Drinking guide re-write looms

DMZ · May 5, 2006 at 9:53 am · Filed Under Site information 

Hey all — this came up at the last Feed (and comes up fairly frequently in email and people stopping me randomly) so I wanted to say — I’m going to try and get through a total, top-to-bottom rewrite of “Drinking at Safeco” over the course of the next homestand.

What I need from you, dear readers: if there’s a place within walking distance of Safeco you want included, especially if it’s got good drink specials, drop me a line or leave a comment here with name of the place/address/why it’s good.


34 Responses to “Drinking guide re-write looms”

  1. robbbbbb on May 5th, 2006 9:56 am

    That sounds like difficult, exacting research, Derek. Remember to stretch that elbow out before you commit to all those reps, and have a good weekend.

  2. Evan on May 5th, 2006 10:28 am

    I recall you said you didn’t want to rewrite that piece for fear you’d get sued if someone did something stupid after reading it (like trying to wrestle the train, or giving Carl a big hug).

  3. Mr. Egaas on May 5th, 2006 10:31 am

    Along these same lines, I wrote up a little humorous Seattle Mariners 2006 Drinking Game for you to enjoy.

  4. DMZ on May 5th, 2006 10:34 am

    Yeah, and if you like the tone of the current one, wave it a fond good-bye, because the new one’s going to be a lot more sober. (ba-da-boom)

  5. Steve Nelson on May 5th, 2006 10:38 am

    Pike Place Pub.

    Arrive by bus (as you should), making sure to arrive a bit early, and disembarking at Union/University. Then head down Union to the south end of the Market and there you are. If it’s an evening game, get there about 5:00 and you’re in happy hour – pints for $2.50.

    After quaffing a couple (I recommend Kilt Lifter), start heading down First toward the stadium. I usually walk but if you don’t want the exercise just hop on a bus heading down First Ave toward the stadium (being sure that you don’t inadverntently board a bus that gets on Alaskan Way at Columbia). Fare free zone goes down to Jackson.

    When you get to King head over to Occidental and get your goodies to enjoy the game. (Buhner dog with onions and seet chile sauce – yes!). If youi’re scoring tickets off the street, catch one of the sellers there. You should have your pick of at least ten guys circulating around.

    After that routine, one beer in the ball park should be all you need.

  6. Evan on May 5th, 2006 10:42 am

    Yeah, and if you like the tone of the current one, wave it a fond good-bye

    That’s a real shame. Moo, yuppies, moo.

  7. Nintendo Marios on May 5th, 2006 11:31 am

    4. Damn. That piece was literally the first thing I read at USSM. And this year requires, nea demands, exactly that tone.

  8. Joey on May 5th, 2006 11:37 am

    #5- I was going to suggest the same place, and yes, the Kilt Lifter is great. Have you tried any of the grub there?

  9. wheezl on May 5th, 2006 12:40 pm

    Owl & Thistle at 808 Post Alley, betweeen Marion and Columbia was always a favorite of mine when I lived in Seattle. I haven’t been there in 2 years so it may not be as good as I remember. They certainly had an aggressively priced Happy Hour with regard to both drink and food. It’s of course more of a pub than the usual “Downtown Seattle Type Bar”. The only real drawback is that when trying to meet people there.. you may have trouble with cell reception in some parts of the place.

    It’s a favorite of the Ferry crowd who seem to enjoy drunk driving more than Seattle residents 😉

    All that said, I haven’t been in a while and it might totally suck now 🙂

  10. wheezl on May 5th, 2006 12:40 pm

    oh god, I had no idea it would turn my nervous twitch of emoticons into those horrible little graphics…

  11. paula on May 5th, 2006 12:52 pm

    There will be an Elysian Brewing Company on 1st (by Sluggers) at some point this summer (according to the sign in the window).

  12. Adam S on May 5th, 2006 1:03 pm

    I have not done this personally but have a a friend (who’ll likely read this) who swears by the Ivars fenced off area (formerly Azteca, formerly Outback) just south of the ballpark. Apparently you get a bucket of bottled beers (5) for $19 or something like that.

    Convenient and much better than $7/beer inside.

  13. Deanna on May 5th, 2006 1:23 pm

    6 – Evan, holy crap, that was the exact same comment I was going to make. “Moo, yuppies, moo.” still pops into my head every time anyone talks about going to Pyramid.

    I’ve debated writing a food guide, though it would mostly come down to: “You can bring in food from outside the park. So either buy food out on Occidental, or pack yourself a picnic lunch/dinner. If all else fails, the Ivar fish’n’chips and Dixie’s BBQ places are probably your best bets in terms of amount of food per dollar spent. Don’t forget to bring an empty plastic bottle to fill up at the water fountains, since you can’t bring in drinks.”

  14. Evan on May 5th, 2006 1:42 pm

    I’ve made a copy of the original, code and all, just because I like it.

    It’s an invaluable guide, mostly because I don’t like most of the beer available in the park (I’m a picky beer drinker – I don’t like hoppy beers).

    I’m tempted to get one of those Beer Bellies and fill it with Raj.

  15. msb on May 5th, 2006 1:47 pm

    #13. I’m a big fan of BYOFood. Beer, however, harder to bring.

  16. Mr. Egaas on May 5th, 2006 1:52 pm

    Pretty easy to get a flask in the stadium, no?

    All about doing that and hitting up the Budweiser sponsored ‘I will not drink and drive’ stand for a free soda.

