Tired of the same old drink at the same old bar? Shake things up at these local hotspots in Bellevue and nearby communities.
1. Have social hour by the fire at Scotty Browns
Summer is coming—what better way to appreciate the warm weather than to have a few drinks on the large outdoor patio at Scotty Browns during social hour? Take a break, cozy up next to one of the fire pits with your favorite beverage and enjoy the sleek views of downtown Bellevue. Scotty Browns hosts social hour every day from 3 to 6pm and 10pm to close.
2. Half-Price Whiskey Wednesday at Bar Code
For all the whiskey-lovers among us, Bar Code is the place to be on Wednesday night, when every single whiskey on their large menu is half the normal price. Whether you’re a serious whiskey aficionado or have never tasted a drop, Half-Price Whiskey Wednesday at Bar Code is the perfect time to indulge something new. And if you’re in the mood for a bold cocktail, they offer a tasty cocktail of the month.
3. Aged cocktails at Monsoon East
Pair some of Washington’s finest Vietnamese cuisine with an adventurous barrel-aged cocktail at Monsoon East—though the cocktails are special enough to come for alone. Crafted from fresh ingredients and aged in-house, you will never forget these perfectly blended, one-of-a-kind cocktails. Renowned for pushing boundaries in new and exciting ways, Monsoon East may surprise you with a new favorite drink. Not sure where to begin? Take it from Jon Christiansen, Beverage Manager at Monsoon East, and try one of his current top picks: Tea for the Swillerman—made with whiskey white dog, Brovo witty vermouth, and black tea aged in a honeyed rye barrel—or the Swirling Dirvish—made with whiskey white dog, Brovo 11 amaro, Dolin genepy, cocoa nib and coffee bean, aged in a rye whiskey barrel. Happy hour is Sunday through Thursday, 3pm to 6pm and 9pm to close.
4. Pair wine with bocce ball at Novelty Hill-Januik Winery in Woodinville
Certain wines may only go well with certain foods, but all wine goes well with bocce ball. Sip on a wine from Washington’s finest winemaker, play bocce ball by the shade of ash trees, and stroll the beautifully manicured grounds that blur the lines between nature and architecture. Open from 11am to 5pm daily, Novelty Hill-Januik Winery is as much an experience as it is a destination. Located in Woodinville, just under a half-an-hour from Bellevue, Novelty Hill-Januik Winery is well worth the trip.
5. Learn how to brew beer at Geaux Brewing
Would you rather make your own drink? This is a class you won’t want to skip. If you’ve always dreamed of home-brewing but didn’t know how to start, Geaux Brewing offers brewing classes where you can get your hands dirty learning about the age-old craft of beer. Bring some friends along and let your creativity flow. Classes and prices are announced on their Twitter and Facebook feeds. Be prepared to get messy.