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

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Added by Idaho99 on 11-02-2008

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Reviews by RedDiamond:
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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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of stratusjeans
3.96/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of AdamSkylar
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Erik-P
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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).

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Photo of Sparky44
4/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Aball4620
4/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of JMS1512
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of cducap
4.51/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Hopmodium
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Anaxagoris
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of crowellbw
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of mr-jj
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Went here during the summer. Nice outside seating, good food and a good selection of their own and guest beers.

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Photo of MartinAle
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Colepopp
4/5  rDev -1%

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.)

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Photo of DaveMiller
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of strongaf
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of HoppySeb
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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!

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4/5  rDev -1%

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.

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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.

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3.58 out of 5 based on 235 ratings.
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