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.

Shanik Opening For Dinner Tonight

Shanik location in South Lake Union

The long awaited sister to Vancouver’s Vij’s Restaurant’s opening is finally in hind sight; Meeru Dhalwala and Oguz Istif will be opening Shanik Restaurant in South Lake Union for dinner tonight after a stressful, yet successful friends and family dinner this past weekend. Shanik serves up original, non-traditional Indian cuisine based on recipes created by Meeru herself.

The restaurant will feature nearly 40% vegetarian dishes, using locally sourced and seasonal produce, sustainable seafood, and medication-free meats. According to the Restaurant’s twitter, Shanik will have a take out window open at lunch time, and dine in Dinner options only to begin with. Shanik is located at 500 Terry Ave North,  if you stop by to check it out tonight, please drop us a review!

Bottlehouse Now Open Sundays

Photo Courtesy of Bottlehouse

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.

Top 10 Places For a Cold Brew Around the Sound

Do you find yourself getting bored of hanging out at the same neighborhood bar, just around the corner form your apartment? Try something different next time your in the mood for a change of scenery, and check out one of the local favorites around the city of Seattle. Seattle Weekly has compiled an extensive list of fun and funky places to order a brew and watch a Sounders game, or play a round of shuffleboard or pool with your friends. Check out the list below, and please offer your suggestions: any additional watering holes that MUST be on this list?

Canterbury Ale & Eats – This Capitol Hill dive is a place where you can truly eat, drink and be merry. The exterior resembles a medieval castle with a full suit of armor to greet you at the door. Once inside diners have endless options of pub grub and a full bar, with shuffleboard, pool tables, a number of large flat screen TVs playing whatever games are on that night of the week, and a jukebox full of all the classics.

Al’s Tavern– This Wallingford favorite is easy to miss on NE 45th Street, but those who have been in a time or two since it’s opening 7 decades ago will tell you they come back for the old school charm, and cheap good eats. Al’s is a cash only dive, with cheap burgers pints and stiffs, and prices haven’t changed much since it’s opening long ago. Al’s has a jukebox and pool tables for entertaining.

Targy’s Tavern– Who knows if the rumors ring true, but Targy’s is said to be one of the first bars in town to have opened after Prohibition went out the window. Located on Queen Anne Hill, Targy’s is away from the busy ave, but neighborhood locals will flock here for a relaxing brew or a stiff drink, and hit the dart boards or catch a game with the guys. They have a very happy happy hour from 4-7 Monday-Saturday, and all day Sunday, $2.50 bottles, and $3.50 drafts.

Twilight Exit– Can you really say anything bad about a great Central District bar that cures it’s own bacon? Twilight has a great beer selection, and happy hour with $1.50 PBRS til 8pm, and you’ll find an array of games in the back area from Ms. Pac Man to Buck Hunter, and shuffleboard. When the weather pick up again, there is ping pong out back

Hattie’s Hat– While wandering down the main strip of Ballard Ave, you’ve likely passed Hattie’s, and it’s pretty much stayed the same since they served the first brew back in 1904. They no longer open at 6am to cater to the graveyard dockworkers, but they do have two nice happy hours from 3-7 and 10-midnight, and brunch on the weekends.

 

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!

Elysian 2012 Pumpkin Beer Festival This Weekend

In honor of the upcoming Halloween holiday, the folks over at Capitol Hill’s own Elysian Brewing Company are hosting a Pumpkin Ale Festival this weekend, taps open at 7pm tomorrow evening.

There will be over 60 variations of Pumpkin beers, with 13 from Elysian, and an actual pumpkin will be tapped each day, filled with a secret Elysian brew. There will be food carts on site to fill hungry bellies, pumpkin carving contests, and costumes are certainly encouraged. The event will actually be held at the Elysian Sodo location, so come on down and enjoy the fall drinks. For more information, visit the Elysian Brewery site.

Lil Woody’s is Serving Free Burgers Monday!

Noted as one of the best burger joints in Capitol Hill ever since it opened a year ago, Lil Woody’s is showering the neighborhood with their yummy burgers on Monday afternoon, in celebration of it’s 1st birthday.

To celebrate, Lil Woody’s will be serving up their famous burgers from 2-5pm on August 27th, along with other party favors from their neighborhood friends. The favors will include gift certificates from Pike Street Fish Fry,  Molly Moon’s Ice Cream, Cafe Vita, Via Tribunali Pizza, Uber, and Alive and Well, among others. Guests coming for freebies should expect a long line of patrons gearing up to join the party! Lil Woody’s burgers are made from Painted Hills meats, hand cut fries from Northwest potatoes, and seasonings and sauces made in-house. Their milkshakes are even made with Seattle favorite Molly moon’s ice cream! For more information about the free burger giveaway, visit Woody’s.

 

Support Seattle Firefighters This Weekend: Pig & Pipes Event

The Old Peculiar Public House in Ballard will host it’s annual fundraiser to benefit the Seattle Firefighter Drum Band, and Seattle’s Bravest Charity, originally known as Seattle Fire Fighter’s Benevolent Association. The charity came to shape in 1995 after after the deaths of 4 firefighters Pang Arson Warehouse Fire, and has since grown into a huge organization that supports the community and the Seattle Fire Department. 

The fundraiser will have a pig roast and lively pipe band that will perform in traditional attire, ie kilts, high socks, newspaper boy caps and bagpipes throughout the day, from 10am on. The bar will roast several pigs and serve yummy sides like macaroni salad, coleslaw, and baked beans. The fundraiser is a 21+ only event, and micro brews can be purchased for $4 a beer. Tickets for this event cost $20 bucks per person in advance, and $25 day of the event, and include entry, food, and entertainment. For more information on the event, or to purchase your ticket early, visit the Pigs & Pipes page.

Kickin Boot Whiskey to Open Next Thursday

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As we’d mentioned in a previous article, the folks who run the Matador restaurants are opening another restaurant, but leaving the extensive Tequila list at home; Kickin Boots Whiskey in Ballard will open next Thursday, catering to all the dark liquor and BBQ lovers in town! The building owners told the restaurateurs to keep as much of the original building as possible, and they catered to the request by keeping the original ceiling and floors in tact.

Kickin Boot has an outdoor patio that seats 50, all ages dining area, and a wrap around bar with a Southern touch. The patio has heated floors and a pull down garage door perfect for Seattle’s unpredictable weather, but according to My Ballard, the owners hope to keep the patio open throughout the summer. For more information on the grand opening, visit Kickin Boot’s website.

Best Seattle Bars to Watch the Olympics

If you’ve been keeping up with any of the Olympics this year, you’ve probably noticed that there is quite a handful of local Washingtonians representing the United States, as well as other countries at the London games this year. Our state is represented by hot shot swimmer Nathan Adrian,  Basketball Star Sue Bird, and Adrienne Martelli in women’s rowing. If you’ve been busy outside enjoying the sunshine, or holed up at work during prime Olympic hours, we’ve got a handful of local neighborhood bars that are playing the games non-stop through August 12th, so you can catch team USA in action.

If you’re in Capitol Hill the newest sports bar in town 95 Slide open from 2-2, and the bar is planning on having food and drink specials during major Olympic events such as the basketball finals. If you’d like to feel like you’re in London, hit up one of the  sister English pubs, in Ballard the Market Arms or George and Dragon (operated by the same English owner). Spit Fire and Buckley’s in Belltown will have specials during popular Olympic events, and Spitfire will be hosting a closing ceremony party, similar to the big event they had on opening night. Come on out and experience the Olympic tradition, and success of team USA with your neighboring sports fans through August 12th!