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.
On Monday nights, Cafe Lago serves $10 pizzas, $4 pints of Pike Pale Ale, and $5 glasses of Chianti. We would star this twice if we could.
Every Tuesday at the BottleNeck Lounge, a bottle of a featured red or white wine costs only $10.
Aqua by El Gaucho invites you to a multicourse, seafoody holiday feast with winemakers Chris Sparkman of Sparkman Cellars, Mark McNeilly of Mark Ryan Winery, and Trey Busch of Sleight of Hand Cellars—plus their wines, of course. $150 plus tax and gratuity.
A benefit for the very worthy Bailey-Boushay House, which provides outpatient services and residential care for those in our community with HIV/AIDS. For $75, attend a reception and silent wine auction with drinks and hors d'oeuvres from an army of incredible local chefs. A multi-course dinner for 300 guests follows, with tickets starting at $300. $75/$300+.
On the third Thursday of the month, the “Best Damn Happy Hour” (their title) has live DJs, mini golf, board games, giant Jenga (TIMBERRRRR!), and deals on cocktails and food at the many places inside the Armory, the food-court-ish building formerly known as the Center House at Seattle Center (21+ only). No cover.
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.
BOCK BOCK! It's fried chicken night at Brave Horse Tavern. Get three pieces of pickle-brined fried bird with several sides (which change monthly). Price varies.
This family-style, holly-jolly brunch at the Corson building ought to be lovely. $40.
In celebration of the Scottish poet Robert Burns, Burns Suppers are held all over the place once a year. This multicourse one's at longtime favorite Lark, with songs inspired by Burns sung by whateverandeveramen. Beer and wine are included, "and we'll raise a glass of scotch together with the Address to a Haggis." $100.
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.
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!"
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.
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.
Every first Thursday of the month, the Tin Table hosts a three-course seasonal chef's dinner—check their website for the menu, which always looks really good. $40 (not including tax and gratuity).
Every Thursday, Chocolopolis hosts a chocolate happy hour with free samples from artisan bean-to-bar chocolatiers. ACK!!! CHOCOLATE!!! Free.
If you’re in the mood for a delightfully divey Christmas, the 5 Point Cafe offers a choice of two five-course meals on Christmas day: a ham dinner and a prime rib dinner. After Xmas gorging, you can come back for the 5 Point's free New Year's Eve party, where you can watch the fireworks (including via the periscope above the urinal). $22.
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.
If you're doing some elf work (or, later, returning crappy presents) down in the marvel of capitalism that is Seattle's retail core, pick up an extra toy or child's garment and drop it off at Dragonfish, which is collecting these all month for the extremely worthy nonprofit Treehouse.
A weekly evening of liberals, drinking, almost always including The Stranger's own Goldy. Free.
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.
Every Thursday, nicely stocked Capitol Hill wine shop Vino Verite hosts a drop-in wine tasting that will not part you from any of your money. Free.