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Naked City Taphouse
Active Beers: 62
Beer Ratings: 145
Beer Avg: 3.54
Taps: 24 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
8564 Greenwood Ave N
phone: (206) 838-6299
(Place added by: Idaho99 on 11-02-2008)
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vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 1 | $$$
I had heard and read so many recommendatiosn for this place, so I was quite excited to finally get there last night. I left extremely disappointed. First, the good news. The tap selection was expansive and well chosen. The house (Naked City) beers were very good, and brewed to style (at least the Dubbel was, the one I had). So from a purely beer standpoint it is worthwhile to visit. Now for the bad news. The food was absolutely horrible. Tomato basil soup...how can you screw this up? Lukewarm dirty dishwater is more like it. My wife's pretzel was lame according to her (to me, all pretzels are lame). I also ordered a grilled ham and smoked gruyere sandwich. What came was a chicken sandwich with some god awful unidentifiable sauce. Finally, we had to trapse through some pretentious photo shoot in order to get to the restrooms, each time enduring the glares of the "models" and the ever so artistic photographer. maybe one day I will give this place a second chance, but I must say I was very very disappointed despite all the hype.
12-12-2008 17:21:11 |
More by wkimmerly
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$$
Finally got to check this place out. Just went for a couple beers but I did make these observations:
- Bar was full due to World Series on the screens, not really clear where to order, eventually found the line at the end of the bar.
- They had a list of the beers on a piece of paper, didn't find the paper until it was my turn. That fact and having only one bartender on duty made ordering slooow. Why not add a large chalkboard with the taps listed?
- I didn't check, but the pints looked more like 12oz shakers - when will proper pours be a law here? The schooners looked like 10ozers.
- Eventually got a seat at the bar, and the bar was sticky.
- Their own Naked City beers were excellent! Many different styles. It was nice to see local/fellow brewpub beers on tap as well. Wish they had a beer engine though.
-Bartender was knowledgeable and friendly.
10-28-2011 19:08:13 |
More by jkdrummer
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
Among Seattle's handful of neighborhood brewpubs, Naked City is easily the smallest. Beers originate on a tiny 3 1/2-bbl brew system at the rear of the bar. Thus far, only four of their two-dozen taps are reserved for house beers, and it's clear that these former homebrewers are still adapting their recipes and technique. Even so, Naked City's guest taps embody a choice array of craft beers, favoring west coast innovators from Alaska to San Diego, and guarantee a contented session. What's more, their taplist is posted on their reliably up-to-date website so you can peruse before visiting. A menu of distinguished bottled imports is also available.
Food leaps imaginatively beyond ordinary barfare to include pickled hop shoots, white truffle pâté and Italian bresaola. (Having googled it, I now know that bresaola is a dried, salted beef.) These are just some of the appetizers. The core menu consists of sandwiches, soups, and salads. Prices are high relative to value.
The bar has a decidedly urban configuration in that it is long and skinny and roughly aligned as a trident. One tine is the bar, another a counter, a third comprises a kid-friendly seating area. The room is candle lit and a bit dark and service can be challenging on crowded nights. But as a beer bar, Naked City is easily one of the best in Seattle. I remain hopeful about eventual improvements in their own beers.
12-17-2009 01:58:41 |
More by RedDiamond
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5 | $$
Nice new spot and crazy props to the home brewing geniuses behind it. Been a few times now and have left happy each time.
24 (yep, 24!) taps largely dedicated to Washington brews with handy dandy Twitter/RSS feeds to keep you up to date on what's on them. Recent visit had all WA taps with some Russian River, Bear Republic, and Stone mixed in for kicks. Extensive bottle selection but you'll have to ask what's what; no menus to be found. The house brews so far have been excellent and it'll be nice once they get licensing to brew on site. Beers aren't expensive but aren't dirt cheap. Definition of reasonable.
Food is ... fine. Selection's grown since opening but it's still limited and a bit pricey (a flute of 15 or so pickled hop shoots's good for novelty but at $4.50 you'll only think so once). This spot's about the beer and food's an afterthought.
