The Best Bars in Ballard: Great Drinks in Seattle
Need a drink? The bars in this neighborhood of Seattle know how to mix it just right! These are the best bars for a trendy concoction in Ballard.
Ballard is an amazing, hipster neighborhood of Seattle and a great place to visit for lovers of fine foods and determinably daring cocktails. These are the spots to put at the top of your list while you are visiting Ballard if you are searching for unique, eccentric and, at times, brazen beverages.
Whacky, wild, and will make you a daring concoction should be the subtitle of this Ballard bar. Visitors agree that the menu of beverages served in this establishment took not only time-tested skills, but also big imagination. All of this brought to you in a tiny corner of Seattle. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to mingle with the prominent artists of Paris in the 1920s? Then put this bar at the top of your to do list when visiting Ballard. You will not only get a drink that will knock your socks off, but you will meet some eccentric and talented mixers and musicians. The atmosphere and antics make this a must see for those who like a little show with their cocktails.
Percy's & Co.
Can you say one-of-a-kind? I will just start by saying that they grow their own herbs and other produce on the roof. These freshest of the fresh ingredients go directly from homegrown cultivation into your drinks and food. The result is out of this world cocktails made using herb-infused alcohols. Ever tasted lemongrass or dill infused vodka? Cilantro or rosemary infused gin? Didn't think so. If you think you have tried everything, then Percy's & Co will delightfully surprise you with new possibilities.
Furthermore, if you are feeling like you need a boost to your brain power or female balance, then add a tincture to your cocktail at no extra cost. They can serve you up an herbal remedy for various dispositions with an apothecary cocktail. If you are in town and are looking for something you will not be able to find anywhere else in the world, then Percy's & Co is the perfect stop for you.
The Noble Fir
The Noble Fir appeals to the beer and wine lover within us all. The Pacific Northwest is known for its infamous brewing scene, and out of all the bars in Ballard, The Noble Fir is the place to immerse yourself in the local brewing culture. There are always several local beers on tap. Not sure which one will suit your taste buds best? Don't fret, the bartenders will hand you endless samples until you know exactly which local brew does the trick for you.
And they did not forget about you, winos! The wine list is as long as Yosemite Sam's mustache, but with a quality to appease the pickiest among your group. Red, white or rose, you will meet your match at this Ballard hotspot. The Noble Fir also has small plates of delectable cheeses, olives and other wonderfully yummy bites. If you are on your way to a dinner engagement, need a quick respite from the streets or want to spend the night sampling some quality local brews, this pub is your destination.
Many Seattle visitors and locals end up here because they are waiting for a table at the Walrus and Carpenter restaurant next door, but those who happen to wander into the Barnacle are never disappointed. The Barnacle accomplishes a style rooted in Italian cocktail design, putting together dazzling concoctions with amaro, campari, and more amaro! The bartenders here have mastered mixology, creating specialty drinks for their guests based on personal preferences of flavors and textures.
The Barnacle also has a small food menu, rotating daily based on what quality ingredients are locally available. Patrons also love the friendly wait staff and the intimate setting that is quiet enough for mellow conversation. Whether you are heading to the Walrus and Carpenter or just have an appreciation for those who really know their craft, then the Barnacle is a great bar for your Ballard visit.
If you are searching for casual and comfortable, then grab a pint or two at the Thunderbird Tavern. After opening just within the last 2 years, this pub quickly became a local favorite for the neighborhood feel and the selection of wonderfully tasty sausages. The Thunderbird Tavern proves that you do not have to have an upscale ambience to have quality beverages, food and staff. They serve microbrews and local ciders alongside Coors, making this a great spot, no matter what you may be in the mood for. Being a local patron or a long-distance visitor makes no difference. At the Thunderbird Tavern, you are at home.
Essex is a cocktail and full restaurant known for its delicately crafted Italian foods and drinks. Locals keep coming back for Tiki & Taco nights held traditionally on Tuesdays. The menu is absolutely dreamy with a specialty burger and polenta fries. Their desserts take a new twist on old favorites like apple cake with miso caramel and chocolate chip cookie (served baked, or not!).
If you think it's difficult to decide on your food choices, just wait until you see the two pages packed with selections of cocktails, beer and wine. After seeing some of the cocktail recipes, you will want to try every one on the menu! With ingredients like chai and walnut liquor, you get the idea that these Essex bartenders are pretty bold folks!
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