Browse Our Recommended Pubs
You can see a map of the entire selection. Or scroll thru the alphabetical list below.
Part of the Ballard Brewery District, short walk from Hale's, simple taproom with house beers on tap. Food can be brought in, and Bourbon and Bones is close by and recommended.
Long overdue in Seattle, this cavernous neighborhood alehouse features only Washington beers and ciders on its taps. The bottle selection in the coolers is a little more wide-ranging. But when you're in a state with 350 breweries, why not feature them on tap?
Bottle shop with a bar and 40+ taps. Tasting flights available. No food but many nearby take out places.
Simple taproom with full selection of house-brewed beers, which happen to be some of the best in Seattle.
Large two-room pub (main room bar and games room) with outdoor seating in clement weather. Main room at entry has bar area (order at bar, usually no table service). No food but own food from nearby take out places allowed, or have it delivered. Widely regarded as one of Seattle's best.
Billed as "Seattle's Original Brewpub" (opened in 1988) in a old brick building across from the University of Washington. Shares ownership with Triple Rock brewpub in Berkeley, CA.
Big northwest-style beer hall, lots on tap, good pub eats. Parking's a pain here, but there's also good public transport access.
It will become apparent upon tasting the house barrel aged beers, perusing the guest taps, and tasting the excellent treats from the kitchen that the gang behind Elliott Bay Brewing have knocked it out of the park here. Up in Lake City and very much worth the journey.
Huge, cavernous space with long bar and lots of different beers (64 taps, 300 bottles) and liquor too, as well as plenty of food, including big platters of pommes frites to soak up the beer. Regular festivals featuring barley wines, IPAs, stouts, sours, and barrel-aged beers.
Sister pub to Brouwers
Neighborhood pub, good beer and wine selection, food, popular brunch at weekends.
One of Seattle's newest breweries and taprooms, opened and run by former Elysian brewer Steve Luke. Interesting and well-made range of ales and, yes, a pretty good Pilsner lager too.
Classic basement pub in business since 1974, frequented by over-21 students from the nearby University of Washington and elsehwhere.
Serving Pioneer Square area for more than a decade with good beer selection and good pub food.
One of the best pubs in Seattle's diverse south end district of Columbia City.
One of the original craft-beer bars in Seattle, now more than three decades in business.
Local pub-restaurant with good tap selection. Smallish bar area with beer patio outside, roomy dining area.
Cozy little locals' pub right on NW 65th Street. Simple menu of panini, well thought-out beer list.
Cool little pub, unique interior, including the bar seating. Good tap and bottled beer selection.
Sister pub-restaurant to the original Elliott Bay Brewing pub in West Seattle. Roomy, nice long bar, grand selection of house beers, pub-food menu, and occasional special events in a well-suited function room in the basement. Recommended.
West Seattle's longest-running brewpub, family-friendly with big pub-food menu. Beers are brewed with organically-grown ingredients.
Huge cavernous beer hall, plenty to eat and drink here, and this is where it all started for Elysian, which now has four eating and drinking venues and a production-only brewery, all within Seattle city limits. Wide-ranging assortment of beers, consistently one of the city's top-tier breweries.
Tap room for the Seattle brewery.
Elysian Brewing's 3rd location, a roomy bar and restaurant that still gets packed for big events, especially football games.
Actually just north of downtown in the South Lake Union (Cascade) district, this sister to the Prost! bars follows a similar pattern: all-German beer selection, with booze and food, but here, the food comes from a full kitchen.
One of Seattle's "3Pubs" group that also includes the venerable Latona and the Hopvine. Good neighborhood local with tap selection that leans heavily towards Pacific Northwest brews. Pizza kitchen too.
Simple, utilitarian taproom with an interesting range of beers from a brewery that made its debut in September 2016. To the west of the Ballard Bridge, so actually in Magnolia - Interbay, and close to Urban Family Brewing.
Cavernous big kids' playground with mini-golf, games, and plenty of Washington beers on tap, right down by Pioneer Square.
