In 1952 a man named Ole Olsen opened an unassuming little nautical themed bar in Ballard Washington. At the time Ballard was a small working class enclave known for its shipyards, machine shops, and lots of Scandinavians. The Sloop Tavern was one of many taverns lining the streets of ballard when liquor laws were colored blue and there were only three beers on tap.
Today the Sloop is the last tavern in Ballard. In 1977 then owner Joe Chase turned the sailor’s bar into a weekly clubhouse for his newly formed yacht club – The Sloop Tavern Yacht Club, which still has regular races in the summer to this day and has a large trophy case in the corner of the bar. With the addition of the yacht club the many boats of the Shilshole bay marina started adorning the walls of the Sloop.
In the last 40 years Ballard has changed a lot but the Sloop hasn’t changed much. We still serve burgers from a local butcher, fish caught wild in Alaska, and the coldest beer in town. We still have sailing races in the summer. We are still unassuming and unpretentious . If you want a real old Ballard experience or just a cold beer and some quality food at a reasonable price then we are here for you.