In the heart of Ballard Avenue lies the Lock and Keel. I’ve been hanging out here quite a bit since 2011. Very chill place.
If you like boats and all things that float, you’ll love the decor. Especially the outboard motors for pool table lights.
If you do play pool, this is the place to do it. The tables are only 50 cents, and there are chalk boards for putting your name in a play-the-winner queue, so you don’t have to be like, “hey, my quarters were sitting there first!” I think they still do free pool Thursdays too.
It gets pretty packed with kids in their early 20s on Friday and Saturday night, but not as bad as Kings Hardware. There’s still an older crowd too, to balance things out.
Food is pretty grubbin. Especially since they smoke their own meat. And I haven’t tried it, but I guess the chili mac is the bomb.
I think my favorite thing about this place is they’re very straight-edge friendly. Once I got kicked out of another bar for just playing pool, and not ordering drinks. The Lock and Keel is very cool about that though. They never hassle me, and are always ready to re-fill my coffee and water.
Drinkers are in good hands as well. Good spirits, wines and beers. And if Danelle or Caitlin are working, you’re stoked … they’ll take good care of you.