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Where to Drink with Relatives This Holiday Season

A.J. Rathbun
Vessel in downtown Seattle
Downtown Seattle's new Vessel

Alongside presents, mistletoe, getting a few days off work, and the bottles Santa might put in your stocking, the finest part of the holidays is getting to catch up with family. And, of course, the best place to catch up is a great bar. However, it can be a challenge to pick a suitable watering hole for the right vacationing relativewhich is why I’ve put together a little tailored guide to help smooth out your holiday season, matching specific relative types with specific bars. Read more »


Candlelight Vigil for Sandy Hook Victims at Alki

A candlelight vigil will be held in West Seattle this weekend to honor the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in Newtown, CT, according to the West Seattle Herald.

Speakers will include violence survivors, including Snohomish County Prosecutor Mark Roe, board members of Families & Friends of Violent Crime Victims organization and executive director of Families & Friends of Violent Crime Victims, Marge Martin. Read more »


It’s Good to Be Bad: Best Villains in Seattle Theater This Year

Ryan Higgins in Strawshop's The Accidental Death of an Anarchist

Trending in Seattle theater in 2012: “Bad guys” played so well, we had to love them.

But just how “bad” were they?
A totally subjective rating system
1 star
= Trickster. Buries your keys to teach you a lesson.
2 stars
= Morally questionable. You hide their Facebook posts.
3 stars
= Despicable. Deplorable. Below-par hygiene.
4 stars
= Haunts your dreams and days ever after.

In no particular order... Read more »


Drink Eggnog, Root for the Seahawks and Other Weekend Musts

eggnog from Sun liquor in Seattle

Homemade eggnog
Monday (12/24–12/25) — It’s become a holiday ritual for Sun Liquor bartender Erik Chapman, who mixes up a batch of irresistible homemade eggnog to serve to customers on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. It makes for a perfect family bonding strategy...or a way to escape the relatives. Either way, Cheers! Read more »


The People Have Spoken: Locals' Favorite Bars and Cocktails

A.J. Rathbun

It’s that time of year, when pundits of all disciplines, from movies to books to boozes, are making their picks for those "Best" and "Most" end-of-year lists. I thought it’d be a good balance to let the people have their own say. So I asked five folks about their favorite cocktails and watering holes. Here's what they had to say:

Emi Matsumoto

What's your all-time favorite cocktail?
A rye Manhattan. Read more »