar, multiple rooms and lots of tables.

there seemed to be a heavy dosage of UW students in the room late on a Friday evening.

solid tap selection - lots of rotation too and their twitter feed dilligently updates every move in real time. I decided to see how bad the Deschutes Stoic really was while my gf opted for a goblet of damnation. There were other interesting guest taps as well - anacortes, cascade, lost abbey, etc.

They brew their own beer too, which has mixed reviews - I'll check that out next time.

 599 characters

Photo of beertunes
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I finally got to visit NC, but they weren't yet open for the day. Fortunately, I was with someone who knew the owner and we got in and had a quick tour of the brewhouse.

I checked the taplist and was certainly impressed, a wide variety of house, local, regional, national and international brews. I didn't eat but the menu looked solid and the cook I chatted with seemed to care about what he does.

Of course, given the circumstances, the service was spectacular and I enjoyed being a QC assistant for the day. Overall, I look forward to going to NC when they up and running. I'll update my review at that time.

 613 characters

Photo of flexabull
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Nice vibe, open bar area with plenty of seating even on a busy Friday night, they also had games to play while enjoying a beer.

Quality was very good. I had a pretty tasty Black IPA that was brewed on site, plus an excellent Scotch Ale from Port Townsend.

Service was good, quite adequate.

Selection was well above average. 4 or 5 on site brews, and about 20 high quality guest beers.

We had a nice appetizer plate, it hit the spot, and turned out to be a nice late night snack.

Prices were fair, and about right for the area.

Overall, a very nice addition to the Seattle beer scene.

 589 characters

Photo of hopburster
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Visited Naked City for the first time the other night and really enjoyed it.

Excellent tap list--I drank PtE, Full Sail BA Black Gold Imperial Stout, and a schooner of their in-house Big Lebrewski stout. The first two were outstanding, the Lebrewski was jsut OK, don't know that I would drink it again.

Food was solid, typical pub fare with a few vegetarian options.

Service was very good. The waitress came around and updated the tap list as the kegs blew. I really liked that, hate when I have my beer all picked out and order it only to be told it's gone.

All in all, I recommend Naked City for a fun night of beer drinking.

 631 characters

Photo of youradhere
4.78/5  rDev +18.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I've been here a few times as my sis lives jsut down the road from them; the atmosphere is kind of like coffee house meets old school bar. Paintings of random boobs and other female nudity in abstract constantly cover the walls and are for sale, track lighting illuminates artwork and sets mood lighting. Brewery is in the back, you can glimpse the fermenters if you take the back tables. Daytime the place is pretty open as far as seating, nightime the place crowds up a bit. Plenty of taps, both brewed on premise and local/national micros. A nice bottle selection as well, just ask them. Food is great and they have a nice vegetarian section-- try the BBQ Field Roast sandwich even if you eat meat, it is effin awesome. They have pickled hop shoots for appetizers, watch out they are pungently spiced and a little goes a long way! Service is great, fast and friendly, and they are patient with your stupid beer geek hemming and hawing and indecisiveness. PTE is on tap there frequently as are some other greats. I don't know what other praise I can give for this place....wait....never mind- you do not want to go there. No, in fact it is bad, stay away and don't crowd the place! It's bad I tells ya! Stay away from my precious!

 1,232 characters

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A: Pretty laid back place. Pretty spacious, nice, long bar to sit and chill

Q: Really good selection of solid beers, well chosen but no bwine or strong alke leftg me missing out but craft stuff was plentifulk, no crap here.

S: Very good service, I was expecting a typical go F yourself hipster vibe but no, they were all nice, cool and prompt!

S: Wow, great handles here, guest and good house. I had a Foggy Noggin Christmas Duck and a Naked City Pro-Am Big Chocolate Wood

F: Had the crad dip and it was ok

 510 characters

Photo of elserpien
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Excellent rotating selection of 25 beers on tap, the list changes every time a keg runs dry as they replace it with a different one. They have a decent bottle menu as well, got a bottle of consecration togo last time. Pretty good food, definitely get the pretzel as an appetizer. The staff is very knowledgeable and friendly, even when they are packed (which is most nights). Their beers are decent, I liked their Belgium beer the best. This is my current favorite place to go in the Seattle area for beer.

 506 characters

Photo of RedDiamond
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Among Seattle's handful of neighborhood brewpubs, Naked City is easily the smallest. Beers originate on a tiny 3 1/2-bbl brew system at the rear of the bar. Thus far, only four of their two-dozen taps are reserved for house beers, and it's clear that these former homebrewers are still adapting their recipes and technique. Even so, Naked City's guest taps embody a choice array of craft beers, favoring west coast innovators from Alaska to San Diego, and guarantee a contented session. What's more, their taplist is posted on their reliably up-to-date website so you can peruse before visiting. A menu of distinguished bottled imports is also available.

