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The End is Near! What’s UP with this house?

Edith Macefield House  1438 NW 46th Street Seattle, WA 98107 Located between N 14th Avenue & N 15th Avenue in Ballard (Map) Facebook | Wikipedia | Read the Book | Zillow | Photo Gallery NEIGHBORHOOD UPDATE: December 13, 2017 The Edith Macefield House and underlying property have been bought by the same investment group behind Ballard Blocks (KG Investments)…
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Annual Ballard Winter Solstice Party

"Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face." - Victor Hugo. Regnor and Carrie’s Annual Winter Solstice has been a community affair for over 15 years on top of Sunset Hill.  It will be in full swing with arts and music and potluck with friends and families at Sunset Hill Community Association…
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Catch the Christmas Ship and Choir at Ballard Locks Dec. 16

"Tradition wears a snowy beard, romance is always young. " - John Greenleaf Whittier. Each year, Seattle's own Argosy Cruises organizes the Christmas Ship, which sails from Seattle, through the Ballard Locks, around Lake Washington, and back to Seattle. There are three ways to experience the Christmas Ship and Choir: Ride on the lead boat.…
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2018 Trend to Watch – Yelp’s Influence in Restaurant Discovery

"Leadership is influence." - John C . Maxell. Who dominates on Google search for Seattle restaurants? When it comes to local search, you will find that Google Places has taken over the top organic results of its own search engine.  Yelp remains a strong second on Google for restaurant related searches, at least in Seattle. …
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Fried Chicken in Seattle: 2018 Readers’ Choice

"Everyone loves fried chicken, Don't ever make it. Ever. Buy it from a place that makes good fried chicken." - Nora Ephron. The ChefSteps video below was posted on EAT Ballard Facebook page in December 2017 and the recommendations came rolling in on where to eat fried chicken in Seattle restaurants.  Ready?  Here are the…
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Can you name this peak?

"It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves." - Sir Edmund Hillary. The photo below shows the view of Mt. Baker from Seattle today, December 5, 2017!  It was captured by the KING 5 webcam atop Queen Anne. The summit of this volcano clocks in at just under 11,000 feet.  It is the 3rd…
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Things to do on a Rainy Day: Bowling in Ballard

"Bowling, I like bowling. I've been getting into this bowling thing. It's kinda fun." - Queen Latifah. Ballard has not been the same since much beloved Sunset Bowl closed in 2008.  There are rumors of a planned bowling alley for either Ballard or Fremont in 2018.   So, in the meantime, what's a girl to do?…
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Five Great Spots to Watch the Sunset over Ballard

  "The sky broke like an egg into full sunset and the water caught fire." - Pamela Hansford Johnson. Here is a list of great places to watch a Seattle sunset in and around Ballard!  The numbers correspond to the numbers on the map below. Sunset Hill Park - awesome! Fremont Peak Park - awesome…
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Shilshole Bay Marina Customer Appreciation Party

"Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well. " - Voltaire. Ballard's own Shilshole Bay Marina (owned by Port of Seattle) invites moorage customers and neighbors to join them for a customer appreciation holiday party.  Happens December 8th at the Marina Office between 4:30 and 7:00…
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Ballard Facts and Trivia

A Million Cool Things Everyone should Know about Ballard Facts and Trivia. Ballard was established in 1889 as a mill town on the water.  Within 15 years, it was one of the biggest mill towns in America.  Today, this Seattle neighborhood retains a small town feel, but with an increasingly urban flair.  Ballard adjoins water on…
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Planning a special event in Seattle?  Check out this list of Ballard event venues for private dining, parties, weddings, family reunions, corporate events and networking meetings in this delicious North Seattle neighborhood.


Ballard Bay Club

Perfect event space for Weddings, Parties, Conferences and Banquets on Shilshole Bay.


Salmon Bay Club from the beach in Ballard.


Ballard Bay Club is a waterfront event space for 150 to 1,000 people on one of Seattle's choicest waterfront stretches, replete with palm trees and sandy beach provide a picture perfect location for a special family, community or business event.

Unfettered views onto the Olympic Mountains, breathtaking sunsets and passing tugboats are the backdrop for weddings, proms, conferences and parties of all sorts here on Puget Sound's Shilshole Bay.  Ballard Bay Club is operated by Seattle's own Jewel Hospitality.  Schedule a tour today.

