You don’t have to go east of the mountains or north of town to taste some of Washington’s finest wines and beer. Just head to Seattle. Here’s some of what you’ll find:

Urban Enoteca
4130 1st Ave South
Seattle WA 98134

The hottest new tasting room to hit Seattle, Urban Enoteca, is a softly lit, enticing little gem just before the bridge on 1st Avenue in SODO. The tasting room is staffed by representatives of seven wineries from the east side of the mountains, including Cave B, Kiona, and McCrea. You can taste, buy a glass, or enjoy a bottle as you sit and relax in the Wine Library. Between 3pm and 6pm weekdays is happy hour, with delightful little gourmet bites from Chef Chris Opsata. There’s brunch from 10am – 1pm on Sundays, and once a month you can participate in Corks and Canvas, an opportunity for you to sip some wine, grab a paintbrush and unleash your inner Picasso.

Schooner Exact Brewing Company
3901 1st Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98134

This fun little brewery was the inspiration of three friends. Brewing their own microbeers, they started to get more demand, and eventually became Schooner Exact. Their tasting room features six regular beers, and two rotating taps. From pale and golden ales, hefeweizen to brown, you’re sure to find a favorite. Take some to go, or stay for a happy hour event and watch professional cycling this month during the Tour of California.

Tasting Room Seattle
1924 Post Alley
Seattle, WA 98101

With props from Sunset Magazine, this cozy wine shop and tasting room in the Pike Place Market carries some lovely varieties from wineries like Camaraderie Cellars, Harlequin Wine Cellars, and Latitude 46 N. Open daily from 12pm – 8pm, this is a great stopping off point for a glass of wine before heading to dinner at The Pink Door. Every Friday is Pie Day, where you can come and feast on a slice from Pagliacci Pizza and sip on a favorite wine. Just call in your Pagliacci order in advance to the Tasting Room, and it will be waiting for you when you arrive. TGIF indeed!

Two Beers Brewery
4700 Ohio Ave South, Unit A
Seattle, WA 98134

They’re only open 3-7 Thursday & Friday, but that’s a pretty great time to have a well-deserved after work brew. You can taste several of the beers before you decide on the one for you. Right now, they are working on their summer special, and have a batch of Trailhead ISA (India Session Ale) to try. Their brown beer is smooth and tasty. Some favorites are Persnickety Pale, Evo. IPA, Immersion Amber, Sodo Brown, and Crooked Belgian Wit. Step into this little SODO spot, and get ready for the weekend ahead.

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