Another Seattle Meetup?
posted April 13, 2011 11:08 PM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Sat April 30 at 5:00 PM, Chapel Bar
1600 Melrose Ave, Seattle, WA, USA (Map & Directions)
Hello Seattle MeFites! I will be in your lovely city for a conference and was hoping I could meet you for drinks, etc. on the evening of Saturday April 30th?
One of you can suggest the place. I know you just had a meetup with rtha, but it's my turn now! I'll be staying downtown near the convention center but I'll probably have a rental car so could go somewhere else.
posted by sarahnade to Meetup (47 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

Nah, apparently we only have one meetup a year. Any more than that and people will fall behind on their RSS feeds, book lists, knitting and other indoor and introspective projects. Me? I'm working on bonsai basil. There's also the risk of human shelf fungus infections if we go out in the rain more than two or three times a year. ;)

I will probably show up if it's somewhere in the downtown area. Maybe we can reserve the back room at Shorty's without a murder of iPhone devs out-nerding us.
posted by loquacious at 12:25 AM on April 14, 2011 [3 favorites]

Sorry, getting married that night.
posted by matildaben at 7:20 AM on April 14, 2011 [2 favorites]

If it's downtown, I'm in.
posted by gc at 7:38 AM on April 14, 2011

Sorry, getting married that night.

WHAT? Well, missy, you better cancel that wedding right now! There's a meetup being scheduled! What are you, crazy?

No, seriously, what? *plans reception raid*
posted by loquacious at 7:57 AM on April 14, 2011

You know, the one that was at the lysian near the stadiums was the nicest one to which I have gone. It had comfortable furniture, there was a lot of romm and, most important, it was quiet enough that one could hear other people talk.
posted by y2karl at 8:28 AM on April 14, 2011

The Elysian, that is.
posted by y2karl at 8:42 AM on April 14, 2011

The Elysian sounds delightful.
posted by kthxbi at 8:46 AM on April 14, 2011

Here is the link for that one.
posted by y2karl at 8:55 AM on April 14, 2011

Just so you guys know, there is a Sounders game that night at 7 pm, so downtown is going to be packed to the rafters, and the Elysian will be a madhouse. Friday or Sunday would be better days for the Elysian if sarahnade is still available then, otherwise away from downtown is probably a better idea.
posted by Errant at 11:22 AM on April 14, 2011 [3 favorites]

Probably a bad time to mention this, but I'll be in town all next week 17th - 23rd. Anyone wanna kick it later in the week?
posted by hellojed at 1:49 PM on April 14, 2011

Urgh, Saturday's the only night I have free. I guess we should pick a place that's not near that stadium? I haven't been to Seattle in ages so I know nothing.
posted by sarahnade at 4:51 PM on April 14, 2011

Well, you're by the convention center, which while downtown is not Pioneer Square downtown, so that ought to be sufficiently far from the madness. There's plenty of places in that Pike/Pine corridor that could be reasonably comfortable, more if you go north a bit.

- Rock Bottom Brewery is right by there, but I've never been there on a weekend, and it's pretty sports-bar-ish. I know it's a pretty popular after-work spot, dunno how big the weekend audience is. One of the yelp descriptions of it is "a Chili's that makes beer", which is pretty accurate.

- Taphouse is usually pretty good about seating and they have a very nice selection of beers, although the service can be a little slow. This would be my first pick since it's so close to you, just a couple blocks away, and I've been in there on crowded convention nights and still found it relatively easy to converse. That's just me, though.

- Zig Zag Cafe is always awesome, leans more towards cocktail than beers, and is a bit of a hike, but it's one of Seattle's best "secrets" (don't know how secret it actually is, but it's not super well known).

Other ideas?
posted by Errant at 6:27 PM on April 14, 2011

Something not noisy, please. What I liked about the meetup at the Elysian was no need to yell. I went to a meetup at Mr. Bills on Pine and Harvard. The music was so loud, I could not hear people shout. That was most unpleasant.

On my own, I have had the same experience at Cafe Vito, of all places. They were playing some rap turned up to hearing damage range -- I am not kidding. I don't want to go to some place that's playing music at concert volume, thank you. Or that's full of happy hour drunks who are shouting at same.
posted by y2karl at 9:17 AM on April 15, 2011

Hmm, if the weather is nice, what about the lounge in the ex-funeral parlor across Pine from the Bauhaus ? They have a courtyard in the back.
posted by y2karl at 9:19 AM on April 15, 2011

I like the sound of that.
posted by sarahnade at 4:54 PM on April 15, 2011

That is SO close to where I live (Pine at Bauhaus). I am game.
posted by kthxbi at 11:23 PM on April 15, 2011

I always thought it was called Chapels but upon Googling it, I see the correct title is Chapel Bar.

A lounge by day and a club by night... It's a bit tony but the courtyard was less so and roofed over along the back wall. I went to a friend's chocolatini slash birthday party there last summer, which was suitably festive and full of local Democratic party types. Got chatted up by Nick Licata. ( Man, does that guy remember names or what ? It was scary. ) It was in August, so it was quite nice out there. I wouldn't know about the chocolatini's--I was drinking Cokes, which seemed reasonably enough priced. Well, one could lounge there, I would assume, until clubbing time and, then, whatever, depending upon one's metabolic rate...
posted by y2karl at 2:28 PM on April 16, 2011

Is there reasonable parking accessibility there? I have to say that every time I've gone to the Pike/Pine area lately parking has driven me to insanity.
posted by litlnemo at 4:11 AM on April 20, 2011

If you go a block or two north and east of it there should be lots of residential parking available. (In the Olive St/Belmont/Howell/Boylston area)
posted by kthxbi at 3:51 PM on April 20, 2011

If y'all firm up the date, I might make it. I have vacation coming soon but haven't set the date yet.

