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post #1 of 34
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I'll be visiting Portland and Seattle on the weekend of the 7th, and I was wondering if any Chewers are from there, or are familiar and can fill me in on what's cool to do in both cities.

 

I'll be in Portland all day on the 7th and most of the 8th, and I'll be staying right near PDX. I plan on hitting up Deschutes Brewery and the surrounding shopping districts first thing, and seeing the sites along the way (IE Burnside skatepark, etc.) I'll have access to a car, so what else should I not miss?

 

Seattle is a little trickier. I'll be getting in late on the 8th, and Sunday the 9th is dedicated to catching a Seahawks game at CenturyLink. I'm staying downtown, right at the foot of the Space Needle, and I'll have access to a car there, too. Pike Place Market is a must, as is Pike Brewing Company. What else should I check out? Is the Bruce Lee Memorial, Fremont Troll and Gas Works Park worth devoting some of my limited time to? Where's the best place to shop downtown?

 

Cheers, folks!

post #2 of 34

I've been to Seattle a few times visiting a friend, but I didn't hit too many of the touristy spots. I didn't get to see the spots you mention, though a stripper told me the Gasworks was worth checking out.

 

For shopping, there is good sized mall in the middle of downtown. It's a pretty standard chain store mall, though as a bonus it has an elevated train that doesn't go anywhere.

 

Easy Street Records is near the Space Needle, huge place with a great selection. I splurged the last few times I went in there. Zanadu Comics is a quick couple blocks walk from Pike Place Market, and worth checking out. They have a better than average TPB selection, I noticed a few out of print things there.

 

The Olympic Sculpture Park is cool, worth swinging by. Actually, the whole stretch from the Space Needle to Pike Place to the Seattle Art Museum is barely 2 miles, easily walkable. Parking can be a pain in the ass, its all pay lots and underground garages that close at stupid times like 11pm.

 

Also, don't eat any pizza there.

post #3 of 34
Cascade Tap Room is AMAZING!
post #4 of 34

I'm in the general Seattle area.

 

The Bruce Lee memorial is worth it, but a bit tricky to find as I don't think there are any signs that will direct you do it in a fairly large cemetery.  There isn't anything GRAND about it other than the fact that it's Bruce Lee and Brandon Lee's graves.  But after all, Bruce Lee!

 

I suppose you can stop by Gameworks if you have any interest in playing a variety of arcade games big and small/new and old.  

 

Interstellar will be open that weekend, playing at the Pacific Science Center's BOEING IMAX theater.  This is a real 70mm IMAX theater.

 

No idea how well tickets are selling, but it's not sold out yet.

 

http://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/IMAX/interstellar

post #5 of 34

I swung through Seattle last year, wearing a ballcap and sunglasses to avoid Nooj's spying eyes.  I don't think Bruce Lee's grave will be hard to find as there is likely a stream of visitors, especially on the weekend. You can always bring something to leave at the grave.  I visited the Asian-American Art Museum just before I went in, and picked up a couple of small tokens.  IIRC it's pretty much straight in from the main entrance, up a little hill. 

 

On your way down to Centurylink, check out Ebbets, a store dedicated to baseball-related clothing.  A fantastic selection of gear - shirts from defunct teams, the Negro Leagues, foreign baseball teams, they have it all.  I think I bought five t-shirts there.

 

I'm not sure if the Fremont troll is worth spending your time on.  You could always jet up to the Boeing plant and see some fantastic planes.  There's also a little Japanese garden south of Lake Washington, part of the Washington Park Arboretum, kinda quiet but definitely worth visiting.  Bring fish food!

post #6 of 34
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The few times I've been to Bruce Lee's grave, it was just a small number of people around.

Bring oranges!
Edited by mcnooj82 - 10/27/14 at 4:33pm
post #7 of 34
Thread Starter 
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I'm in the general Seattle area.

 

Guys, I'm skipping the Seahawks game and spending the weekend on a manhunt to track down Nooj. Thanks for your suggestions, but I'm all set now.

post #8 of 34

Yes yes.

 

Finally, the SHOWDOWN OF THE CENTURY.

