Hop Scotch says hel-LO! to spring with Scotch, beer, wine, and whiskey, too, with Fremont Studios functioning as the tasting lounge in this benefit for SIFF. Hop Scotchers get a commemorative glass and drink tokens for beer, wine, or flights of single-malt Scotch or Washington whiskey, depending on which package they choose. $30-$45.
Kirkland uncorks itself with tons of Washington wine, restaurant samples, a grill-off, food trucks, cooking classes, the "Burger Brawl," live music, a boat show, a Dog Modeling Contest, etc. in waterfront Marina Park. A portion of tasting garden admission goes to the Hope Heart Institute, so you can feel a portion of virtuousness. Tasting Garden $25 adv/$30.
Head to the center of the universe (as proclaimed by Fremont) for "the number one Oktoberfest in the universe" (as proclaimed by Fremont Oktoberfest). If you like beer plus tons of people partying in the streets, well, then, prost! $20-$40.
Embrace the pork lard and learn the secrets: You'll take home a dozen tamales of your own making at the end, plus the ability to make tamales for the rest of your natural life. Class fees support Centro de la Raza’s Senior Wellness Program. $75.
On Monday nights, Quinn’s sells all large-format bottles of beer for half-price. Starred (and very much so) for beer lovers.
Comfort yourself on Monday night with a full-size serving of macaroni and cheese at Tommy Gun for just $3. (Also, drinks.) $3.
Every Monday the BottleNeck serves $5 Manhattans made with Evan Williams. Cheers! $5.
On Monday nights, Cafe Lago serves $10 pizzas, $4 pints of Pike Pale Ale, and $5 glasses of Chianti. We would star this twice if we could.
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.
Come to Cafe Presse for a delicious monthly family-style French supper paired (optionally, but vive a little!) with wine. Varies.
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.
Have a mustache on your face (real, fake, or drawn, just "No Hitler mustaches") and get $1 off everything at the Canterbury on Wednesdays (before it closes down sometime later this year, SIGH).
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.
January 23rd is National Pie Day. (Not to be confused to Pi Day.) You should eat some pie! Here are all our recommended bakeries (if you don't like pie, YOU COMMUNIST, you can find something else sweet here too).
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 places inside the Armory, the food-court-ish building formerly known as the Center House 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.
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.
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, 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.