Matildaben! Getting married!
posted by warbaby at 7:18 PM on April 20, 2011

So the Chapel looks good. Shall we meet at, say, 6:30? If we need to escape the club, there are other places in the area we could go.
posted by sarahnade at 10:06 AM on April 21, 2011

That night is a possibility for me. I just need to break off my engagement first.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 7:08 AM on April 22, 2011

You should set the meetup details.
posted by grouse at 8:23 AM on April 25, 2011

Well I'm having dinner with my ex that night, so lord knows I'd need to depressurize after that.

So I'm in (if it's later). And yeah, what Y2Karl said: Less noise = better.
posted by Relay at 9:59 AM on April 25, 2011

Okay, I set it for 6:30pm, show up whenever. We'll update the thread if we move.
posted by sarahnade at 10:39 AM on April 25, 2011

I don't see evidence that anyone has been to Chapel Bar in the past few months – it's nuts at night.

Loud, lots of flashing lights, lots of young women dressed surprisingly...

It does, however, have the quieter outdoor section and no cover charge.

There's a number of quieter cafes and bars in that vicinity, but being new in this neighborhood, I know none of their names.
posted by Galen at 12:37 PM on April 25, 2011

It does, however, have the quieter outdoor section and no cover charge.

That is all I know of the place--I have never been there at night--and the location I had in mind. It's outside the bar proper and while open air, still affords a certain amount of covered seating. I would suggest meeting there around 5 and if the crowd and noise starts early, we could relocate to somewhere else.

If the weather is nice, that would be an ideal location, and, if not, we could arrange a backup meetup spot if the forecast is for unclement weather. Right now, it looks good for the weekend.

In any case, I am open to meeting anywhere near, as long as it is quiet enough to hear people speak. ( Dang, it's too bad the Cloud Room is gone...)

On an ancillary note, wherever we meet, the International Space Station will be going close to directly overhead around 9:34 PM and, if Endeavor launches on schedule on Friday, there may be a chance for a tandem shuttle and space station sighting, if the shuttle has yet to dock at the station. The next to the last chance, all things considered. If the sky is clear, it would be worth stepping out on the street to watch if anyone is still around then, wherever the location.
posted by y2karl at 1:55 PM on April 25, 2011

Ooh, I just saw the meetup time is listed as 6:30 PM. I would suggest it be at least an hour earlier...
posted by y2karl at 2:02 PM on April 25, 2011

I changed it to 5pm. I can't get there right at 5, though (the last session goes until 5:15, those fuckers).
posted by sarahnade at 9:09 PM on April 25, 2011

I have been reminded that I am supposed to be somewhere else that night so I won't be able to make this one. Someday I will go to another MeFi meetup... what has it been, 8 years?
posted by litlnemo at 2:16 AM on April 26, 2011

I changed it to 5pm. I can't get there right at 5, though (the last session goes until 5:15, those fuckers).

I will go there then to grab a table or two.
posted by y2karl at 8:47 AM on April 26, 2011

I will be in Seattle but I'm juggling a dinner with friends, so I may come and go early.
posted by warbaby at 10:53 AM on April 27, 2011

I have to play football on the eastside 5-7 so I'll be late.
posted by kthxbi at 11:04 AM on April 29, 2011

Last minute decision to get out and about - I am on my way to meet-up in just a while. This will be my first Seattle Mefi meet-up (did one in Hawai'i a few years ago). Looking forward to putting faces with nyms. A hui hou!
posted by Surfurrus at 3:24 PM on April 30, 2011

I will also be there.
posted by jacalata at 3:47 PM on April 30, 2011

Sadly, I won't be, due to the aforementioned sounders game. Have a drink for me, will you?
posted by Errant at 5:33 PM on April 30, 2011 [1 favorite]

I'll have one for every goal we score :)
Karl, surfurrus and I are indoors, first corner on the left as you enter.
posted by jacalata at 5:39 PM on April 30, 2011

Please keep us posted if the meetup changes locations. It may turn out that I can be there, but it wouldn't be for a while if so.
posted by litlnemo at 5:54 PM on April 30, 2011

Leaving my hotel now, I should be there in like 15 minutes or so.
posted by sarahnade at 5:58 PM on April 30, 2011

Football game just ended. Be there in like 40 minutes modulo traffic.
posted by kthxbi at 6:40 PM on April 30, 2011

We just wound up, people heading off t other commitments and the bar beginning to transition into club mode. It was an all female meetup for a while, once y2karl wasn't there to represent the other type. Unusual?
posted by jacalata at 8:42 PM on April 30, 2011

Yayyyyyyyyy meetups! It was nice to meet some new people. Hopefully I'll see you again, Sarahnade, once I'm in your neck of the woods this summer.
posted by kthxbi at 9:02 PM on April 30, 2011

Very cool - y2karl and all the women. Such an interesting group; you folks are as witty in person as in text, So good to meet and laugh with you all! And ... I think we've started a canoeing meet-up plan, eh?
posted by Surfurrus at 9:26 PM on April 30, 2011

jacalata - Sounders had 3 goals and emerged triumphant against Toronto FC. Hope you're nice and buzzed now :)
posted by spinifex23 at 11:39 PM on April 30, 2011

I hope you had three drinks for me. I had... more than that.
posted by Errant at 1:12 AM on May 1, 2011 [1 favorite]

Worth the trip to hear about the Wombat That Ate The Cake. One can not get enough wombat stories, in my opinion.
posted by y2karl at 8:09 AM on May 2, 2011

It was so nice to meet all of you! I hope I can come back and see all of you again.
posted by sarahnade at 7:40 PM on May 2, 2011

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