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!

Full Tilt is Offering Free Scoops on Monday!

The weather in Seattle is FINALLY heating up as we’re nearing August, and the folks over at Full Tilt Ice Cream in Ballard will be offering free kid scoops this upcoming Monday August 6th, to show their appreciation for the neighborhood. The Ballard’s store opening has by far seen the most success, and to show their appreciation for the locals in the area, they’re offering up a free scoop day to express their gratitude from noon until they run out. The announced the free scoop day via Facebook yesterday, so if you’re in the area next week, stop on by and get your free sweet tooth on! Full Tilt also has other locations (who will not be participating in free scoop Monday) in White Center, Columbia City,

Will Ferrel and Zach Galifianakis Are Here to Serve You Coffee

Yes you heard it right; actors Will Ferrel and Zach Galifianakis are in Seattle today promoting their new movie “The Campaign” scheduled to come out August 10th. Well, they’re using the term promoting loosely here, as the duo will be serving coffee at Local Color Cafe in Pike Place Market this afternoon, beginning around 1:45pm. According to the Seattle Pi,they are apparently touring the nation as if they were actually unleashing a political campaign. If you’re in or around the market this afternoon, this is sure to be a must-see celebrity appearance.

Will Ferrel and Zach Galifianakis in “The Campaign”

Other cities on their tour include a stop at Chicago’s Wrigley Field where the two will both throw out the first pitch, they’ll coach a tug of war at a Fort Worth Naval Air Station in Texas, and try to recreate the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia… somehow I think Seattle got the short end of the stick, but I suppose they just figured everyone in the city limits is addicted to coffee.

Pritty Boys Pizza is On Groupon!

Pritty Boys Family Pizzeria is currently on Groupon! Buy a Groupon for $10 and get $20 worth of food!

If you haven’t tried Pritty Boys, now is the time! These Madrona Pizza boys aren’t just serving up pizza; their full menu includes appetizers such as garlic truffle fries, lightly fried calamari, and meatballs in marinara! They also of course have a variety of delicious pizza pies, which you can order regular or gluten-free, and they offer salads, paninis, and pasta! Yum!

That’s not all! Pritty Boys also serves Full Tilt ice cream for dessert.

To buy a Groupon for Pritty Boys Pizza, click here.

Bastille Day and Seafoodfest… Busy Weekend in Ballard!

Not only will Ballard be bustling with seafood crazed locals this weekend, it will also host patrons celebrating the French National Independence Day, Bastille Day! Where do you think will be the happening venue in town to host such festivities? Bastille of course, will have a variety of specials, including $5 wine and cocktails, oysters and baguette sandwiches, as well as entertainment on their outdoor patio, beginning at 2pm.

Bastille will also host a pétanque tournament, a traditional french game similar to croquet, $5 per person, bragging rights free of charge. Bastille is just blocks away from where the Annual SeafoodFest will be serving up all kinds of Northwest seafood fare, general rules state that every vendor must serve at least one seafood item on their menu. Vendors and stages will line up along 22nd Ave NW, come on down and hangout with the neighbors this weekend!

Magnolia Gets a New Fro-Yo Shop

On nice summer days like these, every neighborhood really needs a great frozen yogurt shop, and magnolia just got their very own Menchies frozen yogurt at Magnolia Village in the beginning of July.

The popular northwest treat shop is located on McGraw Street, across from the Mexican restaurant El Ranchon, and patrons will be pleased to find an array of flavors and topping to choose from on those beautiful Seattle sunny afternoons. Yogurt pricing is based on weight, and flavoring is based on fresh ingredients, and holiday themes such as pumpkin in October and candy cane in December. Get your icy cold scoop on today!

Daniel’s Broilers Looking to Expand

Daniel's BroilerDaniel’s Broiler is looking to expand beyond their three restaurants.  The original Daniel’s Broiler was first opened in Leschi in 1980 by the late Daniel Sandal and later was expanded to both Bellevue and Lake Union.  According to the Puget Sound Business Journal article, the new location is not known yet or at least the current owners, Schwartz Brother Restaurants, are not telling but any new Daniel’s Broiler will have their famous “world-class views.”

Maple Leaf Coffee Shop Opens Sister Store In Queen Anne

If you’re a fan of Maple Leaf’s Cloud City Coffee, you’ll be pleased to know that the owners have swooped up a storefront in Queen Anne- the El Diablo Coffee Company!

The 12 year old Queen Anne coffee shop was purchased last week by Jill Killen, owner of the Maple Leaf shop she started 10 years ago. El Diablo will have the same baristas, and staff as it had before, and will host the same menu focusing on Cuban food and drinks. Killen plans to expand the menu, offering some of the favorites from her Cloud City store like morning glory muffins, and various breakfast and made-to-order lunch sandwiches. The drink menu will also undoubtedly expand to offer a full espresso bar and chai tea. If you’re looking for a new caffeine fix, find out all of Killen’s plans for El Diablo here.

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.

Cupcake Royale Now Offering Ice Cream!

Is it summer yet? We’ve seen a glimmer here and there, but the folks at Cupcake Royale are happy with what they can get this summer, and taking the opportunity to launch ice cream in all 6 of their store fronts.

The delectable cupcake gurus are now offering flavors such as “cupcakes n cream” as their signature flavor, and will have many other unique flavors such as their “whiskey maple bacon crack” made with locally sourced Woodinville Whiskey, and Zoe’s meats bacon, “Bonanza” made with bananas homemade brownies and caramel, burnt caramel and sea salt, and red velvet cupcake; yum! The newest store front is located at 108 pine street downtown and will open this Saturday, but until then will have a food cart outside the store front serving scoops from noon-8pm. The Ballard, Capitol Hill, and Bellevue locations will have scoops, shakes cones and sundaes on their menu, and all other locations will have pints to go.