Ballard named one of nation’s ‘Coolest Hipster Neighborhoods’

Ballard’s getting some national fame with TripAdvisor naming it one of the country’s hippest neighborhoods.

The well-known travel website made a list of the “14 Coolest Hipster Neighborhoods in the USA”, mentioning Ballard alongside Portland’s Pearl District and Boise’s North End. According to TripAdvisor, the determining factors for hipness include the number of microbreweries, independent coffee shops, and upscale farmer’s markets (check, check, and check).

In their blurb about Ballard, TripAdvisor mentions the “well-placed” Nordic Heritage Museum, handcrafted cocktails “beneath dusty chandeliers and velvet curtains” at Hazlewood, and the Old Ballard Brewery Tour, which includes Lagunitas, NW Peaks, and Peddlers.

Other neighborhoods on the list include Wynwood in Miami, East Nashville, Rino in Denver, Montrose in Houston, Lawrenceville in Pittsburgh, Fishtown in Philadelphia, East Austin, North Loop in Minneapolis, North Park in San Diego, and Marigny in New Orleans.

Photo from this summer’s busy SeafoodFest

71 thoughts to “Ballard named one of nation’s ‘Coolest Hipster Neighborhoods’”

      1. I dunno about Odin, but I’m dedicating a book to O’Brien called “Grownups Learn Boundaries” about the attempt by spoiled urbanites to “raise” overgrown addict children into latte liberals by giving them money from working people. Also, it’s about keeping your pants on in public.

        1. I think you are on to something there – keeping the pants on and not defacating or urinating in public. Sure enough of that within 4 blocks of St. Lukes and its pigeon feeding program. The winged ones poop in the park too.

  1. Yep.
    “Ye shall know them by their fruits.” Matthew 7:16

    Dog “babies”, 24hr junkie crime drama, and self congratulatory drivel.

  2. I don’t think they have explored or stayed long enough to realize the ” Ballard ” of today ….to me it got much dirtier and streets are actually filthly and stinks and more weirdos. Should of been named ” Best Hobo village ” with a splash of White Anglo Saxon Progressives – Keebler Elves – test tube processed hipster imaging – so on….so on.

  3. no
    it’s not

    obvi no clue ov thee dead scene

    that’s okay tho
    cant blame them

    what theyve seen on television is only reference so..

    ballard is normsville & family town
    ballard is SO not cool or remotely hipster ahaahahahahaaaa

    1. even nw in portland isn’t fucking hipster.. remember they all moved out to n portland.. diggin st John’s, ahahahahaaaaaaa

      *stabbing the dead horse

  4. Hip my butt. It’s a dirty, overpriced dump overrun with the homeless and drug addicts. It was admittingly hip at one time but not anymore.

  5. Trip advisor must have done a drive by on Sunday. Personally I have seen 8 needles today and had my car broken into twice last week and NOTHING was in it. BTW Trip Advisor stock is in the dumps.

  6. If they think so. All of Seattle is a shithole full of drugaddicts and homeless no thanks to $500,000 condos. And thier stupid coexist bumper stickers when they cant look up from their phonecand have a conversation with a human in person all online. No thanks Seattle you suck balls!! Period and the police are idiots. They allow people to smoke methamphetamine in public

  7. Pure drivel. This was written for and by these so called hipsters. Yes, the same young punks who have been groomed and spoon fed to believe they are very special. They can’t figure out how to do much without an app, an assistant and or course their I-phones. They don’t need to own a car and truly do feel everything they need is within walking distance. Yes people, hedonism/narcissism are alive and doing quite well, right here in Ballard. Meanwhile, the rest of us attempt to get by and survive the onslaught of yupsters/Nuevo-riche.

    1. TripAdvisor isn’t out on a limb at all. These young people are on exactly the same page as the AARP, who put Seattle tops in their livability rankings. US News agrees. So does Gallup (job creation), and Forbes (business career rankings).

      At least you guys are consistent. Paranoid internet cranks who contradict basic facts all day long, using suspiciously similar verbal patterns and made-up names. A stopped clock isn’t always wrong but a truly perverse mind manages to score a perfect zero. Congratulations for that, I guess.

      It’s called juvenoia, this knee-jerk criticism of young people. These millennials you slander are by far the best educated Americans in history. They are the most law-abiding generation since the 1950s, and the most sexually responsible. Your addled brain imagines them as criminals and sexual deviants, but it’s your generation that was riddled with STDs, unwanted pregnancies, having abortions at unprecedented rates, and ending up in prison at a far higher rate.

      Millennials are good people and who deserve respect, not insults. Maybe your life didn’t turn out as well as you would have liked, but don’t blame the kids for your own mistakes and failures.

      1. Oh Boy, Elenchos, not only do you defend the degenerate criminal junkie trash, now you’re defending the most narcissistic, sexless, feminized generation in history. Haha. Keep going, this is awesome! Tell me more about how social media has made life better and Twitter activist cat ladies are the future. HAHAHAHA
        For your next trick I want to hear how the Boomers “improved” Seattle from being a relatively clean, safe, polite town to being a big California dumpsite. Bonus points for Ed Murray cheer leading and tell us how filling up the city with illegal criminals (muh sanctuary cities) has made the South End safer.
        Please keep going.

