Kiss Cafe raises $$$$$ for Asher Deaver

According to MyBallard.com this past Saturday the Kiss Cafe raised over $15,000 for Asher Deaver a Ballard musician who is facing surgery to remove tumors from his head. Asher who went into surgery today was shocked at the generosity of the people who attended. Kegs of beer were donated with all of the proceeds that night going directly to a fund for his surgery. Hundreds of people cycled through the Kiss Cafe to support Asher and his worthy cause.

If you would like to donate to this cause the Kiss Cafe is also having a raffle to raise additional funds. The tickets are $10 each and you have a chance to win a 2 night stay at the Inn at Langley or an Ipad. You will be able to buy tickets through the end of this week with the winners being chosen on Monday. For more information on last Saturday’s event visit the MyBallard Blog or the Kiss Cafe facebook page!

Greenwood Street Soccer

Saturday August 10th is the 2nd annual Greenwood Street Soccer Tournament put on by Naked City Brewery, Summer Streets, and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s Innovators Network. This 3 on 3 soccer tournament will take place on Greenwood Ave between 85th and 87th with sectioned off fields lining the street. If you are interested in putting a team together you are encouraged to pre-register as only a limited amount of teams will be allowed to participate. 

Friday night Naked City Brewing will host a pre-tournament party from 7-10pm offering up drink specials to get everyone fueled up for the following days games. All proceeds from the event will go directly to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research.  For much more information about this event, please visit their website here.

  • Price: $150/team
  • When: Fri-Sat August 9th-10th
  • Where: Greenwood Ave between 85th-87th
  • Why: Sounds like a good time

Happy Hour & Brewery Tour in Ballard Tonight

According to MyBallard.com, Hale’s Ales Brewery (4301 Leary Way NW) is throwing a happy hour and brewery tour tonight in partnership with Net Impact – Seattle to help promote sustainability and corporate social responsibility. The tour will begin at 6:15 pm with the event concluding at 8:30 pm. 

For more information on this event as well as to RSVP for it, please visit their Facebook event here. Hale’s has been promoting sustainability in their processes and has obtained their ingredients from local companies for more than 25 years. If you would like to see how a brewery can promote sustainability or would just like to enjoy a fresh cold beer after work, stop on by Hale’s tonight!

Ballard Ranks 5th According to Walkscore.com

According to this Ballard News Tribune article, Ballard has a walk score of 94 which ranks them 5th out of 100 neighborhoods in Seattle. Ballard features over one hundred restaurants & bars packed in its dense urban setting as well as grocery stores, libraries, parks, and a post office, all of which are within a short distance from each other. As the high ranking indicates, not many neighborhoods in Seattle offer as much variety and in such a close proximity as Ballard does.

One of the reasons why Ballard is ranked as high as they are is because of the diversity of places that are within a 5 minute walk. This is one of the strongest indicators of how walkable a neighborhood is according to Walkscore.com.  In case you were wondering, the 4 neighborhoods ahead of Ballard are:

4. Cascade
3. Belltown
2. South Lake Union
1. Denny Triangle

With this great summer weather that we are currently having get outside and walk around Ballard and make sure to let us know what you think about our walk score of 94!

Happy Hour in Ballard

With summer just beginning we thought it was the perfect time to highlight the happy hour scene in Ballard. The Hi-Life which is located just off of Market St. on Russell Ave is the perfect place to meet your friends after a long day at the office. They offer a great selection of $4 food items that include Margherita Pizza, Mac & Cheese, Onion Rings, Suicide Sliders, and many more treats. For beverages you can choose from eight northwest beers, house wine, or well drinks, each for only $3.50. They also offer seasonal specialty cocktails for $5. 

Happy Hour at the Hi-Life runs everyday from 3:00 pm to 6:30 pm and 10 pm to close. On Tuesday’s it goes all evening long from 3 pm until close.  For a complete menu of their happy hour please visit there website at Chowfoods.com.

Ballard’s Copper Gate Bar is Closing

This week is your last chance to grab a beer at the Copper Gate Bar in Ballard as they are set to close their doors at the end of this month for the final time. The Copper Gate is known for their classic Viking ship bar top, quality food, and live music performances.

