The 2013 Ballard NYE Round Up

2014 is just hours away and there are plenty of events happening in Ballard where locals can ring in the New Year. Check out the list of events happening in our neighbourhood below:

  • Hogmanay at Macleod’s Scottish Pub (5200 Ballard Ave NW) from 4 p.m. Traditional Scottish music will be played all night and live bagpipes will be featured.
  • Moisture Festival NYE Party at Hale’s Palladium (4301 Leary Way NW) from 8 p.m.
  • NYE Karaoke at Bloom (5410 17th Ave NW) from 8 p.m. A special menu will feature Kalua Pork Tacos with Spicy Daikon Slaw for $1 each
  • New Year’s Bash at The Old Pequliar (1722 NW Market St) from 9 p.m. DJ Phatti LaBelle, madness & mayhem and no cover.
  • Artist Home New Year’s Eve Party at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) from 9 p.m.
  • NYE Party at Kangaroo and Kiwi (2026 NW Market St) from 8 p.m. DJ will be playing from 9 p.m. and there is no cover charge.
  • Star Anna with Shane Tutmarc and Special Guest at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) at 9:30 p.m. Tickets $12.

Do you know of an event happening in Ballard for NYE? Email us at and we will add it to the list.

Ghost Light Theatricals to present Dr. Thaddeus Q. Ballard’s Musical Follies and Comedy Revue


Ballard’s resident theatre company Ghost Light Theatricals is set to present Dr. Thaddeus Q. Ballard’s Musical Follies and Comedy Revue from January 10th until the 25th at the Ballard Underground (2220 NW Market St).

Ghost Light Theatricals invite locals to enter a unique and original world of Vaudeville. The show is set to put a modern spin on one of the classic American populist art forms by producing a collection of traditional vaudeville pieces with a combination of modern original acts.

Under the guidance of directing team Emily Harvey, Beth Raas-Bergquist and Rob Raas-Bergquist the troop has devised a variety of back stories, sketches, musical numbers, burlesque acts, stupid human tricks, and much more.

Dr. Thaddeus Q. Ballard’s Musical Follies and Comedy Revue is set to feature three rotating story lines and over 80 acts where no two shows will ever be the same!

Shows will run Thursday – Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, January 19 at 2:00 p.m. Industry Night is set for Monday, January 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $15 General, $12 Student/Senior/TPS, $20 Reserved Table seats (includes Root Beer Float) and are available online. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door on performance evenings.

Photo features cast members Asa Fager and Lily Cohen. Courtesy of Ghost Light Theatricals. Photo credit – Stephanie Mallard Couch.

SDOT reminds locals to drive with care on NYE

Seattle Department of Transportation is advising locals who will be out on city streets on New Year’s Eve to be extra mindful of other travellers in cars, on bikes and on foot.

SDOT advises locals to be mindful as many people will be out later than usual and may not be paying as much attention as they should. “It is important to look after each other,” writes SDOT in statement.

15, 000 are expected to gather near the Space Needle to watch the New Year Eve’s fireworks starting at Midnight. The following streets will be closed starting at 11:30 p.m. until approximately 45 minutes after the end of the fireworks to disperse the crowd: Fifth Avenue North between Mercer Street and Denny Way, and Broad Street between Fifth Avenue North and Denny Way. Click here to check out more details about New Year’s celebrations at the Space Needle.

Curb-side parking will be also be free on New Year’s Day. Drivers who are planning to drink on New Year’s Eve are advised to leave their car on the street and take a cab or public transit home. Locals can return for their car the next morning when parking is free. The car must be legally parked when it is left on New Year’s Eve, and the parking fully paid as required for that evening. Click here for more information on parking options in Seattle over the New Year’s celebrations.

Ballard faces Greenwood in the final of the 2013 Curbed Cup

Ballard is facing Greenwood in the final of The Curbed Cup, Curbed Seattle’s annual Neighborhood of the Year tournament.

After defeating Queen Anne 61.2% to 38.8% in the semi finals, Ballard needs your help to clinch the crown.

Although you are already aware, here some reasons why Curbed believes that Ballard should win:

A piece of Seattle for 106 years now, to some it’s the home of Seattle’s gritty blue-collar shipyard folk. To others, it’s the home of every condo or apartment building ever built. (And don’t even get them started on the apodments…) Somewhere between the upscale buildings, trendy eateries, old school haunts and ever-changing main street, Ballard continues to redefine itself.

Polls are open now and will be live for 24 hours only.

Click here to cast your vote and ensure that Ballard is reinstated as the reigning champion in this year’s competition!

Seattle Vikings Rugby Club on the lookout for new players


Seattle Vikings Rugby Club is on the lookout for new players in the Ballard area for the 2014 season. The club was founded in 1987 and has programs for boys and girls aged 7 to 18 years.

