The Sexton is basically folk music in the form of a drinking establishment (and by “folk music” we actually mean Mumford & Sons). There’s reclaimed wood everywhere, lots of vintage photos, and the bartop is a cassette tape DIY project. Order some hush puppies or bacon mac and cheese and have the bartender surprise you with a custom cocktail. This place is great for a first date or to kick off a night of drinking in Ballard.
The Sexton is permanently closed.
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Gracia is a cute, but pricier Mexican spot you should hit up during happy hour. The $4 tacos are very much worth the early dinner.
Reuben’s Brews in Ballard has 24 beers on tap, and a rotating food truck on the weekends.
Little Coney is a counter spot on the marina at Golden Gardens in Ballard that serves burgers, fries, and soft serve.
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If you think cider is lame, you’ve never been to Capitol Cider. It’s one of our favorite places for a casual hangout in Capitol Hill.
Marmite is a Capitol Hill restaurant that serves soups, salads, and sandwiches that make your lunch feel special.
Pacific Inn Pub
Pacific Inn is a pub in Fremont that serves delicious fried seafood and has a patio.
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Fonda La Catrina
If you end up in Georgetown needing sit-down Mexican, you have little choice but to go to La Catrina. It’s not the best, but the tamales are good.
Ballard Pizza Co.
Ballard Pizza Company has some of the best New York Pizza in town, and it’s a great spot for a big group hang or casual weeknight meal.
Good Bar is a great spot in Pioneer Square for charcuterie and some cocktails. And the happy hour goes until 7pm.
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