In a space that once housed the meatballs and musicals of Sylvia’s Class Act dinner theater, Laurelwood’s sprawling brewpub is awash in squealing children and award-winning ales. At its best, the brewery’s fourth outpost is a rowdy, family-friendly destination, with pitchers of pitch-perfect craft beers for adults and a play area for tots. At it’s worst, the pub feels like a Fuddruckers: The food is of middling quality and not cheap ($11 for most burgers), and just inside the main entrance is a crass merchandise counter, full of branded T-shirts and pint glasses. Still, there’s no knocking the beer, like LW’s beer-nerd-approved Organic Free Range Red, which stands out in the recent slew of hoppy reds gaining ground on the IPA as the Northwest’s favorite style. So snag a pint or nine, and plant yourself on the second-story patio, above the kiddies and corniness.
What to drink: Pint of über-hoppy Workhorse IPA, $4.25.
Happy hour: $3 pints, $4 food 3-6 pm and 9 pm-midnight daily.
Entertainment: Adorable, loud children.