The Pike Brewing Company

BEER AVG
3.68/5
The Pike Brewing CompanyThe Pike Brewing Company
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1415 First Ave
Seattle, Washington, 98101
United States

(206) 622-6044 | map
pikebrewing.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
38
Ratings:
3,638
Reviews:
1,689
PLACE STATS
Score:
86
Ratings:
189
Reviews:
107
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
8.88%
 
 
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Photo of benito
2.09/5  rDev -45.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 1 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3

Near Pike Market, the Pike Pub is like a Hard Rock Cafe of brewpubs--there's tons of interesting breweriana adorning the walls, but one can't help feel slightly manipulated by the commercialized nature of the place. It's located downstairs a few storefronts down from the actual Pike Place Market, and they carry all of their house beers on tap. The pub is enormous; there are several dining rooms, a large bar area, and, of course, a dry goods section that hawks lots of Pike-beer merchandise. The bar is tucked behind the t-shirts.

My friend and I sampled all of the house wares and were so thoroughly unimpressed that we left without ordering a single pint. All of the beers tasted over-attenuated (dry) and metallic. Only the Weisse Beer, their American wheat ale, was passable, but it wasn't good enough to merit a pint or schooner on its own. It may have only been passable by comparison. Their tripel and barley wines were not on tap, but the first seven beers were enough to make me pass on buying bombers.

Between the dizzying atmosphere and the mediocre beer, stay away and save yourself a headache.

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Photo of Tupperwolf
2.45/5  rDev -36%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | food: 3

I noticed a word in a previous review that struck me as being very true - this place is spooky. It's big and laid out kind of oddly, with short flights of stairs going up and down and handrails dividing different sections of the dining room. There are interesting posters of other non-Pike beers adorning the walls, most of which they serve.

I went on a Sunday night and the place was almost deserted, but I still stood in the doorway in front of the 'Please Wait to be Seated' sign with my thumb up my bum for five minutes while various servers, hosts, and busboys rushed past me doing other things. Finally a bartender noticed me and took me to a table - stopping to take care of two customers' checks on the way (with me standing there feeling like an idiot). An emo looking server wandered over eventually and grunted a few unisyllabic responses to my order (IPA and spicy chicken sandwich) and dissappeared. I got the beer five minutes later without a word and spent a while soaking up the atmosphere; I went to the restroom and returned to find my food waiting for me with no server in sight. (I'd prefer the server to wait until I've returned to the table to give me the food and ask me if I want anything else).

The food was marginal, the beer decent, the service absolutely terrible (No tips for these guys, and I am a good tipper by nature). I'd avoid this place.

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Photo of brentblack1
2.64/5  rDev -31.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5

Photo of wisegreensoul
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of wspscott
2.85/5  rDev -25.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

The first impression is a good one, when you walk in you can see all of the brewery equipment in the middle of the restaurant, , but it also looks like a sports bar (lots of TVs). We stopped in the the middle of the afternoon so it wasn't very busy, mostly people watching the NBA Finals. Given the number of people in the place, the service was pretty erratic. I don't think our waitress felt like working that day :)

My wife had a root beer and I started with the sampler ($8). They give you 8 beers on a numbered wooden tray (with a page that describes each numbered beer), unfortunately they don't let you pick which beers you get. I used the wheat as a palate cleanser between samples (not impressed). I liked a couple of the beers the Kilt Lifter -( "a scottish style ruby ale") and the extra stout (I'd give both of those a 3.5-4). I could do without the rest, not that they were bad, just not that good. After the sample and mediocre service, I decided that a whole pint was not in my future.

We also tried the chicken nachos. This was a huge plate of nachos with black beans, corn, tomatoes,... again good but not great. We did not have any other food, but it looked like standard bar food.

Maybe worth stopping by if you are doing the tourist thing at the Market, but I would not make a trip for it. It also seemed a little pricey but I suspect that is because of the tourist location.

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Photo of brockdidntslide
2.92/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of SeattleBoB76
2.93/5  rDev -23.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Ok place. Beer is not the best but great when you're at Pike Place Market.

