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Kevin Farrell
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Gay Seattle: Capitol Hill and Beyond

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Seattle's nightlife, dining and boozy core are all rooted in the city's gayest neighborhood, Capitol Hill. The Hill is in the midst of an enormous redevelopment boom, but the more things change, the more these tried and true gay staples remain the same. 
I cut my gay blogger teeth writing Unicorn Booty while living in Seattle. Capitol Hill was my backyard, and these are my favorite toys to play with. 
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Unicorn

Unicorn earns three snaps for it's circus-taxidermy-acid trip decor, but the real magic in this building happens downstairs in the basement. Downstairs you'll find Narwhal, a vintage arcade. Pinball, Pac Man, and cold pints. What else could you possibly want in a night out? Unicorn and Narwhal...

Captain Blacks

Fried macaroni and cheese, y'all! This Capitol Hill spot started the swept-away-sailor-bar trend in full effect across Seattle neighborhoods right now. (I'm looking at you Achor's Down and Bait Shop!) Cheap pints of Rainier and bar snacks will keep you occupied once you're here, but the real draw...

Frye Art Museum

Sometimes you just need a quiet moment to catch your breath and clear your mind. This free (Well, suggested donation) private art museum has provided many a saving grace for students on a budget, the recently unemployed (Damn this recession!) or smitten kittens on a first date. Located on First...

Cal Anderson Park

Cal Anderson Park is to Capitol Hill what Central Park is to Manhattan. The center of it all, this green space is home to a summertime outdoor movie series, softball tournaments (of both the neighborhood children and epic annual Drag Queens vs. Lesbians variety), and more shirtless milky white...

Pony

This gay hipster/scenester dive found a permanent home on Madison after launching as a pop-up in the original Cha Cha & Bimbo's. Think 70's pornstar chic, all black everything, and cans of Busch. Pony caters to a clientele more punk thank pretty, and doesn't take itself too seriously....

Grim's Provisions & Spirits

Grim's actually houses three unique nightlife spots under one roof. Grim's proper is a stylish steampunk cocktail bar and grilled cheesery on the ground floor. The dark and sexy Butterfly Lounge holds court on the second floor. Lording above both you'll find The Woods, a rowdy EDM DJ venue. All...

Cuff

THE Friday and Saturday nightlife destination for nearly all of Seattle's brigade of gays. Leather bar in the front, Top 40 dance party and patio bar in the back, this staple of Capitol Hill nightlife is all things to all people. You may begin your evening at other bars on the Hill, but chances are,...

PO Dog

Nothing makes any sense here, but everything is delicious. Think Deepfried Danger Dog (Pepper bacon wrapped, deep fried and topped with sauteed onions and housemade chili sauce) or Halloweenie (Sliced up, fried hot dog worms with black beans and cheese sauce). Total gut bombs, but irresistible...

Rancho Bravo Tacos

Look, we've all been there. It's 2:30 AM, the bars have kicked you to the curb for the evening, and you are absolutely going to fall over dead unless you viciously devour a burrito the size of your face. Enter Rancho Bravo. This no frills (and no shame) taqueria set up shop in a former KFC and just...

Wildrose

Seattle gets a bad wrap for offering up a plethora of gay bars built for the fellas, but not giving girls who like girls a whole lot of options when it comes to nightlife. Wildrose is the exception to that general rule of thumb. This girlbar has been sitting pretty on Pike Street for long enough to see gads...