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if you want to see some crazy shit...go to the CanCan in pike place market at night. Its a french-bohemian cabaret bar. Really entertaining if you have a date. Plus the staff is pretty cool. And the bartenders are very knowledgable.

Restaurant Zoe is a higher end place in Belltown with cool staff and kickass foie gras.

Just walk around in pike place market for a few hours and explore. especially go off the beaten paths.

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There is also a Riveted here in Seattle; doesn't really compare to Black Bird, but is definately pretty nice for some denims.

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War Room on Tuesday nights off of Pine St.

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Havana is supposed to be good during the week, too. OneNightStand at Neumos is a good party if there holding it on a Thursday you'll be there. Avoid Sugar.

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War Room on Tuesday nights off of Pine St.

Im going tonight for the first time ever. I dont care if no one else wants to.

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Whats the deal with the War Room? I want to check it out too...

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I went last night. I was the only one there. I'll give it another go if anyones down. Itd be fun with a group.

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Here's a list of all the tourist-y things I plan on doing. Which one's worth checking out and which one screams tourist trap?

- the Needle

- Seattle Library

- SAM

- Underground Tour

- BofA Tower

- Glass Museum

- Ferry over Puget Sound (don't have specifics)

- Archie McPhee's (I want bacon bandages)

- Original Starbucks (more like a quick stop)

BTW I'll be there Thursday - Monday. I know there's much more to do and any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks smurf and all for the 2 cents thus far.

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The Underground tour gets pretty mixed reviews, so if you're pressed for time and need to cut something, I'd cut that. The new SAM is supposed to be awesome. I haven't made it there yet, but I plan on going this weekend. The Ferry is nice, but unless you have business in Bremerton, I'd either go Seattle-Bainbridge or on the Fauntleroy-Southworth.

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-Do the new SAM for sure. Its amazing.

-Also do the BoA Tower instead of the needle. Its a fraction of the price and much taller than the space needle. Plus no crowds. Be sure to check the hours of operation before you go. They arent very convenient.

-Original Starbucks isnt exciting, but its in the Market so you might as well take a look.

-Definately take a ferry somewhere. Anywhere.

-Underground tour is cool, but mostly to locals IMO.

- The library is very close to the BoA Tower so hit that up too.

-Go hang out in Pioneer Square and stroll Broadway on Capitol Hill if its nice out.

-Oh and the Ballard Locks. Do that.

None of that stuff you listed is tourist trappy, really.

Here's a list of all the tourist-y things I plan on doing. Which one's worth checking out and which one screams tourist trap?

- the Needle

- Seattle Library

- SAM

- Underground Tour

- BofA Tower

- Glass Museum

- Ferry over Puget Sound (don't have specifics)

- Archie McPhee's (I want bacon bandages)

- Original Starbucks (more like a quick stop)

BTW I'll be there Thursday - Monday. I know there's much more to do and any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks smurf and all for the 2 cents thus far.

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hahah I really wanted to check out the Fremont Troll and head up to see Lenin, but that might be out of the way. I'll be car-less downtown.

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Lenin is cool, and Fremont is one of Seattle's nicer areas. It's worth your time to go check it out.

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i don't really get out of downtown/belltown/cap hill area, obviously. i hope this helps in some sort of a way for future seattle visitors.

point of interest... i would like to add lusty ladies. if you are into disgusting peep shows, that is.

downtown/belltown area shopping:

-Ian (their sale is amazing. if it's still on, they're 80% off. worth digging through)

-barneys (the smallest barney's you will ever go in)

-mario's (meh meh selection but they ave p.smith and miu miu).

