10 Places to Wine, Dine and Celebrate in Ballard and Beyond This Summer

Summer in Seattle is in full swing, and that means warmer weather and 16-hour days are upon us. When the sun is shining and weather is warm, most Seattleites make the most of it by spending as much time outdoors as possible. If you fall in that category and outdoor dining is your calling, our city also has a lot to offer in terms of outdoor restaurants, rooftop venues, and more. If you’re trying to maximize your time spend outside this summer with some great places to celebrate, here are some places to try.

Bars and Breweries

Seattle has enough bars and breweries to keep you busy for a while. Some quality establishments to put in your summer dining bucket list include:

Peddler Brewing Company

This bike-friendly microbrewery and tasting room is a real treat in the summer. With a spacious outdoor seating area in the heart of Ballard equipped with eleven beers on tap and rotational cider, corn hole and other games, and permanent food trucks in their beer garden, it’s hard to beat a summer evening spent at Peddler Brewing Company.

Kings Hardware

Kings Hardware is a great Ballard hub for food and drinks. Their extensive menu features a variety of dining options, signature cocktails, and a variety of beer on tap. Their garden-like  outdoor seating area is a fun place to spend lunch, happy hour, or cocktail area.

Fremont Brewing Company

Slightly outside of Ballard but worth the extra ten minutes, Fremont Brewing Company is home to one of Seattle’s favorite outdoor beer gardens. This brewery features a wide variety of signature and rotating beers on tap that will suit beer lovers of all kinds.

Naked City Brewery and Taphouse

If you’re looking for a great place in Greenwood for a beer and a meal, Naked City is the place to be. With a robust menu of food and snacks and dozens of beers on tap, this place is hard to beat. Their outdoor Walrus Beer Garden is a great place to spend an afternoon happy hour in the Greenwood sunshine. They also have a new location on Camano Island!

Restaurants

Ballard and surrounding neighborhoods have no shortage of great restaurants as well. Some fun places to try include:

Ballard Loft

If burgers, beer, and creative appetizers are your calling, Ballard Loft is the place for you. This casual establishment in the heart of Ballard is perfect for lunch, drinks, dinner, or all of the above.

El Camion

If you’re looking for quality and large quantities of Mexican food at a great price, you can’t beat El Camion. With their restaurant in Ballard and several food trucks throughout the city, this place offers tasty food and pleasant outdoor seating area. Don’t miss their summertime sangria!

 

Bastille

If you’re looking for a great menu and a bit of a higher end dining experience, Bastille is your place. This restaurant features a great array of French and Mediterranean fusion from farm to table. You’ll come for the food and stay for the rooftop garden!

Parties and Private Venues

If you’re planning a party this summer or scoping out locations for big events next year, some great places to celebrate include:

Olympic Rooftop Pavilion

The Olympic Rooftop Pavilion is hard to beat for summertime parties and events. With seating for up to 100 guests and a great view of our city, this is a great spot for parties, weddings, and celebrations of all kinds. They also offer deals with Seattle’s Hotel Ballard if you have guests coming from out of town for your celebration.

Frolik Kitchen and Cocktails

Frolik Kitchen and Cocktails is a great place to celebrate occasions of all time. This trendy venue is great for an evening out on the town and private parties alike.

Woodinville Lavender Gardens

About 30 minutes out of Seattle but well worth the drive, Woodinville Lavender Gardens can be reserved for weddings, parties and more. This rustic venue is a beautiful backdrop for celebrations large and small.

Save the Date! Holiday Party & Barter Fair Dates Announced!

 

Sustainable Ballard’s annual Holiday Party & Barter Fair will be on December 6th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the Ballard Oddfellows Hall. Starting thinking about what you intend to bring to barter for that perfect holiday gift. Items should have a $5-10 or $15-20 value. Items of larger value than that can be traded for multiples of the lower value items.

