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If you can’t beat it, Join it – 5 Can’t-Miss North Seattle Patios

Being lucky enough to have lived here several years now, I have spent a time or two on patios with a glass in my hand.  You’ll forgive me this afternoon for staying indoors with a Popsicle in hand, but my fair skin doesn’t allow much room for sunburn.  Still, when temps are moderately hot and the day is getting done, there’s nothing I love more than a local patio.  So, for those of you new to the area or just getting out for the first time, I present to you my list of favorite outdoor spaces in north Seattle:

  • Naked City’s Walrus Beer Garden.  This only just opened a little over a week ago, but is filled with picnic tables & umbrellas, a Washers game in the corner, and occasional live music.  You can see it from Greenwood Ave over a pony wall but gain access through the restaurant. Kid friendly, but not dog friendly.
  • Fremont Brewing’s Urban Beer Garden: This half indoor/half outdoor space has a variety of seating options, old wooden barrels as drink stands, and is both kid and dog friendly.  If it gets too hot outdoors, you can step inside for some shade and grab a handful of complimentary pretzels.
  • Forza Coffee in Green Lake: With a roll-up door, Forza’s patio again spills into the inside of the facility.  Why am I including a coffee joint in my list?  Because this place also carries local beer, wine on tap, and light food options.  Kid and dog friendly. As a special treat, go on a Friday or Saturday evening for live music.
  • The Yard Cafe: Also located on Greenwood Avenue, you could technically consider the entire building to be an outdoor spot.  With picnic tables in the sunshine right out front and shaded indoor seating that converts to the outdoors by lifting a plastic barrier, you’ll also love the delicious Mexican food options.
  • Ray’s Cafe: I don’t think I need to say a lot here.  You can sit on the deck of Ray’s in Ballard and watch boats and paddle boarders while eating amazing seafood.  If it gets chilly, just ask for a blanket and they’ll provide.

Soccer Tourney at Phinney-Greenwood Summer Streets – with beer, of course.

PhinneyWood Summer Streets returns next Friday, August 10th, where much of Greenwood Avenue will be closed down for a fun neighborhood block party in the evening hours (6 to 10pm, so be prepared to reroute if you’re driving).  Summer Streets features live music, dancing, activities for the kids and more.  Bring nonperishable food again this year for Seattle’s largest food can pyramid to benefit Greenwood Food Bank, and enjoy the art walk which will spill into the street.

And this year, something new: the first ever Greenwood Street Soccer Tournament.

The soccer tournament is presented by Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, The Yard Cafe, and natural energy drink Golazo (I’ve had it – it’s good).  Registration is now full for the event with 92 players divided into 16 teams and competing in two divisions – fun and pro, so if you didn’t get a chance to sign up you’ll be watching from the sidelines at this point.

A big neighborhood event like this wouldn’t be complete without a celebrity referee, so come see former Sounders player Santa Maria Rivera, now a Golazo spokesperson, ref the game.  And enjoy music with tunes spinned by DJ Dave Newman.

“Seattle is one of the greatest soccer cities in the world,” said Naked City’s general Manager Bryan Miller. “It was only a matter of time before we had our own major street soccer tournament.” He adds, “The response has been incredible.  The City of Seattle has been amazingly helpful with logistics, and The Yard and Golazo are great partners.”

Several of the players on the “pro” division are former Sounders, and there will be a cup prize for each division.  All the participating players in each division receive two complimentary beers.

What a great addition to Summer Streets!  To learn more about the other events happening at Summer Streets, visit their website here.

“The Big One” – Phinney Greenwood Art Walk Today and Tomorrow

It’s always a blast to attend the monthly Phinneywood Art Up Art Walk, but tonight and tomorrow it’s even more special – it’s the annual “Big One” – the biggest art walk of the year, with ideal weather to boot.

