The Pike Brewing Company

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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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38
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3,637
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PLACE STATS
Score:
86
Ratings:
189
Reviews:
107
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
8.88%
 
 
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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 Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

A pretty decent place in downtown Seattle. Bright and cheery atmosphere, with tons of crazy crap on the walls, I guess to appeal to tourists. Seems to also cater to a college kid crowd, and can get pretty noisy at times. TVs for sports, tables for families, etc. A fairly decent selection of microbrews available on tap, with good variety. Food menu consisted mainly of comfort foods, but still tasty and decently priced. Our bartender was friendly, attentive, and outgoing. Definitely worth stopping in if you're in the area, but perhaps not worth going out of your way for.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Pike Brewery is located at one end of the Pike Market near the Arcade. Parking can be found at various meters and garages in the immediate area.

The brewpub is on the lower level, and you can actually look down into the bar from above which is pretty cool. Some of the brewing equipment rises to the upper level so you can practically reach over and touch it from upstairs. The interior is large with segmented areas and multiple bars. One room in particular is really cool as it is a brewing history museum of sorts. It's nice to learn about drinking beer while drinking beer.

Pike has around 10 beers on draught, and has a sampler available featuring 6 beers for $7.95. Many of the beers are the standard Amber, Pale, IPA, Scottish fare but there are a couple seasonals like a Weisse and a Tripel. All of the beers are average to above average. The XXX Stout is particularly good.

Service was good on a weekday afternoon. The server was familiar with what beers were available and what styles they were.

I tried the fish & chips and it was very good.

Overall I would say no visit to the Pike Market would be complete without hitting the Pike Pub & Brewery while you are there.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This was the fourth stop on my brewpub tour of Seattle while visitng family for Christmas 2006. I have been here a few times before, but this is the first review I am submitting. The atmosphere is the best selling point here. Besides being located near the Public Market, the place is just really cool inside, with a large spacious area, plenty of couches to relax on, and even a cigar smoking room. The beer here is always good, and this visit I tried the XXX Stout and the Tripel. Both were excellent choices, but I would have liked the tripel in a tulip glass instead if the pint glass I was served. The food and the service are both ok, so I would not hesitate to come back for another visit.

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Photo of GJ40
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

I'd been to Pike several times over the years but not in a while. The beer never really impressed me but I thought I'd give it another try.

Pike Pub is in the basement of a small shopping mall near Pike Place Market. As you walk down the stairs, the senses are assaulted with beer paraphernalia and bright colors. The decor includes lots of beer trays and Pike Pub beer signs. The main bar is fairly large and U shaped. They also have a smaller bar and lots of booths and tables.

They had 12 beers on tap; 9 of their own and 3 guests. The menu lists one on cask but I didn't see it and didn't get to ask about it. I had the IPA and it was very good (especially at the happy hour price of $3.50/pint).

They also had a large selection of Pike Pub goods for sale (shirts, glasses, etc.) And they sell bottled beers to go. It included both their own and a decent selection of Belgians.

Pike Pub was better than I had remembered. I'll have to start to work it into the routine on my visits to Seattle.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Redrover
4.1/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I had not been here in a number of years, so during my latest trip to Seattle, I made a beeline to Pike.

Located in one of the lower levels of the market, Pike has several elevations and this adds to both the ambiance and the look. They have a U shaped center bar which seats about 20. They also have a small auxiliary bar and plenty of tables, you should have no problem grabbing some space.

The Pike has lots of black iron, exposed ductwork and some neat display cases. The tanks are front and center. Lots of framed beer memorabilia on display.

They offer 5 year round beers with additional seasonal and cask offerings.

Brau Ayinger Weisse, Celebrator Double Bock and Framboise Lambic offered as guest taps. Guest bottles include Sam Smiths, Pinkus Organic Pils and Melbourne Brothers Wild appricot. In addition they have 8 botted Belgiums including Orval, Rochfort 6, 8, 10, Westmalle Dubbel and Tripel, Chimay Red And Chimay Grand Reserve. Not to shabby in my opinion.

The server was friendly and quick. Not hovering. I enjoyed my food, my beers and the overall experience. I'm already looking forward to my return visit!

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of flagmantho
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped by the Pike the other night for the first time, and had a really great time.

The whole place is absolutely decked out in beer memorabilia; it reminded me of someone's granddad's basement man-cave. We were there on a Friday night, so the place was fairly busy and had a great, convivial atmosphere.

As always, the beer was great. In the bar there is no table service; you have to go up and order your food and drinks and then take them back to your table (though they will deliver the food once it is prepared). Food and beer prices are what I expect to pay in the middle of the city

I was impressed by their food and drinks menu: almost all the food, wine and booze are Pacific Northwest-produced, and they have several guest taps for beer. In addition to their taps, they have a decent selection of bottles from Germany and Belgium, including a very decent selection of Trappist beers.

