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Eating Out and Staying Out on Capitol Hill

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Stay out late tonight in the Pike / Pine urban corridor on Capitol Hill. These are my favorite places to eat, drink, and see shows in the nightlife epicenter of the city. I'm a theatre artist and former music talent buyer and these are my picks! You can check me out at www.wesleykandrews.com if you want to read more about my writing and performing. 
Dinner, a show, and drinks after -- that's what cities are for! This neighborhood is a very short bus or cab ride from any downtown hotel. Take transit if you don't want to spring for a paid lot because parking in Pike / Pine is a notorious challenge.
For more event listings try thestranger.com or kexp.org.


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Linda's Tavern

Come as you are to Capitol Hill's beating heart. Linda's is a simple, no-concept old bar with a big interior room and a big back yard. It's just beers and liquor (I guess they have burgers but I don't go there to eat) but you can't help but notice that there's something special about this place. It just...

Rancho Bravo Tacos

Close the bars and join the crowd at Rancho Bravo. If you roll in around their 3:00 AM closing time you'll take in the spectacle of every single party demographic in the city jammed into a single re-purposed KFC. The tacos come out fastest, the soup slowest, and everything is amazing....

Hugo House

Hugo House is a writing center with classes and evening events. I included them in my nightlife guide to Pike / Pine because their "Cheap Wine and Poetry" and "Cheap Beer and Prose" were the most entertaining literary events I've ever been to. A real don't-miss for passionate readers and writers....

Skillet Diner

Skillet was a famous wandering food truck before they settled into an actual building. Their food is high-end comfort food with American Southern inspirations. The best thing they make is the fried chicken, and the runner-up is the poutine (fries with cheese and gravy). The food arrives quickly...

Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream

It's the ice cream place with the line around the block when it's raining. Not going to Molly Moon's would be a silly thing to do. Between the permanent menu and the rotating seasonals, there is usually at least one vegan option, and if you've never been before you'll want to sample at least three...

Osteria La Spiga

Dishes on the menu seem simple, and might strike a modernist diner as anti-innovative, but La Spiga is all about well-bought ingredients and sheer expert quality. Order anything. Just anything. If I had to find a fault it would be that the desserts, although strong, aren't at the stratospheric...

Tavern Law

There aren't many cocktail bars where you can say something along the lines of "I like gin and fruit but not oranges" and trust that you'll always like the result. Tavern Law is a real craftsman's drinkery with a decent happy-hour selection. You can try to get into the private bar upstairs by using the...

High 5 Pie

Pies of all stripes, from fruit to cream to meat, plus tea and coffee. High 5 is quiet with a spare and modern interior. It's a little out of the way if you're cruising the bars of Pike / Pine by foot but that's also what makes it a great place to chill out and escape the crowd. Very close to Seattle...

Annex Theatre

Annex Theatre is a live performance venue with an emphasis on plays, sketch comedy, and variety shows, often off-beat or quirky in sensibility. They program tons of material so, like a music venue, it's a good idea to just check the calendar for the days you're in town. Tickets generally range $10 -...

Oddfellows Cafe

New Rustic Northwestern food with an updated edge on comfort food. Oddfellow's has a lot of long communal tables (and even the small tables are so close together that they feel communal) so come ready to get cozy. Consistently solid for all three meals. I recommend the roast chicken. The red brick and...