Free tastes of port and artisan chocolate (including Marou, Dandelion, and Zotter), with a premium port/dessert wine tasting available for a fee (including 1957 Kopke Colheita, 1970 Warres Vintage port, and 1985 Toro Albalá Pedro Ximenez sherry). Free.
El Centro de la Raza's porky tamale-making classes have been so popular, they're finally trying a vegetarian one. You'll take home a dozen vegetarian tamales of your own making at the end, plus the ability to make vegetarian tamales for the rest of your vegetarian life. $75.
It's "a rare-beer tasting and book signing to mark the release of The Brewtal Truth Guide to Extreme Beers: An All-Excess Pass to Brewing’s Outer Limits.”
Shanik says happy birthday to itself and happy its birthday to you with a special three-course menu with optional wine pairings. $32, wine pairings $20.
Students studying Swedish at the UW enact the lovely/hazardous St. Lucia tradition, in which the human embodiment of the saint wears a crown of lit candles. Also: live music, treats, and dancing around the tree. $3 (treats by donation).
Poco invites you to "drink wine, be merry, and rock out with some untz untz beats" and various holiday treats, plus a $20 tasting of eight local and Spanish wines (with re-tastes on demand, so you can really get your money's worth). Free-$20.
Don you now your gay apparel and join the Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Pub Crawl in Greenwood/Phinney Ridge, with more than a dozen bars participating, a trolley up and down Greenwood Avenue for your crawling convenience, and proceeds benefitting the Greenwood Food Bank. $20 ($15 with two cans of food).
Tavolata's monthly Sunday Feasts always sound great—though since they're served family-style at the 26-seat communal table, you might want to bring a bunch of friends to insulate you from people who use the word "foodie." Prices vary depending on the star ingredient. Coming up: shellfish on November 3, lobster on December 8. Reservations required.
Learn "the old-world techniques used to make Hot Cakes’ dark, smoky, true caramel sauce," plus how to jar it and how to make caramel chews, from the great Autumn Martin in this two-hour, $75 class. $75.
Learn how to make all-time-great holiday foods with an all-time-great chef (Bruce Naftaly of the dear departed Le Gourmand, who is also really nice), with eating and wine included. The socks of your family and friends will be knocked off! $75.
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.
McCarthy & Schiering claims to be the oldest wine shop in Seattle; it is not. But they were recognized as retailer of the year by Food & Wine in 1998 and as one of the "top 10 small specialty shops featuring wines from Piedmont and Tuscany” by GQ in 2004. They offer free wine tastings at both their Ravenna and Queen Anne stores every Saturday, with... more » Free.
Champion owner Emile Ninaud possesses Seattle's very first wine license: He opened in 1969 and works there to this day. 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. His Saturday drop-in wine tastings—from the more than 1,500 bottles in... more » FREE.
The great DeLaurenti Specialty Food & Wine in Pike Place Market offers free wine tastings upstairs in their wine department every Saturday, and—bonus!—the nice people there pair the selections with some of their more than 250 kinds of cheese, samples from their wall of olive oils, and other assorted tastinesses. Past tastings have included ports pa... more » Free.
Civilized but not-too-schmancy wine shop Portalis offers free tastings on Saturday and Sunday. A lot of regulars show up, particularly Ballard-farmers-market shoppers on Sundays. Those people sound smart. Free.
The demise of the Broadway Grill cannot stop drag diva Mama Tits from hosting this brunch buffet with the titular mimosas and a drag cabaret to go along with! Now find her/them/it every Sunday at the (very festive) Narwhal, in the basement of the Unicorn. $12 adv/$15 DOS (includes one mimosa), 21+.
Let the people of DubSea bikes pimp your ride (and by that we mean make minor repairs) free of charge. As long as you're getting something for free, bring a donation to the White Center Food Bank (if you don't, you're kind of a jerk). Free.
Tiny, inviting Cure invites you to “celebrate or lament” the end of your weekend with a $12 bottle Spanish sparkling wine and a view of Cal Anderson park on the Lord’s day. $12.
This sounds SO GOOD: dinner for two in the form of a two-pound Dungeness crab—wok-seared with tamarind sauce, Singaporean yellow curry, scallions and ginger, or Saigon salt-and-pepper style—served with papaya salad for $35, every Sunday and Monday night at Monsoon. Bonus: bottles of wine (all of them!) 30 percent off! $35.
Wallingford's Moon Temple is one of the highest-quality dive bars this city is privileged to still contain. Trivia night here is fueled by strong-ass drinks, and probably concomitantly fun. Long live the Moon Temple! $2 (registration fee per player).
Geeks Who Drink is a company that hosts trivia quizzes at different bars every damn day of the week, here in Seattle and all over creation, usually free (except for bar owners, who pay a "reasonable" rate). Starred for geeks who drink who like pub trivia.
Brought to you by the people behind the World's Greatest Seattle Walking Tours, this is not only the world's greatest, but also the world's only, trivia crawl—so you are forgiven for not knowing what a trivia crawl is. It is: walking to three Capitol Hill bars, quaffing beers, and playing pub quiz night-style trivia at each stop. Also: prizes! $20, excluding drinks.
The goal of Biscuit Bitch is "to bring fresh, homemade food with attitude to the partying masses of Downtown Seattle" on Friday and Saturday nights. They do this with biscuits and gravy/jam/etc. served in various bitchy incarnations for prices ranging between $5 and $13.
Go now, my children, and worship at the altar of fried chicken goodness every Sunday night at Joe's. For there SHALL be grease, there SHALL be buttermilk batter, and there SHALL be all the fixings. $14.