What to do in downtown Seattle? [OT]


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Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Topic Author's Original Post - Oct 1, 2012 - 12:32pm PT
I'll be in Seattle walking around on Wednesday or Thursday this week, and I'm looking for interesting things to see when I'm there.

My mission is to score some stuff in Chinatown for a stir-fry this weekend - rice wine, dark soy sauce, etc.

While I'm there I'll be scouting kite-photo locations along the waterfront, and maybe waiting for wind.

Other than that, I'll just be killing time horsing around.

I plan on parking somewhere around Pike Place Market, and walking between Chinatown and Seattle Center, and I'll need a beer and something to eat while I'm there.

What's good or interesting in those neighborhoods? What's not to miss, outside of the normal touristy crap?

I pretty much know my way around the Wallingford area, so I'll probably skip visiting there.

Thanks in advance!


The Granite State.
Oct 1, 2012 - 12:37pm PT
Maybe a little out of your way, but great beer.

I haven't been to the new place, it used to be under a bridge.


Oct 1, 2012 - 12:42pm PT
go for happy hour at serious pie

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Oct 1, 2012 - 12:43pm PT
REI and Pike Place Market are places I always seem to wander through when in Seattle. Since I was a little kid and always enjoy checking out every few years. I also have enjoyed the Space Needle , yeah I know it's the ultimate tourist trap but it's also pretty damn cool. As you mentioned you will be right in those areas anyway and it's not at all hard to find good eats of any type.

Also if you have time take a ferry somewhere. Cheapest boat tour on the planet with some great views.

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Oct 1, 2012 - 12:46pm PT
Eat seafood and drink.

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Oct 1, 2012 - 12:47pm PT
Plenty of people from up there will give better answers, but my $0.02:

I had an enjoyable afternoon some years ago in the Pike Pub and Brewery after seeing the travelling Van Gogh exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum...both the museum and pub are within a couple blocks of Pike Place market (it helped that I was with a beautiful young lady, and that Pike Kilt Lifter scotch ale was one of my all time faves before giving up the booze).

Dingleberry Gulch, Ideeho
Oct 1, 2012 - 12:50pm PT
Mariners game.

Acres of oysters.

Fly your kite from the Bremerton or BI ferry.

The Granite State.
Oct 1, 2012 - 12:50pm PT

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Oct 1, 2012 - 01:05pm PT
Second floor of Pike's has an awesome old wood paneled bar that has a great view of the ferries and boat traffic. Good place to relax with a beer and a hot chowder, which is excellent there.

Going down to the aquarium is also a good way to spend some time. I haven't been there in a long time, but they used to have live tidal pools along the boardwalk with lots of sea anenomes (sp) and such.

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Oct 1, 2012 - 01:26pm PT
Check out Uwajimaya for your Asian food needs: http://www.uwajimaya.com/

For a good pub not far from the International District(that's what they call Chinatown here) Try Collins Pub: http://www.thecollinspub.com/

If you make it to the other side of the lake come see me at Angelo's: http://angelosofburien.com/home-bellevue.php

Trad climber
Gliese 581 g
Oct 1, 2012 - 05:40pm PT
Maybe take the ferry to Bainbridge Island and check out Bloedel Gardens if you're at all into japanese plants, landscaping, etc.
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Oct 1, 2012 - 06:54pm PT
I'll second Brandon's suggestion for the Seattle Art Museum !
Captain...or Skully

Oct 1, 2012 - 07:02pm PT
Get a tattoo. I heard it'll bring yer leading up a grade or two.

Social climber
Seattle, WA
Oct 1, 2012 - 07:08pm PT
First Thursdays of month are free at Seattle Art Museum...well worth it! Park at 3rd and Stewart for 4 hours for $6...when you visit the art museum ask for the pkg garage voucher which you need to get this deal. I was there at SAM this Sat using the Smithsonian free coupon....and the displays are terrific. Yes, I also ate mid-lunch pizza...fennel saugage at Serious Pie. Chat it up with the chefs while you wait for a table. They like the interaction and take pride in what they do. Serious Pie ..which is on Virginia and 4th...just a block from Stewart and 3rd. You can't go wrong.

A long way from where I started
Oct 1, 2012 - 07:17pm PT
If I wasn't stuck in bloody Atlanta on those days, I'd join you for that beer. But Wayne's suggestion of Collins pub is good. Not too far from the ID. If you're more in the downtown core you can get good beer at alittle joint called The Whisky Bar at 3rd and Virginia.

