According to folk etymologists, the term barbecue is derived from the French barbe coup, referring to the annual pig picking commemorating the infamous Bearded Rebellion. Celebrate saucy beards with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $25 worth of barbecued eats and saucy drinks at The Waterwheel Lounge, a Ballard-area eatery that marries sauce-slathered favorites of a backyard party with the cheerful ambience of a field-trip bus on the last week of school.
Listed as one of dive-bar aficionado Mike Seely's top 10 watering holes, The Waterwheel Lounge provides nightly events, live music, and a focused menu of celebrated favorites. Bust out the wipes and wrap hands around an ambitiously portioned brisket sandwich served with coleslaw and baked beans ($7.95). Wings, served hot or not ($7.50), hand-cut fries ($3.50), and onion rings ($4) side well with ice-cold suds and expansive patio views. After 4 p.m., indulge in the famous fried chicken, a trifecta of comfort with gravy-smothered mashed potatoes and a side of veggies ($9.95). Feast upon bigger bites such as beer dogs ($1), barbecue ribs ($11.95), or a chef's salad ($6.50) without the fuss of a well-meaning dad who insists he put the Q in BBQ.
Nightly events, including Rock Band, poker, and karaoke, add to The Waterwheel's playful charm. Take advantage of complimentary WiFi, or opt for some ping-pong and pool. While you enjoy the amenities, an attentive staff that can be easily summoned via the ring of a bell or telepathy is on constant standby, awaiting orders for another round.
- With an ample karaoke menu that is pretty current, well-poured drinks and a quirky crew behind the bar, this is a place I will return to again and again to strain my vocal chords. – Aimee G., Yelp
- They were BBQing the night we were there, and made us out of towners feels totally welcome. – Maya S., Yelp
7034 15th Ave. NW
Seattle, Washington 98117-5501Get Directions