Gay Seattle Guide: Delicious Eats That Are Worth Every Penny

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Gay Seattle Guide: Emerald City is full of great places to eat and drink. Here’s a guide to all our favorite spots.

Top Chef, Anthony Bourdain, and Mario Batali are a few culinary biggies who’ve spotlighted the food scene in the Emerald City, known for its fresh seafood and many James Beard Award winners and nominees, from Tom Douglas to Ethan Stowell, who attract their own followers from around the country to their restaurants. Snacking is another thing locals do well, alternating between Cupcake Royale, Molly Moon’s (Homemade Ice Cream), Top Pot Doughnuts, KuKuRuZa (Gourmet Popcorn) and Theo Chocolate, all made in Seattle.

Canlis
2576 Aurora Avenue North
(206) 283-3313
A dining institution dating back to 1950, Canlis is that special restaurant for a birthday, anniversary, or any other celebratory moment you want to remember. For visitors, especially self-proclaimed foodies, it’s one to check off your bucket list. The 180-degree views of the skyline, Lake Union and Cascade Mountains are precious, while the menu featuring traditional meat and seafood entrees is sensational. The Canlis, the family that has owned and operated the place since it opened, were profiled on season 10 episode 4 of the Emmy-winning series, Top Chef.
How to Cook a Wolf
2208 Queen Anne Avenue North
(206) 838-8090
James Beard Award nominee Ethan Stowell, brother of former professional ballet dancer Christopher Stowell, owns restaurants througout the Emerald City, including this Upper Queen Anne eatery known for its rustic Italian and Mediterranean-influenced small plates with seasonal ingredients. No-frills dishes, like grilled baby octopus and bruschetta with smoked salmon, are absolutely delicious, yet even better are the handmade pastas, particularly the gnochi topped with beef cheek bolognese, oregano, mint and parmigiano-reggiano.

Cafe Campagne
1600 Post Alley
(206) 728-2233
Billing itself as “The Heart of France in the heart of Seattle,” this charming bistro is the perfect spot to feast on escargots, steak frites, quiche, croque monsieur, roasted half chicken and anything else you’ve had (or dream of having) at a rustic Southern French cafe. La Campagne serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, as well as an excellent list of wines from the Bordeaux, Rhone, and Loire Valley regions.

Joule
3506 Stone Way North
(206) 632-5685
Now relocated in Fremont, previously in Wallingford, this well reviewed Korean-fusion restaurant offers such sumptuous choices as black rice risotto, spicy rice cake, kalbi burger, smoked tofu, and mackerel served alongside green curry cilantro chimichurri and black currant. Don’t plan on skipping dessert, not when a milk chocolate mousse with sesame cake, miso caramel, and peanut is up for grabs.

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Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival 2015

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Golden leaves floating down to the ground, cool and chilly mornings, pumpkin spice lattes – these are things you might typically associate with fall. But, in our frenzy of a film world, this means that festival season has begun! The Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival is about to kick off their respective programs with stunning lineups and exciting events.

The Three Dollar Bill Cinema was founded to produce the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. And while it remains their largest program, it is just one of their year-round events. The size and scope of the festival has certainly evolved. In the first few years it was held in one cinema for seven days. Now there are over 11 days at multiple venues and they are able to show four times the amount of films. They have become a go-to festival for quality programming, fun guests, and great parties!
The Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival has garnered national recognition for showcasing extraordinary and award-winning work, and it is a festival with a very loyal audience in a city that is excited about cinema. The LGBT community has really built the festival into THE event of the season. Many folks from all walks of life come out to attend and have a great time.

The 20th Annual festival will be held October 8-18, 2015. Full program available at www.threedollarbillcinema.orgBUY YOUR PASSES HERE.



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Gay Bar Guide: Get Down In Seattle Nightlife

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Seattle is known for its coffee, music scene, and that place where they throw fish back and forth. We decided to dig a little deeper and see what the Emerald City had to offer when in the way of gay nightlife, and boy are we glad we did!

