Authentic Viking Beer Hall Is Set To Open In Seattle

Seattle’s waterfront is all set to get an authentic Viking bar this summer. Called Skål, meaning ‘cheers’ in Norwegian, it will be located in the neighborhood of Ballard.

The Seattle skyline

Designed like a Viking mead hall, the venue will have touches of Norse mythology all around. These include a massive central fireplace to keep warm on chilly Seattle nights. Adam McQueen Skål’s owner, has emphasized the idea of the mead hall as the center of the community. Traditionally, it was where people gathered to tell stories of adventure, exploration over food and drink. He hopes to make it “a welcoming spot to gather or to host visitors from afar.”


The drinks at Skål will reflect its Norwegian and Swedish roots with Scandinavian products, especially the popular spirit Aquavit. It will also feature a selection of local craft beer, cider, mead, and regional wine. They will be served in large ale horn mugs.

A traditional Viking great hall, with an open fireplace

Skål’s open kitchen will also be inspired by the Vikings, especially idea of a Viking butcher shop. The bar bites and shared plates will feature game, meat skewers, a large rotisserie for chicken, pork, and rabbit. They will also have game, meat skewers and pork sausages, potato dumplings and pickled herring. However, those looking for meatballs, à la Ikea, will be out of luck, as it’s not a dish Skål plans to serve.


Traditional meatballs will unfortunately not be on the menu

Ballard in Seattle has a large local Nordic community. It is home to the largest Syttende Mai celebration – Norwegian Constitution Day – outside Oslo. Its is also quite common to see shops and statues inspired by the region dotted around the neighborhood.

A Nordic Heritage museum is also set to open in downtown Ballard this May. At the same time, Skål will offer Nordic cultural events and classes to interested visitors. 



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