The Art Walk runs from 6pm to 9 pm this evening, May 11th, and then again tomorrow May 12th from 12pm to 5pm.  Stops for the walk run from 60th to 87th along Phinney and Greenwood Avenues.   For a full list of locations participating with either art, entertainment or food specials, see the website here.  

BUT, if you’re short on time and want to make the most of it, take North Seattle Sarah’s advice for the must-see stops along the way.  The best one being The Yard Cafe – where for the second year in a row, Firelight Forge will be set up in the yard creating metal art right in front of you.  Other recommendations are to stop into 826 Seattle (The Greenwood Space Travel Supply Company) to see collections by both adults and children, and then check out the food specials at Ridge Pizza.

Oh, and look out for me and North Seattle Lola as we wander the streets tomorrow!

Seattle Beer Week activities in north Seattle this weekend: The Yard, Prost and more

The 10-day event that has been Seattle Beer Week will have its grand closing “ceremony” this Sunday at The Yard Cafe on Greenwood Avenue.

The Yard, which has now opened to the public, features a Mexican-inspired menu of tacos and more with a mid-sized craft beer selection and full bar.   You can learn more about The Yard in my original post here.

The closing of Seattle Beer Week/Yard Grand Opening event will last all day Sunday, May 29th.  As one of their biggest draws is the extensive outdoor seating area, lets hope for some sunshine!

Just up the street from The Yard at Prost! in Phinney Ridge you’ll find a fun German-themed beer week event all weekend, “Tickel your Zwick’l.” This will be the first time that Zwickl’l Kellerbier has been imported into the United States from Bayreuther Brewery in Bavaria.   If you’re a little “beered out,” like I am, then you might enjoy Eve of the Apple II at Duck Island Ale House this Saturday – a night devoted to cider instead.

If you’re closer to Fremont Sunday, stop into Fremont Brewing at 12pm for their BBQ and Free “Oh Sweet Baby Jesus, What Have I Done to my Liver” Testing.  This is a time to reflect on the past week and vow to never drink this much beer again (until next year). 


Photos: Greenwood-Phinney Art Walk

Last night was the opening of “The Big One” – The Greenw0od-Phinney Art Up Art Walk.  And while I only had time to visit a small handful of the open businesses (the Art Walk continues today from 12pm to 5pm), I snapped a few great shots the awesome atmosphere!

It’s not just paintings you’ll see on the art walk, its performance art, too.  Crowds were stopping outside of The Greenwood Collective to listen to a little jazz saxophone:

Inside, all the participating studios were open with different themes, a DJ spinning music, and places to drop off canned food for the Greenwood Food Bank.  The art was beautiful!

Another huge crowd was gathered outside of the soon-to-be-open The Yard Cafe.  It took me awhile to realize what was going on, but Firelight Forge had set up a live forge and was creating pieces in front of the crowd.  Turns out, they also created the fence that surrounds The Yard’s outdoor seating area.

As usual, Tasty was completely packed and buzzing with excitement.  It may have been the free champagne – or perhaps owner Sheri Hauser’s new ‘do to match their current exhibit, “Take Flight.”

If you’ve never done the Art Walk before, this is the one to go to – it’s an easy walk down Greenwood Avenue, and businesses displaying works are very clearly marked.  There are lots of food and drink specials, live music performances, and other fun aspects to the art walk, so head over there today before it’s gone!

The Yard Cafe in Greenwood: It’s not The Dray, and it opens next week!

And now for something completely different…

I was surprised on tonight’s big Greenwood-Phinney Art Walk to see that you could wander into The Yard Cafe, not-yet-open at 8313 Greenwood Ave North.  The owners, who also own The Dray in lower Phinney, were on hand to excitedly tell visitors what was to come – and it’s not what you’d expect.

The Yard Cafe will celebrate their Grand Opening on May 29th, the final day of Seattle Beer Week.  However, they’ll likely be open much sooner – and are shooting for Thursday May 19th for their first dinner service.

