The Pike Pub is not a good place to visit at all. Looks like a Red Robin and a Sports Bar with a pathetic little flashy bar in back, staffed by inept employees who don’t know who is sitting where and what they ordered. I visited this place because their bottled beed is decent, but the draft only oatmeal stout was gross... like drinking buttery cola. Skip this place is you can. Rock Bottom is only 4 short blocks away and they make much better beer. The Pike Pub is located downstairs of a first floor office building which smells like urine and piss on the outside and is dirty and unkempt on the inside. It’s like being in a McDonalds Playplace cave.
t0rin0 (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | September 17, 2013
This is an interesting place. It’s down in the market place near the water. It’s pretty dark in some spots as this is built into the hill. They have a ton of house taps, which is nice, and they do some neat stuff. I got to talk to the brewer for a while at the Hard Liver fest and he had a ton of ideas and projects. A good percentage of what was on tap is also available in bottles around town. This was around the time when the first Entire Stout came out which sadly tuned out to be infected. Despite being full the service was pretty good. Flights came out quickly. We didn’t eat but the food looked good.
Nice location if you are a tourist. Environment is interesting, but the actual bar is tiny. They are also pretty busy, so if you like to talk to the bartender this is not the place to do so. Selection is primarily theirs, but they do have casks so you will likely find something new. Food was fresh, but prep was just OK. Prices for food was high, but in that location I am not surprised. Overall a good place if you like Pike beer or are in the market, but otherwise not a must.
A few blocks away from the market in a building with a number of other businesses. Kind of a goofy place in terms of decor. Signs and plaques and all sorts of garbage all over the walls. Maybe a little cramped, too.
They had a lot of beers on tap, but I just grabbed an IPA (perhaps a poor choice as it was mediocre). From the sounds of it and my experiences in the past, their beers on the whole are just kind of meh.
Could be cheaper, I guess, but it’s sort of a tourist trap place near the market. Convenient stop since you’ll likely check out the market if you’re visiting.
First stop in Seattle for a beer. Short walk from the market and easy enough to locate. Entered from street level which brings you to the top of stairs overlooking the pub. Busy establishment with restaurant seating and a bar in the corner. Grabbed a pint but wasn’t too fussed in staying long. If you’re in town then you will most come here at some point during your stay.
This place is huge and touristy, but despite its location and Disneylike feel it is not a zoo at lunch on Saturday. The top floor is more of a beer museum, bar-restaurant is downstairs. A bit of a maze of rooms and small bars, Brewing equipment scattered about, dark wood everywhere. I took a seat at the bar and was served promptly. Taplist is a mix of standards, seasonals, and a few guest taps. Pretty sizable bottle selection as well. They have a flight, but its basically bar choice, which is kind of lame. I just ordered a pint of XXXXX since I used to drink that 20+ years ago; still holdin' up! Prices about expected for the location. Solid stop at one of the old school craft breweries. I remember going on a tour at the old location almost 20 years ago.
Atmosphere and setting is very pleasant. Location is extremely convenient. Well-priced for the Pike beers with all the year-rounds on tap and usually 1-2 seasonals, with a few usually unadventurous guest taps. Overall, a very enjoyable experience.
theisti (899) Kansas | January 13, 2010| Updated September 8, 2014
As everyone has stated, this place is located in the bottom area of the Pike Place market. The restaurant and bars are comprised of several levels, and a bunch of nooks and crannies. I stopped in midday on a rainy January Tuesday. The service I had what I believe is the main bar was attentive and effiicient. There is a lot to look at on the walls, interesting Brewiana and bric a brac. bric a brac everywhere. Place feels very warm and established. If you are near the place certainly worth hitting up. I did not look closely in the coolers, but they appeared to have a decent take out beer selection.
76 = ★★★ (Worth the visit, must for locals, and visitors with time)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
(Visited 05/2008): 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. The interior is large with segmented areas and multiple bars.
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.
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.
Oakes (832) Vancouver, British Columbia | October 23, 2005
I’ve been here a few times and just recently returned. It hasn’t changed. A handful of Pike beers on tap (mmmm...XXXXX Stout) plus other MduVin products like Ayinger and Lindemans. Vibe is kind of sports bar-like but also the microbrew vibe is in there as well. Decor has some fake kitsch value. Slightly touristy.