Overall, I look forward to going back.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I used to go here every weekend but I didnt like it. Does that make sense? Its in a nice spot by the marketust to much for me to relax. I have never been impressed by the beer. XXX Stout and IPA are good but I never have been impressed with anything else. The food has always been decent and the service has never been good in my opinion. I thought it was pricey for what you got, I guess you can do that considering the location. It is an ok place.
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3/6/2010- Back after a lengthy break. 3 years and nothing has changed, other than having to get a code to get nto the bathroom now. I do understand with all of the traffic in and out. I have waited in line here and I am glad to see that change. Still super busy, beer has upped a bit in quality, I really liked the IIPA and left with a growler of Tandem. Selection is now better and more competetitive. Service is still the same, prices I believe edged up a tad but not to bad.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

located at the far end of the Pike's Place Market in downtown Seattle - probably the most central brewpub location for tourists

The actual brewpub opens up into the halls of the indoor market and is 3 stories. There is tons of seating but a rather small main bar.

There was maybe 10-12 taps on the day we visited - i had the XXX stout and the lady had the tripel. Both were ok (stout being better) but nothing overly special. I perused the bottle selection and noted that the old Bawdy was like $9 for a 12oz bottle. The tap beers were pretty cheap ($3.75, maybe a happy hour price).

Service was good but not great (hostesses seemed to enjoy chatting rather than hosting) and we didnt have any food.

Not a destination brewpub, but a spot to grab a beer at when at the market

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of jjboesen
3.83/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Famous Seattle BP ("famous" meaning that this place is choked with tourists -myself included) located in Pike Place Market that brews their own high-quality beers, offers a great selection of bottled imports (they are owned by Merchant du Vin) such as Ayinger and Westmalle. Then there is the beer - about 5-6 taps, including "Naughtie Nellies, Pike IPA and the Pike Pale Ale - which is what I tried. The IPA was extremely hoppy at 60 IBU. One of the many places to visit when in Seattle, a great beer city!

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Like Elysian, this was another brewpub that I visited whilst in Seattle. The atmosphere is nice, as this is a nice basement pub and restuarant decked out in dark wood tones. Service was fast and friendly, and the selection was good with about 8-10 draughts, including some fine seasonals and guests as well as their own wares. The quality of my IPA was good as always, and the food did look and smell quite good as well even though I did not partake myself since I had just eaten at Elysian. Conveniently located right next to the famous Pike Place Market, this may not be the best brewpub in the city, but it is definately one I recommend, especially if you plan on hitting the Market up the street.

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Photo of mynie
3.83/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Pike is located in the bustling, very touristy area at the heart of Seattle's downtown, right next to the public market and just across the street from the art gallery. Normally that's a bad sign, right? When things get too touristy the prices get too high and the quality starts to wane--why bother to make a good product when the customers almost literally fall into your bar?

Well, Pike's not exactly world class, but they do a damn good job of not slacking off. The vibe is polished--as interesting as it can be without being potentially offensive or offputting. There's lot of shiny acrylic black, clean brown bricks, and dark neon reds. Also lots of nice brewania pieces (probably the biggest collection I've seen outside of Potosi).

The place is big and busy but there are three (!) separate bars, to accommodate even the largest crowd. About a dozen house taps and then a halfdozen guest taps. All the house beers were reasonably priced but the guest beers were a little expensive. They had a really great take-home selection with bombers as well as growlers and you could have them ship anything you didn't feel like flying home with.

The food was standard Northwest pub fare--lots of fried stuff, lots of fish, and you could also get pizza. I really don't remember too much about it so it must have been pretty medium.

Really I don't got too much to say other than this place is better than you'd expect. It ain't worth traveling for, but it's a hell of a lot of fun and if you're in downtown Seattle you should probably stop by.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of spointon
4/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I visited this place on 3/23/2010.

This brewpub is located in a retail building right next to Pike Place Market. It is creatively wedged into the building, with the brewhouse being totally open for viewing (the brewer has to run up and down a spiral staircase to reach the mash tun).

The beer selection was pretty large (12-15 Pike beers plus a couple guest taps), and all of the beers were well made. Only a couple really stood out though. The XXX Stout and the Belgian dubbel were very good. I was also really impressed that they had a "dry Belgian wit" on cask, that was very tasty.

The food was sort of expensive but it was also very good. We had a 10" pizza and some wings and they were great.

Service was friendly and the bartender seemed to know his stuff. All in all a nice place that's well worth visiting if you are in the area.

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Photo of italianstallion
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of markgugs
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of FightingEntropy
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Very first stop on my first trip to Seattle, so headed downtown touristy right off the bat. I'm a vegetarian, so only watch the fish toss w/o purchase upstairs. Around the corner and down is The Pike Pub & Brewery. Walking in it is clean and well lit, but painted black in an industrial chic look. Random decor, including poker playing dogs on one wall. Big tourist shop in the front with T-shirts. Ok atmosphere with a few TVs around for sports.

