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  • 1. Barnacle

    Ballard | Bars/Pubs

    Part of the Sea Creatures mini-empire led by chef Renee Erickson, Barnacle is a narrow bar adjacent to the popular Walrus and Carpenter restaurant...Read More

  • 2. Bastille

    Ballard | Bars/Pubs

    This French bistro is one of the neighborhood's most attractive spots to sip. First, there's the 45-foot zinc bar in the main dining room. Then...Read More

  • 3. Conor Byrne Pub

    Ballard | Music Clubs

    You might actually hear an Irish accent or two at Conor Byrne Pub, along with live folk, roots, alt-country, bluegrass, and traditional Irish...Read More

  • 4. Egan's Ballard Jam House

    Ballard | Music Clubs

    A neighborhood spot rather than an overpriced tourist trap, this small jazz club and restaurant is devoted to music education for local high...Read More

  • 5. Essex

    Ballard | Bars/Pubs

    Removed from bustling Ballard on a quiet street, Essex boasts craft cocktails, a handful of which are served on tap. The rotating cocktails...Read More

  • 6. Hazlewood

    Ballard | Bars/Pubs

    The hipster quotient is high at this tiny, bi-level space around the corner from the Ballard Avenue hubbub. The space is Victorian-drawing-room...Read More

  • 7. King's Hardware

    Ballard | Bars/Pubs

    Brought to you by the owner of Linda's Tavern in Capitol Hill, King's Hardware has the same ironic rustic decor, the same great patio space...Read More

  • 8. Moshi Moshi Sushi

    Ballard | Bars/Pubs

    Inventive cocktails are expertly poured beneath a tree with lighted faux-cherry blossoms at this Japanese restaurant's bar. Refreshingly, the...Read More

  • 9. Ocho

    Ballard | Bars/Pubs

    Blink and you'll miss it, and that would be a shame, because this tiny corner hot spot crafts some of the finest cocktails in town. . Dimly...Read More

  • 10. Stoneburner


    Settle into a leather, high-backed stool at the beautiful, wood bar at Stoneburner, the Mediterranean restaurant at Hotel Ballard, and enjoy...Read More

  • 11. Stoup

    Ballard | Brewpubs/Beer Gardens

    Stoup is a great starting point for exploring Ballard's excellent craft-beer scene. A good-size tap room and patio area are family-friendly...Read More

  • 12. Sunset Tavern

    Ballard | Music Clubs

    A Chinese restaurant-turned-bar, Sunset Tavern attracts just about everyone: punks, college students, postgrad nomads, neighborhood old-timers...Read More

  • 13. The Noble Fir

    Ballard | Bars/Pubs

    A rotating selection of great beer, cider, and wine and a truly varied crowd are just part of the appeal of this popular bar. Like many (most...Read More

  • 14. The Peoples Pub

    Ballard | Bars/Pubs

    Head to this Ballard institution to see what locals love about this unpretentious neighborhood. The pub (a dining room and a separate bar in...Read More

  • 15. Tractor Tavern

    Ballard | Music Clubs

    Seattle's top spot for roots music and alt-country has a large, dimly lighted hall with all the right touches—wagon-wheel fixtures, exposed...Read More

  • 16. Sambar

    Ballard | Bars/Pubs

    If you manage to score a table at Sambar, a teeny-tiny bar attached to French restaurant Le Gourmand, you probably won't leave for hours—there...Read More

  • 17. Copper Gate Tavern

    Ballard | Bars/Pubs

    Old Ballard's Scandinavian heritage is still alive. At Copper Gate, antique bric-a-brac from the tavern's original owner shares the space with...Read More

  • 18. The BalMar

    Ballard | Bars/Pubs

    One of Ballard's largest and most attractive bars, this former department store has exposed-brick walls, hardwood floors, comfy cocoa-color...Read More

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