 

post #9 of 34
Thread Starter 

Showdown? No, I just want to drink beer and talk about Batman.

 

The manhunt thing is just how I roll.

post #10 of 34

Sorry.  Showdown is what I call beer/batman/banter.

post #11 of 34

I would also suggest...if you're a sports guy....grab some of the cheap Supersonics gear available.  Tougher to find elsewhere in the USA except online.  Some of that Sonics gear is classic stuff.

post #12 of 34

Would you describe yourself as a "movie person"? If so, consider catching something at one of Portland's fine historic, independent, and/or neighborhood theaters.

 

The Kennedy School (elementary school converted into theater/restaurants/bars/hotel, run by the fabulous McMenamins Brothers)

http://www.mcmenamins.com/427-kennedy-school-home

 

The Hollywood Theatre (Spanish-baroque façade, balcony, recently refurbished; really evokes that "picture palace" vibe)

http://hollywoodtheatre.org/

 

The Bagdad Theater & Pub (theater/pub, obviously; another refurbished picture palace; also a McMenamins establishment)

http://www.mcmenamins.com/219-bagdad-theater-pub-home

 

Cinema 21 (little one-screen neighborhood theater offering mostly indie fare and a balcony)

http://www.cinema21.com/

 

The Clinton Street Theater (another one-screen neighborhood theater, this one is The Rocky Horror Picture Show's Portland home; about a decade ago I saw Battle Royale and Meet the Feebles here, good times)

http://cstpdx.com/

 

The Mission Theater (another refurbished McMenamins place, with a balcony; 2006-07 they had free weekly screenings of Arrested Development)

http://missiontheaterpdx.com/

 

The St. Johns Pub (McMenamins again; a tiny little place, but good food, drink, and atmosphere if you happen to find yourself out in the St. Johns neighborhood)

http://www.mcmenamins.com/226-st-johns-theater-pub-home

 

Happy hunting.

post #13 of 34
Thread Starter 

St. John's Pub looks incredible -- I think I'll skip a showing of either Annabelle or The Boxtrolls, but the pub looks gorgeous.

post #14 of 34

It is. My parents live a couple blocks away, and the last time I was in town visiting them, that place was like my second home.

 

Spacious outdoor seating too. (Good luck with that in November.)

post #15 of 34
Ahoy hoy. I have tentative plans to head out to Portland at the end of the month. Final destination is near Bend. Am seeking the charity, company or at the least, advice from the I assume hipsterati Chewers here! Main concern is getting from point A (Port) to B (Bend) without flying.

Anyways, looking forward to getting to the northwest once more!
post #16 of 34

I'm also visiting Portland, though earlier in August so I won't be able to join you there in person. But all my previous recommendations in this thread stand. See some movies, drink some beer!

 

As far as getting from Portland to Bend, it's definitely drivable, and any route you took would be gorgeous.

post #17 of 34
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Ahoy hoy. I have tentative plans to head out to Portland at the end of the month. Final destination is near Bend. Am seeking the charity, company or at the least, advice from the I assume hipsterati Chewers here! Main concern is getting from point A (Port) to B (Bend) without flying.

Anyways, looking forward to getting to the northwest once more!

NOT SEATTLE, EH???

I see how it is...

post #18 of 34
Crash the party Nooj
post #19 of 34

We should have all booked a group travel rate. Wife and I are hitting Portland/Seattle for our anniversary in late September. Some good suggestions already in this thread, but always up for more. One of my favorite bands is playing Seattle while we're there, so we've got that going for us, which is nice. Any brewpubs that are particular standouts, let me know.

post #20 of 34
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We should have all booked a group travel rate. Wife and I are hitting Portland/Seattle for our anniversary in late September. Some good suggestions already in this thread, but always up for more. One of my favorite bands is playing Seattle while we're there, so we've got that going for us, which is nice. Any brewpubs that are particular standouts, let me know.

