The Pine Box

BA SCORE
94
outstanding

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
Score:
94
Ratings:
56
Reviews:
18
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
4.18%
 
 
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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
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 slander
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

We were here 2 nights ago drinking after duh and duh and dinner at duh duh, but I was in exactly zero shape to scribble. So, I’m happy to be back now in the light of the late day; a stop in en route to points Portland, southward still. Parked around the corner, quickly becoming a more difficult feat at this hour, but here we be. Up the stairs and in...

The room looks like it used to be a train station. I don’t know why we think that, but we do. High vaulted ceilings; sharp smart beige walls & ceiling, with brown framed ceiling pieces inlayed, crown molding and crazy decorative trims. Recessed lighting along the crown molding ceiling perimeter, and a pair of ornate lighting fixture from above. Wide slat wood floorings. A pulpit looking balcony space over the rear and a rounded front overhang forward with seating I’ll investigate. The far wall holds 4 arched stained glass panel pieces running the length (the one of the end, a paneled doorway to an outside something I will go look in on), and on the near wall, 4 large arches of the same, but they of mirror massive; all nicely framed, with mounted 3 bulb candle lampings in between. Some local art; paintings for the purchase on the walls.

‘C’ shaped plank wood topped bar, with a vertical dark wood plank base and phat piping foot rail; seating for a dozen and half on hightop chairs. Barback is a cold room wall with taps running its length; 3 rows of 9 each, and 5 more solo on a silver back panel brewery stickers pasted. 2 shelves above to each side of center with booze on mirror backing, and a mounted Randall (scurge of the earth) in between. A pair of electronic boards atop listing tap selections on alt striping for the easy read, and bottles, figurines, things, things, up there fronting. Pints glasses shelved below the bar and booze to both sides. There is a mounted piece we need to ask about. Looks like a crow on a base with the number ‘33’ on it between the boards. Apparently, it was a gift (that keeps on giving?), the ‘33’, well you don’t want to know. There’s also an old bicycle and a ‘Chapel’ (previous bar?) marquee neon above the bar. Other things; I see, it’s a Bruce Lee figurine, a framed pic of a friend passed next to the in between the Randall, and a large cut out of the same guy in the rear raised pulpit.

A pair of stand alone bar counters pieces adjacent to the bar, and 4 church pew looking booths running the far wall. A half dozen 2 seat tables tables to the rear of the room, pushed together in pairs fronting the open kitchen to the rear rear, pizza oven a-blazin’, with a vertical board above describing brunch activity, and paned double doors to both sides. 9 mix & match tables in the floral wallpapered forward balcony, some sharing space, and 6 picnics in the outside space.

32 beers on tap, and an empty hand pump. Nearly 2/3 of them American craft beer, with an emphasis on (duh) the west coast, Washington (Boundary Bay IPA, Port Townsend Reel Amber & Strait Stout, Silver City Whoop Pass Double IPA & Whoop Pass Hopricot Randalled, Sound Brewing Koperen Ketel Belgian Pale Ale), Oregon (Cascade Summer Gose, Ninkasi Tricerahops Double IPA, Upright Four Saison), and California (North Coast ACME California Pale Ale, Bear Republic Racer 5, Lost Abbey Mo’ Betta Bretta, Firestone Walker Double Barrel Ale, Schooner Exact King Street Brown, Lagunitas Dogtown Pale Ale), plus a handful of way-off regionals (New Belgium Tart Lychee, Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat & Single-Wide IPA, DogFishHead Indian Brown Ale). The other 1/3 are imports, heavier on the Belgian & Belgian style (Dupont Foret, Petrus Aged Pale Ale, Chouffe Biere Du Soleil, De Dochter Embrasse Peated Oak Aged, Liefmans Cuvee-Brut Kriek, Unibroue Maudite, Blanche De Chambly, & La Terrible), than not (Evil Twin Disco Beer Double IPA, Maisel’s Weisse Original, Veltins Pilsener), and then a random blech macro (Coors), and a cider (Tieton Cider Works Apricot). All pints are $4-$5, and there are some shorty 12 ouncers for $8, but they’re generally the imports. I drank the New Belgium Tart Lychee (again, and laughingly) & Cascade Summer Gose.

And if I’ve got this right, they’ve got 7 bottles/cans (DogFishHead 120 Minute IPA & Positive Contact, Firestone Walker Parabola RIS, Lambickx Private Domaine, New Belgium Shift Pale Lager & Fat Tire, Two Beers Sodo Brown).

Perused the menu; a handful of starter bites (olives, nuts, antipasto, pancetta wrapped in figs, etc.), a few salads, a whole lot of pizzas (9), and half a dozen entrees. We had lunched earlier so opted not. I’m in love with the bartender but someone’s query about medical marijuana may have killed my chances (fucker!) This space was a funeral parlor, true. Apparently, Bruce Lee’s funeral was held in this very room. In 1973. On the 30th of July. They show his films on that day in the outside patio. The front doors are wide open now; it’s wonderfully breezy. Comfortable house, cool scene, good beer.

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of GJ40
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of kylehay2004
4.79/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of flagmantho
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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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Photo of dwagner003
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of dirtylou
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Such a slack beerfly scene in Seattle - amazing that this place has been open 6 months and not commented on.

Here's what you need to know...

* location is convenient to capitol hill and downtown. This is the premiere beer destination in either of these areas.
* the place is an old funeral home. it's pretty creepy, but awesome
* they have a permanent randall on the bar. i've not seen this anywhere
* they have monitors displaying all of the current taps that update in real time and sync live with the website
* members of the brouwers empire are frequently seen working/drinking here
* the food looks very good, though i can't yet comment firsthand
* this place gets very very crowded, and for good reason
* 30ish taps, of very high quality

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Photo of SimcoeKid
4.31/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of mattmarka1
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.66/5  rDev -15.1%
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 cryptichead
3.8/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Beervana
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of Highbury09
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of WoostaBia
4.7/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of cherche
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of IPAchris
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of HoppySeb
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Daniellobo
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of greg4579
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of anteater
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%

Photo of DCLAguy11
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.44/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Zach122
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

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The Pine Box in Seattle, WA
4.31 out of 5 based on 56 ratings.
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