Free tastes of port and artisan chocolate (including Marou, Dandelion, and Zotter), with a premium port/dessert wine tasting available for a fee (including 1957 Kopke Colheita, 1970 Warres Vintage port, and 1985 Toro Albalá Pedro Ximenez sherry). Free.
Drink a ton of local breweries' "dark malty stouts, robust winter warmers, barrel-aged gems, and many more" at the Washington Beer Commission's annual winterfest. $25.
It's "a rare-beer tasting and book signing to mark the release of The Brewtal Truth Guide to Extreme Beers: An All-Excess Pass to Brewing’s Outer Limits.”
Poco invites you to "drink wine, be merry, and rock out with some untz untz beats" and various holiday treats, plus a $20 tasting of eight local and Spanish wines (with re-tastes on demand, so you can really get your money's worth). Free-$20.
Don you now your gay apparel and join the Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Pub Crawl in Greenwood/Phinney Ridge, with more than a dozen bars participating, a trolley up and down Greenwood Avenue for your crawling convenience, and proceeds benefitting the Greenwood Food Bank. $20 ($15 with two cans of food).
Taste your choice of four bourbons—choose from every damn bottle in the bar! $10.
Get educated about sake, full, and possibly tipsy at this six-course dinner with sake pairings from World Sake Imports. Reservations required. $130.
It's a book signing for The Brewtal Truth Guide to Extreme Beers: An All-Excess Pass to Brewing’s Outer Limits, plus a tasting of five Ninkasi beers for $4 to go along with it.
Hop Scotch says hel-LO! to spring with Scotch, beer, wine, and whiskey, too, with Fremont Studios functioning as the tasting lounge in this benefit for SIFF. Hop Scotchers get a commemorative glass and drink tokens for beer, wine, or flights of single-malt Scotch or Washington whiskey, depending on which package they choose. $30-$45.
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 Stranger's own Goldy. Free.
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).
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, 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.
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 w... more » Free.
McCarthy & Schiering claims to be the oldest wine shop in Seattle; it is not. But they were recognized as retailer of the year by Food & Wine in 1998 and as one of the "top 10 small specialty shops featuring wines from Piedmont and Tuscany” by GQ in 2004. They offer free wine tastings at both their Ravenna and Queen Anne stores every Saturday, with... more » Free.