Since the club was founded they have developed an experienced coaching team which includes over ten volunteer coaches and an athletic trainer. Coaches work together with players to provide them with a fun and unique way to learn new skills and keep fit.

“We really want to connect with kids in Ballard about the sport of rugby,” said Craig Wicks, Director of Coaching, Seattle Vikings RFC (Rugby Football Club). “We see a real opportunity for rugby to grow here as a fun sport that celebrates diversity and fair play, and brings a real sense of community to players and their families.”

Interested athletes from across Seattle are invited to join the program where each year nearly 1/3 of players are new to the sport. Players also have the opportunity to compete at a very high level, this month four current Vikings, Matt Brennan (Shorecrest High School), Michael Doquilo (Shorecrest High School), Will Brennan (Shorecrest High School) and Finlay Bruce (Blanchet High School) will try out for the USA High School All American team with the opportunity to travel to the UK and abroad competing against some of the best youth teams in the world.

In late January the Vikings will also have six players representing the Washington state all-star team for the Las Vegas Sevens, featuring other teams from the US and abroad.

Practice for the new season starts January 11th and runs until May and teams compete against players from Bellevue, Bellingham, Olympia, Kent and other local cities. Practices are held at a first-class rugby field in Magnuson Park that was dedicated in 2009. The Vikings are coming off a successful year where they played matches against local teams and also toured Ireland and Wales in April.

According to The Vikings, rugby is one of the fastest growing sports for youth in the US, and will be included in the Olympics in 2016. “Youth rugby just continues to gather more momentum here in Seattle, last year we had over 100 boys and girls participate,” said Wicks. “In our younger age groups, ages 7-11 our numbers tripled from the previous year.”

To learn more about Seattle Vikings spring rugby season click here or email

Photo courtesy of Seattle Vikings Rugby Club.

Development Update December 30: 5-story addition on NW 64th St

The final applications of 2013 for developments in Ballard have been received Department of Planning and Development (DPD).

Check out the most recent decisions from the DPD as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin:


2248 NW 64th St

A Land Use Application has been approved to allow a 5-story addition (to an already approved building) consisting of three live-work units (2,377 sq. ft.) and 21 residential units.  Parking for 38 vehicles will be located below grade.  The addition is to a 5-story residential and retail building (75 unit dwelling, 6,780 sq. ft. retail, 79 parking spaces); is approved under Project #3013516 and post permit MUP revision #3016105.

Appeals of the decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than January 13.

Appeals and comments on proposed land use actions need to be submitted in writing to the Public Resource Center by email to, by fax to (206) 233-7901, or by mail to the address below:

Department of Planning and Development
ATTN: Public Resource Center or Assigned Planner
700 Fifth Ave, Ste 2000
P.O. Box 34019
Seattle, WA 98124-4019

SPU set to close North Transfer Station in January

Seattle Public Utilities is set to close the North Transfer Station (1350 n 34th St) on January 20 next year in order to replace it with a modern and efficient facility that will meet the growing future needs of the city.

The new facility is set to open in 2016 and locals can learn more about the rebuild project by clicking here.

While it is closed, station users are encouraged to use the new South Transfer Station facility (130 S Kenyon St) in South Park. Directions and station hours for the South Transfer Station can be found here.

Bad Jimmy’s opens as Ballard’s tenth brewery

Already the biggest beer destination in the Northwest, Ballard has added its tenth brewery: Bad Jimmy’s, located behind Dish Cafe and The Traveler on Leary Ave. The new brewery opened to the public tonight, showcasing its pale ale, IPA, red and the distinctive and spicy habanero amber.
“Our beers are big,” said Seth Mashni, one of five owners. “We put extra love in there.” He said pale ale has been a favorite among friends and family. A strawberry mango hefeweizen is coming, too.

Bad Jimmy’s began as a Kickstarter campaign, raising over $15,000 online, exceeding their $13,000 goal. Mashni said all five of the owners are from the business — a collection of restaurant industry veterans and beer-obsessed entrepreneurs. “[We were] home-brewing for years and decided to take it to the next level,” he said. Explains the Bad Jimmy’s website, “Our love for craft beer has been intense as long as we can remember.”
The tasting room is dark and bathed in a red glow. “We put a little extra into the tasting room,” Mashni said. The bar and tables are made from refurbished, environmentally-friendly wood.

As for the name? “We believe that if being different is bad we don’t want to be good,” Bad Jimmy’s describes on their site.

Bad Jimmy’s will be open more than most Ballard breweries: 7 days a week, noon to midnight, and open to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. “We are committed to being open 7 days a week starting the day we open,” the owners said on their Kickstarter page. To visit, drive into the parking lot off Bright St.
And what about the all the competition in the neighborhood? “The best part of the microbrew scene is the love for everyone else,” Mashni said, echoing what we’ve heard from other Ballard breweries. The more, the better.

See our Ballard Breweries map to plan your next outing.