Seattle >Arts & Entertainment > Ballroom In Fremont
456 N 36th St, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810347.651953 -122.353128
Neighborhoods: Fremont, Lake Union
Angry bartender – We went in there on July the 3rd during the zombie walk. We were dressed as zombies but besides that we acted normal. The bartender ignored us and told his waitress that the punching period of the night was about to start. One of the customers jokingly asked him where his zombie spirit was and he said that it was the fact that he had to work more that upset him. We left after hearing this and went next door where we had a great time.
Sorry that you encoutered an agry bartender. That is certainly not the mood that we are trying to foster here. Our current staff is full of friendly bartenders that want to serve you. I hope you can try again and have a better experience than last time!
Best Trivia Night in Town! – The Wednesday night trivia at the Ballroom is by far the best trivia night in town! We have been to many different trivia nights around the city and they don't even come close. Every once and a while we will go try out a new trivia spot and we quickly run back to the Ballroom, nothing else compares! Tommmy is a great host, with an awesome personality who keeps everyone engaged, has great questions each week, keeps the game going at a good pace and the trivia has different facets which keep it interesting. Whether we win or lose we always have an amazing time at Trivia with a Twist!
One of the best spots in Fremont! – I went to The Ballroom with friends a few weekends ago and we had a great experience! Unlike some other places in Fremont and around Seattle, this place actually has enough space to move around and quite a bit of seating to accomodate its guests. It does get busy at night, but not overly-crowded which makes for a good atmosphere. The bartenders were great and all the drinks I had were wonderful! We chose to sit by the firepit, which was a nice spot to warm-up after walking outside in the cold. There's a good mix of people here, pool tables are clean and well-kept and the DJ and dancing were pretty good, as well. I recommend going before 10 to avoid cover charges and to get priority seating.
BAD BAD Crowd – I have been going down to Fremont for a couple years now, after I returned from college. The atmosphere in general is amazing and the town is just fun to be in. Until you get to the ballroom. I read on here from 2007 that purses were stolen from people and coats etc, Ill give you one more. I was there with a crowd of like 12 people, we knew what we were getting into when we walked in, crowded bar, loud music and so-so drinks, which was essentially just what we were looking for. What I was not looking for was to have something put in my drink...I ended up blacking out (after one drink that I remember drinking mind you) and passing out in a corner. Luckly my fiance was there to carry me out of the bar while I was still passed out. The scariest part of all this was that he carried me out past the bartenders, past the bouncers and no one asked a thing, like "Hey does that belong to you?" Nothing. I could have been carried out by the creep who put something in my drink. Not a good crowd, if you choose to go keep an eye on your purse, coat and your drinks.
Im sorry you had such a bad experience at the ballroom. I have never heard of anyone getting something put in their drinks here. I appologize if you feel that the employees were not attentive enough when you were carried out. People should always feel free to check their purses in coat check if thay can not keep an eye on them. People also should feel free to leave their drinks with a bartender, covered with a coaster if they can not keep an eye on them. We work hard to insure everyones safety as much as we can. We also have to leave it up to our customers to take care of their own possesions. We are an entirely different bar the other 5 days of the week and if you wanted to give us another chance, I would be happy do comp a meal for you.
Great Food, Great Service, Great Happy Hour – I have been a regular at the Ballroom since the day it opend. I have seen the Ballroom change and grow and the Ballroom it is today is the BEST!! It is a great place to hang out during the week and early on the weekends. I admit sometimes I like to people watch late night on the weekends. The entire staff at the Ballroom is GREAT! If you go in there once, the next time they remember you! That is a rare find in Seattle. Everyone needs to give the Ballroom a try once!
It is great that people can come down during the week and find out how different the Ballroom is from its Friday and Saturday nights. Im glad you enjoy your experience and keep coming in. Come on by and let me know who you are and Ill buy you a drink!
