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The Beer Junction in West Seattle has one of the widest beer selections in the city.
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Where to Find Seattle’s Top Beer Bars and Bottleshops

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The Beer Junction in West Seattle has one of the widest beer selections in the city.
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As Seattle's beer scene continues to mature, its pubs and retail shops continue to step up their game. No longer are drinkers limited by boring taps; even the most unassuming bars may carry a surprising selection of great local and regional beer picks. To qualify for this map, these establishments have honed their game to offer not only a great selection of suds that constantly changes to include the latest and greatest, but also a knowledgeable staff that can walk patrons through potentially overwhelming choices. Places are listed from north to south. Those looking for the best breweries in the city, can check out this guide.

The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Local officials recommend that everyone, whether vaccinated or not, should wear masks inside restaurants when not eating or drinking. Many bars and restaurants in Seattle (but not all) are also now requiring customers to provide proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test for indoor dining; for the latest restrictions, check restaurant websites or official social media pages. Find a local vaccination site here. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Chuck's Hop Shop

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656 NW 85th St
Seattle, WA 98117
(206) 297-6212
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Bless Chuck for bringing his beer bars to Greenwood and the Central District. Both locations are kid- and dog-friendly, with room on the patio for people to enjoy the rotating food truck options and the massive tap list covering a range of styles and breweries. There's a comprehensive to-go selection, too.

2. The Shambles

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7777 15th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115
(206) 659-0074
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This approachable Maple Leaf butcher shop and restaurant has nailed the classic combination of booze and meat. The beer menu is arranged by style, with draft options ranging from light to malty to sour and beyond. Local brews feature heavily (Holy Mountain, Stoup), along with a handful of solid picks sourced from elsewhere.

3. The Noble Fir

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5316 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 420-7425
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Opened by a pair of nature-loving beer geeks, Ballard’s The Noble Fir is the perfect staging ground for one’s next adventure. Visitors can explore the thoughtful tap list (from PNW breweries such as Aslan, Black Raven, Urban Family, and others), while thumbing through a huge selection of local trail maps and guidebooks.

4. Brouwer's Cafe

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400 N 35th St
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 267-2437
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Brouwer's Cafe in Fremont nails the food and drink selections with equal aplomb, including fantastic twists on pub fare (Penn Cove mussels in a Wittekerke-based cream sauce), plus a range of taps and bottles that includes domestic and international choices. Patrons can dabble in Belgians on tap or wade into the list of 400 bottles, all expertly sourced.

A selection of pints of beer, with varying color shades, at Brouwer’s Cafe.
Brouwer’s Cafe is a beer-lover’s dream.
Brouwer’s Cafe

5. The Masonry

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20 Roy St
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 453-4375
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This small spot in Lower Queen Anne (with a Fremont location) has big beer cred, boasting 14 rotating drafts often unavailable elsewhere in the city and a bottle list filled with coveted sours and saisons. The concise food menu is a major bonus, featuring seasonal wood-fired pizzas like asparagus with cherrywood-smoked bacon, meatballs, and clams in beer. Proof of vaccination is required for entry.

6. Queen Anne Beerhall

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203 W Thomas St
Seattle, WA 98119
(206) 659-4043
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This welcome addition to Queen Anne brings the expansive, communal German beer hall to Seattle. A recent ownership change has reinvigorated the venue, while keeping the robust list of European and local beers. The well-crafted food menu includes choices like fried baby artichokes, oyster shooters, and bratwurst.

The large interior of Queen Anne Beerhall in Lower Queen Anne, with wood rafters and long communal tables.
Queen Anne Beerhall continues to be a destination for Bavarian beer and meat.
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7. Teku Tavern

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552 Denny Way
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 466-1764
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Teku Tavern, at the edge of Denny Triangle, exalts the long-stemmed, wine-like drinking glass for which it is named. The glass is designed to be the ultimate tasting vessel for beer, presenting the liquid's flavor and aroma in the best light. Specialized glassware aside, Teku boasts 50 taps in a custom-built system that ensures each beer is poured at the perfect carbonation level and temperature. Such refinement begs for fancy beers, and this spot delivers.