 

The Pike Brewing Company was pretty neat, located in the basement of Pike Place Market. The Beers were solid, if not mind-blowing, and the grilled cheese (made from fresh cheese from a shop across the street) was fucking bonkers. Really cool atmosphere, too.

post #21 of 34

Yeah, Pike Brewing is pretty good.  You could also check out Elysian Fields or Pyramid if you're near SafeCo field.  Pyramid is more open and has better seating if that's a deciding factor.

post #22 of 34
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Elysian sold out to Anheuser-Busch. I'm not sure if it's bitterness or legitimate, but I've heard it's gone downhill, since.

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Elysian sold out to Anheuser-Busch. I'm not sure if it's bitterness or legitimate, but I've heard it's gone downhill, since.

 

The pub wasn't too bad.  Nothing special about the beer.

post #24 of 34

Portland - All the places Curiosity said.

 

On the movie side, also check out:

 

www.Cinetopia.com 

 

and

 

http://www.livingroomtheaters.com/

 

Both great places to see movies, the Cinetopia Lounge theaters are especially nice.

 

Brewery wise, also check out: Amnesia, Rogue, Widmer Borthers, and my personal favorite: Hair of the Dog.

 

Touristy stuff: Powells Books is an essential stop.  The Japanese Gardens are fantastic, and the Rose Test Gardens/Washington park, are a must.

post #25 of 34

All good stuff, dudes. Thank you!

post #26 of 34

Sorry to resurrect this thread, but I am going to Seattle on vacation for a week starting next Friday and I wanted to see if anyone had some tips. Some decent ones in here. Since I'll be there for a long time, are there other tips you all want to share? Anyone else in the area/still in the area that MIGHT want to meet up for beer and/or lunch or something?

post #27 of 34

Make sure to go to Scarecrow Video while you're here.

post #28 of 34
Ground Kontrol. Holy shit. I would fly back to Portland just to visit that place again.
post #29 of 34
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Make sure to go to Scarecrow Video while you're here.


Nice suggestion. This is right between the place I am staying and downtown.

post #30 of 34
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 Anyone else in the area/still in the area that MIGHT want to meet up for beer and/or lunch or something?

I'd be up for it in the Seattle area.

 

As for tips for a visitor?

 

I'm no good at those beyond the usual spots... (pike place market, bridge troll, etc)

 

if you don't have a big IMAX near you and you haven't seen DUNKIRK, that might be a good thing to try?

 

The Seattle Cinerama is doing its 70mm festival, though I'm not sure how many tickets are left for certain films:

 

https://cinerama.com/Festival.aspx?ec=0000000012

post #31 of 34

Ground Kontrol recently expanded! 

post #32 of 34
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I'd be up for it in the Seattle area.

 

As for tips for a visitor?

 

I'm no good at those beyond the usual spots... (pike place market, bridge troll, etc)

 

if you don't have a big IMAX near you and you haven't seen DUNKIRK, that might be a good thing to try?

 

The Seattle Cinerama is doing its 70mm festival, though I'm not sure how many tickets are left for certain films:

 

https://cinerama.com/Festival.aspx?ec=0000000012


Excellent. I am staying in an Airbnb about a twenty minute drive just north of the city. If I have free time and the wife is cool with it, I'll shoot you a PM.

 

The Cinerama thing is awesome! Thank you! Bummer is, the movies I would want to see the most are just before or on the day I arrive. I'd love to see The Thing on the big screen dammit. Perhaps Vertigo...

post #33 of 34
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Ground Kontrol. Holy shit. I would fly back to Portland just to visit that place again.

 

Amen to that. I try to stop in there at least once whenever I'm in town. The last time I was there the original section was closed for renovation/expansion, but the new section was open to the public and fantastic (though without all the pinballs, which are still in the old section). Can't wait to see it when the whole thing's completed!

post #34 of 34
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Excellent. I am staying in an Airbnb about a twenty minute drive just north of the city. If I have free time and the wife is cool with it, I'll shoot you a PM.

 

The Cinerama thing is awesome! Thank you! Bummer is, the movies I would want to see the most are just before or on the day I arrive. I'd love to see The Thing on the big screen dammit. Perhaps Vertigo...

hahaha, I missed my chance with THE THING and there's only 4 seats left up at the very front

 

WOOF

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