The Pike Brewing Company

The Pike Brewing CompanyThe Pike Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1415 First Ave
Seattle, Washington, 98101
United States

(206) 622-6044 | map

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Photo of weefisheads
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I've been to Pike's twice now, and I can say with great authority that this place has three great things going for it, and two rather glaring shortcoming.

In it's favor are it's location, it's beer, and it's location. Situatated in a very touristy section of downtown, it's almost impossible to visit Seattle and not at least pass by Pike's. The actual bar/restaurant is very large and open, and beer artifacts and paraphanalia litter the place (I especially liked the original lable from a New Albion beer!).

As for the beer, you really can't go wrong here. Nothing extraordinary, mind you, but if you go for the sampler like I did you're sure to find a brew or two you'll find quite quaffable.

On the surface this place would appear to be quite the find, but...

Remember the two glaring shortcomings? Well, they're really one and the same - location. Because this place is blocks from Pike's Market (right where all the tourists want to be), it's amost always crawling with people, most of 'em tourists. So, despite all the beer and beer stuff, I'm not terribly keen on the atmosphere because it's hard to enjoy a fine pint sitting next to the Joneses from BFE and the Smith's from who-knows-where as they chat about how great Seattle is.

And because it's so popular and crowded all the time, we come to the Achilles heal of the joint - the service is pretty terrible. The last time I was there I tipped the bartender a small handfull of change (47 cents, I think) because he actually huffed and puffed when I asked for a glass of water! He went so far as to explain how busy he was and how we should've asked for it when we put in the rest of our order, but by then I was already counting out all the change I didn't want in my pocket.

Overall a decent place to hoist a few, but don't expect to be wowed by cozy atmosphere and stellar service.

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Photo of Fabric8r
3.88/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5

One of my favorite brew pubs. The atmosphere and decor (lots of exceptionally crafted steel) was a real pleasure to study while enjoying one of their fine brews. I had a "Kilt Lifter" and what a brew. I bought a t-shirt and beer glass.

The only thing that torqued me off is they wouldn't allow my 7 year old daughter in there. Not even to sit on the couch. So, my Wife couldn't enjoy a beer, she had to take daughter and go elsewhere while I sat there feeling guilty trying to enjoy a wonderful beer. Shame on them!

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Photo of Hobbz
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

One of these days I'll also have a food-rating score at a US-establishment (beginning to notice a trend here)! For me, Pike's Pub is a traditional, must-stop at least once while visiting Seattle. The quality micro-beers produced by the house-brewery, supplemented with a unique array of imported varieties both on draft and in bottle (draft Celebrator & Lindeman's lambics served in their respective glasses!! -- I never knew these could be had on draft), courtesy of partner and importer "Merchant du Vin," substantiates my high regard for this place. I also do like the interior (though I wish sometimes the main bar were larger).

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Photo of frank4sail
4/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This is in a great location and has a great selection of pretty darn good beers. I wish I was reviewing them on paper when I was there. The place looks tourist-like but it is a great place to grab a brew. Selection and service are above average as well as quality. The highlight for me was the "cigar room" it is glass encased with great couches and reading materials about beer, cigars, and sports. I just hung out in my own little world there drinking beer and meeting like minded advocates. Worth the trip... but beware of one thing... the prices of their brewwares etc... other than that enjoy Seattle beer...

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Photo of jreitman
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

The Pike Pub and Brewery is located in the "basement" of the southern section of the Pike Place Market. While walking down the hall you can see the brewery equipment popping out from the middle of the floor. The atmosphere at first seems quite odd, but started to appeal to me after a while. There are two bars one more social bar and the other more akin to a sports bar with pool tables and darts. Table seating is also available for those who wish to dine. The beer selection featured all the Pike Brew's plus Lindeman's lambics and Sam Smith Oatmeal Stout as the featured beer. I had avoided this place figuring it was a tourist trap, but I regret that now as the bar has a lot to offer. Definitely check it out if you are in the area.

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