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.
Every Friday evening, prospective members are invited to enjoy the Swedish Club's bar with its spectacular Lake Union view, balcony, drinks, Smörgås sandwiches and other Swedish snacks (plus a full dinner menu in the dining room), and live music. There's $5 beer and wine, plus Jeppson's Malört, a Swedish spiced liqueur flavored with wormwood known to be an acquired taste ("like grapefruit and gasoline," one fan says). Once you see the Swedish Club, you'll realize that "prospective members" inclu... more » $5 beer and wine.
On the last Friday night of every month, Arabica Lounge hosts "an evening of backwards talking, damn fine drinks, and friendly chess," with Twin Peaks playing on the television, cocktails like the Laura Palmer (espresso, Cardamaro, porter beer, lemon oil), and cherry pie, too.