The Timbers Army supports the Portland Timbers. The Gorilla Football Collective supports the Seattle Sounders. What do they have in common? They both love beer! As part of Seattle Beer Week, come taste beers specially brewed in honor of the two soccer titans and meet your fellow fans. (The Southsiders, supporting the Vancouver Whitecaps, are also invited, though their beer remains a work in progress.) No cover, beers vary.
It’s a “showcase of gourmet soups” from Piatti, Aljoya, Judy Fu’s Snappy Dragon, Wedgwood Ale House, and Stanford’s, served in a handcrafted bowl that you get to take home. In May. Still, it benefits the North Helpline Food Bank (donate directly and fill someone else’s bowl here), so: recommended. $25 in advance, $35 at the door.
For $25, you get food from nine different food trucks (including Skillet, Veraci Pizza, Hallava Falafel, and Seattle Biscuit Company), tastings from local distilleries and breweries, live music, and the warm fuzzy feeling of supporting the U-District Food Bank’s new facility—which will feature low-income housing plus job training and counseling spaces, and move the food bank line inside and out of the rain. $25 admission, $100 donation for Community Cookbook.
Unnamed “premier chefs” prepare a five-course meal paired with local wines, benefiting the Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center. The featured speaker is Rick Bayless, host of Mexico: One Plate at a Time on PBS and Top Chef Master, who was named Humanitarian of the Year by the International Association of Culinary Professionals for his work with small Midwestern farms. Good guy, good cause: recommended. $250, $350 VIP.
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!
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.
Tavolàta's monthly Sunday Feast can be a good deal, with prices varying depending on the star ingredient/menu—though since they're served family-style at the 26-seat communal table, you might want to bring a bunch of friends to insulate you from people who use the word "foodie." Upcoming feasts: Northern Italian, Feb. 10; Strictly Seafood, March 10; Roasted Duck, April 21; Suckling Pig, May 19; Garden Vegetables and Wild Mushrooms, June 9. Price varies.
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.
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.
Cure would like to invite you to “celebrate or lament” the end of your weekend with a $12 bottle of Cava (Spanish sparkling wine) on Sundays. Starred for cheap bubbles on the Lord’s day. $12.
Jesus god, this sounds good: Dinner for two in the form of a whole two-pound Dungeness crab—wok-seared with tamarind sauce, Singaporean yellow curry, scallions and ginger, or Saigon salt-and-pepper style—served with a fresh mango and papaya salad for $30, every Sunday and Monday night at Monsoon. Also: Bottles of wine, 30 percent off. See you there. $30.
Wallingford's Moon Temple is one of the highest-quality dive bars this city is privileged to still contain. Trivia night here is fueled by strong-ass drinks, and probably concomitantly fun. Long live the Moon Temple! $2 (registration fee per player).
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!.