HORRIBLE DRINKS & SERVICE – I am so appalled, all around not a good experience if it weren't for the company I was with! Our waitress at first was very nice and helpful but as soon as she got a couple of tables of guys she was only to be seen flirting with them. Our second round of drinks sat at the bar for five minutes before I got up to get them with our waitress MIA. If you decide to give them a try anyways I recommend sticking with beer as the rest of their drinks are weak, seriously WEAK. The music I swear they kept bumping up the volume 10 notches every 30 minutes. It was difficult to carry on a conversation when we first got there but it just kept getting louder. I woke up with a sore throat from trying to talk. It seems like they are trying to compete as a "club" with Belltown or something. Then to top it all off at the end of the night when we asked for our check we waited another ten - fifteen minutes before I got up AGAIN to go do something our waitress should have been on top of. I shouldn't have to go ask AGAIN for my bill. Sadly enough the tab was started on my card therefore I couldn't just pay in cash and be done. Unfortunately our party had six people at one point during the night and therefore they charged us the automatic gratuity. She didn't deserve the 18% but the rest of the staff didn't deserve to be stiffed on her behalf. I can't stress how much I DO NOT recommend this bar.
I appologize for both your experience and how long it has taken to respond to your review. We are currently under new management and would love to make it up to you. The waitress in question was spoken to about this event right after it happened. Please be assured that this is not the type of service that we strive for. As for the drinks, it must have been an off night or an off bartender because our usual staff pours drinks pretty healthy. If the loud music is not your scene, I encourage you to come by one of the other 5 days that we are open as we are an entirely different bar during the week. If you are willing to try the bar again, I would be happy to comp you a meal one night.
Always a good time – On weekends, it's a huge scene. Three quarters of the hook ups are initiated by women. Consequently, guys who go around hitting on women are guys that other women don't want. The men who do the best are those who get along well with (and are recognized positively by) other men.
The large booths are often taken over early by groups on weekends, sometimes for special occasions. So get there early or reserve a space if you're planning a soiree. Avoid open-toe shoes, large purses and dangling cell phones.
Only people with limited exposure to the real world leave their personal items unattended in any large establishment. Security at the Ballroom has improved dramatically. Overtly drunk people are not admitted or are 86'd if they drink too much inside.
Weeknights are pleasant in such a large space. There's a DJ on Thursday nights too, when it's not crowded. I love their pizza.
It's drawing a more diverse crowd now. The Ballroom is always a good time.
Its great to see that someone can have an objective opinion about our bar. We do our best to help insure that everyone has a safe and happy night. Some of that, of course, is left up to the patrons to make good decisions for themselves. It is always nice to hear that people are coming out during the week and seeing the new side of the Ballroom as well. Come in and introduce yourself sometime and I will be happy to comp you a drink.
Sketchy Crowds – I used to be a big fan of the Ballroom when I was in college but recently I have been dissapointed with the crowd that is taking over. Rather than college kids, it has become a thug bar. On a recent visit my purse was stolen from right next to me. It had my belongings and a friend's inside. At the time of the theft, the staff was less than helpful even though our wallets and keys were taken. The next day, they failed to return my phone calls and when I finally got a hold of them, they left me on hold twice for more than 3 minutes. This is not the first time I've had things stolen here. About three years ago, someone stole a coat of mine that was at the table with us.This is not the bar it used to be and I would not recommend it. If you go, keep your coat and purse on....the crowd is not to be trusted.
The Best Drinks in Town!!! – WOW!!! Did I get an introduction to party time last Saturday night! I was playing pool with a friend of mine an all of a sudden there was people kicking next to us giving us help on our pool shots, as well as buying us shots and drinks. This place is incredible!!! I will be here every other day. Amanda ROCKS! Thanks for the greatest customer service, this is something very rare in a heavy stream industry like this. Thanks to all, I will see you very soon...
The Tiqulia and Carrona was Great!!!
College crowd, but i like the variety – About a dozen pool tables, heated outdoor area (fireplace and heatlamps), small dance area (with a cage) and a few tables and stools to lean on... this place is typically packed with decent looking, drunk college kids. Yes, I was one of them, but now that I'm not I still enjoy it very much! I like that you can chill out and play pool, and once you've got a good buzz go and tear up the dance floor. It can get packed in there, though. The food is typical bar fare, large portions and decent priced. It's really a good time for anyone in their twenties.
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