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.
Almquist Family Vintners is the border-of-Fremont-and-north-Queen-Anne urban winery right next door to brand-new Hommage (formerly the Book Bindery, and probably going to be excellent). Hopefully vintner Mike Almquist will lead these tours/tastings—it’s great to hear him talk about how the grapes tell him what to do. It’s also the time of the crush, meaning rows and rows of vats of grapes waiting for their turn on the bottling line, which is a shiny, improbable-looking Rube Goldberg masterpiece... more » $15.
On the last Friday night of every month, Arabica Lounge hosts "an evening of backwards talking, damn fine drinks, and friendly chess," with Twin Peaks playing on the television, cocktails like the Laura Palmer (espresso, Cardamaro, porter beer, lemon oil), and cherry pie, too.
Support Youth in Focus—using photography to empower urban youth to experience their world in new ways and make positive choices—by taking this three-hour workshop with professional food photographer Scott Pitts and stylist/chef Jean Galton (and wine and cheese, too). $150.
Combat your dread of Monday morning at Artusi, where on Sunday nights any bottle of wine priced under $80 is half off.
Enter the Barrel Thief’s Velvet Room for an educational cognac and armagnac tasting, including small producers such as A.E. Dor, Paul Beau, Dudognon, Château Fontpinot, and more, with VS, VSOP, and XO grades, as well as Hors d’Age—cognac "beyond age” (that’s over 30 in English). $30.
Elliott's Oyster New Year is sheer oyster insanity. Held in a giant tent on the pier behind the restaurant, it's got all-you-can-slurp of 30-plus varieties of local oysters, a seafood buffet, live music, and all-you-can-imbibe of 40-plus local wines and beers. Also: shots of vodka via a giant ice luge. Get your tickets early—this always sells out. Proceeds benefit the Puget Sound Restoration Fund. $95, $125 VIP.
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 Lounge: They supply Apples to Apples, Scrabble, Cards Against Humanity, and Uno, plus a NES hooked up to the TV. If none of those appeal, feel free to bring your own.
BOCK BOCK! Starting at 4:30 p.m. every Sunday, it's fried chicken time at Brave Horse Tavern—three pieces of pickle-brined fried bird with several sides (which change monthly, along with the price).
It’s a wood-aged beer fest, with almost all of Brouwer’s 64 tap handles devoted to beers that have spent time in a barrel, from stout to sour.
Every first Saturday of the month, it’s waffles (sweet and savory, and they all look great) paired with small batch, single origin coffee from roasting company Mae James in South Park.
Come to Cafe Presse for a delicious monthly family-style French supper paired (optionally, but vive a little!) with wine. Price TBA, depending on the menu.
Zut alors! Café Presse vous invitons à parler la meilleure langue du monde tous les deux mercredis à Café Presse à la Table Française. Seattle Language Academy vous donnera un formateur pour chaque cours, et les étudiants de français de tous les niveaux sont invités à nous joindre. Songez à tous les beaux gens que vous y rencontrerez! Chouette! Et: C'est gratuit. Free.
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.
Champion owner Emile Ninaud possesses Seattle's very first wine license: He opened in 1969 and works there to this day. 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. His Saturday drop-in 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. FREE.
Every Friday from 5 to 8 p.m., fancy grocery Cone & Steiner pours free samples of a beer or two that you may enjoy whilst perusing their fine goods. FREE.
Every Saturday from noon to 5 p.m., fancy grocery Cone & Steiner pours free samples of four wines that you may enjoy whilst perusing their fine goods. Free.
This every-Friday-and-Saturday-night pop-up features a seasonal Eastern European and pan-Asian menu from chef Zac Reynolds (who trained at NoMI at the Hyatt in Chicago "but has mostly come about his culinary style from working in private settings and interning on farms here in the Pacific Northwest"), with drinks like sherry punches, Japanese beers, and house horchata and oranciatta from Leon Baham (Tavern Law, Rob Roy). "We just want to make delicious food that will make you all very happy," th... more »