Macleod’s Scottish Pub opened yesterday in Ballard. Macleod’s is the latest venture from James Weimann and Deming Maclise, the duo behind Ballard’s French bistro Bastille and Mexican eatery Poquitos in Capitol Hill. If you're thirsting for scotch, this is the place for you. Macleod’s currently offers 50-plus whiskys with a focus on rare single malt scotches, and they plan to increase that number to over 100.
The inspiration for the name and concept is Weimann and Maclise's good friend, Allen Macleod. Macleod, a native of Edinburgh and painter by trade, has worked on a number of projects for Wei-Mac dating back to the mid-90s. Macleod will run the day-to-day business and be the face of the pub, located in the historic Junction Building, where Harlow's Saloon once stood.
The 1,000 square-foot space has a mezzanine that is railed in by an old cast iron gate found in a small village in the Highlands. Wei-Mac had a “bar deck” built that mimics the style of bars they saw throughout Scotland and showcases stained glass they salvaged while traveling. The Macallan(a single malt producer) donated a collection of vintage signs on the steps of the distilling process that have been incorporated into the design of the maple wood bar. The room is exposed brick, mahogany booths, and features a custom painted map of Scotland on the ceiling. The map is by Alison Macleod, local artist and Allen’s wife. Seating is approximately 75, including 16 barstools.
Poquitos managing partner, Rich Fox, created and will oversee the cocktail program at Macleod’s. The cocktail list showcases classic cocktails that incorporate both blended and single malt scotches, as well as other spirits.
Macleod’s food offerings include a selection of savory pies, charcuterie, cheese, Scottish smoked salmon and a daily soup made by Bastille.