The Girls Take The Emerald City : Seattle
We found ourselves four weeks into 2017 and already in desperate need of a vacation. So what else could we do other than take two days to enjoy ourselves and drop into lush Seattle, WA to kick off the year?
Commencing our drinking early on in the flight like any other sane individual with no specialty cocktails or craft beers in sight, we tossed back our mini bottles of Jacks Daniels followed by Coca Cola straight out of the can. Hey, we can't always be the classy ladies we think we are.
Only an hour off the plane and we stopped by Rachel's Ginger Beer. We merely expected your typical bar, but we should have known better. Recommended to us as an absolute must, we strolled into this cozy beverage mecca that boasts several unique flavors of house made ginger beer such as peach and cucumber tarragon, and not to mention a selection of everyone's favorite spirits to use as a base for a tasty twist on a mule. Refreshing as the cool weather outside, we suggest mixing the peach ginger beer with gin as your base.
Better yet, the location on 12th street houses Sunset Fried Chicken. From fried green tomato sliders to hush puppies, and, of course the best chicken sandwich you could ever imagine, you can probably guess why we stopped by RGB more than once during our short trip. To top off the experience, the service was phenomenal and the whole package had us wishing we could toss this clever establishment in our carry-on.
We spent the next day of our trip trying to cover as much ground as possible. We stopped by the Starbucks Reserve and enjoyed a few of the finest coffees they had to offer and ate a light breakfast before heading to MoPOP. You know, tourist stuff. After another trip to RGB we headed to our favorite stop of the trip, Pike's Place Market. Within levels of what felt like the greatest swap meet of all time, we were busy drooling over columns of the freshest seafood, produce, and the tastiest clam chowder we've ever had the pleasure of inhaling in less than ten bites.
We made our way down to the infamous gum wall for a few obligatory photos, and walked around the corner to find ourselves something refreshing. Can Can, elegantly tucked a few steps underground, will fulfill all of your cabaret dreams. Our friends Annie & Alex who's a bartender there, gave us a history lesson and some local insight on this beautiful city and the bar itself as we sipped on a couple of beers.
We sat cheerfully, enamored by the sensual decor and performers strutting about, who were preparing themselves for one of the various shows put on in house. Feeling a little bit like we had stepped into the Moulin Rouge, we admired their massive selection of spirits following their unique cocktail list that perfectly accompanies this enticing fortress. Although tempted, we opted for a couple of good local beers and discovered one of our new favorites, the Pike Kilt Lifter.
Later in the evening after enjoying the warm comfort of arguably the best Old Fashioned we've ever had at Oddfellows, and hiding from the Super Bowl hype at Sun Liquor with a Pisco Punch in hand, we pranced on over to Unicorn for a grand finale to our short adventure. Grand, it was, and the term, "A kid in a candy store," doesn't even cut it. Bubble gum pink and cotton candy blue, this holy place of everything cute and kiddie took us to a place of joyful surrender in the kitschy juxtaposition that is Unicorn.
Downstairs we tested our pinball skills in the arcade while indulging in some sweet and dreamy cocktails. We highly suggest the Cereal Killer which is made with fruity pebble infused vodka. Need we say more? Also with a full menu, once you've worked up an appetite you can order, yes, Unicorn Balls. Don't ask, just try. Come on, don't be scared!
So that's all folks. We're sorrowful that this dream had to come to an end, and now being one of our very favorite cities, Seattle officially acquired a large chunk of our hearts. As we were both Seattle virgins before this trip, we can now expect ourselves riddled with the gripping desire to pack up, return to the Northwest, and never look back. We wish we could have covered more ground, but it won't be long until we come back for more.
Til' next time Seattle!