(This post was updated and refreshed on 02/22/2024. Enjoy!)
If you’ve ever hung out with us outside of work, 9 times out of 10 there's a tasty brew involved (don’t judge). We’ve watched the great “brewery boom” through Tacoma over the last few years, spreading from downtown to 6th Ave. As the beer scene grew, so did the families around us. We even have our own two year old in tow now!
No fear mamas and papas, we know it can be tough getting out of the house between the time your bundles of joy arrive and when they turn 18. So, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite spots to enjoy a beer where the kiddos can tag along.
606 N State Street
State Street Beer Company is a bright friendly spot located in our little 6th Ave neighborhood. There are always families catching up with old friends, young minds at work behind the keyboard, and usually someone quietly reading the paper at the bar top. This cheerfully modern corner of Tacoma offers tasty pizza, an insanely delicious burrata, rotating taps, and a selection of kid-friendly beverages. While they do have a shelf of card, board games, and a basket full of toy cars, suggest bringing an activity or two to keep your tiny humans entertained. You'll often find us pulled up to the family style table in the middle where Fiona can do laps and of course make friends. We love it here.
4328 6th Ave
2101 Jefferson Ave
Being the most spacious location on the list, we often choose 7 Seas for birthday parties and other highly-attended celebrations. The large family-style tables and couch areas are great for “drop-in” gatherings. Along with food and coffee options from partnering companies Camp Colvos Canteen and Naomi Joe, 7 Seas can meet almost everyone’s needs. While you might want to bring some activities for the kiddos, like a coloring set or card games, entertaining the adults is an easy feat. A Rude Parrot IPA in one hand and a shuffle board puck in the other is our choice way to spend an evening at this industrial on-site brewery. They also have a pinball room with a great selection of games!
BONUS: 7 Seas has a second location in Gig Harbor that is also kid friendly! If you are across this bridge, check them out at 2905 Harborview Dr.
2534 Tacoma Ave. S
Sig Brewing has one of our all time favorite food menus in Tacoma. The chili gnocchi is *chefs kiss* good. What they are truly known for though is their brick oven pizzas. The classic Spekmat with pepperoni, chili honey, and parmesan is a great go-to, but anything with the Sig house sausage is always a treat. Don't skip the crust sauce! Vegan and vegetarian options are available, as wesl as a massive and delicious house salad. Sig brews an amazing selection of creative beers, from classic IPA's, lagers, and stouts, to dragon fruit golden ales and carrot cake cream ales. Children are welcome until 7pm, and with so many pizza options, there's sure to be something they'll love!
3205 N 26th Street
Before settling into our 6th Ave neighborhood, John and I lived just two blocks from this little North End Taco-ma haven. We often strolled over for the breakfast burritos, espresso, and extra habanero sauce. If it were an evening visit, we would make the tough choice of selecting one (or two) of the twenty-four rotating (mostly local) taps. Kids have a choice of taps from the soda fountain. With a menu that boasts street taco classics like my favorites, chorizo verde and carne asada, as well as salad bowls and burrito options, it’s hard to leave unsatisfied. Vegan and vegetarian taco lovers have multiple options as well! So, when that nacho craving hits hard, stop by with children in tow and enjoy some warm house made tortilla chips in the indoor family seating or, weather permitting, take a spot outside and enjoy a sunny day in the north end.
BONUS: Brewers Row offers a large selection of cans, bottles and growlers to-go!
716 Pacific Ave
This place is SO RAD. Not only does Odd Otter offer very unique brews and an adorable mascot, they have games, Capri Sun, open mics and more! Odd Otter has long supported local artists by offering up a venue to local performers, including children who are allowed to participate in open mic nights and are welcomed in the brewery until 9pm. Additionally, while the brewers entice you with their odd brews like the Ottermelon Hefeweizen and the Odditea Coconut Chai Brown, they are now tempting you further with hot wings, pizza and wax peppers off the condensed menu from neighboring restaurant Wooden City.
Whether you’re a parent needing to get out into some old familiar territory or you’re just the cool auntie/uncle looking to spend time with friends and family, we hope this opens up options that are pleasing for all ages.