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Aug 29, 2011 04:19 PM

Bumbershoot Weekend: Brunch, Late Night Eats & Happy Hour Suggestions

Hello Seattle!

I'm coming to Seattle this weekend from Vancouver BC for my second-ever Bumbershoot. The boyfriend and I will be staying at the Moore from Friday until we leave Monday evening and we'll be seeking some good drinking establishments, brunch options and very likely some late night eats.

We do visit Seattle about 3-4 times a year, often because of a concert, but knowing full well we go because we also love the happy hour culture - something that just doesn't exist in Vancouver. We also find that Seattle does great brunch - much better than Vancouver.

Our drinking preferences: quality cocktails (bourbon based, ideally), wine, and hoppy craft beer.

Our eating preferences: anything goes, although the boyfriend tries to maintain a vegetarian/seafood diet and he loves his huevos rancheros for brunch - so far Cyclops and Linda's wins in this department. I should also mention that we love foodie type destinations, although we don't really have the budget to splurge on any fine dining this time around.

In the past we've been happy with:

Sazerac (our favourite for happy hour)
The W Hotel (happy hour)
The Queen City Grill (for happy hour and late night eats)
Cyclops (for brunch)
Cafe Flora (for brunch)
The Tin Table (for happy hour/cocktails)
Linda's Tavern (for brunch)
B and O (for brunch)
Belltown Pizza (post-concert late night snacking)
Top Pot Donughts (love the atmosphere)

We'll have a car and are pretty familiar with driving around Belltown and Capitol Hill, which is, I suppose pretty obvious based on where we go above.

Just looking to expand our horizons when it comes cocktail bars, places with quality happy hour, and tasty brunch options. Not entirely sure what we have planned for dinner... I think we just incorporate dinner into happy hour, or we'll just eat fair food on site.

Any suggestions are more than welcome. :)

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  1. Florentine, Check out Long's Provincial for dinner. For happy hour, it's hard to beat the amazing food options at Toulouse Petit (in the bar only; get there early.) Both food and beer are excellent at Brouwer's Cafe in Fremont. For some unusual drinks try the Knee High Stocking Company or The Saint. Have a great visit!

    Toulouse Petit
    601 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98119

    3 Replies
    1. re: Leper

      As usual, I agree with everything Leper recommends. In addition, give Rob Roy a try for cocktails. They can make you some great bourbon-based cocktails. Le Pichet is a good place for brunch. Local 360 would be another option.

      Le Pichet
      Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

      1. re: Leper

        Thanks Leper! I'll add them to my list and map them out ahead of time... (it's easy to rely upon old standby's when you're put on the spot!) Looks like some great suggestions. Can't wait for my visit!

        1. re: Leper

          Do people really love Toulouse Petit's happy hour? What have you guys gotten that has been so good?

          Each time I've gone I've been underwhelmed. It's not bad or anything, but I feel like alot of it just fits into the warm, gooey, salty, fatty category that will always be pretty good. Maybe I'm ordering the wrong stuff.

          I've found Toulouse to be this odd place with 17 different menus that you can only order off of at specific times of the day. Woe to you if you want a Po'Boy at 4:30 in the afternoon...

          Toulouse Petit
          601 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98119

        2. For Huevos Randheros I like Santa Fe Cafe up on Phinney Ridge. They will serve them Christmas style [half red/half green] which I like. I haven't had it in a while because I almost always order the Carne Adovada Burrito whick seems to be addictive.

          Santa Fe Cafe
          5910 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

          1. I'm not a huge cocktail drinker, but when I go I like to go to Liberty on 15th Ave (in Capitol Hill); it doesn't get much love on this board, but I think it's a good neighborhood place to go for a drink. Down the street at 14th & Union, Skillet has been packing them in for brunch, the food is very good, but you can expect a pretty good wait. Cafe Presse around the corner at 12th & Union is a good alternative option, and also the "Montreal style" bagels just up the street at Eltanna (12th/Pine). Have a fun trip!

            Cafe Presse
            1117 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122