Barking Dog Alehouse

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Barking Dog AlehouseBarking Dog Alehouse

Type: Bar, Eatery

705 NW 70th St
Seattle, Washington, 98117
United States

(206) 782-2974 | map

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3.6/5  rDev -15.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

A few friends of mine and I had a couple of drinks at Barking Dog last week. We were in on a Sunday night so they were short on a few of the draughts and bottles that we had been hoping to try (Rodenbach, Dick's Grand Cru), but Barking Dog offers a heady-enough beer selection that we were all happy in the end. All told, they probably had fifteen to twenty beers on tap, mostly a mix of Northwest and Belgians, with a few outsiders (Unibroue, DFH, Stone) sprinkled into the mix.

Since I live in the Colorado, there are a lot of alehouses that I want to see in Seattle. Nonetheless, Barking Dog made a good first impression, and I'd be happy to make a return visit.

My only gripe with this place is the pricing. Perhaps my time in a small mountain town has warped my view of what acceptable beer prices are, but compared to a more famous beer bar (say Falling Rock in Denver), Barking Dog is routinely charging $2 to $2.50 more for the same beers. Again, this may mostly be my small-town-thrift writing, but this is not a trend that I (or my wallet) hope to see continue in higher-end beer bars.

That though is an entirely different discussion...perhaps one to be had over a pint at Barking Dog.

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Photo of czechsaaz
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Barking Dog is in the middle of a residential neighborhood without many other businesses around. Great selection, always rotating taps. Taps are heavy on the Northwest Micros but often many that aren't the same, available in every Alehouse in town, selections. Usually a couple-three Belgians or some other interesting strong ale too. (First place off the East Coast I've seen Alagash 4 on tap.) Nice selection of bottles too.

The food is really good, brewpub type, but of better than average quality. Big portions for a normal amount of money. Good snacks and great sandwiches.

Bartenders/servers I've encountered (I live about 13 blocks away) are pretty knowledgeable about beer basics and the details of the local micro selections.

As an added bonus, free wi-fi.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Atmosphere – This is a cozy little pub in the Ballard area of town with plenty of street parking. Inside the place is well organized. You pass through the table seating to get to the wonderful bar, which really is a pretty sight. The walls are adorned with beer pictures and the interior fixtures are all hand made from a guy that lives across the street.

Quality – This is where the bar shines. As I said earlier, the fixtures in the pub are all hand made. The ceiling is that new “industrial” motiff. Everything is new and in great condition.

The bar is a thing of beauty. It’s not overly big, but it’s made out of fine wood and had a gleaming finish. It looks like they just built it. The fine tab handles are spread out around the bar and there’s a huge collection of liquor in the background.

Service – I’ve only been here once. The service was good although I was there at an off-hour. The waitress didn’t know squat about beer but that’s to be expected. The bartender wasn’t even on yet.

Selection – They have 21 taps going on any given night and a fairly extensive selection of bottled beers. Some of the tap highlights were dry-hopped Immortal IPA, N’ice Chouffee, a Unibroue of some kind, Old Rasputin, and a few other gems.

Food – I had a burger and fries and it was well above average. The meat was charbroiled to high heaven. The fries were those “waffle-style” kind and nicely seasoned.

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Barking Dog Alehouse in Seattle, WA
Place rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 13 ratings