A brief message can be found on the Copper Gate Facebook page that reads, “We enjoyed serving people for seven years. It’s been a good run,” says the owners of Copper Gate. “We would like to thank our loyal customers, our staff, the musicians who performed at our space, and Ballard for having us. We had a great time having the place and we wish the new owners the best.”

Also on their Facebook page they state that a celebration of the Copper Gate will be held on Sunday June 30th starting at 5pm. So head on down for one final drink and celebrate the many years of tradition that the Copper Gate has provided Ballard.

Reverb Music Festival in Ballard This Weekend

Living in Seattle, we’re spoiled with the talent from local musicians, and the Reverb Festival, presented by Seattle Weekly in Ballard this Saturday is the perfect place to fall in love with a new favorite. If you’re on a budget, but would love to explore the local realm, this is a great opportunity to check out what Seattle is all about.

The Reverb Festival is a single day chalked full of more than 50 bands spread across eight venues in Ballard. For just $10 you get a pass allowing access to all venues throughout the day featuring artists in hip hop, country, rock, and punk rock. The festival begins at 4:00PM and runs until around 1:00am or the bars close, so round up your friends and head over to Ballard tomorrow for a great night out, on the cheap!

Kickin Boot Whiskey to Open Next Thursday

Photo Courtesy of facebook.com/kickinboot

As we’d mentioned in a previous article, the folks who run the Matador restaurants are opening another restaurant, but leaving the extensive Tequila list at home; Kickin Boots Whiskey in Ballard will open next Thursday, catering to all the dark liquor and BBQ lovers in town! The building owners told the restaurateurs to keep as much of the original building as possible, and they catered to the request by keeping the original ceiling and floors in tact.

Kickin Boot has an outdoor patio that seats 50, all ages dining area, and a wrap around bar with a Southern touch. The patio has heated floors and a pull down garage door perfect for Seattle’s unpredictable weather, but according to My Ballard, the owners hope to keep the patio open throughout the summer. For more information on the grand opening, visit Kickin Boot’s website.

Top Ten Restaurants and Bars in Ballard of 2011

As a Ballardite who lacks an inner Julia Child, I find myself eating out a lot. Fortunately, Ballard is home to a large variety of restaurants, so I’m never bored. One Ballard couple took it upon themselves to eat and review every single restaurant and bar in Ballard. This is quite a feat, as our neighborhood has a lot to offer. One year later, they had made their top 10 list. Here is the list with links to each restaurant:

10. Tie between Flying Squirrel Pizza and Bastille
9. Copper Gate
8. The Boar’s Nest
7.Pasta Bella
6. Thai Thani
5. The Sexton
4. Ocho
3. La Carte de Oaxaca
2. The Walrus and the Carpenter
1. Plaka Estiatorio

So, Ballardites, what do you think? Do you agree with this list? What did the Seattle couple leave out? What adjustments would you make?

I’ve reviewed La Carta de Oaxaca and agree that it is absolutely delicious. Looking at this list, I’m honestly embarrassed that I haven’t been to many of these delicious places! Where have I been eating? It looks like I have a mission!

Amber Den to Open in Ballard in February

Amber Den is opening in Ballard in February. Located at 1556 N.W. 56th St., the Amber Den will focus on serving fine wine, craft beer, and Mediterranean small plates in a comfortable atmosphere. Owner Nick Simonton is hoping to allow people to appreciate fine foods while in a relaxed atmosphere. For more info, please visit its website, Facebook, or Twitter.

In my opinion, this is a fantastic idea for a Ballard restaurant. In a city where we wear gortex to the nicest Seattle restaurants, Amber Den epitomizes the personality of Seattleites. I’m excited to see this place open up in my neighborhood and can’t wait to try it out. It’s also in a nice, developing area of Ballard that currently has a lot of open spaces. Neighboring spaces will be important to Amber Den’s success, as a way to draw people away from Ballard Avenue and toward this location. To see the open spaces, view them here.

Courtesy of Ewing & Clark