There’s another watering hole in the ‘hood: the Ballard Station Public House has opened at (2236 NW Market St.), replacing the Ballard Ave Pub which closed earlier this summer.
Bar owners Craig Walker and Dave Svrcek bought the space earlier this year and went to work stripping the walls and adding as much wood as possible. They took the walls down to the exposed brick, and added benches and tables designed specifically for the bar. Walker says while they scoured antique stores to find interesting items for bar, they came across a sign that reads “The Station,” which they placed strategically next to the front door.
Svrcek also owns Targy’s Tavern on Queen Anne, and Walker said he’s had a dream of opening a bar for over 20 years. Walker was born in England, and said he wanted to incorporate an English vibe, one that’s a “warm feel of a pub,” he said. They plan to hang some black and white historic photos of Ballard on the brick wall behind the bench. They’ll also have a revolving Art Walk wall just left of the bar.
Walker says they will offer light bar snacks, cocktails, wine and a large selection of Northwest beers, including some local gems like Hilliard’s and Maritime Pacific. Their cocktail list, which hangs above the bar, includes drinks such as the Dharma Bum (gin, grapefruit, and cucumber), the Sundance Kid (rye whiskey, lillet, cynar, and orange zest) and the Spike Driver (reposado tequila, Campari, and orange). Snacks will include items such as popcorn and paninis.
In addition to the regular soccer match-ups that will dominate the TV screens, Walker says there are weekly dart tournaments at the bar on Wednesday and Thursday nights. They’ll also host some charity events in the near future, as Walker says he plans to regularly donate to local groups like the Ballard Food Bank.
The bar is open seven days a week, from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. To learn more, visit their website.