Ballard's excellent pub/bottle shop/cafe is paneled in wood, but it's not wood-paneled in a '70s-rec-room way. The reclaimed fir planks are a toasty cedar color; the owners, Jamie and Travis, did most of the build-out themselves. The place is small and narrowish, with a seven-seat bar. Being at the Dray feels like being inside a dresser drawer, one you don't necessarily want to be removed from. It's very relaxing, and there's a lot of good beer in there. Also: yummy sandwiches.
708 NW 65th St,
Cafe, Mexican, Pub Grub
Happy Hour, Free Wi-Fi
Pub, Neighborhood Joint
Mon-Fri 3-6 pm ($1 off pints, drafts and wine).