Thanks to a growing trend in family-friendly breweries and tasting rooms, there are now more places than ever for Seattleites to enjoy a brew and not be glared at for rolling in with the kids in tow. Whether it’s for playoffs, the Big Game, March Madness, or just an excuse for a family trip out, grab your half-pints and head to one of our favorite kid-friendly drinking spots the whole family can enjoy.
This family run brewery offers “bloody good beer” crafted on site in their Ballard location. They have a rotating food truck schedule, or you can order from Zeek’s or Ethan Stowell’s Ballard Pizza Co. for a pie delivered to the brewery with a special discount. Kids love the board games and the free pretzels (and for parents visiting after-hours, Cards Against Humanity is always a fun option).
Beer recommendation: Crikey IPA is a perennial crowd pleaser, with tropical and citrus notes and a hint of pine. Also, their rotating Crush beers are always showstoppers, and your kids will love checking out spring’s “Crush the Darkside” IPA with their Star Wars-themed cans. 5010 14th Ave NW, Seattle.
Optimism Brewing Company
Located in Capitol Hill, this brewery has an enclosed play area packed with toys, and the kids’ birthday parties are as fun for the adults as they are the kiddos. Food trucks are on site, or you can order delivery from a nearby restaurant straight to the beer hall.
Beer recommendation: Zest, a medium-bodied IPA with citrus and tropical fruit flavors. 1158 Broadway, Seattle.
At the the self-proclaimed center of the universe, you'll find this brewery that offers a large indoor area for chillier days, and a patio that’s perfect for a sunny summer picnic. You can order delivery from one of Fremont’s many tasty eateries, and free pretzels and apples will keep the kiddos happy until dinner arrives.
Beer recommendation: Lush, a hoppy IPA with citrus notes that make it a perfect spring sipper. 1050 N 34th St., Seattle.
Peddler offers a spacious beer garden where parents can sit and enjoy a brew while the kids run around or enjoy a game of corn hole. Grab food to go from the excellent and acclaimed Mean Sandwich next door, or enjoy food trucks in the evenings and on weekends.
Beer recommendation: Beach Cruiser Blonde, a light-bodied, easy drinking blonde ale. 1514 NW Leary Way, Seattle.
Found in the heart of Ballard’s brewery district, Stoup offers a tucked away corner full of games for the kiddos, and a large roll of butcher paper and markers for your little artists. They have a snack machine full of healthy options, and an ongoing rotation of food trucks on site.
Beer recommendation: Mosaic, a highly drinkable, hop-forward pale ale with notes of citrus and mango. 1108 NW 52nd St., Seattle.
Rooftop Brew Co.
This is one of the most kid (and pet)-friendly breweries around and is located right off the South Ship Canal bike path. Kids can draw on the walls with chalk, enjoy a game of magnetic darts, or help themselves to the free popcorn machine. There are a number of excellent beers on tap for the parents, and a food truck on site 7 days a week selling burgers, brats, and some of the best tater tots in town.
Beer recommendation: Gateway Dry-Hopped Pale, “hoppy beer for people who don’t like hoppy beers,” full of citrus notes and none of the traditional hoppy bitterness. 1220 W Nickerson St, Seattle.
Maritime Pacific Brewing Company
Maritime opened their lively taproom and eatery “Jolly Roger” in 1997 and offer an extensive selection of craft brews alongside a reasonably-priced, wide-ranging menu. The house-made potato chips are always a crowd pleaser, and their gourmet burgers are available in slider form: perfect for smaller diners. The extensive kids’ menu offers 10 varied options, so none of your little pirates go home hungry.
Beer recommendation: Old Seattle Lager is a delicious American style pilsner, and their Flagship Red Aleis an excellent option for something a little darker and toastier. 1111 NW Ballard Way, Seattle.
Capitol Hill’s spacious Bavarian-style beer hall has been a family favorite since opening in 2013. Their extensive menu offers brats, frites, giant pretzels and more, and when the kids get antsy, there are 5 bocce ball courts to keep them busy.
Beer recommendation: Rhein Haus Lager, a crisp and clean German style pilsner full of flavor but light enough for easy sipping. 912 12th Ave, Seattle.
Resonate Brewery + Pizzeria
For those on the East Side, this casual brewpub offers a wide range of craft beers on tap, and a number of books, games and activities for the kids. Their house-specialty pizzas are made with a fermented dough crust that is crisp, flavorful, and perfectly chewy. Kids meals are half price on weekdays before 3pm.
Beer recommendation: Atomic Punk, a hop-forward but extremely balanced and drinkable IPA with notes of grapefruit, tangerine and pine. 5606 119th Ave SE # A, Bellevue.