For many parents, that regularly scheduled after work gin and tonic at your favorite cocktail bar is a distant memory. But we’ve got some good news! If you’re a fan of nanobreweries, you’re in luck: While Washington State law doesn’t allow kids to set foot in bars, minors are able to enter brewery tasting rooms. And with more and more breweries popping up, especially in the Ballard-area, the craft beer trend is in full swing in Seattle. Keep reading on to find fresh picks for happy hours that let the whole family unwind together.

fremont brewery

Fremont Brewing
Every weekend, couples, co-workers and kiddos gather at Fremont Brewing’s indoor Urban Beer Garden. The vibe feels similar to an oversized family reunion–only with much better beer. Chances are good are you’ll find several leashed dogs happily resting under the 18-foot long benched table that fills the center of the tasting room. Chances are even better that your little ones will wind up running in circles around the communal table or taking turns riding an old dime store horse resting in a corner. The staff working the bar are too busy filling growlers and pints to fuss with food (save for an oversized bowl of pretzels that are free for the taking.) Come prepared with a packed dinner, snacks, or carry-out from a nearby restaurant like RoRo’s BBQ or Pagliacci Pizza.

Freemont Brewing
3409 Woodland Park Avenue North
Seattle, Wa 98103


One of Ballard’s newest nanobreweries, Populuxe threw its hat into the local brewery ring last March. It was launched by two home brewers who mastered the art of making award-winning stouts and IPAs before going brick-and-mortar. Operating out of an off-the-main-drag warehouse that happens to have an excellent fenced-in patio, Populuxe offers picnic tables, an all-ages corn hole court and lots of room for kids to roam. A food truck, like the Grilled Cheese Experience or Streetzaria, is also scheduled to serve bites during business hours, so you won’t have to leave the premises to feed the fam.

826B NW 49th Street
Seattle, Wa 98107


Peddler Brewing Co.
Dust off your bike carrier and plan a family ride to Peddler Brewing Co. in the former Maritime Pacific Brewing space in Ballard. From the bathroom fixtures to the bike repair station, Peddler manages to conjure the cyclist spirit without getting hokey. You’ll like the eight taps, and your kids will like hanging out in the bright space and checking out the super cool brewing equipment.

Peddler Brewing Co.
1514 NW Leary Way
Seattle, Wa 98107


Chuck’s Hop Shop
Chuck’s Hop Shop may not be a brewery, but it makes our list for three reasons: 1. Chuck’s stocks 1,000 different bottles of beer and offers several on draft; 2. The Greenwood convenience store-turned-tasting room is typically packed with as many kids as adults on the weekends; and 3. There are scoops of Full Tilt ice cream for dessert. There may not be a lot of room for strollers, but there’s plenty of space to grab a table, drink a pint of cider, tuck into fish and chips from a local food truck, and lick lemon marshmallow ice cream cones with the kiddos. The beer shop/neighborhood gathering space is such a hit that Chuck’s is scheduled to open a second storefront in the Central District this summer.

Chuck’s Hop Shop
656 NW 85th Street
Seattle, Wa 98117

chucks hop shop

Coming Soon: Bad Jimmy’s Brewery
Joining the Ballard brewery scene, Bad Jimmy’s is finishing up a build-out that will include an all-ages tasting room. While a few bites, like KuKuRuZa popcorn, chips and pretzels will be available to fill snack cups, you can bring dinner with you from kid-favorites like Jai Thai, Paseo or Pie. Check the brewery’s Facebook page for opening day details.

Have a favorite brewery tasting room that didn’t make our list? Tell us about it in the comments section below.

— Sara Billups

Photos via Michael Foley Flickr page, Populuxe Facebook page, Peddler Website, and JavaColleen Flickr page.