Stoup Brewing is a well-kept secret to anyone who doesn’t live in Ballard. Drinking here is like having a beer in your buddy’s garage where he brews his own. There’s a wall covered completely in bumper stickers, the bar shares a room with the massive beer-making tanks, and there’s a rotating food truck parked outside for when you get the drunchies. You won’t find any mango-guava weisse here - just seriously well-done classics like pilsner, IPA, and saison. Use this place during any time of year - during winter, the main tasting room has plenty of seating, and when it gets warm, the garage doors open up and you can sit outside on a patio table.
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Ballard is known for its breweries, but there’s plenty to drink here in addition to beer. Here are the best bars in the area.
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Ballard Annex Oyster House
Ballard Annex Oyster house has good happy hour vibes, but not great food. You can find better oysters elsewhere.
The Walrus And The Carpenter
There are a lot of oysters in Seattle, and Walrus And The Carpenter has some of the very best. Hit the Ballard spot for excellent seafood and drinks.
Windy City Pie
Windy City Pie is a pizzeria in Phinney Ridge that serves amazing Chicago-style deep dish.
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Perihelion Brewery is a neighborhood spot in Beacon Hill with great beer and solid American bar snacks.
The sister bar to Walrus & The Carpenter, Barnacle is one of the coolest places in Ballard to have a cocktail. There are some small plates, too.
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