6413 Seaview Avenue NW
Seattle WA, 98107 map
(206) 524 - 4918

Ballard Bay Club Website
Jewel Hospitality Facebook page


Perfect for Bachelor and Bachelorette Parties in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood.


Good times at Olaf's in Ballard.

olafLong time Ballard residents recall the Copper Gate, which is now Olaf' about 5 blocks from QFC in the center of Ballard (lovely walk).  The specialties here are beer, burgers and fun with plenty of TV screens for sports or whatever the crowd dictates!

In its first year, Olaf's was named Best Neighborhood Pub in Seattle by the readers of Seattle Magazine.  The famous Pussy Door leads to the back room, which has cocktail lounge style seating, pinball machines and huge projector screen.  Drop by to see if this is the right venue for your big event!

 6301 24th Ave NW
Seattle WA, 98107 map
(206) 297-6122

Olaf's Website
Olaf's Facebook page

Leif Erikson Lodge

Perfect Venue for Weddings, Family Reunions and Business Luncheons in Nordic Style in the Heart of Ballard.

Leif Erikson Lodge Ballard Event Venues

Leif Erikson Lodge can accommodate groups of all sizes in the heart of Ballard.

leif-erikson-lodge-ballard-logoOf all Ballard event venues, this may be one of the best known.  As the site of innumerable community and family events over the years, Leif Erikson Lodge in Ballard is beloved by most residents who have lived here more than a few years.  This is also where the local Norwegian community in Ballard has united for decades.

The Grand Hall at Leif Erikson Lodge can accommodate up to 125 guest and has an adjoining kitchen for you to use or to put at the disposal of your favorite caterer.  Space for small meetings and events is also available.

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Traffic is as much part of life in Ballard as are the sweeping vistas, the beaches, the Ballard Locks, Ballard Avenue, Market Street and the Edith Macefield House.  Below are live images and information Ballardites like to have at their fingertips, including a Tide Chart.

Live shot of Ballard waterfront (saltwater side) looking West over Shilshole Bay Marina from the offices of Seattle Yachts.  If you are not seeing a live view, then refresh your browser.

Live traffic conditions around Greater Seattle and on arterials leading to Ballard.

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Popular Happy Hours:

  • Hi-Life - Happy Hour weekdays 8:30-11 AM.  Every day 3-6:30 PM and again after 10 PM.  On Tuesdays 3 PM til close.
  • Olaf's - Happy Hour Monday through Saturday 3-6 PM and all day Sundays for deluxe burgers, beer and pinball.
  • Bramling Cross - Celebrate in style!  Happy hour from 5-6 PM and 10-11 PM daily at the bar on historic Ballard Avenue.
  • Percy's Seattle - Specials on craft cocktails and appetizers daily 4-6 PM and 4 PM until close on Mondays.
  • Shiku Sushi - Combine a California Roll and Manny's beer for under $10!  Happy Hour is served 4:30-6:30 PM during the week and 12-6 PM on weekends.
  • 8oz. Burgers Ballard - Happy Hour daily from 4-6 PM and 9 PM until close at this growing, premium burger joint.  Wednesday is Industry Night - get a deal with proof of employment in any neighboring bar or restaurant.
  • Hazlewood - Quintessential Ballard hangout with strong connections to the Seattle music community.  Happy hour daily 4-7 PM and Sundays all night.
  • Hale's Ales Brew Pub - Happy Hour Monday-Friday 3-6 PM and Late Night Sunday-Thursday 9-10 PM; Friday & Saturday 10-11 PM.  Seven Buck Lunch is always $7 Monday-Friday, 11 AM-3 PM.
  • Bad Jimmy's Brewing Co. & Tasting Room - Sad Hour Sunday -Thursday 10 PM-Midnight with great deal on growler refills
  • Need more happy hour options in Ballard?  No problem.  Dozens of other popular spots are within a few blocks of one another for Happy Hour.  Check out Gracia, Stoneburner, Senor Moose Cafe, Hotel Albatross (not a hotel), Ballard Loft, Moshi Moshi Sushi, 4B's Ballard - formerly Ballard Grill & Ale House (lots of pool tables), Market Arms Pub, Kangaroo & Kiwi, Cafe Mox Game Parlour (for board game lovers, Skillet Diner, Shelter Lounge, Lock & Keel, Conor Byrne, The Sexton, Pono Ranch, Essex, Delancey, Brimmer & Heeltap, San Fermo, Golden Beetle, Bramling Cross, Bastille, Hattie's Hat, Marine Hardware at Staple & Fancy, La Isla, Matador, King's Hardware, The Walrus and the Carpenter, Ballard Annex Oyster House and Ocho.  So many options.  The fun is in discovering the places you love in Ballard!
  • Organize a Ballard bar crawl.  It's easy.  Meet your crew at the intersection of Market Street and Ballard Avenue; walk any direction!  Most happy hours are between 3 and 6 PM with some variances.  Happy hour starts again at select places after 10.  Mondays and Tuesdays are good to find all day Happy Hours.  Cheers!

