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Taps: 20 / Bottles: 60
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
526 2nd Ave
phone: (206) 623-1016
(Place added by: 49degrees)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 32 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Right in Pioneer Square in Downtown Seattle, Collins is a fairly upscale beer bar with local artwork (for sale) adorning the otherwise-minimally-decorated dining room in the back. The bar is long and narrow and has limited seating in the front.
They have about twenty beers on tap, featuring lots of Northwest and NoCal breweries. I had a pint of the Walking Man IPA, while my friends had Lagunitas The Hairy Eyeball, Full Sail Imperial Stout, and the rarely-seen Eric's Ale from New Belgium. There was good representation of other NW breweries including Port Townsend, Boundary Bay, and Rogue, but nothing too out there. A fine selection overall.
The service was slightly aloof, but the excellent food made up for it. The Collins Burger is delicious, and they are justly well-renowned for it. There are a handful of more upscale entrees, and fortunately, the burger is only $9.
Definitely worth a stop if you're touring Seattle beer bars, though it is a large cut below Brouwer's and Uber.
04-07-2008 20:52:29 |
More by benito
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
Very nice location downtown within walking distance of Pioneer Square. Nice room with high ceilings and well appointed. Bar is long and has quite a few seats and quite a few taps. Quite a bit of local stuff on tap and a number of one-offs and rarities. As others have said, there tap list could be more up to date. We were there during lunch and there were still several taps that were incorrect. No matter, our server was effecient and knew exactly what was really pouring. Everything was fresh and top-notch. The menu is quite ambitious for a pub, and my special of butternut squash ravioli with a maple sage brown butter sauce was perfect. Unfortunately, my wife's seafood stew was off. Finding spoiled seafood in your lunch is a meal killer (and possibly more). That being said, it has happened to us at several other places and they acted as they should about the incident, comping the meal and our beers. So,I split the difference on the food score.Most of the menu looks great. Really glad I finally checked this place out. Definitely the best option for downtown, but it sounds like when you go is important.
12-17-2007 17:58:40 |
More by Georgiabeer
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Upscale gastropub atmosphere with plenty of brass and wood. I sat at the bar on a Monday for lunch. Very uncrowded. Despite the four or five TVs tuned to soccer games, the place wasn't noisy or have a sports bar vibe. Bartender was very knowledgeable about the available beers and was helpful in my selection of the local/regional offerings. Food was good, about what you'd expect in that type of establishment. Twenty or so drafts, rotating on a regular basis. If I lived near downtown Seattle, I could easily make this place a regular stop.
10-08-2011 18:32:28 |
More by LittleDon
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visited this place on a cold, rainy night specifically to try some beer from Anacortes Brewing. Naturally, Collins had run out of the requested IPA.
Outside, this place looks pretty unassuming; converted from an old retail building. Inside, soaring ceilings with lots of wood panels, big mirror behind the bar and sort of a dark, private club ambience. What I didn't enjoy was really loud music playing constantly along with ESPN on about five big TVs. At times, the music got so loud, I could not hear myself talk. The whole vibe didn't work for me.
Nice selection of tap beers at fair prices. I had two different IPA's and the Port "Santa's Little Helper" which was a huge Imp.Stout. They only charged the regular beer price for a full pint of this excellent seasonal; probably a mistake.
I marked down the service because they really seemed overwhelmed by a not particularly large crowd. Plus, no time or desire to discuss beers or any small samples.
Food was also good. I had the house-made lasagna which I really enjoyed but was a bit overpriced at $14.
Overall, an acceptable place for a good beer but I doubt I will return. Too many other places in Seattle with an atmosphere I prefer to Collins.
12-18-2010 01:59:16 |
More by joedon
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
I've been to Collins several times, as we generally park across the street when going to Mariner games. An attractive room and always an attractive tap list. My most recent visit featured brews from Rogue, New Belgium/Elysian, Stone, Roots, Diamond Knot, Boundary Bay, Anacortes, Breakaway, Russian River, Guiness, Bitburger, Victory, Alaskan, Fremont, Bison, Hipster Deluxe, Roslyn and Walking Man. I've never eaten here but the food always looks yummy. The service is very good, friendly without being clingy or fake. I will go back and recommend you visit when possible.
09-13-2009 00:31:42 |
More by beertunes
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
I keep swearing off this place, but then I go back for the beer and the food. The tap list is usually excellent and the bottles have enough interesting things to keep even the most discriminating beer afficianados happy. I personally think Collins Pub has the best food of all beer spots in Seattle.
But then there's the service. I've been huried out several hours before closing when the place was fairly empty. I've sat at the bar with an empty pint glass for over 15 minutes several times while the place was not slammed but a little bit busy. The last incident, arrived a bit before opening, but the door was wide open. So my group took a table. Server came into the room no fewer than three times, ignored us, then waltzed over to the table and announced, "We don't open for another 10 minutes." and walked away. Not politely either.
It would be sooo easy for management to make this a top tier place, but no one seems to care.
01-03-2008 18:45:08 |
More by czechsaaz
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Dropped in for a pint. The atmosphere was a little stale and corporate for my taste. High quality furnishings decorate the pub, something a businessman would love I guess.
The service wad decent but nothing outstanding.
I had a Ten Fidy it was quite pleasant. There was a dozen or so high quality beers on tap and more in bottles. They had Stone IPA, Lagunitas Hairy Eyeball, Moylans Barleywine, and other pretty good beers on tap. Prices were decent, I paid 4 bucks for 12oz glass of Ten Fidy.
Decent little pub but I think that it was a little stale for my taste.
