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Address: 5213 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107-4809
Phone Number: +1 206-789-3599
12:00 - 02:00
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Mon - Fri 12:00 - 02:00
Sat - Sun 18:00 - 02:00

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Great spot to see live music

Stopped in by myself one night recently for the Nikki Lane show. I had a really good time. The crowd was energetic and the music was great. As a southerner it was a bit odd to see... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 October 2016
Clint M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Stopped in by myself one night recently for the Nikki Lane show. I had a really good time. The crowd was energetic and the music was great. As a southerner it was a bit odd to see what I assume is the pacific northwestern image of a country show. I really enjoyed it though. I would definitely go back.

Thank Clint M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

We saw Sara Watkins here, but whatever your musical tastes this is a great venue. My personal tip is to stand near the bar because it's not as hot as the stage side.

Thank Amanda H
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016

I've been here a few times now for a live music show and it never disappoints. They have a wide variety of music that they bring in, the space is spare but no complaints. Standing room only and a full bar bit nothing fancy. Lots of good places to eat right around there.

Thank Degan W
Anthem, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2015 via mobile

Just a simple dive bar. This place is nothing fancy, but it's fun. It's pretty much just standing room only with a few benches attached to the wall. By the time we left it was wall to wall people standing around listening to some really good music. Drinks were stiff and the staff was a little crusty, but that's typical.... More 

Thank KristenS_11
Kent, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2015 via mobile

We have been here several times for a show and enjoyed our experience every time. They have a wide variety of great shows they host (Cash'd out, Zeparella, Problem Child, Josh Kelly). The setting is fairly intimate so you will have a good view from wherever you stand or sit. Seating is limited. If you want a seat you need... More 

Thank Rehsinup19
Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2014

The Tractor Tavern lives within the heart of Ballard, a trendy burrow of Seattle. Within walking distance there is a wide variety of excellent restaurants and bars, ranging for those on a tight budget or those welcoming a splurge. The Tavern itself is not full of glitz and glam, but if you are looking for some great music and a... More 

Thank Snowghostridin
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2013

I have been there several times in the last 4 years always in summer time, all nights have been great. One or more groups per night, all very good. A quite basic venue but very popular. Indie music, pop/rock, country, Americana, etc. Some of the group are now regularly played on my cd player. Recommended to those that want to... More 

Thank besyta
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2013 via mobile

What a great venue to see a band. The bar was run well and they didn't charge me for drinking soda. Set in an amazing trendy area.

Thank RichardPatton
Vidalia, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2013 via mobile

Enjoyed the visit to The Tractor Tavern to see Zepparella and have to say it was one of the best shows I have seen in years. Not a lot of room so prepared to be bumped and shoved around a little when the bands start playing. The neighborhood itself feels safe to walk around in. Suggest grabbing a bite before... More 

Thank PMMarion
Northern California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2013

We wanted to see some live music in Ballard, so made reservations to see Martha Wainwright and her opening act, Shenandoah Davis. The Tractor is very down home, woody, clean and small. They have a full bar, local beers, etc. The venue is a dance floor, benches on one side, and a few table. Take our advice; get there before... More 

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