Every Tuesday evening this summer at Tap House Grill in Bellevue, you may "drink beer, talk beer, and experience beer with the beer makers themselves... an all-star lineup with some of the Northwest's best brewers!" Check the website for said all-star lineup.
This year's Providence O'Christmas Trees Signature Cocktail Contest at the fancy Columbia Tower Club features Bombay Sapphire, "Seattle's best mixologists," appetizers, and DJ Leslie. The winning cocktail will be served at Providence O'Christmas Trees Gala Dinner & Auction on December 3. $25, RSVP required.
"TASTE THE GREATEST BEERS YOU'VE NEVER HEARD OF"—hundreds of them, from a dozen-plus countries, with food trucks and bands, too. If you love beer, be here. $25.
Join the very knowledgeable Lexi (one name only, like Cher) from the Old Ballard Liquor Co. at the very stylish Swedish Club for a workshop all about aquavit—its history, production, regional styles, flavor profiles, food-pairing, cocktail-making, and more—with, of course, tastings. The great Murray Stenson says it's "one of the best classes I've taken in 37 years of bartending." Prior signup only, no walk-ins. Varsågod! $75.
The great Vito's on First Hill celebrates its birthday by giving you $3 martinis—Gordon’s gin and Sun Liquor's vodka—all through this fine month of August. $3.
In honor of Washington State Wine Month, which is apparently August, all bottles of Washington wine are currently half-price at Tini Bigs.
It's the kick-off for Northwest Cider Week, with local and international hard ciders, food (from Whole Foods and Capitol Cider), chocolate (from Smitten Truffles), cider-makers, and live music, benefiting the Northwest Cider Association and the Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research. Bonus: You can bring your dog. $25 adv, $30 (cash only) DOS.
Freak out about cider at approximately a billion events, tastings, etc. during a week so special, it lasts 10 days! See the Northwest Cider Association website for your many, many cider freakout options.
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.
On Monday nights, Quinn’s sells all large-format bottles of beer for half-price. Starred (and very much so) for beer lovers.
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.
A weekly evening of liberals drinking, almost always including the great Goldy of horsesass.org, at the great Roanoke Tavern. Free.
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 Thursdays, Vif opens "a bottle or two of something we love and want to share with you"—try it anytime after 4 p.m. FREE.
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, 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.
Try half-a-dozen wines every Thursday for no money at the Barrel Thief in Fremont, conveniently right at happy-hour time. FREE.
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.
On the first Thursday of every month, meet the maker of your tasty pint at the Pike Brewing Company. The guest brewer will create a special beer, which you may drink accompanied by the Atlas String Band. Free.
Gone are the days when drinking cocktails in the middle of your workday was considered acceptable—except every Friday at Vito’s, where imbibing is encouraged with $7 martinis.
European Vine Selections, aka "the wine shop on 15th," has been an unintimidating resource for good wine (with lots of bottles under $10) on Capitol Hill for 25 years, and every Friday they host a free wine tasting from a different region. One person you may find pouring is EVS partner Doug Nufer, who is a civic treasure of both friendly, low-key wine knowledge and experimental writing. 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.