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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