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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
Monday, June 23, 2008
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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