The name says it all, R Place is an open, fun, and hot gay bar in downtown Seattle. This diverse bar in Capital Hill has lots of space to hang out, and a great dance floor. Although they charge a cover, drinks are cheap and the boys are mostly hot! R Place 619 E Pine St, Seattle, WA 98122
 
Seattle’s largest and longest running gay club, Neighbours, has not only one of the biggest dance floors in the city, but is home to some of the city’s most notorious drag queens. For the kids, it becomes 18+ after 2 AM, which is genius if you think about it. Neighbours gets our pick for best music and drag show, but watch out, drinks ain’t cheap! Neighbours 1509 Broadway Seattle, WA 98122
Happy hours all week and our favorite bar tenders in Seattle landed The Cuff Complex on our list this week. A grungy dive bar that somehow works for everybody, and is the best place to drink in Seattle on a Sunday! Double well drinks are $4.50, regular well drinks, half that! Don’t judge this bar by its cover, The Cuff was a blast! The Cuff Complex 1533 13th Ave Seattle, WA 98122

Wild Rose is our lesbian pick of the week! This bar restaurant is where the lesbians go in Seattle. We fell in love with Taco Tuesdays, where you can get cheap beers all night and $1 tacos. $4 bloody mary’s on Sundays sealed the deal! Also a great place to drink outside when the weather is nice in their Bush Gardens! Wild Rose 1021 E Pike St Seattle, WA 98122
For a club with a more lounge type feel to it, Q is the place to go! This club is great for dancing or socializing, with a very chic city feel to it. Their infused in house vodka selection makes for some very creative and delicious cocktails! Cover on the weekend, but that seems to be a thing here in the Emerald City! Q 1426 Broadway Seattle, WA 98122

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Seattle: Where Restrooms are Available and Safe For All

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Seattle’s LGBTQ task force convened to help fight hate crimes on Capitol Hill is approaching the problems of bias and inequality from all angles. In one of the first recommendations from the 30-member committee, Mayor Ed Murray’s office has proposed legislation that would require all single-occupancy restrooms in the city to be available as all-gender facilities.
“The transgender community deserves the dignity and respect that most people take for granted,” Murray said in the announcement. “That’s why Seattle is building upon our history of being one of the most welcoming cities in the world by ensuring restrooms are available and safe for all.”
“This legislation is a powerful and appropriate step in serving the needs of our time and place,” Marsha Botzer, founding member and secretary of Equal Rights Washington, former chair of the National LGBTQ Task Force, and founder of the Ingersoll Gender Center.
The proposed legislation “would require all City-controlled and privately operated places of public accommodation to designate existing or future single-occupant restrooms as all–gender facilities. All existing City-controlled single-occupant restrooms (across all City departments, from City Hall to Parks) will be re-signed to conform to this new standard.”
On Capitol Hill, the new proposed signage won’t likely require many changes at local businesses where most bathrooms — including a few of the multiple-occupancy variety — might already be considered fully in compliance.

Gay Men in Seattle Are Now Less Likely to Contract HIV Than Before

 A new examination of data has shown that over generations gay men in Seattle are less likely to be infected by HIV now than previously, but racial disparities still exist. The data was presented at the International AIDS Society Conference in Vancouver, according to AIDS Map, and indicated that there has been a significant drop in HIV infections among gay men. 
Though the data only show numbers for a small population,  they are an interesting way of looking at the history of the history of HIV and AIDS among gay men.

Read more at www.hivplusmag.com.

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Gay Seattle: Mayor Murray Unveils Rainbow Crosswalks in Capitol Hill

Photography by Nate Gowdy

Photography by Nate Gowdy

Ed Murray, Seattle’s first openly gay mayor and a Capitol Hill resident, unveiled the neighborhood’s new rainbow crosswalks as a bold symbol of the city’s LGBT community.
The crosswalks, which were introduced early Tuesday morning, span six different intersections of Pike and Pine Streets, between 11th Avenue and Broadway.
Murray praised the decision to introduce the crosswalks at a media event in Capitol Hill saying, “It says something about this neighborhood and it also says something about Seattle. This is a city of very diverse neighborhoods throughout with a different character.”
Recent reports of increased hate crimes in the neighborhood have been blamed on gentrification by non-gay tech employees. The project — which local resident Shaun Knittel has been pushing for the better part of three years on behalf of his advocacy group Social Outreach Seattle — is estimated to have cost $72,600 project, nearly $56,000 more to create than the standard white line crosswalk. While more costly, the rainbow crosswalks were unveiled just in time for residents to celebrate the city’s popular Pride events. As Pride festivities continue to take their course, the crosswalks will act as a reminder of the city’s ongoing commitment to LGBT awareness and acceptance.
Watch a short video from the crosswalks’ unveiling below:

