Simple industrial neighborhood destination covered in brick with live edge wood tables. Welcome to the Ballard Station. The Ballard Station has been created to welcome those Ballard-ites into the wonderful community that is Ballard. In 1889, the tracks of the Seattle, Lake Shore and Eastern Railroad, now Burlington Northern, ran to the south side of Salmon Bay ending at the footbridge across the bay.

The manager of the railroad line, aware of Ballard’s leadership in the Gilman Park development, referred to the stop as “The Ballard Junction” (The Ballard Station). The car would stop at the end of the line on the south side of Salmon Bay and the conductor would call out: “Ballard Station! All out for the Ballard Junction!” And passengers would tumble out and make their way across the creaking bridge to one of the many saloons or bars before heading to their homes in the woods on Salmon Bay.

Michael and Jesse met through a mutual friend, Murph, in 2007 while both were in college, Mike at UW and Jesse at UPS. Over the last decade, Mike has had a successful career in the bar industry. He has extensive experience in everything from bartending and managing bars to designing menus and building bar programs. Jesse pursued a career in finance after college and specifically was involved in the hospitality industry in Nashville, working with finding funders for new restaurants and hospitality groups.

Having just moved back to Seattle in Fall of 2015, Jesse was looking for a new opportunity and found the listing to buy the Station. That weekend him and Mike (full circle) were both at Murph’s wedding. After a couple of cocktails, Jesse asked if Mike would take on this opportunity with him and buy the bar. Mike responded, “I’ll move back tomorrow.” Fast forward three months, they bought the bar on September 30th, 2016 and re-opened the next day, not missing a beat. 

Mike and Jesse work tirelessly to create a fun, caring and neighborhood environment at the Station. Whether they are behind the bar or playing darts, they have built a place where all patrons will feel like regulars. 


  • 16 total beer & cider taps (4 nitro)
  • Bottles & cans of imported beer & cider
  • Wine by the glass and bottle
  • Seasonal signature cocktails
  • Full spirits selection