        1. More lies.

          Millennials give more generously to charity, and volunteer more, than previous generations. That’s the opposite of narcissistic. Becoming sexually active at a later age, with fewer partners, practicing safer sex, having fewer unwanted pregnancies, fewer STDs and fewer abortions: all the opposite of narcissism. Also the decreases in binge drinking, fewer DUIs, lower rates of petty crime not to mention felonies… all the opposite of narcissism.

          “Feminized”? You really, really, really hate women, don’t you? It’s the worst insult you can think of. It says everything about you. These redundant references to soy boys, low testosterone, etc, are one of your clearest tells. It’s how everyone knows your sock puppet posts. Also, it screams “incel”. You should keep that to yourself.

          1. Travel more. Feminized soyboys are uncommon in most traditional countries, and the women in those places suffer far less depression and enjoy motherhood and large families while ours languish on SSRI’s with cats. See: LATIN AMERICA, AMIGA
            Are Catholics, “incel”? Muslims are “incel”? Comedy

          2. But you’re making all this up. Are you thinking of the baby boomers? They’re the promiscuous ones, the serial divorcees. The ones leaving their kids behind to be raised by single moms.

            Stop lying.

            Also, the perpetual misogyny is gross. Nobody wants to see that here. And the racist hate of Latin Americans? Also gross. Take it to stormfront or 4chan, bigot.

          3. I’m a Muslim. Stop being racist. And put that dog away it’s haram.

          4. “I’m a Muslim”?

            Is that your permission for misogyny? Don’t think that’s true. I don’t think saying you’re a Muslim gives you permission to be a disgusting racist. Also, Muslims are not known for being so inept with statistics, or so out of touch with basic facts. Being a Muslim is no excuse for being completely out of touch with well known facts about young people’s education, rates of STDs, promiscuity, imprisonment, or charitable giving. Being a Muslim is no excuse for all those lies about millennials.

            No excuse. Take it to a racist hate site. Nobody wants to see that here.

          5. I shouldn’t even be talking to you, especially if you’re married or an unmarried daughter of a fellow Muslim.

          6. What a totally relevant thing to say, which in no way makes you sound like a crazy person with the attention span of a squirrel.

            I think your greatest offense against Islam is your constant lying. The racism and hatred of women are also not exactly cool. Pretending to be several different people with your sock puppets is another form of dishonesty that Islam frowns upon.

            I can’t imagine what totally random thing you’re going to say next. You should look up some facts about the millennial generation and take back your slanders. Lying is a choice and you can choose to stop.

          7. From your Christian Bible:

            All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 2 Timothy 3:16 ESV

            For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 ESV

          8. Feel sorry for the one who has to do your work while you post lies and hate on the internet.

          9. You need to qualify that whole statement with a simple change. Millennials with rich parents…… Then I will agree.

          10. More lies. Look it up. Millennials are healthier, more responsible, and of better character than prior generations across the board, regardless of income.

          11. Haha now the millennials are “superior”? They really are the new Boomers with that level narcissism.

          12. Superior high school and college graduation rates. Superior at avoiding STDs, abortions, divorces. Superior at staying out of prison. Superior at digging deep to donate their time and money to charity. Superior in all those ways.

            These are simple facts. Look it up. You’re not busy.

          13. Haha. Nope. They’re the biggest suckers in history, maybe bigger than the Boomers. Cultural nadir. They can’t even figure out whether they are women or men (neither, really). Comedy!

          14. Aaaaaand back to the misogyny, homophobia. Take it back to stormfront, hater.

            Would you even know where to look up any of these facts? Do you need help finding them? You appear to have nothing but time on your hands.

          15. From the Holy Quran
            SURA IV: 19-21

            19. But whoso rebels against God and His Apostle, and transgresses His bounds, He will make him enter into fire, and dwell therein for aye; and for him is shameful woe.

            20. Against those of your women who commit adultery, call witnesses four in number from among yourselves; and if these bear witness, then keep the women in houses until death release them, or God shall make for them a way.

            21. And if two (men) of you commit it, then hurt them both; but if they turn again and amend, leave them alone, verily, God is easily turned, compassionate.

          16. You need to tolerate my religion. Welcome diversity and stop being racist, Elenchos

          17. Yeah, yeah. Your Hannitys and Limbaughs love to do this bit. Some idiot white American bigot thinks nobody can object to their tired racist, misogynist, homophobic crap because… Islam hates teh gays? Give it a rest. It doesn’t fool anybody.

            Karl Popper demolished this red herring argument in 1945:

            Get some new material, you old hack. Boring.

          18. You can be white and a Muslim, idiot. Your racism is showing. Also, you need to the guidance of a man to keep you from idly doing the work of Shaitan. Unaccompanied women should not be permitted, inshallah, so it is also unacceptable for you to be commenting on this blog without a man’s permission.