The following restaurants, coffee shops and bakeries serve BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER in the heart of Ballard.  These are all within easy walking distance:

  • Hi-Life serves all day in the spacious, beautifully renovated 1911 fire station.  Perfect for business, social or family outing.  Separate bar and private dining area.  Seasonal menu of local, farm-fresh products.  A must-see.  Open every day!
  • Senor Moose Cafe is known by locals for its unwavering commitment and creative homage to fresh Mexican cuisine.  Small, colorful and absolutely worth a visit.  Good value and unique.  Seattle Magazine calls it "the best breakfast in town".  Open daily.
  • The venerable Cupcake Royale and Verite Coffee is a community favorite and popular meeting spot next to the movie theater.  Cupcake Royale serves more than just coffee and caffeine; it serves joy.  Open all day, every day!

These popular places serve lunch, dinner and dessert in the heart of Ballard:

  • Porkchop & Co. has built a reputation in the neighborhood for beautiful, innovative dishes using local, farm-fresh products.  Popular for brunch.  Open Tuesday through Sunday.
  • Red Mill Totem House Burgers is the place to for food next to the Ballard Locks.  Red Mill onion rings have received national acclaim and pair beautifully with fish & chips or burgers, which have brought pleasure to countless locals, families and visitors.
  • Volterra is an esteemed culinary destination in Ballard.  The blend of  contemporary Italian cuisine, art, decor, service and wine have earned Volterra national acclaim.  This is a must-see and a must-taste.  Open daily for lunch and dinner!  Lunch options include a prix-fixe menu and takeout.     
  • Hale's Ale's Brew Pub serves lunch and dinner daily in the neighborhood's oldest independent, local brewery.  A filling Seven Buck Lunch is always $7 on weekdays.  Fresh beer, fresh food and fresh pizza await all who visit this active and esteemed Ballard brewery.
  • India Bistro may be the best value for lunch in Ballard with choice of delicious buffet or a-la-carte North Indian cuisine.  India Bistro also offers takeout and catering.  Open every day from 11 AM!
  • The Matador is ideally located at the top of historic Ballard Avenue.  This is a Seattle hot spot reputed for its Tequila Bar, good food and action.  The nachos rank among best in town.  A stylish meeting point for any occasion with sidewalk seating available.  Open daily from 11 AM to 2 AM!
  • Ballard Loft is Seattle sports central in Ballard.  Located in a funky, fun space with beautiful patio, games, screens and contemporary bar menu.  Ballard Loft will keep you coming back.  Open every day until 1:30 AM.

These fine establishments specialize in serving dinner:

  • Percy's & Co. was nominated as one of America's Best New Bars within two years of opening on this historic stretch of Ballard Avenue.  Stylish booth seating, long high-top tables seating 20 and a covered back patio.  Craft cocktails are concocted by Joe and Kyle to cure your ills, apothecary-style.  Delectable menu and well worth a visit.  Open every day until 2 AM.
  • The Gerald is craft cocktails and comfort food with a cool, mid-century vibe, a perfect stop while visiting Ballard's three vinyl record shops.  Vegetarian and vegan options on the menu with a back room for larger parties and private events.  Open every day for dinner until late and all day on weekends!
  • Ballard Annex Oyster House connects the neighborhood to its nautical roots with fresh seafood, a bustling oyster & shellfish bar and an impressive, separate cocktail space for large parties and private events.  Ballard Annex has many local fans and regulars.  Open daily for dinner and all day on weekends!
  • Olaf's was voted best Neighborhood Pub in Seattle by readers of Seattle Magazine in 2015.  Olaf's burgers, beers and good cheer keep locals coming back week after week.  Everything on the menu is prepared with attention to detail and love.  If you don't mind the vagina door and TV screens, then you will love Olaf's.  Open daily from 3 PM to 2 AM.
  • These local establishments also serve dinner, coffee, beer and other tasty treats evenings in Ballard: Hi-Life, Red Mill Totem House BurgersPorkchop & Co.The MatadorIndia BistroBallard Loft, Hale's Ale's Brew Pub, Volterra and Cupcake Royale.