Expecting a bar just like The Dray?  Well, you’ll be surprised – hopefully pleasantly – to discover that this is not The Dray.  You won’t find American style sandwiches here – instead, The Yard has a Mexican theme.  I got a sneak peek of their menu tonight, which isn’t final yet, and it includes main courses like Steak Mexicana, Grilled Fish Veracruz, Sweet Potato Enchilada Stack, and Arroz Con Pollo.   You’ll also find a complete taco menu, as well as tortas and traditional appetizers like quesadillas and an orange chipotle salad.

The interior was similar to The Dray but still took my breath away a little  – made almost entirely of carved wood, it’s impressive to say the least.

There seems to be just as big of an outside area as there is inside, and the bar has a roll-up window to allow the sunshine in, if we can continue to get a little.  There are some smaller tables, and then one large one that’s great for private parties:

And then, there’s a beautiful row of lockers – these are for the “founders” that have donated $250 to the start of the restaurant.  Of the 100 lockers in the hall, approximately 30 are left.  Contact The Yard to claim your spot!

For the Seattle Beer Week opening, the owners tell me that they’re hoping to have the tap handles full of “odd” beers that you wouldn’t expect – definitely reason enough for me to come back in. 

Welcome to the neighborhood, The Yard Cafe!

Seattle Beer Week: The North Seattle Double Dog Dare

My good friends over at Washington Beer Blog have got me all pumped up about Seattle Beer Week, which runs May 19th through the 29th (ok, so its really like Seattle Beer 10-day).  Unfortunately for me, after seeing my excitement they decided to task me with covering a multitude of events and locations in north Seattle and reporting back.  Mission: Accepted (and slightly modified to fit my time frames).

So, between now and May 29th you’ll see lots of Seattle Beer Week posts from me, letting you know of upcoming events and, likely, the following day’s hangovers.  Think I can do it?

Here is a condensed list of events I hope to attend (if I’m still in one piece):

May 19th, 9pm : Opening Night kick-off at Naked City with 12 of the 24 taps dedicated to SBW.

May 20th, 9pm: Kulture Freaks at Brouwer’s, an evening of beer paired with  a guy that hammers nails into his head (heaven help me on this one).

May 21st, 8pm: Beer and Ink at the Pub at Piper’s Creek, featuring tattoo contests and a tattoo artist on site (should I? should I?)

May 22nd,4pm: Fire and Ice at The Duck Island Alehouse – a beer and chili pairing afternoon.   Or, a trip to Bottleworks in Wallingford for a special Hair of the Dog pouring. 

May 23rd, 6pm: Boundary Bay brewer’s night at 74th St Ale House.  Buy a pint and keep the glass! (I love free stuff)

May 24th, 7pm: Mixology Night at The Barking Dog, featuring Crispin Cider and Snoqualmie Falls Brewing.

May 25th, 6pm: Taking a break from the north Seattle events to attend the Ladies of Craft Beer down at Full Throttle Bottles.  I’m going to call it “networking” just to justify my 7th day of drinking beer to myself.

May 26th, 6pm – the annual Cask Fortress at Latona Pub, which the manager there assures me is not to miss.  And thankfully, finally an event I can walk to.

May 27th, 4pm – Naked City again.  This time, for the Pro-Am night where the staff there broke out into teams to try their hand at brewing. 

May 28th – On this Saturday before the last day of SBW, I’m going to take a breather.  I know it seems like I’m giving up early, but really, I’m just mustering energy because  Sunday May 29th is an event many of us have been waiting a few months for:

Sunday, May 29th, All Day: The Grand Opening of The Yard Cafe on Greenwood Ave!!  Hoping for good weather as they’ll have a large patio, and will be serving up beer and tacos all day.  Yep, not leaving. 

Events may change, or I may just lose my ability to function for some of these, but I’m going to try my darndest to hit them all up.  And, unlike most girls, I will gladly accept beer from strangers (candy, too).  So don’t be shy!