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Tuesday, June 04, 2013

#2006 #S1102 - Tailgaters, Seattle - 1/14/2013

Update" Tailgaters closed Sep 2013 and reverted to Bad Albert's



The most recent owners of "Bad Albert's" in Ballard determined that they need to change the theme of the place to make it, and hence the additional televisions, cleaner look, sports-bar theme, and new name. The staff are nice, the menu is typical bar food in generous portions, and the drinks are pedestrian but generous pours. It's a very average sort of place, but perhaps Ballard needs a few of those along with the Moshi Moshis, Oaxaca's, and Bastilles.


Historical notes: The Palmer Building that hosts the bar was built in the "rough section" of Ballard in 1905 and hosted various businesses over the years. The first bar I have found there in the Tailgater's location is Trader Vans' Tavern, here from the 70s into the 90s. In 1995 it became Fat Alberts, and hosted jazz and blues bands.

While there on this night I had a pleasant conversation with Wally, a 73-yo fisherman who has lived on a boat in the same nearby slip for 20 years. Wally used to trade fish at the old sandwich shop down here. He has a place outside of New Orleans and lives and works there, in Seattle, and Alaska. Wally likes Ballard because it's an easy walk to the bars from his boat, and noted that he's only fallen in the water once.



5100 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 - (206) 782-9623
Est. Dec 24, 2012 - Closed Sep 2013 - Building constructed: 1905
Previous bars in this location: Bad Albert's (1995-2012), Trader Van's Tavern (70s-90s)

Reviews: myballard - thrillist - thestranger - yelp

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