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Taps: 64 / Bottles: 300
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
400 N 35th St
phone: (206) 267-2437
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-01-2005)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 94 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
A: My initial visit was for Hard Liver #8. Initially it left a bad taste in my mouth but given the circumstances I decided to go back. Since then I have been back nearly half dozen times both on weekends, weekdays and for other events like Back in Black and Big Wood. The atmosphere is a dimly lit area downstairs, very much tavern like but everyone seems to be in their own bubble and very clickish. I have never been able to grab a seat at the bar due to a constant crowd. Overall, the atmosphere is pretty good.
Q: Very good but some of the WA beers they choose to make the draft list are a bit questionnable at times.
S: Service was rude and bad on my initial visit but since then I have not had any of those issues. Service is slow at times but that is my biggest complaint.
S:Fantastic bottle list but you will pay a hefty mark up on some of the bottlesw. Draft selection is awesome but my ony issue is that they tend to focus on a handfull of breweries to rotate from and some of them are not amongst the best. The Belgian draft is awesome. Most PAC NW'ers still have yet to embrace the Belgian beer and what it has done for the world, the beer community in general. Brouwers could easily be the best beer bar in America if they amped up the American draft list a bit and tweaked the service.
F:Food has always been pretty good, one time I did receive the wrong itme and was charged fo it after I snt it back.
01-21-2012 12:48:17 |
More by barleywinefiend
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
A great friend from Seattle took me out to browers when I was in town. I was really pleased with this as a location to sit, sip and talk. The decor has a medieval touch to it, from the thick heavy wooden doors to the ironwork. There are a bunch of tables for 4 arranged in rows as well as some round tables and other seating along the wall. There is also seating upstairs but I didn't get a good look. The tap list certainly wasn't lacking. My first beer was DuPont Avec. Which was pleasing of course. Then I had some limited release DIPA that I found quite disappointing. Although I did pick it, I feel that it reflect slightly on the proprietor when they serve mediocre beer. There was enough of a range of beers so that I, the beer snob of the group was interested, but there were also beers that appealed to those without intimate knowlege of beer, beers that were complex and well made, but approachable. Our server was generally helpful. Only real negative is the price, a little on the spendy side, but great for a beer or two during a visit to town.
01-18-2012 07:36:34 |
More by gkunkle
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Brouwers is my go to Seattle bar. I love the atmosphere with its old German/new urban decorations,. The bar is laid out well with over 60 taps and the beer selection in bottles is as good as it gets. You can try hommage if you want :) The food is great, especially the lamb burger or the daily soups as well as the frites. The service is a shit show as sometimes it's really great and sometimes really lacking. I love bringing my wife, family, or friends here. The special events are worth the time and money. Brouwers is as good as it gets.
12-20-2011 20:45:11 |
More by waltersrj
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
I'll start with the bad, the guy who brought out our food was a duck, for no reason at all. The waitress however was very nice and friendly.
Atmosphere is great, quite with a big bar, all the bottles on display, they have tons of taps and it was a Washington tap takeover so all WA beers, which was awesome. All the beers were $4-6 so that was great.
I got the muscles and frijtes and theybwere phenomenal and reasonably priced. We got Pliny and abacus bottles, and i was tempted by the hommage but ended up passing due to the $70 entry fee...
10-15-2011 00:12:42 |
More by kingcrowing
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Large selection of beer but lacking variety. Food was very good. Service was was a shotgun blast of disappointment to the face. A lot of employees standing around, and a bartender who wants to chat up her personal friends more then great customers or keep glasses full. All I ask for is a "Hello, I will be right with you" Clearly too much for them. After speaking with some other locals it seems I am not the only one. I just moved to town and I can assure you there are many other establishments who would be happy to have you as a customer. I won't be back soon.
09-23-2011 19:31:13 |
More by Ficonblue
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
How I haven't reviewed this place yet is beyond me, lol. Anyways..
Atmosphere - While the outside of this place seems to blend in with the rest of the Fremont area of Seattle, the inside is where that ends. Inside is a bit on the dark, murky side. Beautiful two-story pub with a pseudo-medieval Europe vibe to it. (Stone walls, large wooden doors and tables, etc.). A visible, massive array of taps and bottled selections is a preview of what you're in store for.
On slower days, things are pretty relaxed, but it can get very busy on certain nights (weekends, mainly). Overall though, this is a place for the beer enthusiast, not the nightclub crowd.
Selection - With over 60 tap selections, and hundreds of bottled selections of beer available on any given night, this place (to my knowledge) boasts the largest selection of beers of any bar in Seattle. There is also a large Scotch menu, and a full bar of other things besides beer. You'll find some of the Belgian greats on draft, as well as many other options from local breweries, and other countries.
