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.
The Corson Building is especially lovely during summertime, as are local vegetables, and this vegetarian dinner will probably be very delicious, so do with this information what you will. $35 plus tax and gratuity.
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.
Francophiles, bikers, and crash junkies unite! Televisions in several bars across town are showing the Tour de France. If you're angling for a genuine French feel, Cafe Presse broadcasts live stages at 7 am, with afternoon rebroadcasts throughout the week (when available). The Summit Public House (the most neighborhoody of neighborhood bars) also shows afternoon rebroadcasts of the Tour. Arrive early and don't block the TVs: The Summit fills up quickly with serious fans.
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.
Tom Douglas (aka T-Doug) presents this benefit for the Seattle Parks Department at Victor Steinbrueck Park (aka the park at the north end of Pike Place Market usually populated by a combo of tourists and homeless) featuring a buffet-style salmon bake. $20.
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.
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.
Come to Cafe Presse for a monthly family-style French supper paired (optionally, but vive a little!) with wine. $40 for food and wine, $25 for food only.
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.
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.
Slosh down Post Alley for the Thursday Wine Hop, where $4 glasses of unspecified wine are served from 5 to 7 pm at Kells, Post, 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.
Every Thursday and Saturday, Vino Verite hosts a casual wine tasting that will not part you from any of your money. Free.