Lounge and Bar · Ballard
5449 Ballard Ave NW (at NW Market St), Seattle, WA 98107, United States
Open until 2:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 5:00 PM–2:00 AM
$ $ $ $
Happy Hour
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

In the heart of Ballard, the BalMar is an urban lounge for dining, cocktails, & parties, with the largest selection of craft & local spirits in the neighborhood and a rotating selection of craft beer. Happy hour food/drink specials nightly until 7pm. Large party reservati... (See all)


Based on 57 votes

People have mixed feelings about this place

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    In Ballard
    "great atmosphere to sip drinks and relax or hit the dance floor"(3 Tips)
    Kristy B.
    "the mac and cheese is the epic noms"(4 Tips)
    Paul C.
    "Happy hour food and drinks all day every Monday!!"(3 Tips)
    Jessica C.
    "The dj on Saturday night is super bad."(3 Tips)
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  • happy hour
  • cocktails
  • mac & cheese
  • dance floor
  • DJs
  • good service
  • great value
  • beer
  • Stefan

    Decent drinks. Come here if you like dancing while being watched by security guards.

    Stefan · April 16
  • Alex H.

    Got a section reserved and received easily some of the worst service in my life. They screwed up all our drinks and it took an hour to get one. Unbelievable.

    Alex Hoang · January 19, 2013
  • Ryan M.

    Upstairs dance floor can be fun but beware: people are way too casual about ripping farts... You've been warned.

    Ryan Mitrovich · November 18, 2012
  • Kristin M.

    Super creative and fun drinks! Try a cocktail! Avoid the frittata. Flavorless.

    Kristin M. · June 5, 2012
  • Paul C.

    Happy hour food and drinks all day every Monday!!

    Paul Caston · May 1, 2012
  • Jeff H.

    The cocktails are great, but the beer list is equally impressive Read more

    Jeff Hackmeister · April 10, 2012
  • 4sqSeattle

    Some of the best drinks in Ballard! Plus a great 4sq Day sponsor!

    4sqSeattle · April 8, 2012
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    Tabbedout · March 26, 2012
  • Paul C.

    Excellent food at great prices!!

    Paul Caston · March 19, 2012
  • Chris P.

    I would recommend reserving a table ahead of time.

    Chris Pirnke · December 11, 2011
  • Yvonne

    $5 to go upstairs to dance- why???

    Yvonne · December 10, 2011
  • Leslie W.

    Our waitress, Alicia, was awesome. The busser, whose name I didn't catch, was very entertaning. The bartender, Justin, however was put it nicely.

    Leslie Wilson · October 17, 2011
  • Benjamin B.

    Come Sunday-Thursday. Rad cocktails.

    Benjamin Bennett · September 29, 2011
  • Benjamin B.

    Ask Justin about his Philosophy cucumbers.

    Benjamin Bennett · August 30, 2011
  • Katie G.

    Artichoke cheese balls!

    Katie Gregory · July 7, 2011
  • Derek C.

    Really? They make you pay a $5 cover to go upstairs. They weren't doing that a year ago.

    Derek Clovis · July 2, 2011
  • In Ballard

    The best place in Ballard to see and be seen! Some of the best Mac and Cheese you will ever find and a great atmosphere to sip drinks and relax or hit the dance floor with live DJs Friday & Saturday n

    In Ballard · June 24, 2011
  • Elizabeth L.

    Zero ventilation, fire code hazard.

    Elizabeth L. · May 23, 2011
  • Matthew D.

    The bartenders are slow to respond but the drinks are well-priced and the food is awesome.

    Matthew Dulas · April 28, 2011
  • Alicia P.

    Pre-prohibition style cocktails with modern twists. The staff is super personable and are more than willing to help you with drink selection and education. Come in during the week. Weekends are silly.

    Alicia Padovich · February 9, 2011
  • elizabeth S.

    Cool interior. Nice place to tuck away for a drink. Read more

    elizabeth Scott · January 17, 2011
  • Paul B.

    Come here early or on a weeknight. It's way too loud, way too packed and takes way to long to order drinks.

    Paul Balcerak · August 7, 2010
  • Heather M.

    So now that I waited in line outside, I'm now waiting in line inside to go upstairs where my friends already have a table??? Why would I ever do this again?

    Heather Mo · August 7, 2010
  • Heather M.

    Come for th silly line you have to stand in to then shout at your friends to have a convo.

    Heather Mo · August 7, 2010
  • Peggy D.

    The napkins embody the brand: luxe.

    Peggy Dolane · June 18, 2010
  • Toby M.

    Don't come here on the weekend. It's Monday night, happy hour all night, amazing bar tender (Kate), incredible cocktails. We accounted for 50% of the entire guests. Ballard is worthless on weekends.

    Toby McKes · May 11, 2010
  • James M.

    This place is full of rapists on the weekend - the DJ who assaults my ears and the single white people who commit violence against my retinas by creepily grinding on the dance floor.

    James Malone · May 11, 2010
  • Franck C.

    This place is like THE one to avoid at all costs. Bad service, and almost got to call the cops to have our cards back.

    Franck Curier · March 29, 2010
  • Jessica C.

    The dj on Saturday night is super bad. Super bad and not in a good way.

    Jessica Cox · March 21, 2010
  • Shannon G.

    Another vote for the mac and cheese. Their whole happy hour menu is full of win.

    Shannon Garcia · February 21, 2010
  • unjin l.

    really bad Sylvester stallone pick up lines. ewwwwㅋ

    unjin lee · February 20, 2010
  • Mike B.

    Great food, great drinks and a fantastic environment. Definitely a destination spot for a great night out. Read more

    Mike Barbre · January 19, 2010
  • Mona N.

    Mac and cheese with the fried onions OMG

    Mona Nomura · October 13, 2009
  • Kristy B.

    the mac and cheese is the epic noms

    Kristy Bolsinger · August 31, 2009
  • Laural H.

    Go to Balmar and get the lamb sliders.

    Laural Hill · March 7, 2009

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