Free beer & fast WiFi: WeWork to open co-working space in Seattle

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Inside the WeWork space in Hollywood. Photo courtesy of WeWork.

Free coffee and beer, Xbox game lounges, a screening theater, conference rooms, working space, super fast Wi-Fi and weekly networking events.

WeWork will open up a coworking space at 500 Yale Ave. N. in South Lake Union. Photo via Google Maps.

WeWork will open up a coworking space at 500 Yale Ave. N. in South Lake Union. Photo via Google Maps.

If you’re looking for office space in Seattle and all of the above sounds nice, well, WeWork might be a solid option.

The four-year-old New York-based company, which manages 17 spaces in New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles, is opening up shop in Seattle’s South Lake Union area early next year.

Starting in February, WeWork will occupy the first three floors at the 500 Yale Ave. N building and take up 55,000 square feet in total. There will be a co-working desk space, private offices for 1-to-20 people and many other amenities like a kitchen and open common area.

A WeWork spokesperson told us that the space will “have a personality of its own, with design elements that are inspired by Seattle and the Pacific Northwest.” As far as why the company picked Seattle for its newest space, they noted the city’s “innovation and artistic expression,” while referencing South Lake Union as a a “center for entrepreneurship, startups, and small businesses in Seattle.”

Inside the Hollywood WeWork space. Photo courtesy of WeWork.

Inside the Hollywood WeWork space. Photo courtesy of WeWork.

WeWork offers month-to-month memberships, with cost depending on how much space you want. Prices have yet to be announced, but based on existing spaces, a private two-person office goes anywhere from $900-to-$1,700.

Depending on size, WeWork’s buildings vary from 500 to 1,500 members. Many people come from the tech sector, but WeWork also caters to businesses across industries like design, fashion, accounting and legal services, among others. Companies that already use WeWork include Reddit, Buzzfeed, Airbnb and Imgur.

WeWork also provides help with finding the right healthcare plans, credit card processors and discounted transportation options for its members. And oh yeah — the free beer. WeWork told us that beer is a perk that can bring people together for networking and solving business challenges, while the brew also “tastes great when celebrating a win.”

You can tour the new space by signing up here. WeWork plans to open in seven cities this year, including Seattle.

  • Red Russak

    Have you connected with Gina Phillips yet? Surprised she’s not mentioned here. She’s heading up the space and tours :-)

  • KyleKesterson

    Congrats to Gina on this role, it’s very well suited for her and it’s a great addition to help the momentum of the Seattle community!

  • farmstr

    Taylor: excited Farmstr will be part of inaugral WeWork space! Come by for a beer early Feb and we’ll catch up!