The Bal Mar in Ballard represents a direction that I hope bars will not choose to take. Seating is incredibly uncomfortable and the decor somewhat dated. The cocktail list does look promising but is somewhat expensive. For example, the Molotov Cocktail is a very intriguing offering that I have not seen anywhere else in Seattle. Happy hour features Pacific Northwest cuisine with a twist and french fries served with banana ketchup! I would really like to like this place but because of the decor I just can't. Service here is great and pool tables are available upstairs.