Tasting room and small brewery in South Seattle (Columbia City). No kitchen, but food may be brought in.
Popular beer-hall-style taproom plus outdoor beer garden. Line up at the bar for fresh Fremont Brewing standards plus special seasonal offerings and one-offs. New tasting room opening in mid September which will increase the taps to over 20.
Technically, Future Primitive is just outside Seattle city limits in White Center, but let's not quibble over a couple of blocks. Founded by veterans of Seattle's craft beer scene, this is the third brewery to occupy this building. Beers comprise a good range of craft-beer standards, and the kettles are helmed by veteran brewer Kevin Watson. Food truck permanently parked outside provides beer-friendly snack options, and there's covered outdoor seating too.
Unique in Seattle (and one of three in the entire Pacific Northwest, Ghostfish specializes in brewing only gluten-free beers in a range of styles. Roomy taproom, and the food is gluten free too..
The brewery has more than three decades behind it; the pub, not quite as much, but it's been a Ballard fixture since the mid-1990s. It's still a popular local pub, and is now the eastern starting point for the Ballard Brewery Tour.
Newly opened at the end of May 2015.
Part of the Seattle Alehouses trio (others are Columbia City Ale House and 74th Street Ale House), good food and enough craft brews on tap to keep it interesting.
Approach this one with respect; Holy Mountain was one of Seattle's most-anticipated brewery openings ever, and it continues to make sought-after beers. Saisons, farmhouse ales, sours, barrel-aging projects, and more. Consider this one a must.
Roomy taproom with kitchen and range of popular house beers. Maritime Pacific is the second-oldest of Ballard's breweries, operating since 1990.
Former home of Hilliard's brewery, now an outpost for California's Lagunitas Brewing. Cavernous taproom and brewery, simple interior, and now there's an on-prem kitchen.
Simple one-room bottle shop and taphouse with a good selection of craft beers, mostly regional or local.
A Seattle classic for more than 25 years, with a good range of local and regional craft beers and good pub food. Roomy pub with high ceiling plus an upstairs special-event space. Affiliated with Fiddler's Inn in North Seattle and the Hopvine on Capitol Hill.
Pleasant neighborhood beer and wine bar with outdoor seating in good weather.
Opened in spring 2015, continuing the growth of Seattle's Ballard Brewery District. Roomy inside, outdoor seating in clement weather.
One-of-its kind pub, serving some of the best casked ales in the Pacific Northwest - certainly the most authentic. Machine House never did beers the easy way, opting for English-style cask ales in a world of CO2-keg craft brews. That this pub is even open is an accomplishment. It's a simple, relatively unadorned single-room beer bar, and the main attraction are those handpumps rising proudly behind the bar. Nine of them. This is a do-not-miss.
Sandwich shop with tasty sandwiches and excellent beer selection on tap. More accurately located in Eastlake than Capitol Hill, but close enough.
Good-sized Irish-themed bar and restaurant on busy Mercer Street in Lower Queen Anne. It looks like it's been there for years. That's because it has: more than three decades, making it one that's stood the test of time. Note: hours are bar times; kitchen closes earlier.
McMenamins chain pubs are widely distributed in Oregon and Washington; this is the Lower Queen Anne McMenamins local. No surprises for those familiar with McMenamins pubs: plenty of house brews, straight-up pub food.
Capitol Hill branch of the Portland (Oregon) based brewery and pub chain. Pub food, house brewed beers, and guest brews on tap in a comfortable two-level pub.
After struggling under the Mollusk name, complete with menu revamps and repeated promotions and alterations to the business model, Mollusk's restaurant and bar split off from the brewing business to become the professionally owned and managed Dexter Brewhouse, featuring Mollusk beers on tap, and a solid range of pub food from the enourmous kitchen. Let's hope it prospers in this current incarnation. Note: actual location is South Lake Union, on other side of Aurora Ave N from Queen Anne.