Sport climber
Vacaville, CA
Oct 1, 2012 - 07:23pm PT
Do the underground tour.

lars johansen

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Oct 1, 2012 - 09:22pm PT
Check out the main public library, seriously. This Rem Koolhaas building is one of the architectural masterpieces of the world. Pioneer Square is also a good bet for gallery trolling.


Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 4, 2012 - 02:23pm PT
Thanks a ton, everyone, for the great suggestions! You came through with all kinds of great ideas that you won't find in the tourist guides.

I took advantage of many of them, and considered them all ( even Captian Or Skully's suggestion I get a tattoo to ramp up my climbing. I passed on the ink, however. I guess I'll never get to send those 5.3+ lines I've had my eye on )

Of course I rode the ferry ( Mukilteo - Whidbey )

I missed out on visiting the library, aquarium, giant ferris wheel, the underground tour, Space Needle, Serious Pie and the art galleries. I had #1 Dog with me, and I couldn't really leave her unattended long enough to check out those places. It only takes her a few seconds to chew all the way through 1/2" tubular.

I did get away with tying her up right outside Pike Place Brewing long enough to have an outstanding I.P.A., and see the last couple outs of the A's beating Texas to win their division.

The action on the Pier below the Market ( Pier 63? ) was slow, so I missed the ladies of the evening stomping each other. And the bums in Victor Steinbrueck Park were all stoned on medical marijuana ( at least it smelled medical ), so they were pretty much mellowed out too. That's OK. I can see the Bum Fights back home in San Bernardino whenever I like.

Pier 63 turned out to be an excellent place to launch the kite for some aerial photos, and with the right wind I'll take advantage of that some time. Yesterday though, I couldn't make anything happen, even after working up my courage at the Brewery. I'll remember that location in the future.

I got the stir fry stuff I needed. Houisin sauce, rice wine, dark soy sauce, ginger, etc., and I picked up a bamboo wisk and a small oil can, which will certainly elevate my Wok game. Major stir fry coming up tonight!

I wandered around the Pike Place Market ( once I found it, it's in a multi-level part of town, so being on the right floor is everything ), and found so many good looking places to eat I couldn't decide which one to choose, so I went hungry. I checked out the Fish Market, and it looked like Nature's wet dream.

I was late for the fish tossing, but I got a play-by-play account by some young guy from Chicago I was sitting next to at the Brewery. His recomendation was to pay for your fish with plastic, because you don't want fish smelling cash you get for change there to stink up your wallet ( another advisement the tourist guides fail to mention ).

I didn't get too many pictures - there were already plenty of tourist types there without me adding to the mix - but I did stop and get shots of this joint on First St I saw while walking to the Seattle Center:

Now, I'll for sure be getting that Alaskan mill for my chainsaw I've had my eye on so I can make some of this crap for myself.

I should have taken some pics of a bitchin map shop on the same street. They had all kinds of cool stuff, like this:


It's a wooden relief map. I don't know what I'd do with one, but it looks damn cool - and a hell of a lot less expensive than anything Urban Hardwoods was selling.

Downtown Seattle's a blast. Kind of like a small-town New York City - but not as clean ( still cleaner than San Francisco, and a hell of a lot less dangerous than L.A. )

I'll have to go back again.


Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Oct 4, 2012 - 02:31pm PT
I have spent more money at Metskers than any other place downtown. Great map store.

Ice climber
hartford, ct
Oct 4, 2012 - 04:46pm PT
Feathered Friends used to have their main store over near REI... Definitely worth a stop.

Trad climber
Pebble Wrestling.... Badly lately.
Oct 4, 2012 - 07:10pm PT
Go to the waterfront, eat oysters and drink good wine. Take a cab.
beef supreme

the west
Oct 4, 2012 - 07:11pm PT
drink. heavily.

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Oct 4, 2012 - 07:12pm PT
In my 15 years there we only went downtown for one reason: to hunt.

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Oct 4, 2012 - 08:05pm PT
Downtown Seattle is a worldclass venue for getting rid of spare change.

Oct 5, 2012 - 12:49am PT
Credit: Osprey
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Oct 5, 2012 - 12:55am PT
Mariners game

bwahahahahha NOT IN OCTOBER!

Social climber
Oct 5, 2012 - 01:03am PT
Climb the perfect handcrack from the lower level up to the Highway 99 overpass near pier 50? Then get gripped down-climbing it.

Buy a drunk a bottle of wine if he tells you his story, then share it with him.

Head up the hill on Pike Street and get cheap, good fresh rolls.

Tour the small art galleries around Pioneer Square


Social climber
Oct 5, 2012 - 01:24am PT
hey there say, chaz.... thanks for sharing...

say, have a very special trip and many more neat camera angles, etc, ...

sounds like good stuff to see there, too...
god blesss...
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