Fancy Dahlia Lounge “dresses down” for a four-course dinner of English pub classics with beer pairings from Seattle’s own Schooner Exact—an arguably good deal for 50 bucks. $50.
After seven years, the annual Guest Chef at the Waterfront moved inland to the Showbox Sodo. The lineup of more than 20 restaurants and 20 wineries/breweries includes Tulalip Resort & Casino, SkyCity at the Needle, and Duke’s Chowder House, but it does benefit FareStart, the local nonprofit that provides culinary training to disadvantaged individuals, so: recommended. $70 before May 1, $80 after, $125 VIP.
Celebrate Hot Cakes' first year with half-price molten chocolate cakes, $5 milkshakes, and more. Starred for the $6 “special boozy birthday cake shake,” which would be the best-ever show name for a fluffy white Pomeranian.
Learn how to make great foods with all-time-great chef Bruce Naftaly (of the late, great Le Gourmand, who is also really nice), with eating and drinking included. Chef shouts, via email: "FIVE COURSES! HOW TO DO IT! AND WINE WINE WINE!" $75.
The Stranger’s reviews of Cafe Nordo’s experimental dinner-theater-that-isn't-dinner-theater have been mixed. Thadius Van Landingham III thought the dishes uneven and the ambitions unmet in the company’s first show; Bethany Jean Clement found one of last year’s shows long but fairly rewarding, while Paul Constant delighted in the full-body pleasure of another. This spring, a modern spaghetti western. Will it be good, bad, and/or ugly—who can say? $130-$160 for season's membership, $600 for Chef's Table.
On the third Monday of each month, there’s wine, conversation, and a six-course dinner inspired by the writings of Angelo Pellegrini at Cafe Lago. Organizer Jon Rowley is a local food hero, ditto Pelligrini, and Cafe Lago has been making beloved Italian food in Montlake for 1,000 years. For a thing that would probably be labeled a "foodie" event, this sounds pretty great. $75.
Every Monday the BottleNeck serves $5 Manhattans made with Evan Williams. Cheers! $5.
Every Monday night, the great Tamara Murphy makes probably really great paella for $15 per person at Terra Plata. Also available: a pared-down menu of pinxtos (the Basque, harder-to-say version of tapas), Spanish-inspired cocktails, and Spanish wine. $15.
Every Monday, Sitka & Spruce hosts the Suadero, a pop-up restaurant serving various excellent-sounding tacos, quesos fundidos, and more.
Bingo plus booze equals FUN, and this Monday night bingo game has $2.50 PBR tallboys with all-you-can-eat spaghetti for $9.13 (plus meatballs "as big as your head" for a bit more). N.B.: The first Monday of every month is Dyke Date Bingo, where "you don’t have to be a lesbian, but if you are, grab a friend and come on down!"
Every Tuesday at the BottleNeck Lounge, a bottle of a featured red or white wine costs only $10.
A weekly evening of liberals, drinking, almost always including The Stranger's own Goldy. Free.
Highline, Seattle's finest divey vegan bar, doesn't normally serve dessert. But on Tuesday nights, they bring out the (vegan) cake (and Cake-arokee is rumored to be the most supportive karaoke night in the city). Get there early: The cake usually sells out.
Head over to Seattle's very own Chia pet, the ivy-covered Roanoke Tavern (serving Seattleites since 1935!), for $1 tacos on Wednesday nights. We heart the Roanoke. $1 x the number of tacos you eat.
Every Wednesday, patrons at Pioneer Square's awesome sake bar/shop Sake Nomi battle for virtual supremacy in games like Wii Sports Resort. Obliterate the competition with your dynamite hand-eye coordination and cat-like reflexes, or just behold the frenzy with a glass of sake in hand. Starred for sake and/or Wii lovers.
Every Thursday, Chocolopolis hosts a chocolate happy hour with free samples from artisan bean-to-bar chocolatiers. ACK!!! CHOCOLATE!!! Free.
Behemoth SODO wine emporium Esquin offers free wine tastings every Thursday and Saturday, with themes like "92 Points and Above," "Viva Argentina," and "Under $10 Specials." Sometimes winemakers join in, and snacks are not unheard of. Check their website to find out which wines they're uncorking. Free.
Slosh down Post Alley for the Thursday Wine Hop, where $4 glasses of unspecified wine are served from 5 to 7 pm at Kells, Post, the Tasting Room, and the White Horse Trading Co.
West Seattle Cellars hosts an informal, regionally themed wine tasting in its little house on California Avenue every Thursday. When the tasting coincides with the West Seattle Art Walk (on the second Thursday of every month), it's partytime. Check their website to find out which wines they're uncorking. Free.
Every Thursday and Saturday, Vino Verite hosts a casual wine tasting that will not part you from any of your money. Free.
Every Thursday, FareStart hosts Guest Chef Night, featuring dinners from great Seattle chefs for just $24.95. The schedule is here—reserve in advance for your favorites, as these tend to sell out fast. All proceeds support FareStart, whose mission is to provide "a community that transforms lives by empowering homeless and disadvantaged men, women, and families to achieve self-sufficiency through life skills, job training and employment in the food service industry." FareStart is a fantastic thing, and you should go to this often. $24.95.
Gone are the days when drinking cocktails in the middle of your workday was considered acceptable—except every Friday at Vito’s, where imbibing is encouraged with $7 martinis.
European Vine Selections, aka "the wine shop on 15th," has been an unintimidating resource for good wine (with lots of bottles under $10) on Capitol Hill for 25 years, and every Friday they host a free wine tasting from a different region. One person you may find pouring is EVS partner Doug Nufer, who is a civic treasure of both friendly, low-key wine knowledge and experimental writing. Free.
Bottomless anything is good, especially if it involves champagne. Just order brunch at the Coterie Room or Ma'ono (both pretty damn great) and your mimosa ($10 at the former, $12 at the latter) will have no bottom.
Champion owner Emile Ninaud possesses Seattle's very first wine license: He opened in 1969 and works there to this day. Champion's wine tastings—from the more than 1,500 bottles in stock, with tons from France—are all about "obscure wines from obscure regions," he says. Though he's French by birth, he's made Champion a snobbery-free zone, with wine novices welcome and an emphasis on good value for whatever your budget may be. FREE.