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Beer Exorcism at Ballard Station Public House

The Ballard Station Public House opened recently in the space formerly inhabited by Ballard Avenue Pub, which was reportedly rarely open and played Nickelback at high volumes when it was. Bar manager Mark P. Edwards (formerly of the Yard) told me the owners cleansed the space of bad bar-energy with a combination of stripping the walls to bare brick and what he referred to as a "beer exorcism."

As I did not order from the bar's diverse beer menu, I didn't experience a beer exorcism, but the "Sundance Kid" certainly cleansed me of something. It is equal parts Bulleit bourbon, Lillet, and Cynar—all of which are wonderful by themselves, but seemed potentially confusing together, like a pizza covered in tacos or a car with two spoilers covered in tacos. However, it was more like a citrusy, not overly sweet old-fashioned. Lavender Marcona almonds were a perfect accompaniment.

Most of Ballard Station's cocktail names reference historic Ballard, but Mark says he's considering inventing some Department of Licensing– related drinks for the people constantly entering the bar by accident in search of the nearby DOL. Also nearby: Ballard Pizza Company and India Bistro, whose menus are available to order from once you've been exorcised. recommended

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A beer exorcism apparently involves letting in tons of hipsters and charging extra for beer.

The old Ballard Ave Pub was a true drinking joint, not a fake hipster one.

PS the sound was controlled by a jukebox, any nickelback was played by customer choice. There is still a jukebox, it just costs $1.50 per song instead of $1.00.
Posted by Lolballard on November 13, 2012 at 12:26 PM · Report this
Mark (and Kate) are/were the best parts of the Yard. Glad to see him doing well in his new venture!
Posted by kap0w on November 13, 2012 at 12:46 PM · Report this
Sorry #1, even in comparison to Ballard's many flawed establishments the Ballard Ave Pub (on Market St!) still stood out as a half assed attempt. Nothing in that place made any sense...the decor, the service, the hours, the name, it was all a mish mash without any reason to be. Unless you were already so plastered that you had no idea where you were, the Ballard Ave Pub (Still not on Ballard Ave!) was just not anyone could get comfortable in.
I wish Mark all the best with this new venture. He was a great asset to the Yard and I'm sure he'll make this place great.
Posted by SPG on November 13, 2012 at 12:57 PM · Report this
That dude is adorable and I wish his face was what I saw when I woke up every morning.

And I'm just here to tell you that "like a pizza covered in tacos or a car with two spoilers covered in tacos" is great.
Posted by Blue People on November 13, 2012 at 3:16 PM · Report this
Spg -

The decor: sorry it didn't have a theme, like every other "restored interior" place you like to pretend isn't the yuppie Applebee's. The Kickin Boot has issues, but at least the evo collective guys helped do something interesting with the space. That's a good way to decorate.

Name/location: what part of "at the end of Ballard Ave" is so difficult to comprehend?

The service: you must not have talked to pepe. He was great. Most of Ballard probably did not know how to, or feel comfortable, engaging a Hispanic guy, so you're probably not alone here. No biggie.

The hours: it wasn't a restaurant, it was a bar.

Whatever, I'm not really invested in the old place, and it's not like I want the new one to fail. I just think that the idea that the Ballard Ave Pub was some kind of blight says a little too much about the direction post-boom Ballard is taking.

Posted by AgainAgain on November 13, 2012 at 11:14 PM · Report this

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