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The Pine Box

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4.4/5
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56 Ratings
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

1600 Melrose Ave
Seattle, Washington, 98122-2023
United States

(206) 588-0375 | map
pineboxbar.com

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Added by Ianbroberts on 04-02-2012

PLACE STATS
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
56
pDev:
6.59%
 
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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.66/5  rDev -16.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

An old mortuary turned bar. That's something.

Place was pretty loud and crowded on a Wednesday evening. Still found bar seating. Server was a tad unfriendly but quick. Beer selection was immense and had a lot of local and PNW beers.

I enjoyed drinking there but also came on a night that weird, shitty music was playing.

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Photo of EspressoGuy
3.75/5  rDev -14.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5

Like everyone else has said, it's a great building, great room, wonderful beer selection ... now here's the but ... but the service was not very good. Our bartender was pleasant but he was acting like he really didn't want to serve people. He wasn't mean or nasty just as bare-bones polite as he needed to be. And I expect more from a bartender.
I'd go back to give the service one more try because of all the positive stuff about the place and reviewers saying good things but if I'm hoping for a little interest from the bartender next time.
*Nov 2015: same awesome beer selection, same disengaged bartender. Next time I'll bring a paper or a friend and not expect any conversation.

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3.75/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of cryptichead
3.8/5  rDev -13.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of SeattleBoB76
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of psoriasaurus
4/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of KAJJ324
4.09/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Hopmodium
4.18/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Great selection, awesome architecture, wild history, decent service, limited seating, happy regulars, chill location, interesting conversation. Go during off hours if you want proper review, high times bring out unwanteds. Men's restroom can urinal view shows great peak at dining hall.

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Photo of Zach122
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of VashonGuy
4.21/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Smurf2055
4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

This place is very Brouwer's-esk. They have a fantastic taplist, and get some really cool kegs on occasion. It gets busy at times, so service is usually good but sometimes a bit slow. Haven't had the food yet, and prices are pretty standard. Very well done and a great addition to Capitol Hill.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of flagmantho
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Having just got a new job down in Denny Triangle, I'm exploring some of the bars on the west side of Capitol Hill. My buddy and I were lucky enough to stumble upon this place yesterday.

It's a damn good beer bar. About 30 beers on tap, with most of them being Northwest selections. When I was there, there was only 1 beer per brewery -- definitely an opportunity to check out a number of breweries. The atmosphere is great; it's in an old mortuary (hence the name) and is furnished with dark woods and warm lighting. Service was reasonable, although the place was ferociously busy at 8 PM and I didn't get a chance to chat with the staff about beer.

I will definitely be returning to the Pine Box. Definitely the best beer bar I've found on that side of the hill.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of greg4579
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of nobelk18
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.26/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Capitol Hill is cooler-than-thou, but not in a Brooklyn-hipster kind of way. Way more relaxed and attitude-free. We all had dinner at Sitka & Spruce and, bam, there it is. The Pine Box right across the street. At first I thought it was an old bank, but it turns out it used to house a funeral home. Later on, I learned that Bruce Lee was buried in this very spot! I think he’d be proud of the fine beer now served here.

About 35 taps, mostly Northwest and West Coast: 10 Barrel, Almanac, Big Time, Black Diamond Peak XV, Highwater Hop Logic, De Dolle, Mad River Serious Madness, Midnight Sun Monk’s Mistress, Oakshine, Sniprd, Tieton… short-but-sweet selection of bottles as well, including Cascade sours, Firestone 17th, Parabola and Sucaba (at $21-$24, not bad at all).

I had some food to go with all the beer and was not disappointed. Porcini-and-smoked-salt popcorn plus baby kale and arugula salad with walnut and chevre. Service is efficient and prices are maybe a tad high but not terrible: around $8 for 12 ounces of the better brews. Easily the best, coolest bar in Seattle.

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Photo of Ajlvt
4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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4.3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of bram325
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Great staff. Fantastic list of NW beers. And we had a great meal sitting at the bar.

The bartender was very helpful in making some selections on beers we were not familiar with. We were posted up at the bar for a solid 4 hours and never once did he make us feel like we were in his way or bothering him with our questions. I will definitely be going back here on my next trip to Seattle

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Photo of SimcoeKid
4.31/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Highbury09
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Housed in a pretty rad former chapel/funeral building in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, this pub has a pretty solid selection of Pacific Northwest Beers. I was pretty impressed with the quality and expedient service. Great place to drink pints!

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Photo of GJ40
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A great new beer bar in Seattle. The space, an old funeral home from what I hear, is fantastic with loads of character and authenticity. It's got stained glass windows, high ceilings, an old wood floor, great wooden booths, an outdoor seating area and a second floor balcony area with tables. The bar is large and has the taps displayed nicely behind it.

The selection is outstanding with an emphasis on beers from the northwest. I had a Double Mountain Hop Lava (cask), Boneyard Hop Venom and Firestone Walker Wooky Jack. All were fresh and fantastic. We also had the sausage and cheese plate and it was pretty solid.

The Pine Box is a great addition to downtown Seattle and well worth a visit.

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The Pine Box in Seattle, WA
Place rating: 4.4 out of 5 with 56 ratings
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