The Pine Box

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

18 Reviews
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(206) 588-0375 | map
www.pineboxbar.com

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Added by Ianbroberts on 04-02-2012

PLACE STATS
Score:
94
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
52
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
4.41%
 
 
Taps:
33
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 52
Photo of EspressoGuy
3.75/5  rDev -13%
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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Photo of rudyarmand
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

I spent four days in Seattle working a tradeshow at the Seattle Convention Center downtown. I was staying at the Homewood Suites nearby and The Pine Box was two blocks away.

I visited two days consecutively and had a great time. The first day, they had a brewery takeover by Elysian, Ninkasi, and Firestone. They also mix custom made bloody mary's that were outrageously good!

Great tap selection-over 36 types of beer.

The first day I visited they brought in three live chickens and we all played "chicken shit bingo".
The chickens were released into a 8X8 cage with a grid on the floor. Winners won prizes! The chickens were all well treated. In fact they had names; Lady Gaga, Betty White and Apple Dumpling. They were all returned to their farm after their performance.

The bartenders were all outstanding and knew their beer.

A great place to hang out!

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Photo of bram325
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
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 TxUltraRunner
4.66/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Came here instead of going to Stumbling Monk, which I'm glad I did. Awesome tap selection, including Logsdon's Farmhouse Ales and Firestone and bottles from Lost Abbey. Great pulled pork sandwich to go with it all. Bartender made great recommendations all night. Great place in Capitol Hill.

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Photo of terence
4.93/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

My wife and I hunkered down at the bar a sunny Sunday early afternoon. The bartender was very friendly and helpful. The beer selection was very good and included some hard to find ones. We didn't order food, but it seemed like your standard bar type food.

Good place here, definitely worth checking out whenever near the area.

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Photo of HerbGuy42
4.86/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Clever name. The bar used to be a funeral home, hence, "The Pine Box." Fairly large selection of craft beers on tap. I like the staff, but I am biased because my brother and my sister-in-law work there. The architecture is old, which I think adds cool points to the vibe.

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Photo of dwitt24
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Had some beers out of Oregon, Washington, & California while I was visiting my sister. This place had some rare and awesome beers. Was well worth the visit, a bit fairly expensive compared to Portland taphouses, buy a couple dollars a pint. Service was great, and beer was cold and glasses were filled to the brim.

Would go back

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Photo of Xena
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This is where I bring my dates when I want to impress them. Fantastic selection of beers, wide range of prices. The food I is ooo-lah-lah delicious. I ordered a sausage dish that arrived plated to look like male genitalia. That was a challenge for me, for obvious reasons. I ate it anyway because after all, this is Capitol Hill in Seattle! It was delicious. The food makes this a worthy destination spot for any foodies in your midst. The beer list is like a snobby wine list without the insufferable snobs. I used to be a wine snob, but beer is much better. The atmosphere is really nifty once you get over the idea of it having once been a funeral home. The pizza oven did not used to be a crematorium. I asked. Really, this is where you should bring your dates. They will be impressed, and you will get to enjoy good food and beer. Even if your date sucks, you will still have a great and memorable evening.

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The Pine Box in Seattle, WA
4.31 out of 5 based on 52 ratings.
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