    That’s a golden rum and coke, my friends.

  17. Evan on May 5th, 2006 2:04 pm

    I just don’t get rum & coke. Rye whiskey, now that’s a good mix with coke. Plus, Crown Royal comes with that handy bag for storing marbles or polyhedral dice.

  18. Deanna on May 5th, 2006 2:42 pm

    Oh, yeah, see, I don’t drink beer, which is why I had thought of a food guide instead.

    I also never drive to games, which is probably why I’ve never noticed/found the free soda stand. How does it work (and where is it), anyway? Do they get a guilty conscience for feeding my caffeine addiction? Do I solemnly swear to not ride the bus home drunk instead?

  19. Evan on May 5th, 2006 3:37 pm

    They’d only get caffeine-guilt if they were giving you Red Bull.

    I just drank one of those Red Bull knock-offs, and it says on the side of the can not to drink more than 2 cans a day. I just drank 2 cans in about 40 minutes, and I’m actually feeling a bit strange.

  20. msb on May 5th, 2006 3:41 pm

    Do I solemnly swear to not ride the bus home drunk instead?

    “I swear that if the bus driver is incapable of driving, I will be sober and able to take the wheel.”

  21. Zero Gravitas on May 5th, 2006 4:17 pm

    5 – can’t believe you drink beer all the way up at Pike Place and then walk to Safeco. If that’s your proposal, at least let people know a good place to pee along the way. That’s a real hike with a belly full of beer. Plus you’d be sober again by the time you arrive. Which could be good or bad, depending on whether Gil Meche is starting… 😉

  22. plivengood on May 5th, 2006 4:30 pm

    paula (#11) wrote:

    There will be an Elysian Brewing Company on 1st (by Sluggers) at some point this summer (according to the sign in the window).

    Indeed, I can confirm there will be. 10,000 square feet of great beer and grub. I expect it will be open by the All-Star Break at the latest.

  23. DMZ on May 5th, 2006 5:33 pm

    Do USSM authors get discounts?

  24. G-Man on May 5th, 2006 5:44 pm

    I look forward to the update, DMZ, even though I am not a big drinker before or during games that I attend. I also totally respect your liability concern, as I frequently worry about that myself in this world.

  25. BelaXadux on May 5th, 2006 8:24 pm

    To be honest, I find the Pyramid Alehouse across First from the Safe more than adequate, and usually stop in there to tank up before hitting the turnstiles. Not a dazzling recommend, but it does me just fine.

    Only within walking distance, then, not on a bus line or anything??

  26. plivengood on May 5th, 2006 8:44 pm

    DMZ wrote:

    Do USSM authors get discounts?

    If you’re referring to Elysian Fields — they will when drinking with me.

    I love Pike’s beer but that’s just way too far for me before a game. Pyramid only has a couple of beers I think hold a candle to their glory day beers, and I am constantly irritated by their lack of sense about when to stay open, etc. I recommend Hooverville, south of Safeco, in addition to the soon-to-open Elysian Fields.


  27. pensive on May 6th, 2006 6:19 am

    I seem to recall someone touting a place Salute that featured a beer and shot (choice of liquor) for $5.00.

  28. pijoe on May 6th, 2006 8:40 am

    #27–Salute is no longer in operation. At 1st South and Lander is a great little place once called Lemieux’s, but with new ownership, I think the name’s changed. In the Market, I recommend the Pike Place Bar and Grill. They have $4.00 burger with fries, buffalo wing, chicken strips. The Can-Can also has a Happy Hour, and all the waitresses wear those “bubble-to-the-top” corsets.

  29. pijoe on May 6th, 2006 8:48 am

    Oh–I almost forgot–the Nitelite, next to the Moore Hotel at 2nd/Stewart, has $1.00 PBR pounders and $2.25 wells from 4-7 PM. It’s got the second oldest liquor license in the State of Washington. Who has the oldest, I hear you ask? Weyerhaueser.

  30. Joey on May 6th, 2006 12:20 pm

    Has anyone ever ran into the alcohol enforcement doods at Safeco? Last year when I was watching Felix vs Randy, one of them in their maroonish (sorry, I’m not good at colors) shirts came up and practically stuck his face into my Pepsi, sniffing for any signs of alcohol. Prick.

  31. Joey on May 6th, 2006 12:26 pm

    Btw, I did not spike my Pepsi.

  32. DMZ on May 6th, 2006 1:52 pm

    Thanks, everyone, for the what… 2 recommendations. I’m overwhemled.

    And a little snarky, obviously.

  33. jglongball1 on May 7th, 2006 6:08 pm

    Well then, here’s a recommendation for “Bites” on 1st Ave about a block N of Royal Brougham. Sushi, Asian/fusion tapas, and other good food for pretty reasonable, including a big-ass $4 maragarita and quite palatable (and generously poured) $3 glasses of wine. Some not-too-expensive sake for those so inclined also. Probably not the top choice for beer but that’s been covered extensively.

    The name probably needs to be re-thought.

  34. NorthofWrigleyField on May 8th, 2006 8:28 pm

    yeah… whatever you do, do not get rid of the old one. When I first started perusing the M’s blogosphere in 2003, I found that article even though I had moved from Seattle to Chicago… It’s been good for a gutbuster for me and everyone I’ve shown it to ever since. I don’t care if your new version has the same motif, but keep the old one.

    And I don’t drink, so I have nothing to add on that, sorry.

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