Fisherman's Terminal Tasting Tour
Fisherman's Terminal is in the Magnolia area of Seattle, at the south end of the Ballard Bridge. As you head south over the Ballard Bridge, look to your right at the hundreds of moored fishing boats and you are looking at Fisherman's Terminal. I have included several breweries, distilleries, places to eat and shopping options that are within 5 minutes of the docks.
Saturdays have the longest hours, but everyone is open, albeit shorter hours, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays. Avoid Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays.
Mulleady's makes an outstanding Deviled Scotch Egg with seasoned, slightly spicy sausage wrapped around a hard boiled egg, served with aioli.
Getting to Fisherman's Terminal from the Ballard Bridge/15th Ave and getting to Nickerson Street from Fisherman's Terminal is tricky, even for a lifelong Seattleite. Heading south on the bridge, look for a green sign that says "Port of Seattle: Fisherman's Terminal & Memorial" which directs to the next right turn. After the right turn, stay in the right lane to continue on to the marina. Getting to Nickerson St from Fisherman's Terminal/Emerson St., stay in the right lane which will turn right and take you up and over the Ballard Bridge/15th Ave. Look for signs saying "Nickerson St, Ballard Bridge". After the overpass, stay in the right curving lane to continue on Nickerson.
ADDRESS: 1613 W Dravus St, Seattle 98119
HOURS: Tu-Sa 11-9 Su 12-8
DESCRIPTION & ATMOSPHERE: Red Mill has won 'Best Burger' in the Seattle Weekly's annual Best of Seattle issue every year for the last 10+ years. These burgers are REALLY that good! And their Pepper Bacon loaf is world famous. A counter service, walk up & 'order then take to your table' kind of place. Just make sure you set aside a few extra minutes for your meal because the line can be daunting.
FAN FAVORITES: According to GQ and the Oprah Show, the Double Bacon Deluxe with Cheese is one of the 20 Hamburgers You Must Eat Before You Die.
ADDRESS: 3055 21st Ave W, Seattle 98199
HOURS: Mo-Th 11:30-12am Fr 11:30-2am Sa 9-2am Su 9-12am
DESCRIPTION & ATMOSPHERE: Want to feel that you have stepped out of Seattle into Ireland? Mulleady's will transport you over the pond to the world of whiskey, Guinness, warm wood floors and stone fireplaces. The food is seasonally fresh and a mix of Northwest flavors & Irish inspirations. Downstairs you will find cozy tables and a welcoming outside patio. Upstairs is 21 and over only, and has couches, pub games, and another old world style bar. A local restaurant/pub devoted to their customers and wanting to provide a meeting place for the community. And with another nod to Ireland, Mulleady's sells stamps, local eggs & milk and is a notary (just like they do in Irish pubs).
FAN FAVORITES: Scotch Deviled Eggs, the largest choice of Irish Whiskeys on the West Coast.
ENTERTAINMENT & EXTRAS: Trivia is upstairs on Mondays at 8 pm. You can also rent either just the upstairs or the entire restaurant, for weddings, reunions, birthdays,
12325 30th Ave NE Seattle 98125
HOURS: Mo-Su 10:30-2am
DESCRIPTION & ATMOSPHERE: Previously Fort Lawson, Discovery Park is the largest park in Seattle at over 500 acres. The park is full of old growth forest trails, over two miles of shoreline perfect for tidal walking, a Discovery Park Vistors Center and the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center where Native American artists and culture are featured.
FAN FAVORITES: Views of the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges. Looking under rocks in tidal pools during low tide.
