Bad Albert's Tap & Grill
Description: A burger joint, sports bar, and blues venue in Old Ballard.
Decor: Wholesome with pizzazz, like a hangout spot in a 1980s sitcom. There's a strip of red neon playing off a black-and-white-check accent wall, and the bright overhead lighting suggests a soundstage.
Namesake: It salutes the owner's cat, who has since passed on but lives forever in cartoon form on the bar's logo.
Other noteworthy cats: All Ball, Lipstick, and Smoky—all pets of Koko the sign-language-proficient gorilla.
Happy hours: Daily 3–6 pm, Fri–Sat 10 pm–midnight.
Happy-hour drink specials: $4 wells, $1.50 off drafts (Gallant Maiden Hefeweizen, Elysian Men's Room).
Happy-hour food specials: A long list of appetizers, each $5 or less, including chicken strips, wings, fish tacos, and Baja rolls (stuffed with tater tots!).