A tiny little place designed not only for jazz performances, but for spreading the jazz tradition and providing a forum for young artists. It is named for owner Suzanne Weghorst's grandfather, who performed as "Happy Jack Egan and his Oo-La Girls."
Update: The Ballard Ave Pub was (less than shockingly) closed on the weekend of July 1.
There are lots of pubs on Ballard Avenue, but Ballard Avenue Pub is not one of them. It's on Market, in the former location of Mon Petit Shoes, where you might end up if you drove north on Ballard Ave and didn't stop when you ran out off street. So they're kinda hard to search for (as pubs that are actually on Ballard Ave tend to come up higher), and they don't have a web site -- indeed they have posted in comments of a local blog that they probably won't have one in the future. (They also apparently didn't have the appropriate business licenses.)
So they obviously don't feel a pressing need to market themselves, and the decor echoes this, seeming rather soul-less, with the exception of the recovered-wood bar counter top. They do have a quite good selection of beers. So I suppose we'll see if that is enough.
2236 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107 - (206) 397-4102
Est. Feb 12, 2011 seattlebeernews
Update: Maria Hines closed Golden Beetle in October of 2016 and replaced it with Young American Ale House.
An excellent new Eastern Mediterranean restaurant from Maria Hines, the chef/owner of Tilth with a fine bar featuring Andy McClellan from Lola and Marley Tomic-Beard from Spur. From an enticing cocktail menu, I chose "One Good Conundrum" (Old Overholt rye, Cynar, house orange bitters, and Scrappy's celery bitters) and then got a little Turkish with a "Lion's Milk Swizzle" (Efe Raki, lemon, orange-flower honey, and orange flower water) -- both quite fine. I will be coming back for the cocktails, food, and ambiance.
Whether to count this as a bar is a borderline call for me, but since they put "wine bar" right in the name, I guess I will. It's not a bad place, but it's rather mall-like and I didn't see anything here that would make me ever select it again from the many choices in downtown and Belltown.
This is a great little place with good drinks, good food, and a really fine, funky neighborhood vibe. They display local art and have historical photos on a loop. I had a nice chat about bars with bartender Marcus, from New Orleans and consider this my new favorite bar in West Seattle.