The Huntington's Disease Society of America's "Dinner and a Show" fundraiser features the "Euro-cafe style" music of acoustic duo Cricket & Snail—whose sound has been said to evoke Jewish weddings and the circus—plus a dinner and a dessert auction. If you'd rather donate to the cause directly, you can do so here: https://www.hdsa.org/how-you-can-help/donations.html $10.
Hey, look: It's Seattle Beer Week, with more than 200 beery events from May 9 through 19 (because a beer week should be longer than a regular week, obvs.). The sloshy fun includes the Tour de Pints bicycle-powered-beer-crawl, a beer-can-car derby at the Pine Box, and the Brewers Mini Golf Blowout in Interbay (“You can be sure there will be drinks on these links”). Check the website for more, and celebrate the best beer city in the world (according to Seattle Beer Week) with beer!
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.
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.
Every Thursday and Saturday, Vino Verite hosts a casual wine tasting that will not part you from any of your money. Free.
Bottomless anything is good, especially if it involves champagne. Just order brunch at the Coterie Room or Ma'ono (both pretty damn great) and your mimosa ($10 at the former, $12 at the latter) will have no bottom.
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.
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.
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.
Geeks Who Drink is a company that hosts trivia quizzes at different bars every damn day of the week, here in Seattle and all over creation, usually free (except for bar owners, who pay a "reasonable" rate). Starred for geeks who drink who like pub trivia.
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!.
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.