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Ballard Event Venues

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.


ESR Cellar

Wonderful event venue for Private Dining, Parties and Meetings in historic Ballard.

Ethan Stowell Restaurants occupies some of Ballard's choicest locations in historic buildings and settings.  Guests who rent ESR Cellar enjoy the privacy, intimacy and warmth of the company's prized wine cellar.  Service and food are provided by Staple & Fancy Mercantile, a long-time favorite for local foodies and fans.

4739 Ballard Avenue
Seattle WA, 98107 map
(206) 588-0030

ESR Cellar's Website
ESR Cellar's Facebook page


 Ray's Boathouse Restaurant & Cafe

Perfect event venue for Private Dining, Parties and Banquets on Ballard Waterfront.

The view from Ray's in Ballard.

rays-logoRay's in Ballard is an institution, a beacon for people in the know and a central meeting point for the Seattle community. Located directly on one of the choicest stretches of Puget Sound waterfront where the boat traffic to and from the Ballard Locks has been creating an inimitable view for over 40 years!

The service, food and atmosphere are first class at Ray's and has earned the business a James Beard Award. Families and companies count on Ray's regularly for every occasion, ranging from weddings and small family reunions to corporate and nonprofit business lunches.  A separate banquet building facility makes Ray's a place to check out when you are organizing a special event, from annual fundraiser to once in a lifetime wedding.  Schedule a tour today.

6049 Seaview Avenue NW
Seattle WA, 98107 map
(206) 789-3770

Ray's Website
Ray's Facebook page


Ballard Bay Club

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

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Salmon Bay Club from the beach in Ballard.

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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


Olaf's

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

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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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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 two sides (fresh and salt) encompassing 4 square miles.  In light traffic conditions, it takes 15 minutes to drive from the Space Needle to Ballard.
  • As one astute EAT BALLARD fan noted, one could say that "Seattle ate Ballard" when it was annexed in 1907 with 17,000 residents.  Today, Ballard has an estimated 40,000 residents and growing.
  • The Hiram Chittenden Locks will be 100 years old in 2017, one of Seattle's top tourist destinations and a local favorite.  The "Ballard Locks", as they are known locally, connect fresh and salt waters, holding back the flood of an enormous water basin (Lake Union, Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish).  The fish ladder at the locks provides access for large runs of salmon returning to their native streams along with a front-row seat for the people of Seattle and visitors to watch them and the sea lions who prey on them.
  • The drawbridges around Ballard are reputed as some of the world's busiest because of boat traffic (commercial and leisure) transiting between the fresh and salt waters connected by the Ballard Locks.  The average time for a drawbridge to open and close is about 4 minutes and quite a sight.  The drawbridges do not open between 7-9 AM or between 4-6 PM on weekdays.   The bridges are opened and closed by the bridge tender who communicates with vessels from a high perch with a prime view.
  • Seattle is the de facto home port of the North Pacific Fishing Fleet.  Boats like Northwestern, made famous by the Deadliest Catch TV Series, moor in Ballard while in port.
  • Ballard's European settlers came from the Scandinavian countries, specifically Norway.  Their influence and contribution to the community remains steadfast, represented by community treasures such as the Leif Eriksson Lodge and Nordic Heritage Museum.
  • Ballard is a great place to eat.  Don't let us get started on that.  The estimated density of cafes, bakeries, restaurants and bars in Ballard is double or triple most US cities.  Ballard's culinary community is comprised predominantly of locally owned and independently operated businesses.  There are few national chains and franchises.
  •  There is a big, beautiful public pier located a stone's throw from the center of Old Ballard.  This is fresh water above the locks.  This pier by the boarded-up Yankee Diner extends into Salmon Bay and offers unrivaled views on Ballard's maritime activity.  This is a terrific place to walk.  Short-term mooring is usually available, but boaters are advised to bring or lock valuables.  All the food action is just a block away with ample parking at Yankee Diner lot.
  • Ballard has its own neighborhood skate park just two blocks away from the Historic District.
  • Ballard Farmers Market is the #1 farmers market in Washington, by sales, and it was the first neighborhood farmers market in Seattle to be open year-round.
  • Jacques Cousteau's famous research ship, Calypso, was built in Ballard.
  • Ballard is a photographer's dream for Seattle maritime, industrial, food, historical, architectural subjects and sidewalk action shots.
  • The Ballard Historical Society has a terrific walking map of Ballard that you can print out and follow.  It highlights and explains all the most historical buildings and sites in Ballard.
  • Locally owned and operated Majestic Bay Theatres will make you go Wow!  The triplex in the heart of Ballard is a monument to modern elegance and a tribute to the community.
  • Have a look! How does Ballard stack up with other great 'B' towns in terms of population and area?Ballard: 44,000 people / 5 square miles
    Bainbridge Island: 23,000 / 65
    Bangor: 32,000 / 34
    Bothell: 35,000 / 12
    Bremerton: 39,000 / 32
    Bozeman: 40,000 / 20
    Burlington: 42,000 / 16
    Burien: 49,000 / 13
    Bergen op Zoom: 66,000 / 35
    Bend: 81,000 / 32
    Bellingham: 82,000 / 31
    Boulder: 100,000 / 25
    Burbank: 104,000 / 52
    Billings: 110,000 / 41
    Berne: 126,000 / 20
    Bellevue: 133,000 / 36
    Brussels: 177,000 / 62
    Baton Rouge: 227,000 / 80
    Buffalo: 258,000 / 52
    Bergen: 265,000 / 180
    Bristol: 428,000 / 42
    Boston: 645,000 / 90
    Seattle: 652,000 / 83
    Brisbane: 1,000,000 / 527
    Barcelona: 1,600,000 / 40
    Budapest: 1,700,000 / 200
    Brooklyn: 2,600,000 / 97
    Buenos Aires: 2,700,000 / 79
    Berlin: 3,500,000 / 344
    Bangalore: 4,000,000 / 286
    Bangkok: 6,355,000 / 606
    Beijing: 11,500,000 / 6,487
    Bombay: 14,300,000 / 233

This page is updated continually.  Your input is greatly appreciated.  Please email suggestions to eatballard@gmail.com


Ballard Facts and TrivaWhat TV show stars the Ballard-based Northwestern pictured here?  If you don't already know, click on photo for answer.


Eat, Walk, Live Ballard!

We are delighted to present the Ballard Visitor Map & Guide on Google Maps.   You can choose from:

    • Restaurants, bars, bakeries, cafes and dessert shops;
    • Ballard boutiques and cool shops;
    • Walking and biking route maps;
    • Points of interest for Ballard visitors, tourists and residents;
    • Ballard breweries, tap rooms, distillers and much more.  

Ballard Visitors Map

For the latest Ballard parking information from SDOT and Ballard Chamber of Commerce (now Ballard Alliance), click here.

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