I visted Rock Bottom Seattle late at night, after 11pm, and there was a considerable crowd present. Not too heavy on the cigarette smoke, but still unpleasent. This location had a few interesting beers to offer, a bourbon barrel aged version of the house stout, and a very well made IPA. As always, the regular house brews were mediocre. This location is easy to get to from any hotel in downtown, and is located up a few sets of outdoor steps on fifth avenue, tucked away from the road, so the outdoor seating in front will not put your right out into traffic. Worth visiting, much more comfortable than the horrid Pike Pub a few blocks away. I’m glad I visited.
(Visited 03/2013): Rock Bottom Seattle is located downtown on 5th Ave in a shopping plaza, with the entrance on the upstairs level.
The interior is large, with multiple rooms including a banquet hall. There is also a patio out front. The bar is in the center and offers a view of the brewing equipment.
As with most Rock Bottom establishments, the tap selection is around 8 with most being the year-round offerings plus a seasonal or two. Pretty standard styles, and the quality is consistently average to above average with nothing standing out either way.
Service at the bar on a slow weekend afternoon was pretty good. The bartender was knowledgeable about their beers and attentive.
Food at Rock Bottom is similar at the locations I have visited. Our sandwiches were decent.
Overall Rock Bottom Seattle is maybe worth a stop if you are walking by, but with all the great beer spots in and around downtown I would not go out of my way to visit again.
The convenient downtown location was our primary motive to visit and it kinda met our expectations as a typical Rock Bottom, albeit I was expecting a bit more differentiation from the Seattle branch. It is of course huge and the food was decent, typical for the chain, but with a menu going beyond basic pub fare. Pretty predictable beer list with little going outside modern comfort zones, but everything being clean.
Visited around lunch on Thursday June 25, 2015. Had a cup of soup and one beer. Pretty good service. Sat at the bar. Fairly big room, some outdoors seating as well. Wifi available. OK selection. If you’re n the area a nice enough place for a beer or some food, but nothing to hunt down perhaps. You need a code for the restroom. Walked up from The Pike Brewing Company, not very far. Centrally located in the Capitol Hill area of town.
Big place that was packed to the rafters when I was in. Some loud (not too loud) clubby type of music. I only grabbed the IPA, which was excellent. The food looked good, but I didn’t have any. I might enjoy this place in the afternoon, but at night it isn’t my scene.
DuffMan (339) the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta | February 3, 2015
Typical Rock Bottom floor plan and beer list. Nothing to go out of your way for, but a pleasant enough place to kill a couple hours.
Popped in for some sampling at 10pm on a Wednesday night ... not too busy. Sat at the bar and got a sampler. Wait staff was polite enough but not what I’d call attentive. Beers were fine, but nothing really spectacular. You’re better off with a few other establishments if on a time crunch. I probably wouldn’t have gone here (still not been to the Pittsburgh location), except it was only a 15 minute walk from my hotel and I didn’t feel more adventurous at that point. Highlight of the visit ... sat next to a guy at the bar who was in Seattle for the first time, up from L.A. on a conference. Turns out he was originally from Williamsport PA and his brother-in-law was the lawyer who did our house closing. Freaky.
Located near the center of downtown in an uninspiring shopping center. Typical Rock Bottom. Standard, but decent food. Average Their standard line up beers were average, but they had a few above average seasonals. They also had a cask version of their red ale. Nice patio seating. Service was good.
saxo (196) Højbjerg, Aarhus, Denmark | July 29, 2012
Nice place with 8 taps of their own stuff. I had 6 samples for $4.50 which I found cheap.