03-11-2009 01:00:04 |
More by bosco7
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
After a long, LONG day touring Seattle, we finished by going to the Smith Tower to enjoy the outstanding historic ambience and great views, then we stumbled out into the street and into the first available open door for sustenance and brew. I hadn't even checked out the BA beer bar ratings, and just by great good fortune happened upon this gem of a place.
When we first came in (about 6 pm Monday) the music was overly raucous, but it toned down. We had a booth in the back, our server was quite attentive and quick enough. It's a pleasant if not extraordinary ambience. The beer list (to my great surprise and please) *was* truly extraordinary. Twenty good offerings on tap, and I don't remember seeing a fart in the carload. I was offered a Boundary Bay DIPA - I never looked back. We also ordered a humus appetizer plate, which was very tasty, if small. We were given a break on the price of beers, whether by accident or on purpose I don't know, but I was only charged $4 for what probably should have been a $5 DIPA.
This establishment is recommended. I hope to make it back.
06-12-2007 17:10:21 |
More by dickroop
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
I wouldn't go so far as to call Seth Howard a homie, but I'm in Collins often enough that he knows my big, fat, bald self on sight. Collins is about two blocks from my office in Downtown Seattle, opening after my company moved here from Bellevue (making my commute shorter, and making it far easier to drink beer after work). Anyway, prior to the opening of Collins, I would usually walk up to the Pike for a beer after work (and, seriously, once the 5X comes back out, I'll be up there again), as they've got $2.75 pints at happy hour, along with half price appetizers. However, you are beholden to the Pike's house beers, as well as whatever Merchant du Vin guest beers they have on (usually an Ayinger of some sort, and always a Lindeman's fruit lambic). But this isn't about the Pike, it's about why I go to Collins instead of the Pike. So, without further digressions...
Why I Go to Collins Pub Instead of the Pike
Atmosphere: I go to Collins Pub instead of the Pike because the atmosphere is dope.
Quality: I go to Collins Pub instead of the Pike because the quality of the food and beer is always high (not that the Pike's isn't), and the black bean burger is dope.
Service: I go to Collins Pub instead of the Pike for reasons other than the service, because it is very rarely dope.
Selection: I go to Collins Pub instead of the Pike because the selection is dope.
Food: I go to Collins Pub instead of the Pike because the food is dope.
Atmosphere: This is an old school bar (once called the Jolly Roger, I believe), that Seth has effectively converted into a modern throwback. Great old bar and back bar, with modern seating and hipster art lining the walls (the only ones I actually liked would have been the kickass watercolors of heavy machinery. Those were great.). Huge, 20 foot ceilings and brick walls, the place is actually comfortable for a yutz like me, and cool enough for all the other kids. And hey, Seth wears shorts and flip flops. He is my kind of people.
Quality: Everything about this place is quality. The remodel, the beer selection, the food. The only way you will be disappointed with the beer is if you are in the mood for an imperial stout or something equally dark, as Seth tends to be a hop junkie in his tap selection. He'll bust out of that mold on occasion, but not enough for us black-hearted folk.
Service: Hard to say, really. It depends on who you get. There will be times when they are horribly understaffed, as they'll get unexpected lunch rushes at times, and other times when they are overstaffed yet you get ignored. It's not horrible, by any means, but it's also not great (although there is this one young kid whose name I do not know who is just a waste of a paycheck. Horrible service and a shitass attitude. Don't know who he is, but I move on to someone else's table if I get stuck with his ass). A good rule of thumb at Collins is to just make sure your server is either Seth (the owner), or one of the women servers/bartenders. If you get stuck with a non-Seth guy, hold on for a generally annoying service adventure.
Selection: Beer selection is magnificent. Twenty taps, always good quality (and with one devoted to the sacred Rainier), just not always what I want. But that's my fault, not Seth's. Very good representation of NW micros (including Walking Man on an almost regular basis), with the requisite Stone and DFH taps as well.
Food: The food simply kicks ass. This is THE place to go before an M's game, in my opinion. It's all very reasonably priced, they have a decent happy hour (either $2.50 or $3 pints and appetizer specials), and it is never too crazy inside, just consistently busy.
Go, check it out, and tell Seth that Knuckles wants more dark beers on tap. He'll know the jackass you are talking about, and he'll say, "Knuckles is a fucking dope."
08-25-2005 17:59:40 |
More by Knuckles
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Collins is one block down from where I used to work in Seattle. When it opened I first thought that it might be a little pretentious. That was before I saw the beer selection.
Collins is fairly narrow when you enter but widens out into a larger dining area in the back. There are a couple of nice round tables at the windows in the front, which are great to sit at in the mid afternoon. On a nice warm sunny day in the summer, there's a little outdoor seating area out front too. Atmosphere is slightly "chic" but also pretty comfortable.
Beer selection is great, although it can sometimes be heavily set in one category. I've been in before when they had 7 or 8 different IPAs on but maybe only one (or none) Stout. The quality, however, is generally great with nearly 90% from local breweries.
Food is very good as well. I especially like the lobster bisque and the fish and chips. I'm not much of a fish and chips guy, but these are exceptional.
A few drawbacks that make Collins problematic for me: (1) Service generally sucks. Best expect to be waiting around for a while. If the beer and company wasn't as good as it has been at Collins in the past, I would have really been turned off by this. (2) The place gets rediculously PACKED after work sometimes - especially on Fridays. (3) They allow smoking. That sucks.
Overall, however, I forgive. Collins is an excellent Northwest beer bar. Highly recommended.
10-25-2005 00:46:50 |
More by FirstMan
Collins Pub in Seattle, WA
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