            “‘No man should be alone with a woman unless her Mahram is present, and no woman should travel unless she has a Mahram with her.’ A man stood up and said, ‘O Messenger of Allah, my wife has set out for Hajj, and I have enlisted for such-and-such battle.’ He said: ‘Go and perform Hajj with your wife.’” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

          19. I agree, elenchos. Most millenials I’ve met are pretty together and sensible. However…millenials as a group are still fairly young. The boomers are now in their 70’s…millenials won’t truly be able to be judged on their long-term merits until we have enough data to look back and see how they did over the course of many decades, not just the last decade and a half-ish.

          20. Talking about straight across comparisons: what percentage of previous generations were in prison by age 25 compared to others. How many people born in the 80s had 4 year degrees by age 30? How many born in the 70s? 60s? How many sexual partners did a boomer have by age 20 vs other generations?

            A massive wave of social problems with alcohol, drugs, petty crime, sex, family, and more hit the country with the baby boomers and it persisted until the teenagers of the 90s came along. It was during the 90s that the crime rate plummeted, and it was among those under 20 that the decline in abortion was first noted.

            A far greater number of people born in the 40s and 50s had totally screwed up their lives by age 30. Those born in the 80s and later have avoided most of that and returned to 1950s levels of social problems. They deserve credit for making good choices, not abuse.

          21. Did I mention the childhood obesity epidemic reversed in the 90s? Add it up and a pattern starts to emerge.

          22. Haha Elenchos, this is exactly why conservatives consider the “sexual revolution” and the resulting destruction of the nuclear family to be the biggest single cause of our current misery. If you’re looking for an argument about how the Boomers were a spoiled, loser generation you won’t get it from me. Sadly the Millennials are even more spoiled and have revived the Far Left lunacy and identity politics social media nonsense, which is now pushed in every form of advertising and entertainment.

            Luckily, the Millennials aren’t breeding. The Secular Left is a self correcting problem: they simply become nihilistic and cease to reproduce. It’s funny, you almost formed a complete thought there and if you keep going you’ll come to the realization that the “millennial hipster identity” advertising trope is even more phony and prefabricated than the “50’s Family” that folks like you seem to revile and hold up as some symbol of “oppression”.

            It’s fake and phony, Elenchos, and it’s ending in real time. Personally, I’m enjoying the show. The kids are all going insane because they don’t have parents (dads, especially) and as the house burns down, so to speak, the ideologues who caused it are trying to blame capitalism, racism (never gangsta culture) guns, masculinity, etc. Pretty funny.

          23. Whatever. Nobody gives a shit about your conservative movement history blah blah blah. Take that crap to one of your Fox News websites or whatever it is you people do.

            Still not taking back any of the false statements you made. You’re obviously not religious and not “conservative”, or you’d be happy about the decline in premarital sex, STDs, unwanted pregnancy, abortion and divorce. You’re not even aware of any of it because you pay zero attention to any of those things. You know exactly zero about the “destruction of the nuclear family”, other than what you get from Twitter memes posted by Russian bots. You care about the social fabric about as much as any Trumper: Not. At. All.

            You’re just a hater, nothing more. Phony.

          24. I’m quite religious, Elenchos. I even believe in forgiveness, instead of waging failed ideological cultural battles that destroy families and communities. Look to your ancestors and ask yourself if they would approve of this behavior. I applaud the decline in premarital sex, however sadly this is due to immersion in tech, not because of morality, and men are now weak and incapable of courting wives and becoming the heads of households that are the fabric of civilization.

            Yes, I do hate decay, destruction, and lies. I love beauty, truth, honesty, and DEDICATION – all things which the Left so cavalierly devalues and destroys with its worship of the false idol of self.

            Your need for self aggrandizement is characteristic of Leftist Narcissism, and the need to moralize even while behaving in a hostile destructive and selfish manner. I would recommend attending a mosque, church, or synagogue and really asking yourself what world you want to create. There is still time to save your soul. God Bless

          25. Nothing narcissistic about hijacking every single post on MyBallard to demand attention for yourself and your pet issues.

            You are an old, white, WASP, male shut-in with no human contact of any kind, who spends his entire day pretending to be someone else, and pretending you have more than zero supporters who agree with you self-centered cries for attention.

            Here’s how you get attention: be a decent human being. Stop lying. Stop pretending to be other people. Stop posting false accusations against your scapegoats.

            Stop being so terrified of the world. It’s safe out there.

          26. HEY NOW YOU TWO



          27. Wait, I thought he was Harley Lever. You just described someone not Harley. You make my head spin with your chaos theory.

          28. Projecting any? How many times per thread on average do you comment elenchos? A dozen? It’s hilarious seeing you comment on narcissism and insult others.

          29. They’re not narcissistic because they’re so much better than everyone else.

      2. As I stated above. When the main stream calls something is hip it’s already over. I am a 67 year old boomer and life long Ballardite btw who has no issue with millennials or new Ballard. There is nothing new under the sun. What I loathe is waste, silliness, hypocrisy and Amazon/Walmart. lol

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