This is the 2012 Seattle Beer News list of the Top 10 Beer Spots in Seattle. Many great bars, pubs, and breweries won’t make this list; that doesn’t mean they aren’t outstanding places. Check out the previous post for #10.
#9 Beer Spot in Seattle: The Burgundian
When the masterminds behind Brouwer’s Cafe in Fremont and Bottleworks in Wallingford declared that they were opening another bar called The Publican in Seattle’s Tangletown neighborhood, it is understandable that many of the local beer geeks got a bit excited. The name changed to The Burgundian after a short month or so, but the concept of quality drinks and food remains the same.
The Beer: 22 well-curated taps of beer. The focus is on West Coast craft beer, but they work in offerings from all over the world. Like their other locations, any beer geek can come in here and not have a problem finding something interesting to drink. They also have a fridge full of various craft can beer offerings. Aside from beer, they have a great selection of tequila and bourbon. And, I can personally vouch for the quality of their Bloody Mary.
The Food: A good breakfast is often my favorite meal of the day, and The Burgundian serves up creative breakfast dishes all day and night long. They open daily at 10am, so it is a perfect brunch spot. The chef from the now defunct Alligator Soul in Everett took over the kitchen a few months ago, and it sounds like they are starting to hit their groove. I’ve enjoyed their biscuits and gravy, made with biscuits that have bacon baked into them, their crab cakes benedict, and their poutine with duck leg confit that was gluttonous, but amazing. Chicken and waffles are popular, as is the burger.
The Atmosphere: Very relaxed neighborhood bar. There is room for maybe 10 at the bar, and tables spread throughout 2 rooms could maybe seat another 50-75 (completely guessing here). They have a small patio perfect for a beer on a sunny day. The Burgundian is always 21+ only, to the dismay of many of the families that live in the area.
Overall: Although it has been open just over six months, I’m already a fan of The Burgundian. As expected, the beer offerings are exceptional. But, the food has also really impressed me. I used to live around the corner, and if I was still up there I would be here often.
2253 N 56th Street