Steelheads Alley is something between a pub, museum, and sporting event. Named in honor of the 1946 Seattle Steelheads Negro League baseball team, it pays tribute to the rich baseball and softball heritage of the Pacific Northwest.
With Rodney Hines of Seattle’s own Métier Brewing Company at the helm as the resident brewer, Steelheads Alley presents an exclusive array of specialty craft beers brewed on-site. Local drafts and a menu of classic bar fare, prepared by the neighboring Hatback Bar & Grille, further enhance the unique experience.
Located conveniently across the street from T-Mobile Park, the home of the Seattle Mariners, Steelheads Alley offers an ideal setting for social celebrations or corporate gatherings. The venue boasts a lively calendar of beer events, from tapping parties to tastings and a Meet The Brewer series, truly encapsulating the spirit of sport, food, and craft beer.
Steelheads & Hatback: 1-2 in the Lineup
Steelheads Alley and Hatback Bar & Grille have come together to create a unique experience that marries history, sport, and craft beer. This collaboration pays homage to Seattle’s rich sports heritage, whilst offering patrons an array of specialty craft beers brewed by Steelheads Alley’s resident brewer. Hatback Bar & Grille, named after Ken Griffey, Jr.’s iconic backward cap style, expertly prepares the classic bar fare, creating a seamless culinary synergy between the two establishments. This collaboration underscores a shared commitment to quality, local flavor, and the celebration of Seattle’s vibrant past and present.
Scoreboard & Beer Menu
The MBC Pale Ale, “Double Play” (Helles) Lager, and Black Stripe Coconut Porter are just a few of the popular beverages that Métier Brewing Company will offer at Steelheads Alley. The unique taproom will include additional trademark craft beers. The beer menu doubles as a classic Negro Leagues scoreboard.
Damon Brown’s Baseball Mural
Seattle artist Damon Brown, also known as Creative Lou, recently unveiled a vibrant mural at Steelheads Alley, paying tribute to the 1946 Seattle Steelheads Negro League baseball team. With experience in painting, design, and public art, Brown’s artistic versatility is evident in his work. His relationship with Steelheads Alley and Métier Brewing Company, for whom he has previously designed iconic beer labels, led to this collaborative project. In creating the mural, Brown embarked on a deep dive into Seattle’s rich baseball history, consulting with historian David Eskenazi and the Black Heritage Society. His work reflects a love for creative problem-solving and making a tangible impact through art.
The Museum Walls
The walls of Steelheads Alley come alive with memorabilia from the 1946 Seattle Steelheads Negro League baseball team, intermingling with artwork that pays homage to a shared sporting heritage. This curated collection salutes those game-changing athletes who shifted perceptions of what could be achieved.
Steelheads Alley & Seattle’s Baseball History
Steelheads Alley is part of the eagerly anticipated Hatback Bar and Grille, across from T-Mobile Park. The space celebrates the Seattle Steelheads who were part of the first professional Black baseball league on the West Coast. But that’s only the start. Steelheads Alley includes many pieces from the past, highlighting the Japanese community as well as Hispanic and Indigenous ball players.