Browse Our Recommended Pubs

Here at we don't have complicated rules for choosing the pubs we list. To recommend a pub we have to actually have had a beer there - we don't list pubs which have been recommended by friends of friends, brothers-in-law or some random guy on the the street unless we have checked it out ourselves. Our pubs must serve good beer. We don't care how it is served -- cask, keg, bottled are all fine so long as the pub serves Good Beer from interesting breweries. But the pub also needs to have a little something extra, be it an outstanding selection, stunning architecture, an amazing ambience or excellent food. But first and most of all it must have good beer.

The one exception are the pubs on the "To Do List" -- they have been recommended by people we trust, but we haven't actually visited them yet.

All the pubs on this guide are worthy of a visit. A few have been singled out for special attention -- those ones are worth a special effort to visit. Also, if your favorite new local isn't listed yet, send a note to Don or to SeattleBeerGuide on Facebook or Twitter. The rate of new brewpub and taproom openings in Seattle is breath-taking.

Washington beer is bountiful, and the state boasts more than 350 breweries, most of the them with taprooms. Want to see more? Take a look at this map of Washington breweries (props to Washington Beer Blog for the map).

Choose a region below or browse the alphabetical list or see a map of all pubs . Or search by bus line or Link stop.

Regions in Seattle

Key to Symbols

Here are some symbols you may see in some of our pub listings Click on the symbol to see a list of pubs.

Don Top Pick
Don Honorable Mention
Full menu available.
Live Music
WiFi available
Closed Monday
Closed Tuesday
Open 11am or earlier
21 or older only.
Brewery tasting room, may have limited hours.
New entry in the Guide in 2016.
New entry in the Guide in 2018
New entry in the Guide in 2019
Regularly has Seattle brewed beers