Somewhere to meet your friends for a drink at happy hour, kick up your heels and dance the night away, or just sit and have a great bite to eat while watching the sights of beautiful downtown Ballard, Balmar Bar & Lounge is the place with it all. The 1920's building housing Balmar gives a great vintage feeling with it's many original features paired with the cool, hip stylings of the seating, lighting, and the red terrazzo bars. Great specialty cocktails, light menu including great.. appetizers, entrees and desserts, nightlife scene, dj's, dancing and more are just a few things you can expect to find each night here at Balmar Bar & Lounge. The perfect spot for parties and events of any kind and size including birthday parties, bachelor and bachelorette parties, private parties, or any reason to get your friends together and have a good time.VIEW MORE »VIEW LESS »
We recently held a birthday bash at this establishment and the management was so helpful in accomodating our large party. The atmosphere was really fun and the staff was wonderful in making sure... everyone was taken care of all night long. I will highly recommend this venue to all of my friends and plan on returning soon!VIEW MORE »VIEW LESS »
Our organization just had our volunteer appreciation party at Balmar. We loved the atmosphere, cool lighting and decor, the excellent, friendly and helpful service, before and during our event. ... They worked with us ahead of time to make the whole thing smooth and easy. Our group of about 15 loved having our own corner with comfy seating, right across from the bar, which was reserved for us. Everyone had a great time. The atmosphere and overall feel at BalMar added to the fun and excitement of the event, and was the perfect way to treat our deserving volunteers! We'll definitely look for other special occasions to celebrate at Balmar.VIEW MORE »VIEW LESS »
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Posted on Citysearch on: 2/28/2011
We recently held a birthday bash at this establishment and the management was so helpful in accomodating our large party. The atmosphere was really fun and the staff was wonderful in making sure everyone was taken care of all night long. I will highly recommend this venue to all of my friends and plan on returning soon!
Posted on Citysearch on: 10/24/2010
Our organization just had our volunteer appreciation party at Balmar. We loved the atmosphere, cool lighting and decor, the excellent, friendly and helpful service, before and during our event. They worked with us ahead of time to make the whole thing smooth and easy. Our group of about 15 loved having our own corner with comfy seating, right across from the bar, which was reserved for us. Everyone had a great time. The atmosphere and overall feel at BalMar added to the fun and excitement of the event, and was the perfect way to treat our deserving volunteers! We'll definitely look for other special occasions to celebrate at Balmar.
Posted on Citysearch on: 7/8/2010
5 stars for the venue: Great dance floor, fab & fun music to hang or dance to, nice comfy couches, loads of fun people, it's packed!!!\r\r3 stars for the service and price. I ordered a well drink (cheapest rum you can get) and it cost me $6 plus tip. A fancy drink (such as cosmos, martinis, etc) runs around $10. The service is almost non-existant. Bartenders are either too busy or if they are not too busy seem a little stuck up.\r\rBut since I typically go to bars for the people and the dancing, I would definitely definitely definitely come back! I might even plan a dance party here myself as I'm already wanting to go back\r
Posted on Citysearch on: 3/2/2010
My experience is for the Private party room (birthday):I had an amazing time. I asked my friends what they thought about the decor, environment and if they had a good time, they all said great things. Most of my friends didn't know about the BalMar until my event. It was very convenient having the restrooms close by as well as the upstairs bar and dance floor. There were some occasions were people had to go to the bar for drinks, but other then that service was excellent and speedy. The busser was constantly coming through and taking away empty glasses and plates which was great. The music was great, at one point I was dancing and there was a circle around me, ha, that was a first!Susan was very friendly, helpful and amazing. I called last minute to reserve and she helped me out and accommodated my needs. When we arrived, we had the whole area to ourselves with 9:30 reservation signs all over.I would definitely recommend this place to my friends as well as have another event here.
Posted on Citysearch on: 1/21/2010
I had my birthday party in the Halverson room at BalMar and it was great! The owner, Susan, was great to work with the schedule to reserve the space and our server, Randy, was fabulous! Our big group was very well taken care of!It is an amazing space and although it's a little different than it used to be (there is a dance floor where the pool tables used to be) it has a fun, upbeat vibe perfect for large groups.
