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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”
  • 149 locals recommend
Rock Club
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“Check to see who’s playing the Tractor or walk by and listen from the street”
  • 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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“There are a ton of breweries to choose from and it’s really fun to hop from place to place, but of all the Ballard breweries, Peddlers is our favorite. A fun bicycle-themed place, the outdoor beer garden is great especially in the summer. Check out their calendar for events!”
  • 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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“Ok, if you like Huevos Rancheros, you must go here. There can be a wait, but worth it. Hands down, best Rancheros in the world to date. Much more to the menu including multiple flavored mimosas to start out your vacation morning just right. ”
  • 37 locals recommend
Bar
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“Cool spot off Market in Ballard to hangout and get drinks with late night food too”
  • 27 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