New Ballard Bar/Restaurant ‘The Ivy’ Opens This Week

A new east-meets-west bar/restaurant concept called The Ivy, located in the heart of Ballard, opens on Thursday, Nov. 9.  

“The Ivy blends materials, forms, and colors that are new to Seattle and unexpected,” Eric El, owner of The Ivy, said. “With pink and green tones, velvet upholstered seating and eye-catching lighting, the interior transitions perfectly from day and night. Warm wood slatting and a living plant ceiling evoke an emotion of warmth, while being energetic and offbeat. Our goal was to create a unique gathering space where people come to linger over espresso martinis and shared appetizers and end up staying for a full evening.” 

Restaurateur/nightlife veteran El tapped Brian Madayag (Barkada, Tom Douglas Seattle Kitchen restaurants) to oversee the kitchen, which will highlight shareable bites like crispy lumpia, spicy edamame with house chili crisp, yellowfin tuna tacos, shishole salmon sushi rolls, pork sticky ribs with a tamarind glaze and more. El  and Madayag also partnered with Victor Dunbar to lead the beverage program, featuring an espresso martini list with eight variations on the buzzy cocktail, along with signature drinks featuring house-infused liquors with unexpected elements including thai chili and lychee.     

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Starting in December, The Ivy will offer a boozy brunch featuring an upbeat playlist on weekends. 

On 11th Ave, The Ivy is set to become the newest destination to hang, day or night, in Ballard. Learn more at

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