Posted on Citysearch on: 12/21/2009
Hosted a surpise birthday party here. Our server was great. We had to meet a $500 minimum and pay a room fee of $50. Pretty easy to do if you have around 35-50 guests. Bal Mar is really easy to work with and will accomodate to your party.
Posted on Citysearch on: 5/19/2009
I have been to BalMar a couple of times now, twice for birthday parties, and once just to stop in for a drink. For the private parties it was great because we supplied the crowd, and they took care of the drinks and atmosphere. But when we went for a random night out the crowd was not the best. Nothing against the actual bar/lounge, just the people who happened to walk in that particular night. It was like a 30 year old group of over-aged frat boys. Not sure what was up, but BalMar is great as long as you aren't trying to meet people there.
Posted on Citysearch on: 2/2/2009
The BalMar is a good private party location. They have a good sized back room that is private enough to only have your people there, but still feel like you are part of the bar/lounge atmosphere.\r\rThey were helpful in organizing, flexible with working out how the bar tab was going to work and everything went without a hitch. The only downside was only one server for 30+ people, so service was slow.
Posted on Citysearch on: 12/30/2008
chill place with great staff. food is awesome as well. the perfect end to a long evening.
Posted on Citysearch on: 12/15/2008
We had our holiday party at the Bal/Mar and it was great! The food was good and the spacing was perfect. It was perfect for a crowd of about 85 people. I would say it would work for any group 70-100 but not much more than that because it would be too crowded. The facility was nice but still casual enough that people did not feel like they had to dress up too much. Everyone enjoyed the pool tables and all of the areas to ""hang out"". I would strongly recommend this for any sort of party. Susan, the party planner, was very helpful, keeping our party within budget and making sure that we had enough food for everyone. She pulled together a great assortment of food that had enough variety for a large group of people. Overall, our party was very successful, appealing to the whole range of ages in our office.
Posted on Citysearch on: 11/25/2008
I've been to BalMar a couple of times. It's very cute, and it's great to see that Ballard is finally catching up to the rest of the city in terms of having more classy places to grab a drink. However, both times I have been to BalMar, the person at the door checking ID's has been extremely rude. Ever hear of a first impression? The first encounter I had was with a girl who asked me to fix their door mat AFTER I TRIPPED ON IT BECAUSE IT WAS ALREADY MESSED UP BY SOMEONE ELSE. Excuse me, but I do not work at BalMar. AND I could have seriously injured myself. Instead of asking me, ""Um, are you going to FIX that RUG?"" after I tripped, it would have been nice if the girl could have extended an expression of concern and then FIXED THE RUG HERSELF SINCE SHE IS THE ONE GETTING PAID TO WORK THERE.\rThe second time, the guy checking ID's was just rude. That's the best way I have to describe him. I'm SORRY if you don't like standing in the cold. I'm SORRY if you hate being a bouncer. However, the fact that you CHOSE TO HAVE THAT AS YOUR PROFESSION is clearly NOT MY FAULT. Get a new job if you hate it so much, or deal with it and smile, because YOUR JOB is in the HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY and therefore you should be HOSPITABLE. :)\rOnce you get past the door, the atmosphere inside is classy, and the cocktail waitresses are attentive, quick, and friendly, which is the main reason why I will come back here.
Posted on Citysearch on: 11/23/2008
This is still one of my favorite bars in Seattle. I think they have the best drink menu around. Though, I have to say that I will miss my bartender Joe. Good luck cutie. You will be missed!
Posted on Citysearch on: 11/9/2008
I made reservations for my birthday of about 15 people and they reserved a portion of their lounge downstairs for me for free, with no minimums and they even split our tabs up. The service was great, everyone was very friendly, and they made really good mixed drinks. I highly recommend this place.
Posted on Citysearch on: 10/28/2008
The BalMar was fantastic. I had a small party for my husband down stairs near the bar. The wait staff was great. My guests were raving about the facility - the comfort of the couches.\rWe had a great experience and would highly recommend BalMar
Posted on Citysearch on: 9/15/2008
Balmar is the perfect place to hold a birthday party! We had a 25 person party at the BalMar, our reservations were right across from the pool table area, this made for great mingling, it felt like we had our own area for just our friends, but still in the middle of everything. Food, drinks, service was EXCELLENT!