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Gay Seattle Guide: Best Gay Bars

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Seattle is not only an eclectic and at times, eccentric city, it also one of the most gay-friendly on the West Coast, featuring more than a dozen LGBT bars in its popular neighborhood of Capitol Hill. While some of Seattle’s gay bars may seem to cater to strictly men or women, the majority of them welcome all (even if you’re straight) to party, dance and have a good time.

Pony
Pony, voted the best gay bar in Seattle for 2013 by Seattle Weekly, is a one-of-a-kind bar that pays tribute to New York’s Castro and West Village bars of the 1970s. Before it became Pony, this 1930s building was a vintage gas station that has now been completely transformed into one of Seattle’s favorite hangouts. In addition to having great DJs spinning the best dance music every night of the week, you can also hang out outside year-round via the bar’s patio that features a gas fire pit and retractable roof to shield you from the elements. Check Pony’s website for updates on all upcoming events, including weekly and monthly parties.

The Crescent Lounge
This popular Capitol Hill bar is considered one of the best in the neighborhood for its nightly karaoke, daily six-hour happy hours from 12 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., the fun crowds of people and its weekly comedy night on Tuesdays. Stop by The Crescent Lounge and sing your favorite songs by yourself or with a group of friends and meet a different karaoke host each night. Sunday night karaoke always offers extra songs to choose from. When patrons are not singing karaoke, they can enjoy an old-style jukebox to play and dance to some of their favorite tunes, as well as $4 well drinks, $6 to $8 beer pitchers or $2 to $3 pints.

The Lobby Bar
You’ll find the friendliest bartenders in town, as well as an upscale, cosmopolitan atmosphere that isn’t snobby or rude, but instead relaxed and carefree. The Lobby Bar prides itself on serving a variety of well-concocted cocktails, delicious cuisine and fresh from the Pacific Northwest appetizers. The Lobby Bar offers a daily happy hour from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., a Thursday special of 23.5-ounce Long Island iced teas for $6 and every Tuesday is ‘Big Gay Trivia’ starting at 8 p.m.

C.C. Attle’s
Open since 1993, this “bear bar” is considered a dive to some. For regulars, however, it’s a cool, relaxing bar where you can hang with friends or your significant other, catch a Seahawks game, eat great food and follow that with a beer or strong cocktail. Every Tuesday, C.C. Attle’s features a stand-up comedy, open-mic night called the Beard Practice where anyone can register and have a five-minute spot to give the crowd your best jokes and comedy routine.

WildRose
Owned and operated by women since 1984, Seattle’s Wildrose was voted the third “Best Gay and Lesbian Bar” in the 2013 “Evening Magazine” Best of Western Washington poll. Most categorize Wildrose as a lesbian bar, but its motto is “A place for women…and all are welcome.” Monday is a popular night at Wildrose as it airs Monday night football and then has its weekly trivia game starting at 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, you can find daily drink specials and on Tuesday and Wednesday, great food deals too. Come by on the weekends and dance to the fun, funky beats the DJ is spinning, enter a beer pong tournament or sing along with the karaoke participants.

