New Bar Alert: Macleod’s Scottish Pub

Authentic scotch cuisine arrives in Ballard.

James Weimann and Deming Maclisse are once again adding a new establishment to their already impressive resume — the pair also owns Bastille Café & Bar and Poquitos. Along with good friend and namesake, Allen Macleod (a native of Edinburgh, Scotland), the trio christened Macleod’s Scottish Pub just last week.

Located in Ballard’s historic Junction Building, this truly Scottish experience offers more than 50 Scotch whiskies, with a focus on rare single malts. If you’ve been on a holy quest for great Scotch, your prayers have been answered — and the pub plans to increase their whisky selection to include more than 100 labels. Hallelujah!

Weiman, Maclisse and Macleod traveled to Scotland this past fall to research the local pub scene and tour numerous distilleries. While there, the three gentlemen were schooled in single malt production. As if an education in booze wasn’t enough, they also brought home some authentic Scottish mementos to feature in their cozy 1,000-square-foot space.

The decorations include an old cast-iron gate from a small village in the Highlands and a collection of vintage signs that detail the distillation process. The most impressive piece is a custom-built “bar deck,” made from stained glass the three men salvaged throughout their trip. The deck was inspired by the numerous Scottish pubs they visited.

Patrons can also enjoy wine, locally made spirits and four beers on tap, with barrel-aged cocktails scheduled to arrive in the near future. Grub selections include savory pies, Scottish smoke salmon, charcuterie, cheese and more.

Macleod’s Scottish Pub | 5200 Ballard Ave. N.W., Seattle | (206) 687-7115