-kuhlman (their main gig is tayloring, but has some great casual pieces too)

-zebra club (for cheap casuals)

-nordstroms (though their mens section is a bust)

-butch blum (i think this is the only place in seattle to score CdG)

fun weekly nights out:

monday-

war room for circle of fire (b-boy/girl night)

tuesday-

lo-fi for stop biting (artsy underground hip hop /b-boy/girl night)

havana for hotel motel (hip hop)

lava lounge for metal.

wednesday-

war room for 2080 (fine 80's numbers. music is good but the crowd is kinda whack)

thursday-

baltic room for real to real (indie hip hop/latin soul)

friday-

havana for....forgot the name of the night (hip hop and dancy tunes)

saturday-

repeat friday

sunday-

kinkora for skate visions (fine skate rock tunes all night)

if you wanna catch a good live act:

check the stranger .

usually chop suey, neumos would have a great blend of rock/electero/hip hop shows booked.

comet and el corazon are great for punk/hardcore/metal/garage bands.

big shows are held at paramount and the showbox.

dive bars to check out:

belltown (stay on 2nd, don't go to 1st)-

lava lounge

shorty's

whisky

capitol hill-

linda's

red wood

cha cha's

clever dunnes

kinkora

canterbury

'nice' bars to check out

downtown/belltown-

black bottle

umi

vice roy (i accidently had this one under dive bars, but this place is actually nice. loungey)

capitol hill-

chapel

tango tapas (AMAZING HAPPY HOUR)

great restaurants to check out

downtown/belltown-

zoe (as jesseJB mentioned, they are great)

le pitchet (great wine and light french cusine. great breakfasts as well)

purple (their lobster mac n cheese is to die for)

mamas (for cheap, fun, fake mexican)

wasabi bistro (for american sushi)

saito (for authentic sushi)

other coast cafe (for amazing sub sandwiches)

capitol hill-

bleu bistro (rustic americano cusine. AMAZING)

king fish (great comfort food)

coastal kitchen (their menus change bi monthly according to the european cities they pick. great breakfast, dinner)

tea pot (asian vegan cusine. you should go even if you eat meat)

b&o (for best chocolate deserts in town)

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I feel sort of bad now about being a semi-regular at almost every dive bar on your Cap Hill list.

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I want to go to them all! But who in this town knows how to DRINK?!

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I live on top of the Canterbury...I used to be there literally every night. Not so muchanymore.

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Well if anyones down for a beer rally you know who to call. My friends arent so much down for it anymore.

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Where you at brah?

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seattle's got some good drinkers. that's one thing you can be proud of this town.

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oh and also, i am not sure which weekend you are rolling in, but if it's this weekened you should check out lo-fi on saturday (if you are into rare soul from the 60s and early 70s, Tamla-Motown, 60s RnB, and so forth).

more info here:

http://www.myspace.com/emeraldcitysoulclub

DJs use all original 45's. nice touch, to say the least.

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Where you at brah?

I live at 6th and Pine downtown! I hate my job so I dont worry about coming in the next day tired! I just want to get out more...my friends are being a buncha wet blankets. I didnt move down here to watch t.v. all week and waiting til the weekend to throw a party. Sooooo yeah brew time any time.

Insomaniac, you seem to know all the spots. Seriously lets go do something. I dont even care what.

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you are practically my neighbor.

i can't do much for a week or two, but i'd join in for a fun seattle fiesta if the schedule works out :)

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Haha same here. I just moved down here and dont really know anyone beside the random SuFu kids ive run across on the street.

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oh and also, i am not sure which weekend you are rolling in, but if it's this weekened you should check out lo-fi on saturday (if you are into rare soul from the 60s and early 70s, Tamla-Motown, 60s RnB, and so forth).

more info here:

http://www.myspace.com/emeraldcitysoulclub

DJs use all original 45's. nice touch, to say the least.

Shit, I really, really want to hit this party sometime.

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you are practically my neighbor.

i can't do much for a week or two, but i'd join in for a fun seattle fiesta if the schedule works out :)

wow! this city could become a lot less boring if we all start up some kind of superawesome meetups.

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There have been a thousand planned UW meetups that all fell through. Maybe we'll have better luck in this thread...

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