Service - Service has generally been pretty good whenever I've gone. Some people have complained of poor service here, but I've never had any. As stated before though, it can get quite busy on weekends, in which case, things can take a bit longer to get out, but that's any place.
Food - There's some really great food here, and I'd even say it's pretty reasonably priced for what it is. The lamb burger is absolutely phenomenal, and the fish and chips are pretty good too. The food is another reason on top of the beer selection that I come out this way.
Quality - Between a massive brew selection, a menu full of great food, and a cool atmosphere, this place is top notch, and there isn't much to not love about it. Any beer lover is only kicking themselves by not checking this place out. A top recommendation of mine!
09-22-2011 04:58:13 |
More by Flightoficarus
British Columbia (Canada)
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
Brouwer's Cafe is an unbelievable place. It is decorated and constructed like a continental European hall and has a beer list that would make even some of the most jaded Beer Advocates salivate. Their beer list even has a number of aged beers of different vintages. Other than the prices, my only complaint was that the service wasn't as good as some other places. Servers were busy, but not as attentive as they could be.
Regardless, any time in the future I am in Seattle or passing through I plan on visiting Brouwer's Cafe. I honestly wish that there was a place like this in Vancouver, because it puts even the best gastropubs in Vancouver to shame.
09-06-2011 06:56:02 |
More by DaftCaskBC
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I just can't say enough good things about this place. I am from TX and was in town for a brief stay before heading to OBF. Had read about it being a recommended bar in several beer mags and had to go. Was NOT disappointed! The bar itself is in a great neighborhood with several places of interest (shops if you are bringing the wife who doesn't want to sit in a bar). The layout is modern with seating on an upper floor that looks down at the bar. The bar itself is wonderfully llit to showcase taps and bottles. Cannot remember how many beers were on tap, but that list, as well as the bottles, was extensive and impressive. The food menu had an eclectic selection and my table enjoyed all that was ordered. We were there on a Wednesday night and it did not seem too busy, but our server seemed rushed and not eager to help us with question. Other than that blip, we had an excellent time and of all the different beer bars I hit in Seattle and Portland on this beer-cation this was my favorite.
08-04-2011 23:37:52 |
More by jALEson
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Had a great time at Brouwer's on our recent trip to Seattle. Stopped in for two beers, the highlight was definitely the Cascade Apricot Ale (sour). The bar is unique, very high ceilings with a view of all of their tap handles and bottles through glass cases. Really impressive to see how they store their bottles and kegs from a seat at the bar. The bar looks really new and clean and bright lights, if you're into that kind of thing. I prefer my bars a bit darker and with a bit more character, but I digress.
The one thing that drives me crazy about any bar, is when the beer list only lists out by the beer name and doesn't include the beer type, style, ABV, type of glass, etc. Maybe I am just used to how it's done on the east coast, but I found it annoying to have to pull out my iphone to google what kind of beer a Double Mountain ClusterF*ck beer was. I guess this is a way for you to get to know your bartender and have them lead you in the right direction, but sometimes I would rather just make up my own mind. I am also quite the hophead, so was disappointed by the lack of IPAs and hoppier beers on the draft list. This is just the beer geek in me shining through, this place was great.
07-08-2011 13:46:25 |
More by reymic
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I must say, this is my favorite bar in the U.S.
I lived in Seattle for four years and have been to Brouwer's numerous times, and I'd say that this bar helped me on my way to beer geekdom.
This is a huge open style beer hall with beautiful design, much of which was done by the Matts themselves. The homage to Belgium is great, even with a mini manican pis at the entrance. This place can get a bit crazy on a Friday/Saturday night, but otherwise great.
Taplist is extensive and high quality across the board. They have it sorted well and it rotates often, often with leftovers from the previous event. No matter how many times you go, there will be something you've never had on draft. But don't stop there, the bottle list is truly top notch. Not many places can you walk in and get Bottleworks anniversary beers, barrel aged HOTD brews (matt, cherry adam, etc) or a bottle of Berserker. Just incredible, with reasonable prices.
My one gripe against this place is that they wouldn't let us in for my bachelor party a few years ago. Granted, it was about 12 guys on a Friday at about 8pm, but they made us wait and wait before telling us that we couldn't come in. We were planning on getting a bottle or two of their large format magnums or jeroboams, but they wouldn't let us in. As much as I love Brouwer's, this is still a sore spot for me. So just be aware on a Friday or Saturday night.
Finally, go to a Brouwer's event (sourfest, Back in Black, Big Wood, etc.). These tap lists are ridiculous and I've spent hours and hours at these events and will swear by them. Spend the day, eat some great food, and you'lll have a memorable event. Brouwer's, I miss you. Hope to see you soon.
07-03-2011 15:20:38 |
More by ChrisPro
Brouwer's Cafe in Seattle, WA
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