George & Dragon hoping to expand to Ballard

The owner of Fremont’s George & Dragon Pub has his eyes on Ballard.

We spoke with owner John Bayliss this morning who says that he is moving toward opening a pub in the old Mandrakes location at the corner of 24th & Market. It “won’t be a high end bar,” he says, “just a casual English pub.” Right now he’s waiting to hear how much it will cost, in total, to add a sprinkler system. If the dollar range is within his budget, he plans to sign the lease. He’s not planning to close the Fremont location. In February, Mandrakes announced it was closing after 19 years.

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xtevex
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xtevex

Great idea for that space.

Ballard_Sucks_Now
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Ballard_Sucks_Now

You know, I enjoy tossing back a few cold ones as much as the next guy, but it seems to me that Ballard is turning into one endless strip of bars. Bar, bar, bar, condo, bar, condo, bar, condo, bar, homeless shelter…..

At some point, doesn't anyone think Ballard could support some OTHER kind of business?

boardbrown
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boardbrown

Well, we can cross “antique shop” off the list…

Trix
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Trix

Could be worse. At least it's a Pub, and not another upscale martini bar. But, yeah, something like an antique or consignment shop would be nice too. I really miss Annabelle's.

Anthony
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Anthony

I like the Femont one, and I agree atleast its not another “upscale” waterhole, already enough of those.

gurple
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I haven't been to the G&D in years, since before the smoking ban. The air in that place used to be thick as soup. Anyone know what it's like lately?

Maybe if all the soccer fans go to this place, it'll be easier to get a pint at The Dray during games.

Edog
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Edog

Hey, I live in Ballard. I like Beer. And George the Dragon sells Beer. Wow, its win win!

Edog
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Edog

True enough, but that space seems to call out for a pub/cafe.

kim
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kim

unless of course they throw in a kids play area cordoned off from the bar and have lunchtime happy hour.

Darren Dencklau
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Darren Dencklau

Has anyone noticed the large oil slick in the water, directly under the Ballard Bridge? Of course you wouldn't notice being in an automobile, but I did notice this morning on the bike. Disgusting.

GB
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GB

VERY exciting! I'm a huge soccer fan and this would be unbelievable for the neighborhood.

Edog
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Edog

Yes, I did. Seemed long and vivid.

bmvaughn
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bmvaughn

They'd have to vie with The Kiss Cafe and The Stepping Stone as the #1 and #2 Soccer Bars in Ballard. Probably wouldn't be tough, but it would be nice that these 3 bars would be within walking distance of each other!

MT Girl
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MT Girl

Mandrakes was an antique/consignment shop….and there is one just up the block, Classic Consignment is at 24th & 56th.

Trix
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Trix

Keeping in mind I don't drive, ride a bike, or own a boat….
I would guess the oil slick is from a nearby marina.
Re: George & Dragon. I don't get to Fremont much and know the place by reputation only. I would welcome it here, a place to have a pint and watch a game.
But we have places to do that here already. Ah, well.

Edog
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Edog

I called the Puget Sound Keeper Alliance Hotline. And left a voicemail asking them to check it out.

Trix
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Trix

Yeah, that's gotta be the smallest bar outside of the Shire. Hope you're right.

oiltankerjoe
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oiltankerjoe

Congratulations Darren,

You are such an amazing person for riding your bike instead of taking a car. It's too bad you couldn't just do it for the sake of personal satisfaction. Nope, instead you had to make snide remarks on how no one else could see it because no one was as responsible or caring as you.

Trix
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Trix

True, but Mandrakes was mostly furniture. Classic is okay, but it was nice having Annabelle's as an alternative. My point was there are already an awful lot of places to grab a beer. Not that I'm complaining…..

Darren Dencklau
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Darren Dencklau

Hi there Oil Cantankerous. It wasn't meant to be a soapbox comment at all. I was simply stating that from an automobile, the spill from where I saw it, directly under the bridge, you would not have been able to see it. And yes, I am an amazing person. Thanks for noticing :-)

Darren Dencklau
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Darren Dencklau

Thanks for calling, Edag.

P.S. to Cantankerous Joe – “taking a car” would be stealing. I am not a thief. Just saying.

Darren Dencklau
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Darren Dencklau

Sorry, Edog, not Edag. Thank you.

Edog
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Edog

Was on the bus when I saw it. I was high up. Don't know that I could have seen it from a car.

silence.kit
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silence.kit

Talk about seeing something that isn't there.

And look, you have 2 people that agree with you.

Roadkill
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Roadkill

This is awesome. John's a great guy and runs a great pub. Quality beers (2o or so on tap) served in imperial pints (proper 20 oz) and pretty decent pub fare. And not pretentious at all. I hope this happens!