The Sexton – Ballard

Seattle Barhoppers The Sexton bar


5327 Ballard Ave NW | Ballard
OPEN: 5-2 Tu-Sun, closed M
HAPPY HOUR: 5-7 Tu-Sun

A little bit country, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll—the Sexton is a romantic cocktail lounge with a lot of style.

The entire bar is washed in sepia tones—a color scheme that lends to weather-worn wood, damask wallpaper, and old-fashioned portraits and furniture. That’s the country. The rock ‘n’ roll is the snowflake disco ball lamp shades and the Warholian rows of white cassette tapes under the surface of the bar. The two styles merge in the acoustic guitar shelf and the nearby white analog 4-track recorder with brown deer antlers.

The same level of style and attention to detail goes into their cocktails. Our favorite was the Computer Blue—a creation of our amazing-in-every-way bartender, Gavin—made with bourbon, blueberries, egg whites, and love, literally listed on the menu as an ingredient.

There’s more fun on the menu, such as the Bet on Your Bartender. We bet on Gavin and won a drink he named House of the Rising Sun. We also tried a Cupid’s Crush and The Perfect Woman. Everything we drank was unbelievably good.

We sat in this bar from sunlight to sundown, drinking amazing cocktails while the magic increased with each candle lit. The evening’s soundtrack—a seamless flow of alternative-EDM, delta blues, indie folk, and classic R&B—was just as wonderfully time-warping as the stage.

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Sexton serves gourmet southern comfort food, which we hear is delicious.


These cocktails are works of art created by very talented artists. They’re in a very elite class.

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The men’s room is designed to make you feel as though you are in the cockpit of a fighter jet. The ladies’ is fine, but not nearly as impressive, visually.


Mandy wants another Computer Blue. The Sexton offers a unique experience and top-notch cocktails.


bar 2 of 3 on 2/16/2014: Zayda Buddy’s | The Sexton | Hattie’s Hat


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