Viking Tavern

The Viking Tavern is a hidden little nugget of a neighborhood bar in Seattle that definitely has one foot firmly rooted in the past and one foot sticking its toes in more modern waters; not that this beloved Ballard bar is at risk of turning into a trendy hangout. The relaxed bar attitude, friendly regulars catching a ballgame, the selection of beer and booze and the prices all suggest the Seattle neighborhood bars of old, but certain amenities like a startlingly good, if short, wine list and a kitchen that smokes its own meats for the Viking Tavern's mouth watering sandwiches decidedly look forward.