Food leaps imaginatively beyond ordinary barfare to include pickled hop shoots, white truffle pâté and Italian bresaola. (Having googled it, I now know that bresaola is a dried, salted beef.) These are just some of the appetizers. The core menu consists of sandwiches, soups, and salads. Prices are high relative to value.

The bar has a decidedly urban configuration in that it is long and skinny and roughly aligned as a trident. One tine is the bar, another a counter, a third comprises a kid-friendly seating area. The room is candle lit and a bit dark and service can be challenging on crowded nights. But as a beer bar, Naked City is easily one of the best in Seattle. I remain hopeful about eventual improvements in their own beers.

 1,399 characters

Photo of Metalmonk
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Went to this Greenwood neighborhood joint because they were hosting a Dogfish Head tasting as part of Seattle Beer Week. The place is fairly non-descript, inside and out--long hall, bar, tables, chalkboard, everthing you'd need, not cold but nothing interesting either. Service was good but short and brusque--our guy was particularly "New York" if you know what I mean. Efficient, even had deep knowledge of beer, just wasn't overly welcoming. Not a problem.

They had JUST tapped the kegs as we sat at our table--a friend had Burton's Baton, I had the Palo Santo Marron, and they were absolutely delicious. Probably goes without saying, but they were indeed superior to their bottled counterparts. Finished with glasses of aged Fort, which was a real treat, and even more satisfying than when it was fresh (if memory serves, that was a few years ago...) A Dogfish Head rep came around to the tables, and he was informative, happy to answer questions, apparently having an excellent time. Nice guy.

Seemed to have a pretty good tap list beyond the special Dogfish Head stuff, lots of bottles too, focused on Pacific Northwest/West Coast brews and Belgians. Naked City was my first and so far only Seattle beer experience, and the DFH tasting was a great occasion with which to kick off a vacation.

 1,299 characters

Photo of ScreamForMe
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I finally got a chance to stop into Nakey City (aka Naked City) last Saturday evening (when the weather was all over the place here in WA).

The tap selection is great - and I like how they update what keg is coming up next for each tap (and Twitter when the changes have happened).

We had eaten earlier so the only food I had was the gumbo - which was delicious.

I'd like the vibe in the place. Pretty chill for a Sat night (I think the weather had something to do with it). I will definitely be heading back!

 512 characters

Photo of wkimmerly
2.75/5  rDev -31.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 1

I had heard and read so many recommendatiosn for this place, so I was quite excited to finally get there last night. I left extremely disappointed. First, the good news. The tap selection was expansive and well chosen. The house (Naked City) beers were very good, and brewed to style (at least the Dubbel was, the one I had). So from a purely beer standpoint it is worthwhile to visit. Now for the bad news. The food was absolutely horrible. Tomato basil can you screw this up? Lukewarm dirty dishwater is more like it. My wife's pretzel was lame according to her (to me, all pretzels are lame). I also ordered a grilled ham and smoked gruyere sandwich. What came was a chicken sandwich with some god awful unidentifiable sauce. Finally, we had to trapse through some pretentious photo shoot in order to get to the restrooms, each time enduring the glares of the "models" and the ever so artistic photographer. maybe one day I will give this place a second chance, but I must say I was very very disappointed despite all the hype.

 1,041 characters

Photo of TheName
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

Nice new spot and crazy props to the home brewing geniuses behind it. Been a few times now and have left happy each time.

24 (yep, 24!) taps largely dedicated to Washington brews with handy dandy Twitter/RSS feeds to keep you up to date on what's on them. Recent visit had all WA taps with some Russian River, Bear Republic, and Stone mixed in for kicks. Extensive bottle selection but you'll have to ask what's what; no menus to be found. The house brews so far have been excellent and it'll be nice once they get licensing to brew on site. Beers aren't expensive but aren't dirt cheap. Definition of reasonable.

Food is ... fine. Selection's grown since opening but it's still limited and a bit pricey (a flute of 15 or so pickled hop shoots's good for novelty but at $4.50 you'll only think so once). This spot's about the beer and food's an afterthought.

Big and airy with modern cement and steel sort of decor. Honestly, it's a little big and--although it's not a terrible pain to order at the bar--some table service wouldn't hurt. Crowd's friendly enough if occasionally skewing toward "got Bud?" demographic.

Service is fair to middling but incredibly informed and attitude-less in my experience (Brouwer's servers take note!). They know what's on and know how to recommend.

All in all a great spot and definitely best beer bar in the Greenwood neighborhood.

 1,371 characters

Naked City Taphouse in Seattle, WA
3.58 out of 5 based on 235 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.