Big and airy with modern cement and steel sort of decor. Honestly, it's a little big and--although it's not a terrible pain to order at the bar--some table service wouldn't hurt. Crowd's friendly enough if occasionally skewing toward "got Bud?" demographic.
Service is fair to middling but incredibly informed and attitude-less in my experience (Brouwer's servers take note!). They know what's on and know how to recommend.
All in all a great spot and definitely best beer bar in the Greenwood neighborhood.
12-02-2008 00:01:38 |
More by TheName
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Went to this Greenwood neighborhood joint because they were hosting a Dogfish Head tasting as part of Seattle Beer Week. The place is fairly non-descript, inside and out--long hall, bar, tables, chalkboard, everthing you'd need, not cold but nothing interesting either. Service was good but short and brusque--our guy was particularly "New York" if you know what I mean. Efficient, even had deep knowledge of beer, just wasn't overly welcoming. Not a problem.
They had JUST tapped the kegs as we sat at our table--a friend had Burton's Baton, I had the Palo Santo Marron, and they were absolutely delicious. Probably goes without saying, but they were indeed superior to their bottled counterparts. Finished with glasses of aged Fort, which was a real treat, and even more satisfying than when it was fresh (if memory serves, that was a few years ago...) A Dogfish Head rep came around to the tables, and he was informative, happy to answer questions, apparently having an excellent time. Nice guy.
Seemed to have a pretty good tap list beyond the special Dogfish Head stuff, lots of bottles too, focused on Pacific Northwest/West Coast brews and Belgians. Naked City was my first and so far only Seattle beer experience, and the DFH tasting was a great occasion with which to kick off a vacation.
05-11-2009 05:55:27 |
More by Metalmonk
British Columbia (Canada)
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
24 beers on tap; 16 of their own. An amazing range ... so I wished that you could choose the six for the tasting tray instead of being restricted to the six they say you must have. Loved two (Crossfire IPA, Pinkerton Porter), really liked another (Infernal Beaute Belgian PA) and liked the others (Blonde Ale, India Red Ale, American Brown Ale). Friendly prompt bartender. "Rawhide" on TV; this ain't the place to come to watch sports!
11-12-2013 04:58:30 |
More by EspressoGuy
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
I went to Naked City with my wife yesterday for the first time. I've been itching to go there for awhile, now.
It's a decent, straightforward bar setting. It's clean and laid out pretty well, and there are games and things available to help you kill the time while quaffing some brews. Of these there is a very good selection on-tap and in cans or bottles. The on-tap selection seems to center around Pacific Northwest brews, which I appreciate. Their selection also includes a half-dozen in-house brews, all of which I look forward to sampling in the future.
Service was good, although the place was pretty empty when we were there. Food is decent if unspectacular; the menu is rather small but has some tasty options and some vegetarian items.
I definitely plan on heading back to Naked City again soon.
11-14-2011 15:24:06 |
More by flagmantho
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5 | $$
Good vibe. Good service. The food is reasonable. There’s a very nice selection of beer on tap. This brewpub puts out their own beers as well as putting on some very good taps from the area and the region. Very good spot to check out, the Greenwood area is pretty saturated with good beer spots.
05-30-2013 17:03:08 |
More by Smurf2055
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
I finally got a chance to stop into Nakey City (aka Naked City) last Saturday evening (when the weather was all over the place here in WA).
The tap selection is great - and I like how they update what keg is coming up next for each tap (and Twitter when the changes have happened).
We had eaten earlier so the only food I had was the gumbo - which was delicious.
I'd like the vibe in the place. Pretty chill for a Sat night (I think the weather had something to do with it). I will definitely be heading back!
03-14-2009 03:47:36 |
More by ScreamForMe
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
A: Pretty laid back place. Pretty spacious, nice, long bar to sit and chill
Q: Really good selection of solid beers, well chosen but no bwine or strong alke leftg me missing out but craft stuff was plentifulk, no crap here.
S: Very good service, I was expecting a typical go F yourself hipster vibe but no, they were all nice, cool and prompt!
S: Wow, great handles here, guest and good house. I had a Foggy Noggin Christmas Duck and a Naked City Pro-Am Big Chocolate Wood
F: Had the crad dip and it was ok
09-13-2010 02:04:39 |
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