Having trouble deciding where to spend your money this weekend? Luckily for you, a spin off group of Working Washington called Support Seattle Workers has taken it upon themselves to publish a list of businesses in the Seattle area that support your right to vote on the minimum wage increase. The organization calls for a boycott of these local establishments because the owners would rather have voters—not the Seattle City Council and the Mayor’s office—decide an appropriate and reasonable minimum wage. The boycott targets businesses connected specifically with Forward Seattle, a group dedicated to increasing awareness about how small businesses will truly be affected by the $15/hour minimum wage. Currently, Forward Seattle is working to collect signatures for a ballot initiative in November that would give voters a say in the wage debate. If you support an open, voter-driven dialogue about the direction of Seattle’s economy, we invite you to spend some time and money at these local small-businesses this weekend and let them know that you support their work in protecting your voice.
Can we give an award for the best named bar supporting voting rights? If so, Capitol Hill’s Liberty Bar wins with their expansive liquor menu, scratch cocktails, and daytime coffee bar. And, by expansive, we mean that at any given time, they stock “85 Bourbons and Ryes, 100+ Scotch, Japanese, Indian, Irish and Canadian Whiskies, and a premium selection of 40+Gins, dozens of Vodkas, 50+ Tequilas and 20′ish fine Mezcals” in addition to several quality liquors that they make in house for their scratch cocktails. Liberty also offers a notable sushi menu and a daily happy hour.
517 15th Avenue NE
Coffee Bar Weekdays 7am-4pm, Weekends 8am-4pm
Cocktail Bar 4pm-2am/7 days a week
Happy Hour 4pm-7pm/7 days a week
If you’re looking for the all-around experience this weekend, Poquito’s is an authentic Mexican restaurant that takes pride in locally sourcing their meats and produce to provide diners with a unique culinary experience in Capitol Hill. Open for lunch on the weekdays and dinner daily, Poquito’s also offers two daily happy hours and a weekend brunch. Not only is their food traditional, but their dining area, bar, and atrium offer a fun atmosphere reminiscent of Mexico City complete with ambient lighting and over 15,000 hand painted tiles that line the walls throughout the restaurant.
1000 East Pike Street
Brunch: Saturday-Sunday 10am-3pm
Lunch: Monday-Friday 11:30-3pm
Dinner: Daily 5pm-11pm
Daytime Happy Hour: Monday-Friday 11:30am-6pm, Saturday & Sunday 3pm-6pm
Late Night Happy Hour Daily 11:00pm-1am
Another favorite Capitol Hill bar, Von Trapp’s is a German inspired beer hall that also offers bocce ball, food service (including a Sunday brunch), daily happy hour and late night bar snacks. Their outdoor biergarten is also officially open for summer and they’re even doing outdoor showings of World Cup games. Minors are welcome in the front dining room and on bocce courts until 10pm each night.
912 12th Avenue
Monday-Saturday 11am-2am, Sunday 10am-2am
Happy Hour: 4-6pm Monday-Friday, 12-4pm Saturday and Sunday
Brunch: 10am-3pm Sundays
Downtown and Belltown
Blarney Stone Irish Pub
Located downtown, the Blarney Stone Irish Pub is currently offering food and drink specials during World Cup games in addition to their daily happy hour. The bar also offers a full menu, free Wi-Fi, outdoor seating, Saturday karaoke and Monday night trivia.
1416 1st Avenue
Monday-Friday 11:30am-2am, Saturday 1pm-2am, Sunday 10am-2am
Happy Hour 4-7pm
The Whisky Bar
Belltown’s Whisky Bar is a great place to grab a drink this weekend in the name of supporting voting rights. In addition to an impressive whisky selection (as the name suggests), you can also check out their rotating draughts and inspired pub fare including elevated bar snacks and sliders. The bar offers a daily happy hour and first Fridays of the month showcase live bagpipe music.
2122 2nd Avenue
Daily 2pm-2am; Happy Hour 2pm-7pm
In addition to providing nightly entertainment, this Hawaiian inspired restaurant and bar also offers a lunch and dinner service to patrons looking for an island escape in the middle of Belltown. This weekend, you can check out DJ Kush-Ko on Friday, DJ Head-Ache on Saturday and karaoke on Sunday. Diners can enjoy happy hour Sunday-Friday and their outdoor heated deck is officially open for summer. Bonus: kids eat free every Sunday until 6pm.
2207 1st Ave
Lunch: Tuesday-Sunday 11:30am-5pm
Dinner: Daily 5pm-11:30pm
Happy Hour: Monday & Tuesday 5:00pm-11:30pm, Wednesday & Thursday 5:00pm -7:00pm & 9:00pm-11:30pm, Friday 5:00pm-7:00pm, and Sunday 9:00pm-11:30pm
Flying Apron Bakery
The Flying Apron Bakery has two locations in the Seattle area, one in Fremont and the other in Redmond. They specialize in gluten free and vegan treats including cupcakes, muffins, cookies, brownies, cakes, tarts and custom cakes for design and delivery for special occasions. Can’t make it to one of their retail locations? You can still show your support by purchasing their products throughout the Puget Sound area.
Fremont: 3510 Fremont Ave N; 7 Days a week- 7 am to 8 pm
Redmond: 16541 Redmond Way, Ste E; Sunday-Monday 9am to 7pm, Tuesday-Saturday 8am to 8pm
Mr. Villa Mexican Restaurant
Located in Lake City, Mr. Villa Mexican Restaurant calls itself a “cozy neighborhood eatery with casual atmosphere,” offering an extensive tequila selection, daily happy hour and live music on Mondays and Wednesdays. Bonus: complimentary parking in their own lot
8064 Lake City Way NE
Monday-Saturday 11:30 am-9 pm, Sunday 11:30 am-8:30 pm
Happy Hour: Daily 11:30am-5pm
El Norte Lounge
Another Lake City destination, El Norte Lounge offers an extensive bar, food service, and live music and DJ sets for the North Seattle community. This weekend you can enjoy the Dance Party musical stylings of DJ Doughboy on Friday and DJ Riot’s Old School Industrial set on Saturday. If the DJ scene isn’t for you, you can check their calendar for other live music events or swing by on Thursday for karaoke. El Norte also offers an evening happy hour, outdoor seating, and maybe best of all… air conditioning.
13717 Lake City Way NE; Wednesday-Saturday 5pm to 2am, Happy Hour 5-8 PM
Offering locally owned and independently roasted True North Coffee, Lake City’s KaffeeKlatsch is a great place to grab some fair trade coffee, espresso, and pastries this weekend. German inspired, they invite you to come in and experience a “social gathering around coffee.”
12513 Lake City Way NE Suite H
Monday-Friday 6:30am-5:30pm, Saturday and Sunday 8am-5:30pm