Literally millions of happy hours are taking place around Seattle RIGHT NOW. One is highly likely right under your all-too-sober nose: Find out where it is here (for iPhone users) or here (for Luddites). Food! Drinks! Cheapness! Yes! CHEAP!.
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.
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.
Over thirty-five Washington wineries, breweries, and distilleries, six bands, and a handful of food trucks (including Marination Mobile and Monte Cristo) are putting on a fundraiser for Food Lifeline. $35.
More than thirty-five Washington wineries, breweries, and distilleries, several bands, and a handful of food trucks (including Monte Cristo and Marination Mobile) are putting on a fundraiser for Food Lifeline. $35.
Every Monday the BottleNeck serves $5 Manhattans made with Evan Williams. Cheers! $5.
Every Tuesday at the BottleNeck Lounge, a bottle of a featured red or white wine costs only $10.
Sundays are Game Night at BottleNeck: They supply Apples to Apples, Scrabble, Cards Against Humanity, and Uno, plus a NES hooked up to the TV. If none of those appeal (or you don’t like to share), feel free to bring your own.
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.
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.
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.
Cure would like to invite you to “celebrate or lament” the end of your weekend with a $12 bottle of Cava (Spanish sparkling wine) on Sundays. Starred for cheap bubbles on the Lord’s day. $12.
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 paired with Stilton cheese and (separately) Veuve Cliquot champagne (!). Check their website to find out which wines they'll be uncorking. 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.
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.
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.
According to the Local Vine's website, their monthly wine tasting will be held in "an open and relaxed setting" where "you will learn tricks to help improve your ability to taste, understand, and enjoy wine." Perhaps you can ask them to teach you the ultimate wine trick of them all: turning water into it. You'd be so popular! $20.
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.
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.
A weekly evening of liberals, drinking, almost always including The Stranger's own Goldy. 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.
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.
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.