ADDRESS: 4441 26th Ave W, Seattle 98199
HOURS: Mo-Th 4-9 Fr 4-10 Sa-Su 12-10
DESCRIPTION & ATMOSPHERE: True to their name, Urban Family Brewing Co. is run by a group of family members (whether they are related or not...they are still family) who have an innovative approach to brewing. Realizing the current trend of sours Urban offers several including Guava Dawn and Orchard Reflections I & II. They have also begun to barrel age some of the beer which will be an interesting addition. Child and dog-friendly, this industrial, no-frills (except for the free pretzels) brewery is a laid-back option on the tour. Find food trucks at the brewery on some weekend days or you are welcome to bring your own food with. Food Truck schedule can be found at facebook.com/urbanfamilybrewing
FAN FAVORITES: Nillasicle a "hybrid DIPA has just enough vanilla to bring back childhood memories of nilla ice cream sandwiches plus multiple dry-hop additions of Citra and Simcoe for a tropical-citrus-piney aroma nose-punch makes for a beer that will appease both the kid and hophead in you".
ENTERTAINMENT & EXTRAS: Free pretzels!
3330 W Commodore Way, Seattle 98107
HOURS: Mo-Su 4:30am-11:30pm
NOTE: Parking is free in Commodore Park versus if you enter the locks from the Ballard side, you have to pay.
DESCRIPTION & ATMOSPHERE: One of the most popular attractions in Seattle, the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (ie: Ballard Locks), is a blast to visit! Watch boats raised up to Lake Washington or lowered down to Puget Sound. Visit the fish ladder where you will see salmon spawning from salt to fresh water (at least the lucky ones that did not get gobbled up by the sea lions lurking in the locks). Heads up as you walk under the colony of Kiwanis Ravine heron that resides along the path.
FAN FAVORITES: Spotting sea lions hunting for salmon as the salmon are jumping out of the water all around them. Waving to the sailor and crew as they go through the locks.
ADDRESS: 4001 21st Ave W #B, Seattle 98199
HOURS: Tu-Th 4-10 Fr 3-10 Sa 12-10 Su 12-9
DESCRIPTION & ATMOSPHERE: This is your local, neighborhood gathering spot which has gained a loyal following and this is just their first year in business! Helps that the beers are approachable, with an emphasis on English and Belgian style ales where malt and yeast are the stars. The brewery is small, with not a lot of seating, but that does encourage people to sit with strangers and chances are you're meeting one of your neighbors. Make sure to ask about the hops and yeasts since Figurehead uses a wide variety of both.
ENTERTAINMENT & EXTRAS: They have a once a month beer class starting soon. Yeah! Check their social media for other upcoming events facebook.com/pg/figureheadbrewingcompany/events/?ref=page_internal
ADDRESS: 4001 21st Ave W, Seattle 98199
HOURS: Mo-Fr 6-6 Sa-Su 7-4
PHONE: 206.281.8040 ext: 105
DESCRIPTION & ATMOSPHERE: These guys roast their own beans with a unique process called the Appassionato Roasting Process, a slow roasting process that varies the time and temperature producing a very low acid coffee with full-bodied flavor, which is fantastic news for coffee lovers with tender tummies. Less acid = Happier stomaches. A Pacific Northwest roasting company that gives back to the community, places a high value on positive customer interactions and is determined to provide people with an exceptional, artisan cup of coffee. NOTE: This establishment is available for rent after business hours.
FAN FAVORITES: Magnolia Blend " The very best African, Indonesian, and Central American coffees are blended to create this rich, hearty Northwest classic. This blend is especially delicious with bold desserts or your favorite chocolate."
3919 18th Ave. West, Seattle 98119
HOURS: Mo-Fr 4-10 Sa-Su 12-8
DESCRIPTION & ATMOSPHERE: Here you will find over 700 Alaskan fishing boats (ships like the Northwestern from the show Deadliest Catch, a Seattle based crab boat). You can stroll along the promenade and watch as ships come in with their catch or look for crews hanging out in one of the restaurants nearby. Take a moment at the Fishermen's Memorial to honor the more than 600 fishermen who have lost their lives since 1900.
ADDRESS: 1900 W Nickerson St #103, Seattle 98119
HOURS: Mo-Th 11-9:30 Fr 11-10 Sa 8-10 Su 8-9:30
DESCRIPTION & ATMOSPHERE: This is part of a chain of Northwest seafood restaurants called Anthony's Restaurants. Casual and family friendly, Chinook's at Salmon Bay offers familiar seafood dishes that range from fried clam strips to Dungeness crab cakes, clam chowder and fish tacos. Their fresh sheet expands their routine menu and often offers unique choices. This is a classic Seattle standby that appeals to both locals and tourists. What is truly unique about Chinook's is that view!
