The Best Brewpub Dining in Seattle

Grab a burger—or something more exotic—and a beer brewed on the premises at one these tasty pubs
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Jolly Roger Taproom
Maritime Pacific Brewing Company is Ballard’s oldest brewery, having opened in 1990 at a location just west of 15th Avenue, and its pub (the Jolly Roger Taproom) is a beloved fixture in the neighborhood. The décor is an obvious nod to Ballard’s maritime history, with just enough pirate flair to get the kids looking for Captain Jack Sparrow. You may not see Johnny Depp or discover any buried treasure, but you will find a large menu featuring salads, sandwiches and a few entrées, such as fresh Alaskan halibut and crab-stuffed prawns. The oyster sliders are a crowd favorite and pair especially well with a pint of Bosun’s black porter. If you’re there during the winter months (mid-October through March), be sure to order a Jolly Roger Christmas ale, one of Washington’s most treasured winter seasonal beers. Lunch and dinner daily. 1111 NW Ballard Way; 206.782.6181;

Bellevue Brewing Company
Until late last December, there was a noticeable blank spot on the local beer map: Bellevue did not have a locally owned brewery to call its own. That all changed when Bellevue Brewing Company opened its expansive and austere brewpub in a light-industrial complex near Northup Way and immediately started brewing world-class beers to serve alongside a selection of salads, sandwiches and pizzas. It can be a bit tricky to find, but you’ll have no problems if you trust that it is in the building behind the much-easier-to-find Angelo’s. Once there, order up an oatmeal stout or ask about its seasonal specialty beers. This brewpub is a big hit with the after-work crowd, families and weekend beer tourists, and is especially popular with local soccer fans who come in to watch Sounders games on a huge HD television. Lunch and dinner daily. 1820 130th Ave. NE, Suite 2; 425.497.8686;

Hale’s Ales Brewery and Pub

If the word pub conjures thoughts of a traditional English public house and tweed jackets with leather-patched elbows, then the Hale’s Ales pub in Fremont will make a lot of sense to you, offering a comfortable and cozy Old World atmosphere and even a few sofas for relaxation. The restaurant side of the business (all ages) is a bit more straightforward, with tables and chairs in a brightly lit room. The menu is kid friendly and focuses on sandwiches, burgers and pizza, but whatever you order, consider adding a side of the Jo Jo potatoes, always a big hit with grownups and tykes alike. Hale’s Ales Brewery originally opened in 1983 (and has been in its current location since 1995), and the Hale’s American pale ale has remained largely unchanged over the course of all those years. If you favor something more robust, consider ordering a Wee Heavy winter ale (available November through January). Lunch and dinner daily. 4301 Leary Way NW; 206.782.0737;