This festival of rosé (yay!) takes place at Ray’s Boathouse, with a sparkling Puget Sound sunset view that’ll knock your socks off (though hopefully you’ll be wearing sandals). It’s the ideal setting for drinking delicious pink wine (and salmon-colored, too; they’re the best) from more than 30 Washington wineries, with summery white wines and snacks, too. If the weather’s crummy, keep drinking and take solace in the knowledge that it’s a fundraiser for Save Our Wild Salmon. $35.
It’s an “epic food and drink celebration” heralding the beginning of the Pacific Northwest’s Most Beautiful Season™, featuring food and cocktails from Bar Sajor, Ravishing Radish Catering, and Rain Shadow Meats (among others). $25.
Chef Jim Drohman feels so strongly about the labeling of genetically modified foods, he’s going to feed you snacks at his lovely Cafe Presse while you get educated about it. “Yes on 522 will certainly be outspent by Big Ag, so all we have is organizing,” he says. Come learn what the hell GMOs are, what foods they’re in, why labeling them is important, and what you can do to help. Come! (And call 709-7674 to RSVP so he knows how many to expect.) $5.22 suggested donation.
"Kick off summer with Karaoke Bingo & BBQ on Friday, June 21st! Four times a year the young and old converge in Bothell for the kind of fun that stands the test of time. Join us for songs & entertainment, games & prizes, drinks & eats! Plus our favorite KJ, Baby Van Beezly returns to make summer rock stars out of you. Get sweaty & give back to the Northshore Senior Center." $15.
Join Jim Drohman (Le Pichet, Cafe Presse) for a cooking demonstration as part of the market's Summer Sundays Chef Demos. Chow editor Bethany Jean Clement says, "Jim Drohman is great, and we should all be lucky enough to learn to cook a thing from him. You can quote me on that." Attendees get to taste Drohman's dish after the demonstration. FREE.
The Stranger’s reviews of Cafe Nordo’s experimental dinner-theater-that-isn't-dinner-theater have been mixed. Thadius Van Landingham III thought the dishes uneven and the ambitions unmet in the company’s first show; Bethany Jean Clement found one of last year’s shows long but fairly rewarding, while Paul Constant delighted in the full-body pleasure of another. This spring, a modern spaghetti western. Will it be good, bad, and/or ugly—who can say? $130-$160 for season's membership, $600 for Chef's Table.
Madison Park Conservatory co-owner Bryan Jarr co-authored a cookbook titled In the Kitchen with the Pike Place Fish Guys with, yes, the Pike Place fish guys. These dinners feature sustainably sourced seafood and guest appearances by seafood experts. Perhaps your fish will be thrown at you! Bonus: a copy of the cookbook is included. $70 plus tax and gratuity.
Learn how to make great foods with all-time-great chef Bruce Naftaly (of the late, great Le Gourmand, who is also really nice), with eating and drinking included. Chef shouts, via email: "FIVE COURSES! HOW TO DO IT! AND WINE WINE WINE!" $75.
Every Sunday in June, Cupcake Royale is offering its sundaes—including the Hot Salty Mess (caramel ice cream! Smoked salt! Espresso!) and the Cupcake Sundae (there’s a whole cupcake in there!)—for just $4. $4 sundaes.
Owner Dan Bugge and chef Shane Ryan of Matt's in the Market host a series of dinners cooked by haute shite visiting chefs, including six courses with wine pairings. Call to inquire about price.
It’s a fancy, Frenchy dinner! On a rooftop! Also included: wine, a cocktail, and a tour of the rooftop garden. $95 plus gratuity.
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.
Throughout the summer, Quinn’s offers all of their large-format bottles of beer for half-price on Monday nights. Starred (and very much so) for beer lovers!
Every Monday the BottleNeck serves $5 Manhattans made with Evan Williams. Cheers! $5.
Every Monday night, the great Tamara Murphy makes probably really great paella for $15 per person at Terra Plata. Also available: a pared-down menu of pinxtos (the Basque, harder-to-say version of tapas), Spanish-inspired cocktails, and Spanish wine. $15.
Every Monday, Sitka & Spruce hosts the Suadero, a pop-up restaurant serving various excellent-sounding tacos, quesos fundidos, and more.
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!"
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.
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.
Head over to Seattle's very own Chia pet, the ivy-covered Roanoke Tavern (serving Seattleites since 1935!), for $1 tacos on Wednesday nights. We heart the Roanoke. $1 x the number of tacos you eat.
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.
Every Thursday, Chocolopolis hosts a chocolate happy hour with free samples from artisan bean-to-bar chocolatiers. ACK!!! CHOCOLATE!!! 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.