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Photo of kingcrowing
2.93/5  rDev -23.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3

Stopped in here for some food and a sampler with the
Girl. Prices seemed decent, they had an ok selection, I wish they had more seafood dishes though. The place is quite large with lots of cool old brewing stuff and old bottles and that kinda stuff - it's neat if not a little tacky, like a tgif or something.

Beer was ok, nothing amazing but a decent line up of standard brewpub beers. I thought the scotch ale was solid. The smoked salmon was quite tasty but it was one of only 3 fish dishes which is odd given that the fish market is about a block away...

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Photo of RoyalT
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Atmosphere – This is in the heart of Seattle at Pike’s Market. Even though it’s on Pike Street, you can take Union all the way down to the water and find some good parking.

Since it’s downtown, there are lots of kids hanging out. There are several bars and lots of room to wander. They have everything from unkempt pool tables to lounge chair seating and even a “bar museum.” This is a great place to hang out or to wind up a tour of the city with visiting family or friends.

Quality – The condition of the place is average at best. As I said, it’s in downtown so there’s nothing fancy here. The pool tables, balls, and sticks are in horrible condition, and I think a 2.0 quake would bring the place down. Having said that, you don’t come here for an uppity time anyway.

Service – The service was good, but business was slow so I don’t know how it is when the place is jumping. It thought that was kind of strange because my wife and I were there during prime time Saturday night (about eight to ten or ten thirty).

Selection – As is typical of a brewpub, they had a bunch of bad beer except for their own in depth supply. You could get just about any style of Pike on tab, but other than that it was slim pickin’s.

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Photo of dnichols
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

I had not visited the Brewery in many years so when I was last in Seattle I stopped by with a friend for a couple of beers.

When we visited the bar was packed but because we were not ordering lunch we were required to fit into the bar area in a portion of the facility that did not offer table side service. Despite the poor service the atmosphere was entertaining and upscale. The beer selection featured the current Pike Brewery selections and there were several micro and import bottles of beer available (I was impressed that Rochefort 10 was available). We did not order any food but did scan the menue. They had a decent selection of food for a bar and the prices were reasonable. Additionally, the Brewery had available tee-shirts, caps, glasses and other memorabilia.

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Photo of estlinska
3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4

Visited in October of 2012. We decided to visit this place while we were being touristy in the Pike Place Market. I was with my wife and in-laws, so we just dropped in to have a beer while the women were shopping nearby. I wish I would have had time to do a tour, but the last one had already gone for the day. My first impression was that this place was new and shiny and somewhat over-the-top. My last impression held up. It was extremely crowded (3pm on a weekend), but we found a table eventually. There were servers we thought, but they were more interested in clearing tables, so we went to the bar to get beers. My father in law had a Scotch Ale and I got an IPA and we both, being perveyors of those styles, thought they were good, but not mind blowing. There were several special taps available, so the selection was there. We didn't stay long, but it wasn't really the kind of place you want to stay at. It was more like a busy, trendy bar than a brew pub. Overall, it just wasnt for me.

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Photo of Brandonparrent
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Photo of weefisheads
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
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 sleazo
3.29/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Classic brewpub vibe with the machinery in full view. Plenty of beer related parphanalila don the walls. The location is in the basement of a shopping arcade a block or so down from the Pike Public market. This makes it a good location as the market may be a bit touristy it still is a good place to get some quality eats. I had a couple of the beers and they were decent but not great. They have a good selection of styles though. Had the sampler and the winners were the Nellies Golden Ale and the XXX Stout. I got a full pint before this which was their Kilt lifter which was mediocre at best. I had just eaten some fantastic sushi down the block so I did not try the food. Servvice was meh, I got a free sample from the bartender but she didnt come around when I wanted to have another or even to drop off the check.

All in all this is not a bad place to grab a beer but the actual beers really did not blow me away.

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Photo of Gavage
3.29/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5

Easy to get to after hitting the Public Market. Large spacioius building with several different sections including a cigar room off the bar. Nice large comfy chair section behind the gift area. The bar section was pretty large as there were about 17 patrons cramming the bar. Mostly tourists, as several sounded like they knew nothing about beer. One guy stated the Kilt Lifter tasted like Killians. Ugh.