In past years, barter items have included:

 

  • hand-crafted scarves, hats and aprons
  • home-grown or foraged produce
  • home-made jams, truffles, dried photo-1443994450376-d67ed1937914fruit, granola, beer and other delectable goodies
  • holiday swags, candle holders, table toppers
  • services such as yoga classes, sailboat cruises, refrigerator deep clean, massage and more

 

It’s going to be a great event and we can’t wait to see you all there!

Ballard SeafoodFest This Weekend! July 11th & 12th

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Ballard SeafoodFest is a 41 year old tradition that keeps the community reminded of Ballard’s historic fishing industry and Nordic roots. Attracting over 65,000 people, Ballard will host tons of local music, arts & crafts, family entertainment, a beer garden, a skate event, and loads of fresh local SEAFOOD.

Two days of free music? You don’t miss the good times and the epic music at the Veris Law Group PLLC and Vulcan Inc.MainStage… not to mention all the SEAFOOD!

SATURDAY
8:30-10:00 pm Pickwick
7:00-8:00 pm The Moondoggies
5:30-6:30 pm My Goodness
4:00-5:00 pm Eldridge Gravy & the Court Supreme
2:30-3:30 pm The Dip
1:00-2:00 pm Heels To The Hardwood

SUNDAY
7:30-9:00 pm The Maldives
6:00-7:00 pm The Young Evils
4:30-5:30 pm Lonesome Shack
3:00-4:00 pm TUBALUBA
1:30-2:30 pm Hillstomp
12:00-1:00 pm School of Rock Seattle

SEA you there!

Festival Hours
Saturday, July 11: 11 am to 10 pm
Sunday, July 12: 11 am to 9 pm

 

This Week In Ballard

TODAY! Wednesday April 8:

Ballard Chamber Monthly Luncheon
Rays Boathouse
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Central Ballard Residents Association
Ballard District Council Meeting
Seattle Public Library Meeting Room in Ballard

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, April 9:
Central Ballard Residents Association
Monthly Membership Meeting (all who are interested are welcome)
5350 Tallman Ave. Conference room A. First floor, main Swedish Hospital 
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
FRIDAY, April 10: 

Sticks & Stones Art Exhibit Party

5402 22nd Ave NW Seattle, WA 98107

(Free beer and wine for those of age)

7:00 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Moisture Festival (last weekend before closing)
Hale’s Ales Palladium, the Ballard brewery warehouse is converted into a Spring-time spectacle of local magic, acrobatics, burlesque, comedy, fresh beer and pure fun!
Shows at: 7:30 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.
General Admission: $20

SATURDAY, April 11:

Nordic Heritage Museum
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
COST: $60

Ballard ArtWalk
Downtown Ballard
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Moisture Festival (last weekend before closing)
Hale’s Ales Palladium, the Ballard brewery warehouse is converted into a Spring-time spectacle of local magic, acrobatics, burlesque, comedy, fresh beer and pure fun!
Shows at: 7:30 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.
General Admission: $20

Ballard Commons Park Needs Your Help!

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Ballard, we need your opinion!

Ballard’s Chamber of Commerce has reached a two-year agreement with the Seattle Parks Department to help veer activities in the Ballard Commons Park towards a more positive direction. With the support of a Seattle Parks Department employee who specializes in community park development, the Chamber of Commerce hopes to “activate” the park, and make is a space of which people want to spend time at.

The same agreement the Ballard Chamber of Commerce has reached with the Seattle Parks Department, helped the Cal Anderson Park in Capitol Hill, become one happening park – filled with summertime sun worshipers, families, soccer players, tennis pros, basketball hoopsters, bike polo hipsters and more. Once a reservoir, initially hit a roadblock in its lack of community use. Though the program, Cal Anderson Park saw vast improvements in terms of community involvement, recreational use and appreciation.

