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Jan 29, 2007 08:25 PM

Copper Gate, Ballard, SEA

Just looking for anyone's opinion on the newly remodled Copper Gate on 24th in Ballard. I have gone twice and really enjoy the atmosphere and cocktails, but both times it was dead. Once was a Tuesday, so that's understandable, but the other was a Friday night at 10:30 and besides my boyfriend and I, there were just two other tables and one guy at the bar. It seems sad and we are both perplexed as to why they have such little business. Lack of advertising? Too high-end for that end of Ballard? If you have not been, it's a Viking-esque theme, but modern. The cocktails are all Scandinavian themed and include some interesting ingredients (rhubarb bitters, Aquavit) -- not your typical vodka and mixer drinks. Anyway...just wondering what others are thinking of this place...

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  1. It sounds really interesting. I can't believe I've never heard of it.

    1. I went, I had never been to its previous incarnation, but my bf was a regular there (classy, I know) I thought the layout was really nice for privacy with the divider, if you are looking for an intimate setting, but then the environment they create with the ship and such doesn't really say 'intimate' so it is hard to tell what they are going for. The night I went it was pretty busy, not dead, but not jam packed. I just didn't think it look that interesting, and I drank some sort of take on a kir royal that tasted like vodka in cough syrup. And as of when i went, no draught beer????

      1. rumor has it that is ownd by the la carta/tiuku folks. does that sound right, or did i make that up?

        1. Wow, I had no idea that place had been remodeled (I used to run by there all the time and it gave me the creeps just being outside, I guess I haven't run in a while!).

          So, do they have any interesting food on the menu? A happy hour?

          I'll have to check it out!

          1. yes, copper gate is owned by the la carta folks, it's not quite done yet so my guess is when that happens the PR machine will pop into place & it will be busier. they own a few storefronts on that block & i think they purposely made it look like nothing was happening there during construction