6 p.m. | Dinner at The Backdoor
Walking through the backdoor of the Roxy Diner, which accesses this unique speakeasy (hence the name “The Backdoor”), does not prepare you for the riot of décor that awaits. Chandeliers and old window frames fight for air space as they dangle from the high ceilings. Murals, frescoes, and “gently vandalized” statues create a whimsical and creative space to enjoy some comfort food and expertly crafted house-infused cocktails.
8 p.m. | Catch a Show at the Tractor Tavern
A six-minute drive from The Backdoor up Leary Way brings you to the Tractor Tavern, a local hotspot surrounded by exposed brick and retro metal details like old signs and vintage promotional fridges. Friday nights in this small venue include performances across every music genre including experimental piano rock to Southwest-infused pop to alt rock and beyond.
10 a.m. | Brunch at Chihuly Garden & Glass
On weekends, the museum dedicated to the one-of-a-kind works of Dale Chihuly offers a special brunch and art package, featuring breakfast in the Collections Café, then an admission ticket to the technicolor dreamscape of Chihuly’s iconic glass gardens and galleries. Also included is a complimentary book at the gift shop. Top off the experience with a ride up to the top of the Space Needle to take in all of Seattle.
2 p.m. | Stroll Pike Place Market
Can it even be considered a trip to Seattle if you don’t stop at Pike Place Market? Consisting of 11 buildings along the Seattle waterfront, the market is home to stand after stand of owner-operated bakeries, fish markets, butcher shops, merchants, and more. While you stroll, grab a quick to-go lunch at one of the many take-out counters, like the Chinese street food at Country Dough or southern-inspired sandwiches at Cycene.
5 p.m. | See a One-of-a-Kind Museum
Set in a 1910 building in the heart of Seattle’s Chinatown-International district is America’s only Pan-Asian museum: The Wing Luke Museum. This Smithsonian-affiliated gem presents multimedia exhibits, costumes, oral histories, folk art, and historic structures from the region’s Asian populations – and is currently home to a highly-acclaimed Bruce Lee exhibit, on display now until September 2017.
7 p.m. | Dinner at Bateau
This classy and contemporary steakhouse has more going on than just a fire grill. Owner/chef Renee Erikson’s dedication to offering the best products possible led him to buy a farm on Whidbey Island in Puget Sound, where he raises the grass-fed cows that are butchered and, the meat, dry aged in-house at Bateau.
9 p.m. | Fun and Games at the Rabbit Hole
Though once featured on Grey’s Anatomy, this cavernous dark bar has remained a quirky locals-only kind of hangout. Featuring hanging black-and-white photos of cowboys, old newspaper clippings, and antique frames, the eclectic lounge and bar has people from around Belltown gathering to sip on any of the 87 whiskeys and compete in skeeball leagues and tournaments.
9:30 a.m. | Breakfast of Belgian Waffles
What could be better than a thick Belgian waffle? A thick Belgian waffle served with your choice of several sweet or savory toppings, from berry compote and bruleed bananas to herbed goat cheese, hazelnuts, and havarti. Sweet Iron Waffle Bar serves up their locally sourced brioche-style goodies in a bright sunny dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows that were made for people watching.
10:45 a.m. | Argosy Bay Cruise
Take in the panoramic views of Seattle’s historic waterfront while learning about the history of the ever-changing Emerald City. While touring around Elliot Bay on this sightseeing cruise, you’ll get up close and personal with petit harbor seals and California sea lions. After the one-hour crash course of a tour, you’ll know the Seattle skyline almost as well as a native.