8. The Pine Box

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1600 Melrose Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 588-0375
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Located in an old mortuary (get it?), Capitol Hill’s Pine Box focuses on West Coast brews with a tap list of around 30. There are also darn good cocktails, and the food holds its own too, with deep discounts on snacks like pretzels with beer queso and pulled pork sliders at the daily “Holy Hour.” Proof of vaccination is now required for entry.

9. Ounces Taproom & Beer Garden

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3809 Delridge Way SW
Seattle, WA 98106
(206) 937-1065
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The expansive beer garden at this popular West Seattle destination covers 3,000 square feet of outdoor space. Locals will love that the bar pours from 30 taps of Washington-only beers, available as 5-ounce tasters, 12- or 16-ounce glasses, and to-go in growlers, while the wine, and non-alcoholic beverages are all from Washington, as well.

10. The Beer Junction

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4511 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 938-2337
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Claiming to offer Seattle's largest beer selection, West Seattle’s celebrated Beer Junction offers more than 1,300 domestic and imported options. The dizzying array of beer represents more than 50 countries in both bottled and tap form. There are a few meads and ciders too, should one’s taste skew that direction.

11. Slow Boat Tavern

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5701 Rainier Ave S Ste D
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 235-6023
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The tap selection at this Hillman City bar is small but thoughtful, comprising mostly local and Belgian brews. And though it's only a few years old, the pub feels well-loved, attracting close neighbors as well as beer geeks citywide. Drinkers can toss their peanut shells on the floor and enjoy a beer in a divey atmosphere, with some sidewalk seating as well.

12. Beveridge Place Pub

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6413 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98136
(206) 932-9906
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This West Seattle institution feels like a beer-loving buddy's living room, outfitted with darts, pool, and shuffleboard, as well as plenty of TVs to watch the game. There are 25 taps and more than 100 bottles to choose from, and food delivery available from nearby restaurants listed in the menu book, plus a cozy outdoor patio.

13. Beer Star

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9801 16th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106
(206) 453-3088
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White Center's massive beer hall (with a Tacoma outpost) boasts a great selection of rare beers and ciders, whether one is filling a growler, buying bottles, or staying for a pint or two. There are also taps for wine, kombucha, and cold-press coffee, welcoming patrons regardless of beverage proclivities. Hungry patrons can order food from Li’l Woody’s and Southside Pizza, too.

1. Chuck's Hop Shop

656 NW 85th St, Seattle, WA 98117

Bless Chuck for bringing his beer bars to Greenwood and the Central District. Both locations are kid- and dog-friendly, with room on the patio for people to enjoy the rotating food truck options and the massive tap list covering a range of styles and breweries. There's a comprehensive to-go selection, too.

656 NW 85th St
Seattle, WA 98117

2. The Shambles

7777 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115

This approachable Maple Leaf butcher shop and restaurant has nailed the classic combination of booze and meat. The beer menu is arranged by style, with draft options ranging from light to malty to sour and beyond. Local brews feature heavily (Holy Mountain, Stoup), along with a handful of solid picks sourced from elsewhere.

7777 15th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115

3. The Noble Fir

5316 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Opened by a pair of nature-loving beer geeks, Ballard’s The Noble Fir is the perfect staging ground for one’s next adventure. Visitors can explore the thoughtful tap list (from PNW breweries such as Aslan, Black Raven, Urban Family, and others), while thumbing through a huge selection of local trail maps and guidebooks.

5316 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

4. Brouwer's Cafe

400 N 35th St, Seattle, WA 98103
A selection of pints of beer, with varying color shades, at Brouwer’s Cafe.
Brouwer’s Cafe is a beer-lover’s dream.
Brouwer’s Cafe

Brouwer's Cafe in Fremont nails the food and drink selections with equal aplomb, including fantastic twists on pub fare (Penn Cove mussels in a Wittekerke-based cream sauce), plus a range of taps and bottles that includes domestic and international choices. Patrons can dabble in Belgians on tap or wade into the list of 400 bottles, all expertly sourced.

