In and Out

Farewell to Old Ballard Liquor Co and Hello to Skål

Raise a glass—or, better, an ale horn—to Ballard's shuttered aquavit oasis, but also to a Viking-inspired beer hall opening this spring.

02/19/2019 By Haley Gray

Neighborhood Guide

8 Great Places to Shop in Ballard

From vintage utopias of bygone threads to contemporary catch-all boutiques, this northwest corner of Seattle has something for everyone.

02/12/2019 By Elizabeth Podlesnik and Rosin Saez

Shift Change

Over at Manolin, Changes and a New Bar Project

A new sibling bar, Rupee, will explore Sri Lankan food and its tradition of "short eats."

01/29/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Shifts & Shakeups

This Week in Restaurant News: Reuben's Brews Expands While Other Brewpubs Shutter

Seven dining developments on our radar this (busy) week.

01/25/2019 By Jaime Archer

Opening Dispatch

Wood-Fired Bistro Samara Will Open on Sunset Hill

A veteran of several Portland restaurant institutions will ply the neighborhood with dishes like charred onigiri with dungeness crab.

01/17/2019 By Anne Dennon

Review

Sawyer Is an Elegant Funhouse

Step right up to the Ballard restaurant that turns childhood memories into destination dining.

12/18/2018 By Allecia Vermillion

Festival Season (Extended)

Freakout Festival Hits Ballard with an Excellent Lineup

The indie fest is back with what might be its strongest lineup yet.

11/13/2018 By Stefan Milne

Local Talent

Fiendish Conversation with Ruler's Matt Batey

The indie musician talks about why it took seven years to record his first album and the warm reception it's received.

09/05/2018 By Stefan Milne

Keeping Up With the Scandinavians

Freya and Skål Keep Ballard’s Nordic Roots Alive

Two new establishments—a beer hall and a cafe—exalt Ballard’s Northern European heritage.

08/14/2018 By Rosin Saez

Restaurant Review

Review: The Evolution of Joli

Weirdly, it’s the shakeups that put this lovely Ballard dining room on its most solid ground.

04/25/2018 By Allecia Vermillion

Hopped Up

Trailbend Taproom Is (Softly) Open in Ballard

A proper restaurant (oh yeah, with 42 taps of beer) in the heart of the brewery district.

03/16/2018 By Allecia Vermillion

Drink Like Thor

Ballard Is Getting a Viking-Inspired Beer Hall

Skål Beer Hall will land in the former People’s Pub space this summer.

02/27/2018 By Stefan Milne

Dessert Alert

Oh, the Sweetest Thing: Frankie and Jo's Ballard Scoop Shop Opens March 2

Find it on Northwest 70th Street next to neighbors Rosellini's, Delancey, and the Pantry.

02/23/2018 By Rosin Saez

City Hall

Understanding the Burke-Gilman Trail's Legal Battle

How 1.4 miles became a neverending saga for the city.

02/07/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Yesssssss

Salt and Straw's 2 Seattle Locations Are Here

The Portland ice creamery opens its Ballard scoop shop on February 9, with Capitol Hill not far behind on February 16.

01/31/2018 By Rosin Saez

Cidergeist

Locust Cider Lands in Ballard

The Woodinville company brings the neighborhood its first cider taproom.

01/03/2018 By Stefan Milne

Critic's Picks

The Best Restaurants in Ballard Right Now

Destinationworthy pizza, fiery Southeast Asian noodle soups, and a bounty of brunch: One of Seattle’s most storied neighborhoods also houses a lot of terrific food.

11/13/2017 By Seattle Met Staff

Gather 'Round

Gather Kitchen and Bar Opens in Ballard This Week

Caviar pie, pig ear fries, duck rillettes...it all arrives this Thursday, October 5.

10/03/2017 By Rosin Saez

Hopped Up

Ballard's New Obec Brewing Brings a Backyard Vibe

Yes, yes, Ballard has a lot of breweries. This is another one. Deal with it.

09/05/2017 By Stefan Milne