Percy's & Co. serves apothecary inspired cocktails and dinner nightly, and brunch on Sundays. Behind the bar and in our kitchen, we emphasize local produce, particularly fruit, herbs, and vegetables from our rooftop garden and our farm south of Seattle.
Ballard was once home to more bars than any town west of the Mississippi. Local legend has it that Ballard founders had to build a church for every new bar in order to fight against the “scourge.” In 1898, Percy Sankey opened The Ballard Bar, and ran it as such until prohibition, at which time many bars closed their front doors, only to reopen the door in back. The Ballard Bar became Percy’s Men’s Furnishing in front, and simply opened its back door, like so many others.
"At Percy’s & Co., we celebrate this history. Owners Jeff Ofelt, and Wade Weigel bought the building in 2013 and spent most of that year restoring the space, and updating the bar and kitchen. “The building and its history is what attracted us in the first place. We couldn't resist a spot with such beautiful bones." — Owner, Jeff Ofelt.
Bode Craig runs our bar program, he started bartending at a small dive music venue in Fort Worth, Texas at an early age, and bartended his way up the west coast to Seattle. Learning different skills and drawing from a wide variety of influences along the way. Bode loves a solid Old Fashioned, “its one of the best ways to test the caliber of a bartender. There is nothing to hide behind. You either make a great Old Fashioned, or you don't…and speaking of old fashioned I am fascinated by the history of this building, especially all of the little architectural easter eggs I find in the walls and basement. I am constantly finding a connection to the people, and bartenders I hope, from the past. You share a moment with them, and they'll never know.
Sarah Ridges, the force behind Percy’s Southern and Creole inspired menu, was born in Utah and moved to Washington at a young age. Sarah earned her chops in the local restaurant scene, working with Chris Smith at the Barking Frog, and Shota Nakajima at Adana. Sarah’s fresh take on the homey comfort food of the south is the perfect pairing for Bode’s boozy cocktails. You simply have to try her fried chicken…
Rounding out the crew is our fearless leader and ringmaster, GM Krista Cary, “I've been working in the industry since I was old enough to wash dishes in the coffee house my mother and grandmother ran in orange county. They ditched the babysitter and put me to work. The high intensity and energy of the restaurant industry truly suits me – pressure, problem solving and juggling the needs of my staff and my customers…what’s not to love.”
Percy’s & Co. welcomes you to join us in Old Ballard, 4pm - 2am every day and from 10am - 3pm Saturday and Sunday for brunch. Our happy hour is the bee’s knees: 4-6 Daily and ALL DAY happy hour drink specials on Monday.