400 N 35th St
Seattle, WA 98103

5. The Masonry

20 Roy St, Seattle, WA 98109

This small spot in Lower Queen Anne (with a Fremont location) has big beer cred, boasting 14 rotating drafts often unavailable elsewhere in the city and a bottle list filled with coveted sours and saisons. The concise food menu is a major bonus, featuring seasonal wood-fired pizzas like asparagus with cherrywood-smoked bacon, meatballs, and clams in beer. Proof of vaccination is required for entry.

20 Roy St
Seattle, WA 98109

6. Queen Anne Beerhall

203 W Thomas St, Seattle, WA 98119
The large interior of Queen Anne Beerhall in Lower Queen Anne, with wood rafters and long communal tables.
Queen Anne Beerhall continues to be a destination for Bavarian beer and meat.
Yvonne Chan

This welcome addition to Queen Anne brings the expansive, communal German beer hall to Seattle. A recent ownership change has reinvigorated the venue, while keeping the robust list of European and local beers. The well-crafted food menu includes choices like fried baby artichokes, oyster shooters, and bratwurst.

203 W Thomas St
Seattle, WA 98119

7. Teku Tavern

552 Denny Way, Seattle, WA 98109

Teku Tavern, at the edge of Denny Triangle, exalts the long-stemmed, wine-like drinking glass for which it is named. The glass is designed to be the ultimate tasting vessel for beer, presenting the liquid's flavor and aroma in the best light. Specialized glassware aside, Teku boasts 50 taps in a custom-built system that ensures each beer is poured at the perfect carbonation level and temperature. Such refinement begs for fancy beers, and this spot delivers.

552 Denny Way
Seattle, WA 98109

8. The Pine Box

1600 Melrose Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

Located in an old mortuary (get it?), Capitol Hill’s Pine Box focuses on West Coast brews with a tap list of around 30. There are also darn good cocktails, and the food holds its own too, with deep discounts on snacks like pretzels with beer queso and pulled pork sliders at the daily “Holy Hour.” Proof of vaccination is now required for entry.

1600 Melrose Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

9. Ounces Taproom & Beer Garden

3809 Delridge Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106

The expansive beer garden at this popular West Seattle destination covers 3,000 square feet of outdoor space. Locals will love that the bar pours from 30 taps of Washington-only beers, available as 5-ounce tasters, 12- or 16-ounce glasses, and to-go in growlers, while the wine, and non-alcoholic beverages are all from Washington, as well.

3809 Delridge Way SW
Seattle, WA 98106

10. The Beer Junction

4511 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

Claiming to offer Seattle's largest beer selection, West Seattle’s celebrated Beer Junction offers more than 1,300 domestic and imported options. The dizzying array of beer represents more than 50 countries in both bottled and tap form. There are a few meads and ciders too, should one’s taste skew that direction.

4511 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

11. Slow Boat Tavern

5701 Rainier Ave S Ste D, Seattle, WA 98118

The tap selection at this Hillman City bar is small but thoughtful, comprising mostly local and Belgian brews. And though it's only a few years old, the pub feels well-loved, attracting close neighbors as well as beer geeks citywide. Drinkers can toss their peanut shells on the floor and enjoy a beer in a divey atmosphere, with some sidewalk seating as well.

5701 Rainier Ave S Ste D
Seattle, WA 98118

12. Beveridge Place Pub

6413 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98136

This West Seattle institution feels like a beer-loving buddy's living room, outfitted with darts, pool, and shuffleboard, as well as plenty of TVs to watch the game. There are 25 taps and more than 100 bottles to choose from, and food delivery available from nearby restaurants listed in the menu book, plus a cozy outdoor patio.

6413 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98136

13. Beer Star

9801 16th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106

White Center's massive beer hall (with a Tacoma outpost) boasts a great selection of rare beers and ciders, whether one is filling a growler, buying bottles, or staying for a pint or two. There are also taps for wine, kombucha, and cold-press coffee, welcoming patrons regardless of beverage proclivities. Hungry patrons can order food from Li’l Woody’s and Southside Pizza, too.

9801 16th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106

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