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Tap House Grill
Taps: 160 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1506 6th Ave
phone: (206) 816-3314
(Place added by: morebeergood on 05-04-2008)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 27
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
My inlaws and I went here while we were on vacation in Seattle.
You enter from the street and walk down a long flight of stairs. The area is a vast dimly-lit bar with booths surrounding the outer edges. Lots of big screen TVs showing sports. The bar is very long and there were tons of tap - something like 80 different beers on tap. Unfortunately nothing really exceptional but I say that from a beernerds perspective. There were lots of good choices but I would say the most impressive selection was Old Rasputin.
We sat at a booth and I asked about the NW sampler. The guy told me: "a blonde, a red, an IPA, and a dark beer." So not much info there. I would have at least expected him to know the brewery that each one came from. The nice thing was that they were all from smaller, lesser-known breweries that I had not seen or heard of before so I was happy with that.
The meal was very good and reasonably priced - fish and chips - some of the best I've had in a while. In fact, everyone seemed happy with their meal and it was all reasonably priced.
Overall not bad but probably not a real destination. A good place for a beer lover who doesn't mind having some good (not extraodinary) beers.
07-28-2010 00:07:10 |
More by GilGarp
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | $$$$
I dropped by in the middle of a heatwave, so was pleased to see Southern Tier Unearthly on tap. I was not as pleased to see that their menu didn't list volumes or prices.
I ordered anyway, figuring that youth is the time be to reckless. The bartender treated me and my sister with disinterest, the sports confrontation on the TV being more diverting. Or maybe just didn't want to face the stark concrete interior of the bar, which was empty but for us. Or be recognized through the glass wall separating the Tap House Grill from the community center meeting rooms and conference halls housed in the same industrial basement like building.
$6.75 is how much a thirteen ounce pour of ST Unearthly goes for. So much for the recklessness of youth. In my zest I even tipped on the water my sister ordered. I regret that to this day.
04-10-2010 18:58:06 |
More by alfrantzell
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Stopped in here on a Sat afternoon. Located downstairs, walin and its a very different taphouse experience. Long odd shaped bart againsnt the wall, ts of eating, and a pool table area back toward the bathroom. Atmosphere was pretty stale. Quality was good. Serice was good. No complaints. Selection was very good, lots of gppd craft brew to choose from but noting that really stood out or was hard to find. Food was good as we had some California rolls. Overall it was a good place to stop if someone is downtown and new to the NW beer sceene due to large selection of staple eers here.
03-21-2010 02:00:45 |
More by barleywinefiend
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$$
Stopped in at about 5 pm on a weeknight. Downstairs bar from street level.
Rather modern - hipster look - not what I would expect for multi-tap. Sat at the bar, bartender walked up and I asked for a draft list - he obliged, but I then had to wave him down to order.
When I asked a few questions about the local IPA's, he was rather smug and cocky. When I told him I wanted to do a flight of local IPA's, he pointed to few and went off to get them.
One tasted off. I had another beer by this brewer the day before with dinner (Boundry Bay), so I knew they were a great brewery - but this IPA just tasted off - a bit sour like a bad tap line. The bartender suggested I didn't know good beer.
A guy walked up next to me and waited about 4-5 minutes for service - even though there were only 4 of us sitting at the bar. He finally left.
This was the worst experience of two days of Seattle beer sampling - mainly because of poor service and "too cool" feel of the place.
02-06-2010 04:32:06 |
More by sweethome
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
The Tap House is located below street grade, but the place feels airy due to the very high ceilings and suspended lighting.
There is a long serpentine bar seats about 30. There are plenty of tables and booths to share. About 1/3 of the room is elevated which adds some visual interest.
Music is a bit loud but not overpowering. Soundtrack is a mix of 3/4s classic rock and ¼ newer stuff. Think Eagles, Smashing Pumpkins, Steely Dan, etc.
They have 160 beers on tap. Most are listed in a leather bound menu. Ask the server to print out the seasonal offerings. They had 23 seasonals on during my visit!! There is a wide variety of styles, breweries and points of origin. You will have no problem finding interesting beers to try.
It had a nice crowd sized on a Tuesday. Lots of beer love with the patrons.