The bartender was very disinterested, especially with basic questions on the beers from the patrons. While I waited for a second pint, the bartender repeatedly served walk-up patrons.

The beers were average at best, nothing overly noteworthy here. They had about 10 on tap, with a few guest brews like Ayinger and Lindenmann's. Wiess, IPA, Naughty Nellie, Pale Ale, Kilt Lifter, Oatmeal Stout, and a brewer special winter beer Auld Acquaintance which was strange to see in July.

Worth a trip to see the interior, but beer wise this leans towards pleasing a tourist market with average tasting beers.

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Photo of TheBungyo
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

I've visited here several times and only once had great service. I've asked about beers that Pike brews and gotten funny looks as if the server had no idea they even made them. The food is pretty forgettable while the beer definitely has a soft spot in my heart though it isn't otherwordly. They do fine selection-wise as most of the more mainstream styles are represented (pale, IPA, Stout, Scottish Ale, Tripel, etc ...). Each time I visit I feel I'm in no hurry to return, even though it is the closest brewpub in proximity to me.

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Photo of dbalsock
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Looking from up-above, this place seemed like chain-restaurant, and it actually discouraged me from going at first. Once I got down the stairs though, it looked a little better, but still wasn't the most appealing place to get a beer. It was huge with a ton of tables and multiple bars. I sat at one bar, but the bartender was finishing her shift. She was very nice and would have been great, but she said I had to go to the other bars to get service... which I promptly did. I got a taster and the other bartenders showed a lack of personality and a lack of care for their job. They were seemed hurried, even though the place was not very crowded, and were careless with the way poured and served the sampler, spilling beer and creating a general mess. The sampler was good, with a decent pale ale and a very very good scotch ale. They had numerous beers on tap, probably about 8 or 9, but I didn't really count. The place was above average compared to a lot of brewpubs in the country but I won't be stopping by again because there are better in Seattle.

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Photo of Trailmix242
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5

Probably a victim of its location but definitely has a very touristy feel about it. Had a sampler which comes with 6 predetermined beers kind of following the standard light to dark lineup. The bartender did not appear to be interested in us at all and it was not very busy at the time. In addition to the Pike lineup of beers they had a small selection of Belgium Trappist beers which I did not expect to see. Worth visiting once but would not be a place I would frequent especially since Pike beer is readily available in the Seattle area.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5

Conveniently located within Pike's Market in Downtown, Seattle. Pike's has been brewing for a good long while in Seattle. The vibe is kind of chill, considering its tourist local and the place has lots of vintage decor. The quality of the beer is solid, though the service could be better along with the selection. Solid if you need a quick drink!

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Photo of beertunes
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Pike often gets overlooked in the regional beer scene because of the touristy nature of the market. Pike makes damn tasty brews and because we can get them at most any mini-mart or grocery store we sometimes skip right past them.

The market location is a fine spot. There is brewing equipment visible, and there is a ton more downstairs, and a lot of breweriana on display. Pikes food is tasty but not outstanding. The same can be said for the service, I've always had competent, professional servers but given the nature of the beast they don't generally have the chance to spend quality time with you.

The place is usually very busy days during the summer tourist season, but if you swing by at night, after the market is closed for the day, the place is more relaxed and a better example of PNW brewpub life. If you're visiting, Pike is a must hit. Those of us that live here, maybe we should visit more often.

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Photo of mmosey
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Photo of reymic
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Located in the middle of the most touristy Seattle area, which can be a drawback for some. Couldn't get over the size of this place, it's huge. The beers were pretty good, nothing I had was outstanding. There is tons of beer-decorum upon the walls everywhere, and brewery equipment behind the bar's glass wall.

The beers were reasonably priced, but could not get over how much the merchandise was ($75+ for a sweatshirt and a t-shirt).

Was surprised to read that Pike is a steam brewery and also liked that it was a husband and wife owner.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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The Pike Brewing Company in Seattle, WA
3.68 out of 5 based on 3,638 ratings.
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