Despite an unfortunate acronym, the Chinatown Historic Alley Partnership (CHAP) is working hard to revitalize urban spaces in the ID. Today they host a picnic in Canton Alley, with live music, food from Chopstix, and the chance to “talk stories about Chinatown ID alleys.” No cover, $10 for one drink ticket, $20 for two drink tickets and one food item.
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.
It’s a dinner paired with Bordeaux-style blends from Yakima Valley’s DuBrul Vineyard, hosted by winemaker Kerry Shiel. $150 plus tax and gratuity.
Among the joys of summer, a chilled rosé ranks high. Rejoice in the sun’s return (um, please?!) with live music and celebratorialy priced oysters on the half-shell, French street food, and glasses of rosé on Marché's lovely patio. $3 tastes/$6 glasses of rosé, $2 oysters, food $5 and up.
“Seattle's second-best cocktail lounge” celebrates 6,000 consecutive days in business by offering all its food and drink items for a mere $6 (!). $6 food/drinks.
Seattle Greendrinks has been “convening and growing Seattle’s environmental community” through weekly get-togethers and special events for 10 years, and they’re celebrating in sustainable style with food, drinks, a thrift-shop-themed costume contest, and a “silent disco dance party.” BYOC (bring your own cup). $15/adv, $20/door.
Love wine but hate human slavery? Join SOZO Friends winery and Rescue: Freedom International for a wine-pairing dinner with a portion of the proceeds benefiting education for children liberated from slavery. $150 plus tax and gratuity.
It’s a fancy dinner with Spanish wine pairings from importer Classical Wines, hosted by Spanish wine experts Steve Metzler and Almundena de Llaguno. $150 plus tax and gratuity.
Head to the center of the universe (as proclaimed by Fremont) to celebrate Oktoberfest. General admission gets you five tasting tokens and a commemorative five-ounce tasting mug; grand-style gets you 10-tastes-plus-mug. For designated drivers and beer-eschewers, it's $15 for four water tickets and a sober perspective on the goings-on. $25-30 adv, $30-35 DOS; $15 non-tasting.
Tour Bastille's famed rooftop garden with garden-designer Colin McCrate of Seattle Urban Farm Co., with “rooftop-inspired cocktails,” too. Fun fact: Washington State senators once organized a special senators-only tour. $10.
Every Monday the BottleNeck serves $5 Manhattans made with Evan Williams. Cheers! $5.
This monthly cocktail contest is described as “an equitable, boozy Thunderdome.” Tina Turner won’t be there, more than two people will enter, and likely more than one will leave alive, but it still sounds pretty good.
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.
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.
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 eateries inside the Armory, the food-court-ish building at Seattle Center (21+ only). No cover.
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.
On the first Thursday of every month, meet the maker of your tasty pint at the Pike Brewing Company. The guest brewer will create a special beer, which you may drink accompanied by the Atlas String Band. Free.
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.
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.
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.