Three levels going up, and the center piece is the brew tank on the second smack dab in the center of the action including a brewer working behind the gated off area. Looked like the grain mill was upstairs or outside with a chute dumping directly in through the shops on the next level up. Pretty cool looking., and shiny. Great smell of a batch at full boil walking in the door, so that was nice.

Good news, all the beers were pretty good, the Weiss being by far the weakest. After a full sampler, ordered drafts of the Scotch, XXX Stout, and Tandem Double--all worth the effort, my favorites in reverse order listed above. Went for the artisanal cheese plate of all local cheeses and local honey. Good, but not enough bread, and a bit expensive; however, that's par for all high end cheese plates. Ordered some of the steak fries as well since we'd just come from the plane, which were fine but nothing mind blowing. Good prices for the most part, especially for being in Pike Place. Parking was the most, and across the street, expensive, and small in the bowels under the street. Fun visit overall though.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Really cool beer 'memorabilia' if you will. While the location may turn some off, because of its popularity or tourist aura, its nonethelesss pretty cool that a brewery of this caliber is in the Pike Market.

The service was outstanding and knowledgeable. Damn if that Old Bawdy ain't the greatest barleywine I've ever had. I mean, that v. Bigfoot on tap whooo. And drinking it at that beautiful back bar? I was close to giving a 5.0 on the atmosphere. Selection is good as well, couldn't get the DIPA, but the ipa, the stout, the barleywine, that is about just right for a visit. Wish the gift shop stuff was a little more reasonably priced, I mean, there is the advertising component of having peope wear your stuff you know. That is my only complaint. All around, very enjoyable, always check it out when I'm in Seattle, or WA in general.

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Photo of Goldorak
4.06/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Down in the basement of this mall-type complex adjacent to the market, from my memory of my last visit a decade ago I thought it was located further away, but there it was.

I liked the atmosphere a lot, they seemed to have captured the feel of the old market and threw in enough antique breweriana to make it all come together. There was a closed off section at the back that we peeked in to look closer that had a more 50's feel to it and was very cool as well. The collection of Orval schwag made me a bit jealous.

We were at the bar at the far corner near the serving tanks, having a jolly time with the bartendress, who was really friendly and seemed genuinely happy to serve you, a pint of stout in hand for me and a local cider for the missus. A nice lady sitting next to me with her husband asked me if I liked the Beer. I did, and did sort of an on the fly rating, figuring that she was perhaps interested in trying it out. Turns out she and her husband own the place! We chatted a bit with them and they were super nice too. We only hung around for a pair of pints and a taster or two, we had a great time and the Beer was fine.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

For all the times we've visited Seattle, I'd never visited Pike. Have always enjoyed their beers, have even walked around (and past) their Pike Place Market brewery spot, just never descended the stairs into this sublevel pub. Finally did so on Tuesday (11/13/2012)...

I'm a beer guy who likes his schwag, so the museum-quality signage and memora-beer-lia throughout the pub struck me right away... and is AWESOME. Seriously, you cannot escape it! It's a feast for the eyes that encompasses literally thousands of posters, placards and paraphernalia collected over the years - seemingly every square inch of every wall (from dining room to restrooms) is coated with beer stuff. My wife, sister-in-law and I stopped in around at around 1:00pm on a dreary day; atmosphere was a bit sleepy but still jovial enough with all the lighting and visual candy. Since it was SIL's birthday, we decided to grab a seat and have a pint.

We bee-lined it to the bar at far right, a cozy C-shape that was mostly full - no 3 seats together except for at the less appealing fringes. After some pondering, I opted for the XXX 'Extra' Stout (hadn't had it in years, but it's as good as I remembered). Most other 'standards' from Pike on tap (8-10 in all) and a couple 'guests'; a cider, too. In a nearby cooler were a number of imports (Belgians like Westmalle and Rochefort 6/8/10) and others like Hair of the Dog 'Adam'. After placing orders, we clutched our pints and went into the adjacent Brewery Museum room - very cool space, neon and even more historical beer stuff.

Pints were $5 (schooners $4), which I though was reasonable, but the cider pints the ladies ordered were $7 (kinda steep). Service was friendly (& patient) at the bar -- she gladly offered some oyster crackers when my SIL wasn't feeling well (no fault of Pike's - she'd been carsick most of the ride up from Portland and hadn't told us); otherwise, we were completely left alone.

We skipped food this visit, but will return on our next Seattle visit, I'm sure of it. Great look and feel to the place, lots of beer - a place worth visiting and hanging around for a while.

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Photo of iRun2Beer
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

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3.68 out of 5 based on 3,637 ratings.
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