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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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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of greg4579
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

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4.4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of DCLAguy11
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

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

Photo of roan22
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of strongaf
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of memphischas
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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

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

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

Photo of damndirtyape
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Reviewed during the start of happy hour - not too crowded on a Tuesday.

Atmosphere: After talking with the waiter, I learned this place was a former funeral parlor, and the main joint was originally the chapel where services would be held. Neat place - very high ceiling, big ceiling lights, huge bar, plenty of tables and a eclectic feel to the place. Great music as well. Well....I thought it was good. They played Simple Man by Skynryd which usually gets many points for me when I rate atmosphere.

Quality: All great craft beers and a handful of Belgian imports as well. All Pacific NW beers and Northern California on tap or in bottles.

Service: Great waiter - very attentive, quick service, and very friendly.

Selection: 30 beers on tap and about 30-40 beers in bottle form.

Food: Looked like pretty simple but well done fare - I had of all things the Pretzel with spicy mustard. While that mustard was infernally hot, it was full of flavor and the pretzel was perfectly done - not reheated. They took the time to make this from scratch. If this was what a pretzel was like, I suspect the rest of the menu would be quite good.

Value: Very good prices. $5 for a 160z beer, and $4 at happy hour.

I will definitely visit this place again.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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 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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Photo of yancot
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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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Photo of ccnorthwest
4.89/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

The coolest bar catered more towards craft beer that I have ever been to. The building is a old funeral home. They atmosphere is amazing.

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Photo of rudyarmand
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
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 kmahe
4.84/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

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