A Magnolia (but not far from Queen Anne) outpost for Irish food and drink, Mulleady's is a popular neighborhood local. Irish breakfast at weekends.
Nifty new Belltown gastropub, just a few minutes walk from the excellent TeKu Tavern. The tap selection and food menu here is first-rate, and No Anchor has rapidly gained an excellent reputation. Patio in front for outdoor drinking too.
Sister pub to Fremont's Sixgill, featuring an eclectic range of local, regional, and other craft brews. Pub snacks to accompany.
Small cozy taproom plus beer garden in good weather at this small-scale nanobrewery, with beers named after local mountains and other geographical sites. Pre-filled growlers available to go, too.
Roomy taproom and brewery serving south Seattle and nearby watering holes with house brews. Formerly Spinnaker Bay Brewing, but changed hands after owner became ill and decided to exit the brewing business, taken over by NW Peaks Brewing.
Challenging to pronounce correctly (looks like "obek" but pronounced "obetz"), this is a newer Ballard Brewery, conveniently situated between Stoup and Rueben's taprooms. Broadly themed after Czech lagers, the variety on offer is much wider than that. Big taproom, beer garden, friendly owners and bar staff.
Originally on 1st Avenue, near Pike Place Market and a short walk away from the excellent Clouburst Brewing taproom, now relocated to a larger space with excellent views of Elliott Bay and Puget Sound. Super popular with everyone, locals and tourists alike, with wide range of house beers. Beers can be packaged in crowlers to take away, too.
Huge beer-hall of a brewpub with unusual naming that eschews style conventions for the house beers (inviting drinkers to guess the style instead), lots of seating, food trucks, and the most interesting restroom setup in town. That latter feature is one of the things most mentioned here.
Nanobrewery with taproom in popular, walkable urban neighborhood.
Nanobrewery and pub in converted old house, doing quirky beers with unusual ingredients.
Bustling, busy brewpub in Beacon Hill neighborhood. Open kitchen with tantalizing aromas. A place to pair house beers with house food, and super popular with the locals.
A downtown Seattle destination pub and brewery since 1989. Big, rambling, spacious, a showplace for Pike Brewing's range of beers.
Former funeral parlor converted into one of the city's best pubs. Beer list is updated in real-time, on-line.
Small-scale artisanal neighborhood brewery in the Ballard Brewery District. The brewery is small but its range of beers on offer isn't. Beer garden in good weather.
Not a typical Seattle multi-tap bar; focus is on German beers primarily. Beers are served in appropriate logo glasses and mugs; selection ranges from standards like Bitburger Pils and Licher Lager to specialties like Bayreuther Zwick'l and Landbier.
No-frills dive-y bar up on Greenwood Ave N with plenty of tap handles for everyone. Burgers and other pub grub on the menu.
Capitol Hill was first to the beer hall fore with its Alpine-inspired Rhein Haus. Queen Anne Beer Hall has more of a central European inspiration, as the abundance of German, Austrian, and Belgian beers on offer makes immediately clear, and the food menu reinforces.
Good-quality gastropub in Capitol Hill area with very good beer selection and cocktails.
Ravenna Brewing is a brewery and taproom that serves the neighborhood. Simple and functional inside, brewery visible on the lower level, outdoor seating in good weather.
Good range of tap beers, casual L-shaped room with roomy bar (there's liquor and wine too), and delicious Asian (Vietnamese, Thai) food. Winning!
Simple no-frills taproom with big selection of crowd-pleasing beers brewed on-premises. Taproom moved to 14th NW location in May 2015, bigger with more seating and roomy beer deck in front. Reuben's has rapidly emerged as one of the best in the region. Photo above is original location a couple of blocks away.
Taproom of Schooner Exact brewery, with kitchen offering a good-quality pub food.
This is Seapine's second location, moved from the original on 4th Ave S. More spacious, food truck on Saturdays, more beers. Expanded hours too.
