August 30, 2015

Weekend in Seattle.

Leave the grunge rock, television and film references at home. Forget the rom-com imagery. Seattle is colourful, gritty and all the things a city should be.

A short drive from the Canadian border in the northwest corner of the U.S. state of Washington, this coastal city played host to us for an amazing 36 hours.

To mark the start of our Friday night in the Emerald City, we caught some live music at The Moore Theatrethe oldest operating theatre in the city. The Tallest Man on Earth threw down all the cards for the sold out crowd.

We ventured to Capitol Hill after the show to check out the scene there.

"Seattle, oft times credited as the West Coast birthplace of the hipster craze, has several cool kid neighbourhoods. Capitol Hill landed on our list. Bars, fringe theatres and impromptu street parties make the area a nightlife destination." via Forbes 

First stop, The Garage—once an automotive garage—now houses a restaurant, bars, bowling lanes and pool tables. This is the perfect place to crush a few G&Ts and let the good times roll. I highly recommend the bowling.

Last stop of the night was the iconic, Unicorn, a arcade-themed den of iniquity. Don't forget to try the jello shots. The bar plays a cameo in Macklemore's Thrift Shop

This place is weird, in such a good way.

After a good night's sleep, we strolled over to the Boat Street Kitchen for breakfast. This gem is hidden in a lovely courtyard garden and offers a menu of rustic French dishes. A wonderful way to start a Saturday.

Up next, the EMP Museum, for an afternoon of music, science fiction and art. Anything "dedicated to the ideas and risk-taking that fuel contemporary popular culture" in a building designed by Frank O. Gehry is worth your time.

This song made Seattle the most livable city in America,” Mr. Cobain told the audience.

It's tough to miss the number 12 posted, painted, screen printed and hung around the city. The EMP Museum's WE ARE 12™ brought it all together. 

Organized by EMP in partnership with the Seattle Seahawks, We Are 12 celebrates this historic team, its leadership, and its loud and proud fans. Every element of this winning exhibit is designed for the 12s—the most devoted and passionate fan base in the NFL—including an inside look at Coach Pete Carroll and the Seahawks' weekly game plan.

We seized the opportunity to run in Seattle with a loop around Lake Union and stop in Gas Works Park. This heart-shaped lake that divides Seattle is almost an exact 10km around.

"Located at the north end of Lake Union, this is a great park for beautiful views of the city. Paths wind up the grassy hill, where kite flying is a must. It’s worth seeing in the colder months, too, but it gets extremely windy, so be sure to bundle." via Entouriste

Nothing beats a baseball game and watching the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field doesn't disappoint. Go for the people watching, great vibes, party section and to cheer on the boys!

Post-game fun includes walking along 1st Avenue back towards the city centre. We found good times at The Whitehorse Tavern, go for the beer because that's all they have.

Walking past the Post Alley Gum Wall and Pike Place Market at night is a good option if you don't want to battle the crowds during the day. While this is a quintessential area of Seattle, something about walking through it at night makes it more mysterious and the neon lights look so much better.

In a city that gives you the freedom to be peculiar, there's so much to explore. 

Get out there. Listen to the music of the past and discover the music of the moment. Eat the street food. Seek out the must-try dishes. Catch some games. Run around. Seattle is ready for you.