This Ethiopian dinner and celebration of the music, art, and poetry of Ethiopia supports Ethiopia Reads, a literacy nonprofit that, among other things, creates horse mobile library projects to reach rural children with no access to school. $45-$100.
Virtue Cider launches the Mitten, their bourbon barrel–aged winter cider, with a raffle of Virtue merch and and a winter clothing drive (including mittens) for those in need.
It's Oddfellows' fifth birthday, and they're giving away 1,000 free Oddfellows Chip cookies to celebrate, maybe one of them to you. Free cookies!.
The announcement: “In Italy, the tasting of freshly pressed olive oil is an annual tradition.” The Corson building is great, and they’re hosting a dinner to celebrate this annual tradition, so do with this information what you will. $65.
Learn how to make all-time-great holiday foods with an all-time-great chef (Bruce Naftaly of the dear departed Le Gourmand, who is also really nice), with eating and wine included. The socks of your family and friends will be knocked off! $75.
If you're doing some elf work (or, later, returning crappy presents) down in the marvel of capitalism that is Seattle's retail core, pick up an extra toy or child's garment and drop it off at Dragonfish, which is collecting these all month for the extremely worthy nonprofit Treehouse.
Marché's wine director—"the Son of Lyon himself"—Cyril Frechier leads three educational, entertaining wine tastings on the couches of Marché's wine bar area, snacks also included. November 13: Rhones; December 18: Champagne and other bubbles; January 15: Italians. $45 per class, $120 for all three.
Get on the Oyster Bus! Jon Rowley, local seafood superhero, hosts an epic evening of oyster-eating. Armed with lanterns, you'll farm the oyster beds of Totten Inlet for dinner, and then sample oyster-friendly wines while you warm up by the bonfire. Also, Xinh Dwelley of Xinh's Clam & Oyster House serves her legendary oyster stew. Rowley promises an... more » $125.
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.
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.
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.