The Bit Saloon to reopen under new ownership

The Bit Saloon (4818 17th Ave NW), which was set to close on November 1, but hung on awhile longer, will reopen under new ownership and possibly a new name later this winter or spring.

Jessica Young and Jamie Bernard are signing papers this week to take over ownership of one of Ballard’s oldest bars. “We were looking for a bar in the Ballard or Fremont area because we really like the neighborhood,” Young tells us. “We had the opportunity to do this and we’re really excited,” Bernard added.

Before opening “as soon as possible,” the two are going to give the old bar a facelift. It will be the same bar, just updated a little bit, “a little more cozy,” Young says. Along with the fresh look, they are talking about changing the name from The Bit Saloon to The Two Bit Saloon. “We don’t want to stray to far from the original name,” Bernard tells us.

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Barney Stinson
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Barney Stinson

I really like the idea on the new name.

NoraBell
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NoraBell

Yeah, I like the new name too. I never went into The Bit because it seemed a little rough around the edges. If they can accomplish 'cozy' without sacrificing it's dive qualities I'll be a very happy little barfly.

angelatini
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angelatini

Yay! :)

Phillipe
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Phillipe

Updated a little bit? I hope they are being coy. That place could use a major once over, twice.

Don't stray from the name, stray from the beer soaked floor and get rid of the creepy smokin' shack.

BarneyRubble
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BarneyRubble

Its fine the way it is. Lets keep it up with the metal and punk shows.

Schu
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Schu

Yes, keep the live music!

kitty kat
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kitty kat

The Bit was quite the place when the guy from Ballard Brothers was running the show there. Yesssirr, you could have a good ol' time there, if you can dig it.

ttt_ttt
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ttt_ttt

the bit is amazing the way it is…..but i agree it could use some minor updates.
plz keep live music!!!! the bit was an awesome place to see rock shows.

and the chalkboard tables were fun too.

smarterthana5thgrader
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smarterthana5thgrader

I really like the word “too” when it is used properly.

m
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m

I do two!

Name
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Name

Please don't let it become a pretentious spot like many along Ballard Ave. have become over the last few years. It can only be a great dive if it is truly a great dive… don't change that!

thombone
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thombone

Agreed!!

Jesce
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Jesce

Thanks for the feedback! Don't worry your pretty little hearts, live music is on the menu! xox jesce

Knuck
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Knuck

I'm not worried at all with you and Jamie involved. “Two Bit Saloon” is a great idea for the name btw!

Yay. Congrats Jes.

facebook-689062272
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Yaaay! I can go back to Ballard again!

Name
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Name

Here! Here!

Jason Bobcat Harrison
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March!

octalpus
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octalpus

Do you have contact info for booking? I know it's a lot to think about when you're busy getting stuff ready, but we'd love to bring you a good crowd in your first weeks!

Jesce
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Jesce

I will post it as soon as I can, I'll get a facebook and a myspace up soon! xox

octalpus
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octalpus

Awesome! We really love that spot, for the vibe as well as the location.

oponger
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oponger

please keep the ping pong table… we can’t find any other spot in the city to replace our old ping pong hang out at the bit…