In 2006, the Cal Anderson Park Alliance (CAPA) was formed by the Seattle Parks Department, and according to their website the alliance aims to bring, “together citizens and Parks employees who are dedicated to generating creative, innovative activities, programs and events to activate Cal Anderson Park. Our goal is to build on and sustain healthy, safe and varied uses for the park.”

In order to create such a change, the Ballard Chamber of Commerce needs insight and feedback from Ballard locals on what activities they’d like to see offered in the Ballard Commons Park. And so, Executive Director Mike Stewart requests: “We’d like to hear your ideas about the types of events that could be planned for the park. It could be a smaller-scale event, such as a dog walk meet-up, a fitness class and buskers over the lunch hour. Or maybe a larger event like a concert or movie in the park.” Or a giant slip-n-slide on a hot summer day? Maybe some bocce ball? Now that’s what I’m talking about – let’s get the party started!

This next part is super important. If you truly want to see a change happen for the Ballard Commons Park, share your ideas, or better yet – offer to help! Both, would be ideal – but at the very least, unload your ideas here (it’s a survey for the Chamber of Commerce).

For more information about the initiative, click here.

 

February Real Estate Recap

This February we saw another unbalanced month of real estate in the northwest Seattle market. It continued the trend of last year of being a very strong sellers market as home prices jumped when compared year over year. With less homes coming on the market it is forcing the many buyers in the market to pay more, be aggressive with their offer, and compete in a multiple bid process, where often times the final sales price will end up well above the asking price. Below are some stats that will reinforce these points.

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For February 2015

  • 10% fewer homes came on the market than in February 2014
  • 7% fewer homes sold than in February 2014
  • The median home sold went for 16% more than in February 2014
  • There is currently less than a 1 month supply of inventory (which is lowest in King County)
  • Average days on market is 34 days (lowest in King County)

If you have any questions about the northwest Seattle real estate market feel free to reach out and we would be happy to assist.

*Statistics not compiled or published by the Northwest Multiple Listing Service

 

Where To Watch Super Bowl XLIX In Ballard

Super BowlStill undecided about where you’re watching the Super Bowl this Sunday? You’ll have no shortage of options in Ballard, where it seems like every bar, restaurant, and brewery will be showing the game on the big screen and have Seahawks-themed specials on the menu. Here’s a rundown of venues that will have you covered on game day.

Stoup Brewing – Stoup will be hosting the “Stouperbowl”, featuring $1 off every time the Seahawks score, and 12% off Uber rides to and from the brewery with discount code “stouperfan.” Food truck Big Spoon will be serving steaming hot bowls of chili to keep you going all day! (1108 NW 52nd St.)

The Gerald – Watch the game on The Gerald’s 120-inch projector screen while enjoying their always-delicious dinner fare. (5210 Ballard Ave. NW)

The Ballard Loft – Relive the magic of the NFC Championship game tomorrow night, as the Loft will be showing a replay of the game starting at 8:00 p.m. Pre-game festivities begin on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. with DJ Pheloneous, and best of all, no cover to get in! This place is always packed on game days, so get there early to stake out a spot. (5105 Ballard Ave. NW)

Kickin’ Boot Whiskey Kitchen – Multiple TVs mean every seat will have a view, and different specials will be on offer during each quarter of the game. Get there early for brunch starting at 11:00 a.m. and stick around for freshly smoked BBQ throughout the day! (5309 22nd Ave. NW)

Hilliard’s Beer – What better place to watch the biggest game of the year than at the home of the 12th Can? Hilliard’s will show the game on their giant projector screen, and the atmosphere here is always exciting! (1550 NW 49th St.)

Ballard Station Public House – You’ll want to show up early for this one, as they’re expected to be at capacity well before the game’s 3:30 p.m. kickoff. Doors open at 1:00 p.m., and there will be drink specials and giveaways all afternoon! (2236 NW Market St.)

