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Viking Tavern--The End is Near


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Viking Tavern--The End is Near

kaleokahu | Dec 2, 2012 07:58 PM

Perhaps few care, but this 62-year-old landmark is on Death Row. The entire half-block facing the East side of 24th Avenue and south of 65th is to be razed for... guess what? The next Stalinesque 45-unit condo in Ballard.

The Viking has never even flirted with noteworthy cuisine, but it is a paragon and archetype of 1950s corner tav, and one of the soul-spots of what used to be the quaint drinking village of Ballard. Its layout is a work of lucky genius, notably its wide, angled mirror above the bar that allows every patron to see amost everything that goes on there without getting caught looking.

Tonight's barkeep says they've been told the dozer will not scrape the place until April of next year, just in time to spoil the Norwegian Independence Day Parade. Until then, you can still experience the odd concept of Nordic Nachos.


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