Seattle Weekly Names Bottlehouse as #6 Wine Bar in Seattle

Where are the top wine bars in Seattle, and what qualities does one find in the classiest of wine bars? Seattle Weekly has put together a top 10 list of the best of the best; hot spots  around the sound that are definitely not pretentious, stuffy, or boring by any means. Guess which Madrona haunt was name #6? That’s right; our favored Bottlehouse has made the cut due to it’s comfortable, drink a nice glass or two in your own living room kind of appeal. The wine poured from downstairs neighbor Wilridge winery are a regular’s delight, and the rotating list is sure to have something to please every palate.

Seattle Weekly mentioned the deck seating as a lovely feature, weather permitting, and the perks of having the retail shop connected if you taste something you really need to take home with you are leverage enough to land Bottlehouse in the number 6 slot. Check out the other sleek wine spots on the list at seattleweekly.com.

Bottlehouse Now Open Sundays

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It used to be the norm for quite some time, and then they pulled the shades on Sundays; now the young owners of Madrona’s favored wine bar Bottlehouse have graciously opened their doors 6 days a week, (closed Mondays).

They’re now uncorking the bottles from noon-9pm Sundays, and offering an all-day happy hour with specials including $4 drafts, $4 Imbue vermouth-on-tap, and $6 sake Bloody Marys and mimosas, as well a rotating cheese board, and small bites menu. If you’re looking for a fun date night, or something to do with the girls this Sunday, you can now add Bottlehouse back to the list of eateries open in the neighborhood.

Free Rainbow Cake at Cupcake Royale Today!

In appreciation of the approval of Referendum 74 this week after elections in Washington State, Cupcake Royale on Capitol Hill is inviting the community to come out and celebrate, and dive into a free piece of what they’re claiming is the world’s largest rainbow cake (shaped in the state of Washington with Rainbow sprinkles on top!).

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The cake will be cut at 3:00PM this afternoon and slices will be served until it’s gone. If you miss the freebies, but still want to celebrate, all Cupcake Royale locations are serving “Gaybies” mini rainbow cupcakes, and Obamacakes now through Sunday. See you on the Hill!

It’s Halloween; Don a Scary Costume, Save at These Local Restaurants/Bars

With Halloween right around the corner, Seattle restaurants are taking advantage of the festive scary scenery, and rewarding  cladly dressed Seattleites with specials on food and drink around town, from now until October 31st. Check out the list of establishments who actually prefer if you’re dining in Zombie attire than suit and tie this week.

Boka will be offering happy hour prices on all food and drink items to all diners dressed in Zombie attire this Saturday October 27th! Zombie diners are also encouraged to head over to the Thrill the World dance off in Occidental Park to break the record for biggest “Thriller” performance.

Belltown Pub will be hosting a Dracula PJ party with Halloween food and drink available, and no cover charge from 9-close on October 27th.

Linda’s Tavern is having a 50’s themed Halloween mixer on October 31st, with guest DJ King Dude. Party begins from 8pm-close, with free entry. Costumes strongly suggested.

Cupcake Royale Place your order of 12 or more cupcakes on or before October 30th for your big Halloween party, and receive a free pint of Cupcake Royale ice cream.

Cafe Flora will host a pumpkin decorating event on Saturday from 10am-2pm in Washington Park, perfect for your little ones. Pumpkin bread, pancakes and spiced cider will be on hand to snack on during the festivities. Costumes are welcome!

Madrona Moves Up in Seattle Neighborhood Snackdown

Seattle is chalked full of amazing eateries, but which neighborhood has the BEST eats? Seattle Weeklyis determined to find out which neighborhoods are willing to back their local restaurants by competing in  the publication’s 2nd annual Snackdown contest, where neighborhoods are matched up Northeast vs. Southeast,  Ballard vs. Fremont, etc to determine once and for all who is the best eating district.

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Last week the Southeast bloc, which consists of Madrona, Mt Baker, the Central District, Beacon Hill, Georgetown, Columbia City and the Rainier Valley will now advance to play in the competitive tournament this week after beating the best of the Northeast. Voting begins today and the Southeast will certainly need it this week, as they go up against last year’s reigning champ neighborhood White Center. If you think Madrona and the rest of the Southeast “hoods” have what it takes, cast your vote to help claim the bragging rights for the Snackdown title.

 

Kickin Boot Whiskey Bar Comes to Ballard

There a new hole in the wall bar in Ballard, soon to open this month called the Kickin Boot Whiskey Kitchen. It’s going into the historic Henry Whyte Building, right on the corner of 22nd Ave NW and Shilshoe Ave NW, and serves up Southern comfort food like house smoked BBQ and fried chicken. According to their website, Kickin Boot is scheduled to open sometime in mid July. 

The bar will be on the second floor of the building, and will hold up to around 75 guests; 50 in the dining room, and 50 more on their open air patio. Along with the southern meal, guests cal choose from a hand selected list of whiskeys, cocktails, and local beer and wine! Stay connected through their Facebook page to find out the exact opening day.

Tom Douglas Receives Downtown Champion Award

Mr. Tom Douglas, the Seattle all star Restauranteur was recently awarded Downtown Seattle Association’s 2012 Downtown Champion for his continued support of the downtown Seattle restaurant scene and his community involvement in the area. For example, outside of Douglas’s restaurant realm (which includes Lola, Palace Kitchen, and Serious Pie) he also hosts events such as the Enchanted Salmon

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Evenings in Victor Steinbrueck Park at the north end of the Pike Place Market. The Enchanted Salmon Evenings take place once a month during the summer with proceeds going towards the Seattle Parks Department. Read more about Douglas’s recognition as 2012 Downtown Champion here; it’s also noteworthy to mention one of Douglas’s introductions. Tom Graff, President of Commercial Real Estate of Ewing and Clark, has represented Douglas by finding space for his new restaurants. Graff gave amusing descriptions of some of these real estate transactions – including interpretive impersonations of when they were searching for new restaurant locations. A great segway to honor a deserving award winner. Congratulations Tom Douglas for your recognition as 2012 DSA Downtown Champion!

Molly Moon’s Reopens in Madrona

Molly MoonsMolly Moon’s has reopened their Madrona location after closing this past October for the winter.  When Molly Moon’s opened their micro-store in Madrona last May it was an experiment.  Molly Moon’s learned from their experience and have reopened the store after a mini-renovation.  When Molly Moon’s originally opened they did not serve scoops due to the size of the location and limits by city regulations, but they have reconfigured the store to allow for scoops of five different flavors.  Gone are the Mollipops, but now in addition to scoops you can order sundaes, milkshakes, ice cream sandwiches and more.  Go visit the new improved Madrona Molly Moon’s.  They are now opened daily from noon to 10 PM.