Old Ballard Liquor Co. to shut down and reopen as Nordic bar and restaurant

For the last six years, Old Ballard Liquor Company has been operating a nano distillery on Shilshole Ave. near the Ballard Bridge, specializing on a Scandinavian favorite: aquavit.

Owner Lexi, who goes by her first name, announced this last week that the distillery is shutting down at the end of the month. Old Ballard Liquor’s inventory is now 50% off, and the distillery is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day until it closes for good on July 31st. (It’s at 4421 Shilshole Ave NW.)

But not to fear, Lexi said she’ll reopen in “mid-to-late August” as a Nordic bar and restaurant. After all, Scandinavian food is another of Lexi’s loves. You may have eaten at “Tumble Swede,” a pop-up restaurant, most recently as a booth at SeafoodFest. Last year, she opened a small Scandinavian cafe inside Old Ballard Liquor Company with such dishes as Tunnbrödsrulle (Swedish street food), potato leek soup and elderflower ice cream. Then earlier this year, she announced a collaboration with the upcoming Skål Beer Hall to create the food concept for the Viking bar.

So a restaurant and bar sounds like a nice upgrade.

Lexi wouldn’t tell us why the distillery is closing — she said she’ll post a “detailed essay” on her website in coming weeks — but she did allude on Facebook to challenging regulations for smaller distilleries. She’s also not sharing details yet about her upcoming restaurant.

We’ll keep you updated, and in the meantime, head on down to Old Ballard Liquor Company for the discounted liquor. Everything must go by July 31st.


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Pork Pie
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Pork Pie

The very best of luck to her. Great liquor and great food. Such a great place to take out of towners, too.

Jeff Gordon
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Jeff Gordon

Out of towners no longer come to seattle because the homeless are allowed to run rampant. Seattle Times published a story about conventions are no longer going to come here.

Pork Pie
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Pork Pie

LOL OK. Well, all my friends who love to come here must not have gotten the memo.

Andrew Daisuke
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Andrew Daisuke

doesn’t take long for the “durrrr homeless people” idiots to come out of the woodwork here. I wish her the best as well, great spot, great liquor, great everything.

BAM
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BAM

It’s true, a few conventions have cancelled plans to come here.

Pork Pie
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Pork Pie

I know that’s true. And the city’s response to homelessness is a mess. But this is a thread about a fucking distillery and food. Jeez.

Jeff Gordon
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Jeff Gordon

Actually you pivoted the conversation to tourism

Pork Pie
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Pork Pie

And you pivoted it to stupidity. Doesn’t mean I’m going down with you. Have a nice day!

Pork Pie
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Pork Pie

This is not me ^^^ — I’m reporting this.

Pork Pie
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Pork Pie

Nice try, sockpuppet dfdefrez. You’ll notice my Gravatar symbol next to my real posts. But you have fun.

Jeff Gordon
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Jeff Gordon

Jeff the idea of using an avatar from an alt right company formed on 4chan is unconscionable

briarrose
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briarrose

Good. Tourism is only good for creating third world economies.

Lampchop
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Lampchop

Definitely

Jeff Gordon
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Jeff Gordon

Glad to see you agreeing with yourself.

So is that the plan, make the city as disgusting as possible so tourists aren’t here?

mollyo
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mollyo

I work near Pike Place Market and it’s been jam-packed with tourists all summer.

Long Time User
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Long Time User

I work next to the market too. Good luck trying to find a hotel room, they’re all full and charging premium rates. Because tourists are flocking to Seattle.

BAM
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BAM

A lot of them are taking cruises to Alaska and are just staying in Seattle till their cruise sails.

Long Time User
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Long Time User

The cruse ships do bring a lot of tourists to Seattle. Many of them then stay additional nights in Seattle prior to or after their cruises. That’s why it is important to invest in the Port of Seattle cruise facilities.

Lampchop
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Lampchop

That just creates a third world economy

Ballard Eater
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Ballard Eater

I love their aquavit, it’s fantastic, especially the cask strength! I ate at the TumbleSwede pop up at this year’s seafood fest and really enjoyed the food as well. I hope they reopen soon.

Lex Seneff
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Lex Seneff

Cue the SJW’s that this place is racist.

Dan Harmon
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Dan Harmon

Nordic is racist. The name must change to “Rainbow Bar” or “Gloria Steinem’s Leathery Face” or “Dog Dads Only”. C’mon people it’s 2018

Pork Pie
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Pork Pie

Agreed.

Pork Pie
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Pork Pie

This is not me ^^^ — I’m reporting this.

Marketing Genius
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Marketing Genius

Other ideas for the bar’s name, perhaps more fitting:

1) The Fighting Hobo
2) The Old Manhater
3) Detailed Essays
4) Social Justice
4) Ed’s Place
5) The Old Cuck and Bull
6) Trader Hoe’s
7) Confusing Bathrooms
8) $40 Shots
9) Cat Lady and The Man Bun
10) That Place We Went to Once
11) The Scheming Junkie
12) The Phone Bar
13) The Long Waits
14) Not David Meinert’s Bar

Long Time User
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Long Time User

What a surprise, a post about a distillery and the trolling sock puppet has what, 15 posts whining about homelessness. What a clown. Must have chosen to rent in central Ballard. That area hasn’t been nice since about 1875.

Jesse A.
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Jesse A.

Sad to see this is closing but looking forward to the next venture! Love the food and the drinks!

Joe
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Joe

Good luck with new bar and restaurant….,I really don’t eat out in Ballard and as for tourist, I go to Vegas for better food and better prices and better drinks and…. Better Women ! Women in Ballard look like burned out librarians and fat keebler elves….ha ha

Elmer Keebler
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Elmer Keebler

Stop fat shaming the Keebler Elves.

briarrose
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briarrose

Spoken like a man who has never felt the touch of a woman

Access Hollywood
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Access Hollywood

Says the soy boy

Marketing Genius
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Marketing Genius

He’s probably never had his pelvis shattered, either. Healthy at any size!

BAM
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BAM

Ballard has a lot of hot women!!!

briarrose
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briarrose

Not really. Seattle has never been know for attractive people of either gender. However Denver is MUCH worse.

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