Bartenders know beer, are friendly, give samples but are a bit slow due to being a bit under staffed
They have good food and seem to have a menu that is easy to pair with beer. They also have a nicely priced happy hour menu and offer a late night one as well.
I liked my sushi rolls, chicken satay and the humus plate is outstanding (love the accompanying grilles tomatoes with blue cheese.
Beer prices are a bit steep figure $5.50 to $6.50 for a standard pint. My 10 oz snifter of Southern Tier choklat was $8.50
The Tap House is just a great spot in a great beer city. Worth a stop each time I visit.
01-22-2010 18:39:54 |
More by Redrover
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Visited this place late on a Thursday evening. My co-worker knew about the Tap House and when he discovered that I kinda liked beer told me we were going.
Big selection, and lots of west coast beers. Also a small Belgian list, but not a very impressive one. The bartender was very helpful, and knew what she was talking about. Even though the place was a little understaffed she did good to make sure we didn't have an empty glass. We had late night happy hour appetizers which were both very good, and a very good price. The Tap House even makes a very good effort to have proper glassware for the beer you are drinking!
Awesome place, I'll be back.
11-07-2009 20:02:21 |
More by tph767
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$$
The selection here was amazing. Something like 250 beers on tap. Although the 1 beer i really wanted was out, i had many other great beers. Located in the heart of seattle, its just a short walk from pikes place. The atmosphere here is quite ritzy, not a t-shirt and jeans type place. It is very clean and well decorated. Only real bad thing here is that its extremely easy to run up a huge tab. Especially if you have dinner. All in all a great place to hit up every once in a while. Its a really good place to take a date.
10-05-2009 20:40:46 |
More by BigBlacke
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Stopped in here twice, once on 14 Sep for dinner and drinks and then again on 16 Sep for drinks. As previous commenters noted, it is easy to run up a high tab here for dinner ($19 for a steak salad, $16 for crab mac & cheese!?). Beer selection is good, and the servers are more than happy to print out a list of beers they did not have on the menu. Beer prices are a little more reasonable than the food prices but still not a deal by any means. Service was quite variable, we were seated in the dining section each time (the bar had a few spaces but not enough for our party of three to sit together), on 14 Sep our waiter was attentive and prompt, on 16 Sep we were forgotten/ignored almost to the point of walking out.
Curiously at the bottom of both of my receipts is the message '100% of gratuities are returned to employees'.
Overall I would consider going back for happy hour specials but not for dinner.
Edit forgot to mention that the music is decent and not too loud, if you are like me. And I know I am.
09-23-2009 02:00:54 |
More by htomsirveaux
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$$
This is an interesting place, but despite the 160 beers on tap, it is not a beer place.
This is a trendy place, one of those "to see and be seen", well lighted, shiny tap handles, nice decoration, loud music, pool tables, etc. It is nice, just not my idea of a beer bar.
The service is nice and efficient, but generally lacks beer knowledge. Food is actually quite good, the high mark of the place; great burgers and similar pub food.
The selection is overall disappointing. Even though I found a few nice ones, including Ommegang Rouge, it is incredibly limited considering the large number. There is a lot of redundant selections, and even some notables from the area are missing.
It is worth a visit, but do not expect a wonderful place with 160 great beers. And do not forget to ask for the specials.
08-25-2009 16:54:32 |
More by brdc
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$$
I live in Seattle and often have business meetings downtown and also tend to see movies downtown with my wife. I've been to Tap House Grill a couple of times and I will avoid this place in the future. Being a Seattleite, I just have too many superior options.
The bar is subterranean to street level; therefore, there are no windows. It's clientele tends to be on the younger side and a bit yuppie. While the beer selection is exceptional (over 160 taps), the atmosphere IMO is more about being seen drinking craft beers than about actually enjoying drinking craft beers. And unfortuately, there have been problems with dirty taplines and stale beer.
The bartenders and wait staff are knowledgeable and helpful about the selections and will readily bring and suggest samples.
The food is standard fare and is overpriced.
If you are a visitor to Seattle and do not have the means or opportunity to get out of downtown and want a vast beer selection, do visit Tap House Grill. But, even then, there are a good number of downtown bars with much better atmosphere and good selection.
08-04-2009 22:02:35 |
More by BuckeyeOne
Tap House Grill in Seattle, WA
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