Without further bemoaning the unpleasantness of our pandemic-afflicted world, let’s just say that a lot of people are not yet comfortable drinking and dining indoors at restaurants, bars, and brewery taprooms. That’s what recent surveys suggest. A lot of people I know say the same. (Above, Hale’s Palladium in a pre-COVID world.)
Understandably, as we begin to bundle up and grudgingly plod our way into the dark, wet, and cold months ahead, our local breweries and pubs are exploring all sorts of options for outdoor seating. Tents, basically. A lot of tents and a lot of outdoor, propane heaters. The folks at Hale’s Ales Brewery are not popping up tents in the parking lot like many other breweries; they’ve got a different trick up their sleeve. They’re calling it an indoor beer garden and it offers beer drinkers an outdoors-in opportunity at the Hale’s Palladium, open very Friday thru Sunday starting on October 30th.
That’s right, the large event space will get repurposed for the pandemic, offering an indoor, yet socially spacious and airy, well ventilated beer-drinking opportunity. The Indoor Beer Garden at the Palladium will offer high ceilings, an open garage door, fans, and heaters. On top of that, a DJ-quality sound system cranking out tunes. And who doesn’t love a disco ball?
Many Seattle-area beer drinkers have been to the Palladium for one of the many festivals it has hosted over the years. The pictures I have in my mind, as well as those stored in my archives, don’t really speak to how the Palladium will work for this new purpose. Those festivals were always happily crowded. This is going to look a lot different.
- Over 4,000 square feet of socially distanced tables
- Featuring Hale’s legendary craft beer with newly refreshed recipes
- Cider, wine, and soft drinks too
- Festive food menu
- Fun, casual atmosphere
- Fridays, Saturdays, & Sunday beginning October 30th, 2020
Hale’s Ales Indoor Beer Garden at The Palladium Theater
4301 Leary Way NW
Seattle, WA 98107
The entrance is around behind the building on 8th Ave, across from Fred Meyer.
“Hale’s Ales is the longest-running independent craft brewery in the Northwest and community staple since 1983,” said the announcement from the brewery. “Connecting the Ballard and Fremont neighborhoods, the brewery and Palladium are located on the corner of Leary Way and 43rd. Hales is undergoing a renaissance – improving recipes and processes to create legendary as well as new, on-trend beer styles in addition to re-starting restaurant operations.”
“Hale’s Brewery is converting our Palladium Theater into an indoor Beer Garden. The Beer Garden @ The Palladium will be your escape from the cold Autumn & Winter weather beginning Friday, October 30th, we’ll be bringing the fun and libations inside. In addition to our award-winning beer selections, we have cider, wine, and sodas available and our food menu will include Chicken Wraps, Chili, Vegan Chili, Hot Dogs, various Dips with Chips, Pretzels, Popcorn, and more.”
“To celebrate Halloween & the Indoor Beer Garden, we invite visitors on our opening weekend to come in costume. Prizes will be awarded.”
The Hale’s Palladium Beer Garden, starting October 30th: