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Sunday Wine Dinners

Sun, April 27.

Ten diners at Joule's communal table get a family-style feast, plus wine and the company of the winemakers, including: Feb. 23, Scarborough Winery with Travis Scarborough; March 30, Gilbert Cellars with winemaker Justin Neufeld; April 27, Pomum Cellars and Idilico Wine with Javier Alfonso. Starred for oenophiles. $65.

Joule
3506 Stone Way N

Free Wine Tasting

Wed, 5–7 pm. Through June 25.

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Taste wine for free—conveniently, right at happy hour time—every Wednesday at Pioneer Square's Delicatus. Free.

Delicatus
103 First Ave S

Half Off Large-Format Beer Night!

Mon.

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On Monday nights, Quinn’s sells all large-format bottles of beer for half-price. Starred (and very much so) for beer lovers.

Quinn's Pub
1001 E Pike St

Manhattan Mondays

Mon at 4 pm–2 am.

Every Monday the BottleNeck serves $5 Manhattans made with Evan Williams. Cheers! $5.

BottleNeck Lounge
2328 E Madison St

10-Buck Bottle Night

Tues.

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Every Tuesday at the BottleNeck Lounge, a bottle of a featured red or white wine costs only $10.

BottleNeck Lounge
2328 E Madison St

Drinking Liberally

Tues at 8 pm.

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A weekly evening of liberals, drinking, almost always including the great Goldy of horsesass.org, at the great Roanoke Tavern. Free.

Roanoke Park Place Tavern
2409 10th Ave E

Sake Nomi's Wii Wednesdays

Wed at 6 pm.

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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.

Sake Nomi
76 S Washington St

Wine Tasting at Vif

Thurs.

On Thursdays, Vif opens "a bottle or two of something we love and want to share with you"—try it anytime after 4 p.m. Free.

Vif
4401 Fremont Ave N

Free Vino Verite Wine Tasting

Thurs, 5–8 pm.

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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.

Vino Verite
208 Boylston Ave E

Free Wine Tasting at Esquin Wine Merchants

Thurs, 5–6:30 pm, Sat, 2–5 pm.

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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.

Esquin Wine Merchants
2700 Fourth Ave S

Post Alley Wine Hop

Thurs, 5–7 pm.

Slosh down Post Alley for the Thursday Wine Hop, where $4 glasses of unspecified wine are served from 5 to 7 pm at Kells, the Tasting Room, and the White Horse Trading Co.

Various locations
across Seattle

Thursday Is the New Friday Wine Tasting

Thurs, 5–8 pm.

Try half-a-dozen wines every Thursday for no money at the Barrel Thief in Fremont, conveniently right at happy-hour time. FREE.

The Barrel Thief
3417 Evanston Ave N #102

Free Wine Tasting at West Seattle Cellars

Thurs, 5:30–8 pm.

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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.

West Seattle Cellars
6026 California Ave SW

Two-Martini Lunch

Fri at 11:30 am–3 pm.

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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.

Free Wine Fridays on 15th

Fri, 4–7 pm.

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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.

European Vine Selections
522 15th Ave E

Free Wine Tasting at McCarthy & Schiering

Sat at 11 am–5 pm.

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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 winemakers often there for discussion purposes. Free.

McCarthy & Schiering
2401 Queen Anne Ave N

Free Wine Tasting at Champion Wine Cellars

Sat, 12–5 pm.

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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 stock, with tons from France—are all about "obscure wines from obscure regions," he says. FREE.

Champion Wine Cellars
108 Denny Way

Wine Tasting at Cone & Steiner

Sat, 1–5 pm.

Every Saturday from noon to 5 p.m., fancy grocery Cone & Steiner pours free samples of four wines that you may enjoy whilst perusing their fine goods. Free.

Cone & Steiner
526 19th Ave E

Free Wine Tasting at DeLaurenti

Sat, 2–4 pm.

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DeLaurenti 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 paired with Stilton cheese and (separately) Veuve Cliquot champagne (!). Check their website to find out which wines they'll be uncorking. Free.

Free Wine Tasting at Portalis

Sat, 2–6 pm, Sun at 11 am–4 pm.

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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.

Portalis
5205 Ballard Ave NW

Saturday-Night Sermon

Sat at 10 pm.

Have a drink and holler amen: Every Saturday night at 10 p.m., Southern-styled Witness on Broadway gets religion when owner/bartender Gregg Holcomb delivers one of his fervent but agnostic (and sometimes fornication-related) sermons.

Witness
410 Broadway E

Half-Price Wine

Sun.

Combat your dread of Monday morning at Artusi, where on Sunday nights any bottle of wine priced under $80 is half off.

Artusi
1535 14th Ave

$12 Cava at Cure

Sun 4 pm-2 am

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Tiny, inviting Cure invites you to “celebrate or lament” the end of your weekend with a $12 bottle of Spanish sparkling wine and a view of Cal Anderson Park on the Lord’s day. $12.

Cure
1640 Nagle Place

Wine Wednesdays

Wed, 5–10 pm.

On Wednesdays, LloydMartin selects 10 or so different bottles, regularly $70 and up, and sells them for 30 percent off ($18 food minimum required).

LloydMartin
1525 Queen Anne Ave N

Capitol Hill Trivia Crawl

Wed, 5:30–9 pm, Sun, 4:30–8 pm.

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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.

All Pilgrims Church
500 Broadway E

 

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