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Seattle : Around Town - Capitol Hill (part 2) - Cafés & Taverns

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Up Pine Down Pike

Morning

Begin your late morning promenade at the corner of Pine and Melrose with a strong coffee at Bauhaus Books & Coffee , a long-time Capitol Hill hangout. Walk along Pine (slightly uphill towards Broadway) but don’t pass up Vintage Chick next door to Bauhaus for used duds with an edge. Area 51 (401 E Pine St) is a huge space filled with vintage furniture and kitschy one-of-a-kinds. One block farther east lies Linda’s Tavern , a legendary local watering hole frequented by musicians and record label folk that you can scope out for a later visit. Cross Harvard Avenue and you’ll notice the vintage Egyptian Theater on your right, showcasing independent and foreign films.

Afternoon

Cross Broadway, walk four blocks, and turn right on 13th Avenue to Pike Street. Turn right and have lunch at Elysian Brewery , home of Seattle’s most outstanding pale ale. Walk downhill on Pike to the Comet (922 E Pike St), a grungy tavern that’s popular with local musicians and wannabes. Cross Broadway and dream about a purchase at Phil Smart’s (600 E Pike) for your gold-trimmed imported sports car, or stop by the Seattle LGBT Community Center , a gay and lesbian information and activity center. Check in with those far away at Uncle Elizabeth’s Internet Café (1123 Pike St), as downtown’s skyline slips into view two blocks away.

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgendered Venues

  1. Neighbors

    Witness hedonism at its best, with talent shows, wet ‘n’ wild contests, open mike nights, CD release parties, nightly drink specials, and dancing boys. Thursdays–Saturdays the club stays open for after hours dancing.

    • 1509 Broadway

  2. Wildrose

    A lesbian-centric club, although it encourages a mixed and permissive crowd to assemble. The drinks are on the strong side.

    • 1021 E Pike

  3. Re-Bar

    The entrance sign perhaps best sums up the philosophy of a club that features some of the area’s best DJs: “No minors, drunks, drugs, bigots, or loud-mouths.”

    • 1114 Howell St

  4. Manray

    It’s been billed as a video bar, but the clientele arrives to look and be looked at. They serve stiff but pricey martinis.

    • 514 E Pine

  5. R Place

    Capitol Hill’s largest gay club has a full bar and music video monitors on its first floor; dart boards, free pool, and pinball on its second floor; and dancing, live DJs, karaoke, and a weekly strip show on its third floor.

    • 619 E Pine St

  6. Eagle

    It’s Seattle’s oldest leather bar, and the atmosphere reeks of a crowd driven by studs and black leather straps and hard rock music.

    • 314 E Pike

  7. The Cuff Complex

    An exclusive gay men’s club catering to a crowd ranging from 20-somethings to middle agers. Arrive on Sundays for a kegger blowout.

    • 1533 13th Ave

  8. Lambert House Gay Youth Center

    Organizes activities, support groups, a youth leadership council, dances, and other events to inspire empowerment among 14–22 year olds. The center includes a full kitchen, living room, pool table, library, TV, games, and most important, people who will listen.

    • 1818 15th Ave E

  9. Babeland

    A store selling sex toys, and sponsoring a variety of sex workshops that continue to enlighten, amuse, and shock audiences.

    • 707 E Pike St

    • 206 328 2914

  10. Seattle LGBT Community Center

    This facility serves as the hub for Capitol Hill’s gay and lesbian community. A great resource for activities and information.

    • 1115 E Pike St

    • 206 323 5428

Seattle is one of the most tolerant and liberal cities in the country, and its large gay population compares with San Francisco’s.


Cafés & Taverns

  1. Victrola

    A real neighborhood café that roasts its own coffee in-house using beans from small farms. The aesthetics reflect music and art of the 1920s and 30s.

    • 411 15th Ave E

  2. Bauhaus Books & Coffee

    They roast their own coffee here. Drink while you savor the delicious doughnuts and croissants.

    • 301 E Pine St

    • 206 625 1600

  3. B&O Espresso

    A more refined and higher priced outlet for fine baked goods and specialty coffees. They also make deluxe wedding cakes and have a full service bistro next door.

    • 204 Belmont Ave E

    • 206 322 5028

  4. Espresso Vivace Roasteria

    Their roasting process and promotion of caffe espresso as a culinary art has been well appreciated. The owners have published a book and two videos about the art that enjoys worldwide distribution.

    • 901 E Denny Way

  5. Coffee Messiah

    In a city that has turned coffee retailers into millionaires, this tiny café began as a non-profit enterprise. Wireless internet access is available.

    • 1554 E Olive Way

  6. Chop Suey

  7. Linda’s Tavern

    Linda Derschang, a local business owner, created a hip bar for locals in 1994 that tended at the time to be rock stars and their managers. Offers mixed drinks and beer, and decent food.

    • 707 E Pine St

  8. Bad Juju Lounge

    DJs spin alternative music, rock, and whatever they feel like, and revelers take in New Orleans-style voodoo art.

    • 1425 10th Ave

  9. Comet Tavern

    A legendary hangout for rockers and great pretenders alike. It’s just a tavern with some pool tables, but the crowd, the location, and the stories etched into tabletops tell a different tale.

    • 922 E Pike St

  10. Elysian Brewery

    The chow rates among the best pub grub in town .

    Elysian Brewery sign

By law, bars and taverns check IDs to ensure that customers are 21 or older. Come prepared.

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