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Top bar recommendations from locals

Seafood Restaurant
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“Arguably the best oyster bar in Seattle, your taste buds will be as delighted by the food as you are by the service”
  • 148 locals recommend
Rock Club
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“The Tractor is a great live music venue hosting performers several nights a week. Local to touring bands at reasonable prices. We actually came up with our name because of the number of bands that "bunked" with us after performing there. We also host guests from around the area they want to see a show and stay close by. ”
  • 98 locals recommend
French Restaurant
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“A French restaurant that has been a staple in Ballard for more than a decade.”
  • 59 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“One of the most popular bars around with barely any standing room on the weekends. But they have good drinks & food and if it gets too crowded there are plenty of other bars within a few blocks.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Latin American Restaurant
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“ Puerto Rican restaurant with tasty empanadillas, a wide rum selection, and two happy hours per day with really good food and drink specials.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
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“Ocho is a dimly lit charmer that features some of the best tapas in the city. Small saucers encourage many tastes of satisfying Spanish treats, like patatas bravas and melted croquetas.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Ballard = Beer. There are more than a dozen craft breweries in Ballard, so if you want to go beer hopping, this is a great place to start. ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Our favorite place. A great Italian? place with a big menu. technically, they are a pizza restaurant, but they have everything. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Rock Club
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“Local favorite, a smaller venue that gets bands that rock. Also has great pizza.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Sports Bar
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“Farmer's Market on the weekends in summer, and fun places to eat and have drinks anytime”
  • 37 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Amazing food at this Italian eatery by local celebrity chef Ethan Stowell, with a rotating menu & 4-course tasting option.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“This is our favorite Mexican place. It's in the trendy Ballard neighborhood and about a 15-20 minute drive but worth it. ”
  • 38 locals recommend
Bar
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“Cool spot off Market in Ballard to hangout and get drinks with late night food too”
  • 26 locals recommend
Bar
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“You can't get more old school than Hattie's Hat. Great brews, cocktails and bar food. Always good music playing and you can see a glimmer of what Seattle used to be back in the day. Still standing strong! ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“I hesitate to recommend this because it's not off the beaten path. If you want comfort Mexican food it delivers at happy hour. For $5 you can get the best Nachos in town that are piled sky high with healthy fixins. They have a late night happy hour as well. You need to check out Ballard so why not try them. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Within walking distance, this restaurant has great Italian food, cozy atmosphere, and coffee and pastries in the mornings if you don't want to go too far.”
  • 27 locals recommend