Where to eat and drink before (and after) Ignite Seattle

Our current home for Ignite Seattle is the lovely Town Hall Seattle, located on first hill, just across from I-5. It’s a curious little neighborhood that many Seattleites don’t know very well (it has so many hospitals nearby, it’s often jokingly called “pill hill”).

To help you get the most out of your Ignite experience, here’s a short guide for where to eat and drink before (or after) Ignite. Of course at the event there are always two cash only bars open, selling drinks and light snacks, but they can get crowded at times (for Ignite 31 there will be a dedicated wine/bar line to speed things up).

  • Quarter Lounge – It’s a small, charming dive bar a few blocks away. Open late. This is the semi-official location of the Ignite Seattle after party.
  • The Hideout – just three blocks away from Town Hall, this speakeasy style art bar has fine cocktails, simple snacks, and fantastic art (including an art vending machine). Open late, but it’s a small place and can get crowded at peak hours.
  • Vito’s – A 60 year old Italian lounge/restaurant that will make you think of Frank Sinatra (and soon you’ll have a Martini in your hand). Yes the walls are carpeted and there is a cougar (literally) by the front door. The food is alright, but the vibe is memorable.
  • Primo pizza – directly across the street from Town Hall, this reliable, straightforward pasta and pizza place is the most convenient meal you’ll find. It does gets busy and service can be slow so get there early if it’s your plan.
  • Pho  Saigon – Decent pho and Vietnamese fare.  3 blocks away.
  • Thai Star – Same as above, but… Thai.
  • Outlier– Just a 6 minute walk away at 4th avenue, near the library, this southern style restaurant and bar has a great happy hour 4-8pm. (Doors open at Ignite at 7pm, event starts at 8pm).
  • Han’s deli – If you hope to just grab a candy bar or a bag of chips, this is just a block away.

See you soon!

Author: Scott Berkun

Author and Speaker, known for fine books including The Myths of Innovation, Making things Happen, The Year Without Pants and Confessions of a Public Speaker.

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