You don’t have to save a trip to one of Seattle’s best breweries for date night anymore! Lucky for Seattle beer-loving parents, there are plenty of spots around the city to take your little ones and enjoy a brew. A couple of tips for a family-friendly trip to a brewery – order rootbeer for the little ones, it’s typically brewed in-house and very tasty. Also, don’t forget to get a growler of your favorite brew to go – perfect for enjoying once the kiddos are in bed!
Elliott Bay Brewing Company
If you walk in the doors of Elliott Bay Brewing Company around dinnertime, there will be no doubt in your mind that this is where beer-loving parents come to enjoy a pint – you’ll love that Elliott Bay is pretty noisy, so they won’t be hushing your little ones through the entire meal. Ask to sit upstairs or in one of the booths along the edge of the brewery. The kids menu is tasty and the adult fare is a step above typical brewery grub, so come hungry. South Seattle families – don’t miss their location in Burien as well.
4720 California Ave. S.W.
Tucked between the Fremont and Ballard neighborhoods, Hale’s Ales is always full of families, even during happy hour (weekdays from 3:00 – 6:00 pm)! Besides the tasty beers, we love Hale’s because they use as many local companies on their menu as possible. The brewery at Hale’s Ales also has a delicious weekend breakfast – replace a pint with a hot cup of Zoka coffee!
4301 Leary Way N.W.
The Pike Brewing Company
Located close to the market, the pub here boasts a great menu for both kids and adults (think a healthier take on the traditional pub food fare) and of course, plenty of ales, lagers, and more both on tap and in bottles. They also host live music and frequent guest beer brewers to give talks and workshops on a variety of different beer making topics. Plus, this all kinds of cool bicycles and pieces of history decorating the walls, what’s there not to like about this place?
1415 First Ave.
Snoqualime Fall Brewery & Taproom
Nothing pairs better with great beer than great food. You’re sure to find plenty of both at this family-friendly brewery and restaurant, which can often be found full of families and kiddos enjoying a pint or two of delicious ale or root beer. It’s the perfect pit stop if you’re coming back from a hike on I-90 or after visiting Snoqualime Falls.
8032 Falls Ave. S.E.
Naked City Taphouse & Brewery
Hearing your kiddos giggle about going to a place called “Naked City” is priceless – trust us! But sadly for them, Naked City Taphouse and Brewery is not actually clothing optional (which you should probably reiterated with your literal four-year old!). Greenwood families love popping in here for dinner or weekend lunch – despite a somewhat limited kid’s menu, all of the options are very thoughtful, including many vegetarian choices. Beer-lovers will appreciate their huge list local beers, besides those they brew themselves.
8564 Greenwood Ave. N.
Redhook Ale Brewery
Kids allowed on a brewery tour? Yes, it’s true! Redhook Ale Brewery on the Eastside in Woodinville offers family-friendly brewery tours daily, and for just $1 per person. Some tips for making it most enjoyable – put little ones in strollers with snacks to keep them happy, considering getting a group together and booking a private tour ($3 per person) so that you can plan a specific tour time (great for planning around naptimes!) and be prepared to ditch the tour if the kiddos get cranky.
14300 NE 145th St.
Fremont Brewing Company
Friday night happy hour at this Wallingford brewery is likely to be lively with kids playing and running around and awesome tunes playing through the speakers. Parents will enjoy the dozen or so taps on hand while kiddos can play with the bin o’ toys and everyone can snack on the house pretzels. Dogs are welcome too, so there’s no excuse to not bring the whole family for a little end of the week celebration.
3409 Woodland Park Ave. N.
Maritime Pacific Brewing Company
If you’ve got a pirate fanatic in your family (big or little) then the Jolly Roger Taproom at this brewery is going to be your new favorite spot for a pint. Check out the vintage pirate flags draping the beams overhead and the treasure map painted on the floor. But the real treasure here is the delicious beer, with over 14 different taps to choose from. They also have a good selection of non-alcoholic drinks for those little buccaneers who aren’t quite old enough for grog.
1111 N.W. Ballard Way
Want to try your hand at brewing beer yourself? Bob’s Homebrew Supply (2821 NE 55th Street, Seattle) is a super kid-friendly store where you can pick up your supplies. On the weekends it is filled with families and the owners are always pleased to see kids in the shop.
— Katie Kavulla