The Cafe at the Old Ballard Liquor Co.

Please note that the cafe seats twelve and we do not take reservations. See the Tasting Room page for information on address and hours.

We're proud to offer a selection of Scandinavian cold plates as part of your tasting experience. All plates are shareable and are designed to pair with our house made aquavits.

Grocery / Deli

(Some items are not always available. Please call ahead if you'd like to confirm.)
Pickled Herring $9/lb
Our own recipe, using local Pacific herring and made from scratch.
Salt Pacific Herring $7/lb
Perishable, sold in brine.
Frozen Pacific Herring Fillets $5/lb
Ribs and spine removed, skin-on. Avg 3oz each.
Smoked Canned Herring $7/ea
Deckhand’s Daughter brand, caught in Alaska and smoked right up the road in Bellingham!
Swedish Cardamom Bread (Vetebröd) $10/ea
Traditional “Fika” sweetbread by Svea Bakery. Order by Thursday noon for Friday pickup each week.
Freshly Churned Butter $6/ea
Made in house from non-RBST cream.
Elderflower Syrup $8/ea
Great for mixing or italian sodas.
Tonic Syrup $12/ea
Locally made "And Tonic" brand.
Tshirts and Hoodies $15-$50

Sample Café Menu

(our menu changes weekly)

All plates are served cold, accompanied by house made rye flatbread with churned butter.

Herrings Bord
A tasting plate assortment of five rotating flavors of pickled herring
12 Hour Yellow Pea Soup
ham / onions / rusks / fresh butter
Lands Bord
tasting plate of five different Nordic charcuterie meats & pickles
Smoked Lamb Tartare
Our own special process: spice brined and cold smoked with alder & juniper. Served with red currants / sorrel oil / quail yolk
Jansson's Temptation
spiced baltic sprats / potato / cream / watercress salad + aronia berry vinaigrette
Cheese Bord
tasting plate of five different nordic cheeses & seasonal fruit pickle
Cold Winter Salad
beets / rutabaga / turnips / pumpkin / almonds / soft boiled egg / smoked fresh cheese / berry vinaigrette
flatbread / mashed potato / anise-shrimp salad / lettuce / fried onion / condiments
Svea Breads' Cardamom Sweetbread
Sweet, buttery cardamom braid baked fresh daily.
Gjetost cheesecake
Pepparkaka crust / tart apple compote