Rambling two-level pub focused on very local beers from Seattle and nearby. One of the few around that still will pour Redhook beers. Ideally located a short walk from the Pike Place Market, in the heart of touristland. Affiliated with Seattle brewery touring company Road Dog Tours.
Every so often, a new pub or restaurant comes along that handily exceeds expectations. Such is the case with the Shambles, which combines craft beer, craft cocktails, and gastropub food elevated to some of the highest levels in town. This one's a must-visit.
Ken Provost departed north Seattle's Uber to open this little spot, and the taps boast one of the most inspired - some would say curated - selections in town. The Rainier tap is for more than a cheap beer: ask for an Old Man Provost to find out why. A must-visit.
Good food and drink place with plenty of taxidermy on the walls. Part of local pub owner Linda Derschang's chainlet of bars and restaurants.
Newer gastropub in Belltown. Smaller beer selection than some, but well-chosen.
Actually, this is in the Central District, but it's close enough to Capitol Hill to be included. This started off as one of the tiniest taprooms in town, and the brewery itself wasn't a lot bigger. It's grown a bit since then, and the beer range has gotten more varied and interesting as well. Worth dropping by.
Open since fall of 2013, and already a winner at World Beer Cup 2014. Brewery with taproom, no kitchen but food can be brought in or purchased from food truck parked outside.
Big but not too big, and a neighborhood watering hole that doubles as a concept ready to be duplicated elsewhere: not a surprise, given that this comes from the same people who gave the region its two Taphouse Grill 160-tap restaurants. STOUT dials it back to 20 drafts, lots of bottled beers, and a straight-up pub food menu. Worth a stop on a Capitol Hill pub crawl.
Utterly un-fancy corner local with Belgian-focused tap selection, featuring a range of Belgian imports and American-brewed Belgian-inspired brews. Focus here is on the beer: no kitchen, no flashy decor, just a simple Belgian-style beer café.
Shiny new seafood-centric gastropub on main floor of Pike Place Market's South Arcade, directly upstairs from Pike's original brewery and pub. Open and spacious feel.
Big bar and restaurant in basement level. 160 taps.
So shiny, much new. Big, open, roomy Denny Regrade pub with a superb draft beer list, visible on big display screens behind the bar. No kitchen, so ordering in from nearby eateries is encouraged.
6 blocks south of Link Light Rail Beacon Hill station
Seattle offshoot of the venerable San Francisco pub. There's an on-line beer menu for those who want to see what's on. There's also liquor and a full kitchen. Don't plan on bringing the kids.
Big utilitarian taproom, sometimes with a food truck parked out front, serving some seriously underrated beers, including saisons and barrel-aged fruit sours. A little off the beaten path but worth a visit. Location is west of the Ballard Bridge, so more Magnolia (Interbay) than Queen Anne.
Small pub with excellent selection of big beers.
Old-school Seattle original, classic old-school tavern near Pike Place market features good pub food and local beers on tap.
Formerly Von Trapp's. A Seattle variation on the German beer hall theme, which means German eats, a mix of German and local craft beers, and bocce ball courts.
Handsome, upscale new pub just south of Northgate shopping mall.
Re-opened in June 2015 after hiatus, now featuring food and coffee alongside house-brewed beer.
Popular sports bar in West Seattle, just a couple of doors down from Locöl. The place is larger than it looks, almost Tardis-like inside. TV screens everywhere for the sports fans. Plenty of beer, booze, and pub eats for all.
Tasting room for popular Two Beers Brewery, and often the primary venue for special limited-edition releases. No kitchen, but food trucks on summer Fridays.
Beer hall with sausages and French fries. Lots of different sausages. Lots of beer too, and the selection is usually pretty good. Too bad their web site is so relentlessly uninformative and useless. Note: location is actually more SLU than downtown.
Generous beer garden in front, pub opens to the great outdoors in good weather, beer selection is top-notch, Mexican street food from the kitchen. Pure genius. Don't miss this one.