The Cycle Saloon
The Cycle Saloon
3.5

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Lucas S
Seattle, WA1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016
It was fun to try out, however we only had the vehicle for 2 hours, and with ~20 mins at 3 Ballard breweries (which were within walking distance), we got maybe 15 mins of actual pedal time. The driver was awesome though and let play our own music. We had a gentleman's agreement regarding beer on the saloon (ie, you're not supposed to, but nobody is looking).
Written July 26, 2016
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CDickert
Kitchener, Canada196 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Friends
Booked the tour with 8 of our friends, and was grouped with a few other lovely ladies celebrating a birthday. The tour was great. We stopped at 3 breweries and enjoyed some of the local brews. The rules state that you are not allowed to consume alcohol while in the streets on the bike, but the local authorities seem to turn a blind eye, we even got a friendly wave and blast from the siren from a passing patrol car.

Don't be fooled, this thing does not move on it's own, you don't pedal, you don't move. Our captain was entertaining, and kept the group moving from place to place in a timely fashion. He was also very energetic and made the mingling between the two groups seamless. Bring you phone and hook it up to the stereo to DJ your own party, certainly adds to the fun
We had very nice and warm weather so it made the beers at each stop that much more rewarding.
Written November 1, 2015
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BTR
Seattle, WA73 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
We did this with some visiting relatives. Our driver, George, was helpful and friendly.

The experience is what it sounds like: you pedal around Ballard and stop at breweries. We stopped at Peddler, Reuben's, and Lucky Envelope. It is illegal to consume beer on the Cycle Saloon, so you have to finish everything in the brewery. The tour really is what you make it: We had a good group and a willing DJ, so everyone had a lot of fun.

The tour takes about two hours. I would have rather spent less time at each brewery (we spent a little over an hour total at them) in order to visit a couple more in the two hours. It would also be nice if those interested in samplers could order in advance or through Cycle Saloon to save some time upon arrival.
Written July 22, 2018
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AKScordino
Anchorage, AK32 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Friends
This looked awesome. The website says something about being able to have a keg along. That is not true. Instead, you and group of friends spend a huge amount of money for the opportunity to slowly pedal between bars. If the price worked out to about $10/head, then I would put the stars up to 3. Fun for a single time, but I wouldn't do it again. The novelty wears off after about 20 minutes. Then you are just realizing that you are paying a bunch to go slower than the people walking on the sidewalk. The cost of ours worked out to closer to $40/head.

If you do the Ballard tour, it is a lot of dive bars and one nice brewery.

We did this for a bachelor party.
Written September 12, 2016
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Shelshock
Seattle, WA1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
I have participated in the Cycle Saloon tour five times over the past five years. Each one, except for my most recent experience, was an absolute blast and I would have nothing but good things to say. That all changed last weekend on May 11, 2019 and it is unfortunate it has to end this way.

In the early days of Cycle Saloon, the company would ask for you to obtain a Banquet Permit from the City of the Seattle in order to drink on the Cycle Saloon. Additionally they asked that you drink out of red solo cups to make it as discrete as possible. Even the Cycle Saloon I participated in last year (2018), drinking was allowed without a Banquet Permit. Essentially the drivers would "turn a blind eye" as long as the group was responsible.

As for my most recent experience, it couldn't have gone worse. I flew my parents out to Seattle from Idaho as they have always wanted to participate in the Cycle Saloon based on multiple positives experiences I told them about. I reserved an entire bike and convinced friends of mine to join - some of which have done the Cycle Saloon before, some of which were excited to do it for the first time. When we arrived we were greeted by the driver who explained it this was his very first time "driving" the Cycle Saloon. Once we unloaded our coolers into the upper storage areas and handed out the red solo cups the energy of the driver completely changed. He was very upset that we had beer with us and even became somewhat confrontational explaining that drinking was absolutely not allowed on the Cycle Saloon. We were completely shocked and baffled by the situation based on multiple Cycle Saloon experiences in the past. It completely sucked the energy out of our group. We simply wanted to go to the nearest bar (Pono Ranch) to get off the Cycle Saloon as quick as possible. Everyone was stunned at the events at happened and the driver was fairly rude for the rest of the ride. We went to one more location and even decided to return the bike early so we didn't have to worry about it anymore. It was so joyless that we wanted it to end as soon as possible.

Even as I look at the marketing videos on the front page of their website, it is very clear that people are drinking alcoholic beverages while on the Cycle Saloon. I know the website says no alcoholic beverages are allowed on the Cycle Saloon, so at the end of the day that falls on me. But for those of you reading this, please let this review serve as a public service announcement: DRINKING IS NO LONGER ALLOWED ON THE CYCLE SALOON.

Please don't set yourself for disappointment. With a two hour rental, what is the point of the Cycle Saloon if you are not allowed to drink? Unless you are looking for a novelty way to tour Ballard, this is likely not for you. I would rather bar crawl with friends and family at my own pace then pay $400 for a two hour rental, especially since most of the fun is occurring at your bar or brewery of choice.
Written May 15, 2019
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Veronica L W
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Friends
First rule of Cycle Saloon, it's not as easy as it looks. The pedaling is a real work out so dress for comfort. George, our guide, provided water bottles for us which we were all thankful for after a long stretch of cycling. Second rule of Cycle Saloon, drink fast if you want to see more breweries/pubs. We spent much more time in the pubs than on the bikes. I would recommend sampling instead of ordering full pints. We made 5 stops in the two hour period.
Written September 11, 2015
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Vi_Wanders
Seattle, WA78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015
Such a fun way to do a bar crawl and explore a neighborhood in the city! If you can get a group together, of 16 you can take up the whole thing with just your friends. If not it's setup to ride with strangers, you need all the seats filled with butts to get the pedal power to make it around to the bars. Great way to be active and tipsy!
Written August 14, 2015
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Chuckospringpatch
Oberlin, KS222 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Couples
We expected to pedal a little farther than we did, but the distance traveled turned out to be about right. Don't expect a full load. We began with only 4 customers and ended with 5. The breweries were very busy for a Thursday night, but we always had time for a full beer and a couple of samples. If there's a food truck stationed at any brewery, I suggest you give it a taste. The pedaling isn't hard to do, the traffic is heavy, and the beer is really good and cold. We visited just 3 breweries.
Written September 10, 2014
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highm
Fort Smith, Arkansas131 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We visited Seattle last week and decided to experience the Cycle Saloon with our adult children and their friends. What a fun time. We rode in the rain, and it was pure laughter. It is work, however, so be aware that it isn't a passive experience. You will need to pedal. It is as fun as you make it, and we did a great job of it.
Written September 4, 2014
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