A fresh look at Seattle’s inventive hangouts from lakeside dining and backalley bars to locally made threads.

EAT

Get your first taste of Seattle’s daily catch at Hotel Theodore’s rustic yet refined restaurantRider. With oysters on the half shell, pull-apart rolls accompanied with crab fat butter and a wide selection of hyper-seasonal entrees, Rider is the ideal launchpad into Seattle’s renowned food scene.  

cuisine at Rider in downtown Seattle

 

Across town on the north shore of Lake Union, Westward offers waterfront dining with rows of Adirondack chairs, outdoor firepits, and imaginative marine fare beckoning diners who arrive both on foot and by boat.  

For feasting your eyes on premium meats, roam on over to FlintCreek Cattle Co. where Executive Chef Eric Donnelly prepares sustainably raised meats sourced from small-scale farms and ranches that prioritize pastured, grassfed animals. With floor-to-ceiling windows and well-designed features, FlintCreek Cattle Co. is a local go-to for savory and sustainable meals.  

DRINK  

In a town with plenty of alleys to go around, it’s worth slipping down one, not by mistake. Bathtub Gin & Co. can be found down a back alley in Belltown, on 2nd Avenue just off Blanchard Street, in Gin Alley. A plain wooden door will lead you down to this speakeasy-style basement bar known for its literary-inspired cocktails served in the building’s former boiler room.  

Lauded by the late and legendary Anthony Bourdain, Knee High Stocking Co. is a small, secretive bar said to be “hidden in plain sight.” Notoriously hard to slip into, albeit worth the experience, Knee High Stocking Co. is known for mixing up interesting craft cocktails behind a small bar and for its late-night Filipino-style American comfort food.  

DO 

For an alternative to the city’s famous Pike Place Market, visit the west end of the Pike-Pine neighborhood. Here you’ll find Melrose Market, an indoor food and retail experience with a chic, industrial vibe within a set of historic automotive buildings. Discover award-winning restaurants such as Sitka & SpruceMarseille, and Taylor Shellfishand artisan purveyors Rain Shadow MeatsTerra PlataButter Homeand Still Liquor among many others.  

Pay homage to Seattle’s legendary music scene with a stop at Light in the Attic Records, a visionary independent record label and shop with a fierce dedication to quality, under-the-radar music. Discover a full Seattle music immersion with a stay in one of Hotel Theodore’s Light in the Attic guest rooms on the 20th floor. Here, each room features turntables, a label-curated collection of vinyl records, and a copy of the label’s zine.

Freeman jackets in Hotel Theodore

 

For a retail therapy fix, check out local threads such as vintage baseball jerseys and ballcaps from Ebbets Field FlannelsThen, skip the umbrella and stay dry like a local with Seattle-made raincoats from Freeman. (P.S.These jackets can be found in each of Hotel Theodore’s suites for complimentary use.) And no trip to Seattle is complete without a stop by Filson— whose rugged wear has outfitted explorers since the Klondike Gold Rush.

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