Black & Tan Hall

The Black & Tan Hall is a performing arts community space and restaurant opening this year in Seattle's Hillman City District.

The Black & Tan Hall is a performing arts and restaurant venue. Established as a worker-owned cooperative, we are maintaining Rainier Valley as a destination for cross cultural arts and education events. With a stage, event space, and restaurant that is both affordable and profitable, the Black & Tan Hall will create multiple income streams for its investors while celebrating the history of Seattle with concerts and classes.

Utilizing the skills and talents of Seattle artists and teachers, the Black & Tan Hall will be open for business morning, noon and night with all-ages events that draw in the diverse communities of the Rainier Valley. With income from beer and wine sales, food, classes, and live music events, the business will turn a profit while its administration operates through consensus-based decision making.

Lookin good!

Teamwork everywhere! This is what the Black and Tan Hall is about.

If you are interested in supporting our mission, check out our go fund me campaign at

We're getting so close to opening the doors for your enjoyment! We can't wait to give you an experience like no other at the Black and Tan Hall.

Fresh coat at the hall y'all Ben Hunter Joe Seamons

Our founding partners Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons recorded a new album here at Black & Tan Hall featuring harmonica wizard and national treasure Phil Wiggins! Read all about Ben's participation in the traditions of black fiddle playing in America, and keep your ears open to hear all three musicians this summer...

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Columbia Hillman Arts & Cultural District

Are you willing to help our neighborhood earn designation as an Arts & Culture District by the city of Seattle? They are looking to work with a local graphic designer:

“Columbia City & Hillman City have joined forces to become Seattle’s next Arts and Cultural District. Our final project is to coordinate an event that demonstrates our ability to work together. We envision the creation of an Arts Walking Tour – an interactive arts & culture themed audio tour and digital experience -- for residents and newcomers.

To that end, we are coordinating a one-day Arts Hackathon, with the goal of creating a prototype of the Arts Walking Tour in a single day with as much community input as possible. Up to 25 Hackathon participants will break into 5 teams and have 3 hours to accomplish their goals. The teams are: Website/App Development, Audio & Narration, Design, Marketing, and Logistics.

We are looking for a Team Lead for the Design Team. This team will conceptualize the print marketing materials as well as hack a design for the sticker that will identify each location on the Tour. A logo & color scheme for the Tour has been developed.

Team Leaders must commit to attending the Hackathon for its duration (Saturday, April 29, 11am-4pm at the Columbia City Theater). There will also be a Planning Meeting for Team Leaders and Volunteers on Wednesday, April 19, 6-8pm at the Columbia City Theater.”

Calling all artists and arts organizations! Columbia City and Hillman City have an enormous amount of cultural space to be proud of.

We met, we talked, we connected, we planned!  Looking forward to moving forward.

We met, we talked, we connected, we planned! Looking forward to moving forward.

Yesterday, our partners had our first retreat meeting. Not everyone could make it, that's only natural. But we had a great group and it was lovely!

We talked about our future, wrote poems, planned programming, ate delicious food, listened to Michael Jackson (at one or two points) and sat in a room together for 10 hours learning about one another.

It was really satisfying and as I mentioned, "oxidizing" just like the copper of our logo.

As we get closer and closer towards our goal, consider a contribution to our GoFundMe!

Black and Tan Hall Making Final Push to Open With Crowdfunding Campaign

The word is spreading. Now's the time to get involved!

Every dollar helps while we wrap up our permitting process and get ready to open our doors! The Hillman City venture is nearly complete

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Black & Tan Hall: Imagine




5608 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA
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