Olaf’s is so much more than somewhere to wait to get into Rupee Bar next door. It’s also a place to drink, play pinball, and eat some great food. They have the usual suspects, like pretzels with beer cheese, hot wings, and burgers, along with some exciting surprises like clams steamed in a coconut red curry sauce, and corn dogs with a cilantro-jalapeño-infused cornbread batter. If you’re with friends who want to hang out at a dive but don’t necessarily want something fried, bring them here.
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For your next casual weeknight dinner, go to Cafe Munir in Ballard for some great Lebanese food.
Rupee Bar is a restaurant and cocktail bar in Ballard that serves excellent Sri Lankan and Indian small plates.
When you want barbecue in Ballard, head to Bitterroot. Start with the jalapeño hushpuppies and then go for the brisket.
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Kangaroo & Kiwi
Kangaroo & Kiwi, in an old library building in Ballard, is an Australian-themed dive with games and bar food.
The Octopus Bar
The Octopus Bar is a nautical-themed bar in Wallingford with creative drinks and bar food like pizza and nachos.
Petite Soif is a great bar and bottle shop on Beacon Hill that serves natural wine and French bar snacks.
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Bait shop is part nautical bar, part tropical tiki joint, and it’s one of the best places to spend a night in Capitol Hill.
Pacific Inn Pub
Pacific Inn is a pub in Fremont that serves delicious fried seafood and has a patio.
Loretta’s Northwesterner is a dive bar in South Park with a cool backyard and a delicious burger.
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