 

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Gay Pride is ‘About Family’ in Seattle

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SEATTLE — Seattle’s gay pride celebration has evolved from a political parade to a family event featuring bounce houses, free ice cream and marching Boy Scouts and cheerleaders.
Organizers draw nearly 500,000 to watch the parade through downtown Seattle and participate in a picnic and family-friendly entertainment at nearby parks.
Kevin Kroll, who brought his 4-year-old to enjoy the festivities, says the event is just about fun and games for her.
“(She’s) way too young to understand, we haven’t gone into any of the real detailed motivations for the parade. It’s really about rainbows and having fun and getting dressed up.” Kroll said.
David Haack, who’s come to pride events in Seattle for 24 years, has seen a lot of changes in Washington and at the event.
“Pride used to be more of a march, and we still have a political activism stance to a certain degree. But it’s about family now,” he said.
“Whoever thought it was going to be like this?” asked Hugh Charest, who attended his first Seattle Pride event in 1986.
He knows many of the young people won’t ever fully grasp what it took to get where they are today.
“We don’t expect any of them to. I don’t expect them to understand what it was like. Unless you lived through it, you can’t understand it,” Charest said.

Rainbow-Colored Crosswalks Mark Seattle LGBTQ Pride

Rainbow crosswalks are installed at 11 intersections
Rainbow crosswalks are installed at 11 intersections in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.
(Photo: Brian Westbrook / KING)

As Pride Week in Seattle gets under way, Mayor Ed Murray unveils newly painted rainbow-colored crosswalks on Capitol Hill. Rainbows have long dangled in windows of storefronts across Capitol Hill — and they now glisten on crosswalks, too.
Seattle is rolling out 11 rainbow crosswalks in Capitol Hill this week, adding a colorful bang to the annual Pride celebration. The crosswalks cost the city $66,000, said Seattle Department of Transportation spokesman Rick Sheridan, and are permanent. The funds came out of fees related to development, and the crosswalks were due for replacement anyway, Mayor Ed Murray said.
The city picked locations by working with community members to pinpoint heavily used streets and spots that have been sites of assault based on sexual orientation, Murray said.
“You can’t spread hate — spread love instead,” said Cainon Lewis, 25, who stopped to snap a selfie Tuesday with the crosswalk at 11th Avenue East and East Pike Street. “With the new spree of hate crimes going on, it sends a message that we’re open,” said Lewis.
Rainbow colors reflected in Capitol Hill resident Adam Warren’s glasses as he stood by a new rainbow crosswalk a block away.
“It reaffirms that we have a place in this neighborhood,” said Warren, 42.
All the crosswalks will be completed by Thursday night, Sheridan said. The city also is looking for ways to mark the character of other neighborhoods in the city, Murray said.

The Pride parade will be in downtown Seattle on Sunday at 11 a.m. For a list of all the festivities, go to seattlepride.org.








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Gay Seattle Event: Pride ASIA presents RICE BALL 2015


Seattle Gay News ― The committee of dedicated community members on the board of Pride ASIA, producers of the annual Pride ASIA celebration at Seattle’s Hing Hay Park in the International District, have scheduled their biggest fundraising event of the year, ‘Rice Ball: A Taste of Asia’ for Saturday, May 9, 6 p.m. doors, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. show and dim sum dinner at Neighbours Nightclub (1509 Broadway).
Hosted by Pride ASIA Founder, Aleksa Manila with special performances by Miss Neighbours 2013/14 Anastasia Beaverhausen, International Cabaret Sensation Arnaldo! Drag Chanteuse, Miss UTOPIA 2014 Atasha Manila, Pride Idol Chase Silva, Performance Artist Kince, Miss Neighbours 2012/13 Lady Sahara, Miss UTOPIA 2014/15 Layla Manila, Spoken Word Artist Nic Masangkay, Drag Entertainer Whispurr Majesty, Singer/Director Yee-shin Huang and more, Rice Ball 2015 promises to be an evening of blockbuster entertainment.

‘This is a very special evening full of amazing performances to feast the senses and celebrate the Queer API story,’ said Aleksa Manila.

Tickets are $15 presale at www.riceball2015.brownpapertickets.com or $20 at the door. Price includes entry and dim sum. Proceeds benefit Pride ASIA, a free, all ages Queer and Asian pride celebration June 20 from noon to 4 p.m. at Hing Hay Park (S. King St. & Maynard Ave. S.) Seattle. To RSVP go to

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1470563 or the event’s official Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1411318395844639/.

Founded in 2012, Pride ASIA’s mission is to celebrate, empower and nurture the multi-cultural diversity of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Ally communities through the Asian-Pacific Islander American lens. For more info, please visit www.PrideASIA.org.

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