The Lock & Keel – This longtime Ballard Avenue watering hole has been celebrating all week by showing last year’s playoff games, with specials on Hilliard’s 12th Cans and other Hawks-themed drinks, and the party most likely won’t stop until after we’ve won the Super Bowl (again!). (5144 Ballard Ave. NW)

Bad Jimmy’s Brewing Co. – If you want to watch the Super Bowl on the big screen with the added bonus of some Ballard’s best beers on tap, Bad Jimmy’s is your place. Bring a picnic, as this tasting room does not serve food. (4358B Leary Way NW)

Volterra – If you’re looking for a little more refined atmosphere, Ballard’s resident Italian restaurant will be getting in the spirit with cocktail specials with names such as the Onside Kick and the Deflate Brady’s Fireball, and menu items including the Beast Runnin’ Wild Boar Sliders (and yes, the game will be on!). (5411 Ballard Ave. NW)

WingMasters Sports Bar – For that classic sports bar atmosphere, delicious wings, and people who are REALLY into the Hawks, head to WingMasters. Again, you’ll want to get here early to grab a seat! (5811 24th Ave. NW)

Zayda Buddy’s – Enjoy some down-home food while watching the game at this Midwest-themed bar, and you’ll have a chance to win some class Midwest team apparel, too! (5405 Leary Ave. NW)

Halloween Events In Ballard This Weekend!

DCF 1.0There are a couple of kids’ Halloween events happening in the neighborhood this weekend we wanted to alert you about:

Friday, October 24, is the Loyal Heights Community Center’s Halloween Carnival from 6:00-8:00 p.m. $12 gets you a wristband good for unlimited carnival games and activities (tickets can also be bought for 50 cents each), and there will also be mini pumpkin decorating, a cake walk, crafts and prizes. All proceeds will benefit the Loyal Heights Community Center.

Sunday, October 26, is the annual Halloween on Holman trick-or-treating event from 2:00-4:00 p.m., where kids will visit businesses in Carkeek Plaza and Holman Road Square to collect tasty treats!

Let us know if there are any other events happening that we missed!

Classic Brick In Blue Ridge Available For $2,195,000

Blue RidgeThis beautiful three-bedroom home in Blue Ridge overlooking the Puget Sound and Olympics is on the market for the first time in 37 years! Classic features such as hardwood floors, French doors, and a fireplace alongside modern amenities make this an extremely comfortable home. Enjoy a large wrap-around lot featuring Italianate terraces, lush greenery, and the ever-present mountain and sound views. Extraordinary construction and details, fantastic living spaces, gracious scale, and old-world ambiance. Two-car garage with storage. If you are interested in this home or other homes in the neighborhood, contact your real estate agent today!

Ballard SeafoodFest Is This Weekend!

seafoodAs a neighborhood with deep maritime roots, it’s only fitting that Ballard would have an entire festival devoted to seafood. The 40th anniversary of the Ballard SeafoodFest (and second iteration of the accompanying BeerFest), takes over Market Street and Ballard Avenue this weekend with more than 20 food vendors offering everything from Filipino-style seafood to Northwest crab cakes and, of course, the traditional salmon barbecue.

BeerFest has expanded this year, and will be featuring some familiar names from around the neighborhood at its new spot near the main music stage at 22nd Avenue NW and Ballard Avenue. Look for Hilliard’s, Reuben’s, Stoup, Bad Jimmy’s, NW Peaks, and Peddler, along with many more breweries from around the Northwest. 14 ounce beers are $5.00, and there will be wine for $7 for all of you non-beer-drinkers. For more family-friendly activities, head to Ballard Commons Park for the skateboard competition, the giant kids’ slide, and vendors offering a wide array of stuff just for kids. Make sure to come back on Sunday afternoon for the kids’ superhero costume contest and the raffle drawing – the grand prize is two tickets on Iceland Air!

Festivities are slated to begin at 11:00 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, and BeerFest wraps up at 10:00 each night. Click here for a full schedule of the events!