West Seattle’s bottle shop added taps when it moved around the corner back in March. The 1,250-bottle selection might be the best in Seattle, but the hyperorganized layout and friendly staff makes this largesse more exciting than overwhelming.
4511 California Ave SW, West Seattle, 206-938-2337; thebeerjunction.comBottleworks
Wallingford’s main drag may be crawling with young ones, but these dim environs offer adults-only respite, from the same guys behind Brouwer’s Cafe and the Burgundian. Fill a growler, drink a pint, or buy a bottle to enjoy after the kids are in bed.
1710 N 45th St, Wallingford, 206-633-2437; bottleworks.comFull Throttle Bottles
Boxes are piled everywhere, but the slightly ramshackle setup feels just right on Georgetown’s main strip. Though beer seekers usually encounter an unexpected find or two, the real draw here is owner Erika Tedin, dispenser of strong opinions and knowledgeable beer advice.
5909 Airport Way S, Georgetown, 206-763-2079; fullthrottlebottles.comMalt and Vine
Scouting the enormous selection of nearly 1,000 bottles can take hours; fortunately the store’s 18 beer taps offer an excuse to grab a seat and contemplate a shopping list (beers are even poured into appropriate glassware). The entire array of bottles and cans is displayed in coolers, so you can make a purchase and crack it open right then and there—after paying a modest “crackage” fee, usually about $2. Oh yeah, there’s wine, too.
16851 Redmond Way, Redmond, 425-881-6461; maltandvine.com