Another renowned brewery lands in Ballard and 4 more new bar openings in Seattle
Bale Breaker Brewing Co. and Yonder Cider tasting room
826 NW 49th St., Ballard, Seattle; bbycballard.com
This long-awaited tasting room finally makes its debut in trendy Ballard Beer, with a 6,200 square foot facility that includes a backyard with fire pits. Expect outdoor film screenings in the future. Children and dogs are allowed here. Likely due to all the fatigue associated with the COVID-19 lockdown, Ballard’s beer gardens have been crowded in recent months with long waiting lists. This new outdoor space should bring some relief. The 32 beer and hard cider taps showcase Yakima hops and Wenatchee apples. Bale Breaker also makes some of the best fresh hop beers in the area and is expected to release a few batches in the coming weeks. There’s even an on-site still for owners to play with, so expect apple brandy, gin, and whiskey in the future.
Station 18 Eat & Drink
5425 Russell Avenue NW, Ballard, Seattle; station18ballard.com
This Ballard bar is located in a historic monument that once housed a fire station. In recent years, this space housed Hi-Life bar and then Valentinetti’s restaurant, and it has now reverted to a bar under new owners Kate Barrett, of Kate’s Pub, and Erik Nilsen. The 148-seat space includes a patio where dogs are allowed. Children are welcome in the dining room until 9 p.m. The food is described by management as ‘backyard barbecue’ flavors, with smoked and grilled meats including burnt pork belly ends, burgers, tacos, and pizza. There are 12 craft beers on tap as well as two giant screens and five televisions for watching the games. The owners are delaying opening on Sunday until they can find more help in the kitchen.
La Taverne Victor
2121 Sixth Avenue, Denny Triangle, Seattle; 206-649-4040, ethanstowellrestaurants.com/locations/victor-tavern
Ethan Stowell takes over Tom Douglas’ former Via6 restaurant space, across from the Amazon Spheres. Its 2,500 square foot restaurant and bar features a heated terrace and two bars, including a mezzanine with pool tables, shuffleboard and other table games. Children are allowed in the dining room. The 200-seat Victor Tavern, with 10 TVs to watch all Seahawks, Kraken, and college games, targets office workers and residents of nearby apartments. Lots of burgers and sandwiches like crab roll and French dip, and the daily happy hour runs from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. with $ 8 cocktails and small platters such as beef tartare. Talented bartender Erik Carlson, who made up the craft cocktail list here, now oversees the alcohol program for all Stowell’s restaurants.
Snowy River Cocktail Co
2800 E. Madison St., Madison Park, Seattle; 206-402-5486 snowyrivercocktailbars.com
This Bellingham-based bar lands on Madison Park’s main drag, with plans to have a $ 12 burger and beer night on Wednesdays, while hosting comedic improv and live music the other nights. The range of 30 cocktails ranges from a rum-watermelon cocktail to a chocolate martini, with shared platters such as baked brie and shrimp ceviche. The 83-seat bar also has a covered and heated terrace that can accommodate 40 more in winter. Children are allowed in the dining room until 9 p.m. Snowy River Cocktail Co also serves as a retail outlet, selling sugars and rim salts and other cocktail ingredients for your home bar.
Tony T Sports Lounge
1518 First Ave. S., Sodo, Seattle; 206-577-7096, tonytssportslounge.com
This sports bar across from T-Mobile Park aims to be the go-to place for all games. Located in the former Henry’s Tavern space, Tony T’s has 19 flat screens and management plans to subscribe to all premium sports packages so sports fans can request any game. Tony T’s has an extensive menu. Bar including basics like burgers and wings with $ 6 margaritas during weekday happy hour (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.). Plans are underway to add a beer garden. The sports bar was also a meeting place for spectators from the nearby WAMU theater and the SoDo Showbox.