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Address: 2221 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107 (Cross street: Ballard Ave NW)
Neighborhood: Ballard
Specifics: Cocktails, Food, Happy Hour, Jukebox, Mexican, Tequila
Phone: 206-297-2855
Credit Cards: Yes
Nightlife Lots of tequila. Lots.
Restaurants If you can't get a table at Oaxaca.

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Posted by:  Karen Watson

The Matador is the anchor of Ballard's bar epicenter with its metal cow skull keeping watch over the drunks heading to the bus stop at 2:03 Saturday morning. I can never figure out why this place is so crowded except that dim lighting and tequila shots make everyone look a little foxier. At night the amber glow from the hanging candle lanterns spills out onto the sidewalk with the inviting ambiance of a Goth sex dungeon. The Matador promotes itself as a tequila bar and they do have an impressive selection, although I thought the point of drinking tequila was to get shit-bombed, not savor it like fine wine. So I wouldn't know the difference between a $5 and $50 shot. And yes, they actually have tequila that costs that much. The food is rather unremarkable and expensive but I think they're hoping that after guzzling a few margaritas you won't care. If you are looking for the scene to be seen, this is your place.

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