FAN FAVORITES: Alaska Halibut 'n Chips straight off the boats and the Wild Salmon Tacos with salsa mayo.
ENTERTAINMENT & EXTRAS: If you are dining at Chinook's, guest moorage is available in front of the restaurant in Fishermen’s Terminal. Contact the Fishermen's Terminal Office on VHF Channel 17.
ADDRESS: 1900 W Nickerson St #105, Seattle 98119
HOURS: Mo-Su 8:30-6
DESCRIPTION & ATMOSPHERE: Looking for the freshest salmon (wild), seafood & shellfish? Well, you can't get much closer to the boats that have just brought in the day's catch than Wild Salmon Seafood Market. These guys started as a fisherman cooperative to sell their catch, they are now a full-service seafood market. Family owned, Wild Salmon Seafood Market prides itself on having the freshest and highest-quality seafood.
ADDRESS: 1900 W Nickerson St #114, Seattle 98119
HOURS: Mo-Fr 7-7 Sa-Su 9-6
DESCRIPTION & ATMOSPHERE: A deli that believes in natural, healthy menu items and market choices. With a culinary degree, the chef/owner offers exceptional salads and sandwiches that can be taken to the benches that look out over the marina. Fisherman's also offers sandwich and salad box lunches, which you can take with you to one of the breweries or to Commodore Park.
FAN FAVORITES: Salmon Salad Wrap (think tuna salad wrapped in a tortilla) and The Prowler, a pastrami, provolone, lettuce, tomato and homemade Russian dressing on local artisan rye bread.
ADDRESS: 1138 W Ewing St Suite C, Seattle 98119
HOURS: JUST MOVED IN. NOT OPEN QUITE YET.
DESCRIPTION & ATMOSPHERE: JUST MOVED IN. NOT OPEN QUITE YET.
Captive Spirits does one thing and does it well. If you want handcrafted, traditionally distilled gin with a distinct juniper profile, this is the place to visit. Having won awards from the San Francisco World Spirit Competition, The American Distilling Institute, Wine Enthusiast and the International Wine & Spirit Competition you know Big Gin is quality and uniqueness in a bottle.
A biking & walking path
DESCRIPTION & ATMOSPHERE: A 1.9 mile path that begins on Fremont Ave N, just north of Nickerson. It ends at W Emerson PL close to Fisherman's Terminal. Part of the trail has views of the ship canal, but some of the trail is through rather unattractive industrial areas. But, it does provide an off-road path to get to several of the points on this tour.
ADDRESS: 1220 W Nickerson St, Seattle 98119
HOURS: Mo-Th 3-10 Fr-Sa 1-12am Su 1-10
DESCRIPTION & ATMOSPHERE: A small brewery that has high-quality handcrafted beer, an outdoor covered deck full of picnic tables, rotating food trucks and free fresh popcorn. The inside is very small but half of the outside area is covered and all of it is family friendly and dog welcoming which makes for a popular community gathering spot (Note: this is very popular with families and you will be sharing your space with children. If that bothers you, a weeknight might better suit you).
FAN FAVORITES: Stargazer IPA which has 5 unique hop varieties, is darker than other local IPAs. Their Tank Ride Russian Imperial Stout is wonderfully balanced with hints of chocolate. Yum!
ENTERTAINMENT & EXTRAS: Being close to Seattle Pacific University, Rooftop loves teachers and students, who get a discount on Tuesdays. Great part... ALL students and teachers from ANY school get this discount with a school ID.
ADDRESS: 198 Nickerson St, Seattle, WA 98109
HOURS: We-Sa 2-9 Su 2-6
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ADDRESS: 198 Nickerson St, Seattle, WA 98109
HOURS: We-Sa 2-9 Su 2-6