Hotspots in Seattle, WA
For a fun-filled, fast-paced date, book tickets to Seattle's Teatro ZinZanni. It's hard to describe exactly what ZinZanni is -- a bit of a dinner show, a bit of the circus, a bit of comedy, a bit of cabaret -- but everyone who experiences it will agree that it is amazing. A gourmet five-course dinner, designed by renowned Seattle chef, Tim Douglas, is served during the show, generally offering you a choice between a beef, fish and vegetarian main course. Keep in mind that audience participation is not just encouraged, but expected, so be prepared to let loose! Looking to make a night of it? Stay at the brand-new Maxwell Hotel across the street from the theater.
Take note of the phone number for Needle and Thread, because calling it is the only way you're going to get into this super tiny, secret bar. Located above Tavern Law, one of Capitol Hill's favorite spots to dine and drink, Needle and Thread is Seattle's own Speakeasy. The bar itself is only comfortable for a dozen or so people. You must call and make a reservation in advance (or be very lucky when you stop by Tavern Law), especially on a weekend. To access Needle and Thread, head to the phone on the wall in the back of the room and give them the secret password. A little hint -- dress lightly, it can be very warm upstairs.
What goes hand in hand with romance? Chocolate! For a fun date, take your love to tour the Theo Chocolate Factory in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood. Theo is the only organic, fair-trade, bean-to-bar chocolate factory in the entire country and their chocolates are, without a doubt, some of the most delicious you'll ever try. Tours include samples along the way and a behind the scenes look at the chocolate-making process. There are tours on a daily basis, but they highly recommend booking tickets at least a week in advance online to ensure a space. Don't forget to stop in the retail store on your way out and pick up some of her favorites that you sampled!
If you're looking for a couples massage experience, but don't want to drop $500, take your date to Beijing Herbal Foot Massage in Park Place Center in Kirkland. Don't let the name fool you, for $25 you will get an amazing and relaxing hour long experience using reflexology and massage all over your body, not just your feet. This is a great massage option for a first date since you stay clothed the entire time to avoid any nudity awkwardness. Do warn your date that she might want to do her hair and makeup after the massage -- they typically include reflexology and massage on your face and scalp. After the massage, go across the parking lot and treat her to a glass of wine at Purple Cafe.
Whether this is your first date or you've been married for years, there's nothing better than a romantic evening at the movie theater. Big Picture is a unique movie theater experience in downtown Seattle -- you can enjoy drinks at their swanky lobby bar before the movie begins and order some in advance to be delivered to your seat during the movie! And to make things even better, Big Picture has extra plush rocking theater seats for your comfort during the movie. A couple of tips to make your date even sweeter -- order tickets online in advance -- the theater is small and fills up quickly. Also, be sure to order some delicious white cheddar popcorn, which comes served in a silver champagne bucket and is perfect for "accidentally" brushing hands with your date!
Anyone in Seattle will agree... if you're looking to drink wine in Seattle, you go to Purple Cafe and Wine Bar. They are the wine drinkers destination -- with prime locations in Downtown Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland and Woodinville -- Purple exceeds expectations every single time you visit. When it comes to their popular downtown location, the wine case in the center of the restaurant in the main feature, with a spiral staircase from floor to ceiling to access all of their amazing stock. One of our favorite things about visiting Purple is that you can simply just love wine to enjoy coming here -- there's no need to know your vintages or even your regions to feel comfortable ordering from their extensive menu and the entire waitstaff is happy to help you find a wine that you'll love. Don't forget reservations at Purple and come hungry -- their food is amazing too.
One of the most sought after wedding venues in Seattle is Sodo Park, owned by the equally incredible Seattle catering company, Herban Feast. The space is an old warehouse that they have re-purposed into a large open space that will accomodate 300 for a seated reception. Both couples and wedding coordinators swoon over Sodo Park for so many reasons -- first of all, it only takes mere minutes to get there from downtown. Second, it's the perfect combination of rustic and urban -- it can easily be transformed into an uber chic venue or a romantic barn in the blink of an eye. And of course, the food from Herban Feast is amazing and a compliment to whatever type of wedding you're throwing.
Places like Twirl Cafe are like heaven for new moms and moms in Seattle certainly appreciate having Twirl as their go-to spot for a day out with baby. Many moms use Twirl as a place to hang out on those rainy Seattle days -- they have an amazing play area that is not only clean, but has toys that are still working and lots of room for baby to stretch out her legs. You can also take advantage of the supervised play times -- mom can let baby play with the sweet caregivers at Twirl and enjoy a latte and a few chapters of her book nearby (mom must stay at Twirl, however). And, don't miss Twirls extensive list of group classes for little ones -- they're a great place to meet a new little playmate!
Tucked right in between Tacoma and Seattle, just minutes from Sea-Tac airport, Landmark on the Sound is a wedding venue that doesn't get the praise that it should, in our humble opinion! This gorgeous, historic building -- built in 1926 -- sits atop a bluff, overlooking the Sound and islands in the distance. But, despite being such a large venue, you can easily have any size wedding at Landmark on the Sound, including ceremonies on their grounds (the rose garden is a nice choice!) or even in one of their libraries for a cozy, intimate affair. Don't forget your photographer at this venue -- the pictures taken here are beyond amazing.
Can you Can Can? You're going to want to learn after a night out at Can Can Kitchen and Cabaret near Post Alley. There are shows at 7:30 and 10:30 most nights, but plan on going a bit early to enjoy dinner before the fun begins. When you walk down into Can Can, you'll immediately feel like you're being transported back in time to a little underground burlesque club in Paris. The show is different every night, but no matter who is performing, it is always sexy, fun and engaging. Can Can isn't recommended for the modest -- they are certainly known to push the envelope, in the best possible way!