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Food, Fun & Beer Map

Here is the EAT Ballard Food, Fun and Beer Map.   Check out: Restaurants, bars, bakeries, cafes and dessert shops; Local breweries, tap rooms, distillers and much more; Points of interest for visitors, tourists and residents.
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Getting to Ballard is worth it!  Timing is everything.            

Many people walk or bike to Ballard.  The best known local secret for pedestrians and bikers is probably the crossing at the Hiram Chittenden Locks (Ballard Locks), which connects Ballard to Magnolia, Fishermen's Terminal and the lovely Ship Canal Trail.  Give it a shot!  It's an awesome route passing the fish ladder, the locks, the botanical garden and ending up in the culinary heart of Seattle.

Ways to reach Ballard:

    • Plane.  Actually, this would be the most difficult way to reach us.  We need to look into it.  Boeing Field is the general aviation airport closest to Ballard.  Seatac International Airport is a 45 to 60 minute car ride from Ballard at mid-day.
    • Helicopter. Possible.  Call us and we will be happy to set up a great landing spot for you and invite you to lunch.
    • Boat/yacht.  No problem.  Just around the corner, on the salt water side of the locks, Shilshole Bay Marina offers world-class amenities for boaters and yachters.  Shilshole is a 5-7 minute Uber ride from the center of Ballard.
    • Foot/bike.  Our favorite mode of transportation.  Check out our  Walking Map.  Good for bikers too.
    • Public transit.  Not great, but available and navigable.  Bus from downtown Seattle will drop you right by the Edith Macefield House, a stone's throw from all the action.
    • Car.  Isn't this how most of us get around?  The options are endless from battery operated to chauffeured.  Cars are our modern day equivalent of a king's stable.  To be green, don't drive around in circles for street parking; head to one of the numerous pay lots or to Swedish Hospital's 400 car garage.  It will save you time the short walk will feel great!

Travel Time Estimates from Key Destinations (check your GPS)

    • From Ballard Locks: 3-5 minutes
    • From Shilshole Bay Marina: 6-8 minutes
    • From Woodland Park Zoo: 6-8 minutes
    • From Golden Gardens Park:  8-10 minutes
    • From Carkeek Park:  11-14 minutes
    • From Green Lake: 12-15 minutes
    • From University of Washington:  15-20 minutes
    • From Northgate:  15-20 minutes
    • From the Space Needle: 15-20 minutes
    • From South Lake Union: 15-20 minutes
    • From Seatac International Airport: 35-60 minutes
    • From Redmond: 30-40 minutes
    • From Mercer Island:  25-40 minutes
    • From North Seattle:  20-30 minutes
    • From Everett: 35-50 minutes
    • From Bellingham: 1.5 hours
    • From Vancouver: 3 hours
    • From Portland: 3.5 hours
    • Door-to-door from Paris center: 16 hours
    • Door-to-door from Shanghai center:  18 hours


Of course, there can be congestion on the way to Ballard, including the possibility of a Pacific Fleet Fishing Boat or tall masted sailboat causing one of the draw bridges to open.  However, thanks to the GPS mapping system on your phone from the brilliant minds at Microsoft and Google, surprises are generally avoidable.

We know it's easier and more pleasant to drive here without traffic, but don't let it stop you.   Enjoy your voyage in the car, hopefully not alone and with someone you love.  You will be transported back in time when you reach Ballard where you will be welcomed warmly by the local business owners and workers.  It's worth it!

Here is a live look at traffic around Greater Seattle and arterials leading to Ballard.


Did you know that up to 40% of urban traffic congestion is from cars circling the streets for street parking?  You can help reduce congestion by driving directly to the 400-car parking garage at Swedish Hospital or using one of the other local pay lots on this map from the Ballard Alliance (formerly Ballard Chamber of Commerce) and Seattle Department of Transportation.



Gift Card Pool – Business Signup

SignupHow it worksBenefitsFAQRecipientsDepositReports   This program originated from a volunteer initiative in Ballard to support the raffles and auctions of nearby schools, clubs and nonprofits. HOW IT WORKS: Neighborhood businesses pledge gift cards, which are deposited into a fund. Gift cards are dispatched from the fund based on giving priorities of the business. A…
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