Seattle meetup with out-of-towners!
posted September 29, 2011 6:08 PM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Tue October 11 at 7:00 PM, Vito's
927 9th Ave, Seattle, WA, USA (Map & Directions)
Hey, Seattle persons! Me and iamkimiam and lewistate and DiscourseMarker are all gonna be in town on Tuesday, October 11th for an academic conference thing, so let's get together at Vito's at 7!
posted by cortex to Meetup (103 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

I've been wanting to try Primo. The Stranger says their stromboli is amazing. Not sure whether it makes a great meetup venue though.

I've also been meaning to try The Hideout, but I haven't been there either.
posted by grouse at 8:01 PM on September 29, 2011


I dearly hope to come, but have to be a soccer mom that night -- with a minivan and everything! -- and might not be able to.
posted by The corpse in the library at 8:47 PM on September 29, 2011


I know absolutely nothing about the area, but I'll be there for the conference and I'm game for pretty much anything. Looking forward to meeting some new MeFites!
posted by lewistate at 9:07 PM on September 29, 2011


I have never been to Seattle before. It's on the west coast, right?
posted by DiscourseMarker at 9:27 PM on September 29, 2011


It's actually on Puget Sound, which is a good ~130 mi from the coast. But you're close!
posted by grouse at 9:30 PM on September 29, 2011


We are safe from mega-tsunamis, whatever the SyFy channel tries to tell you.
posted by Artw at 11:18 PM on September 29, 2011


Oh, LOL, Universe, you foil me again! I'ma be in Portland that day, dawgs.

(whoa i am learning why it's bad to combine ADD meds and booze oh hey metafilter what's up :/)
posted by palomar at 12:11 AM on September 30, 2011


I would like to join you. I don't know that part of Seattle well, so don't have a good suggestion of where to meet, but here's a list of restaurants from your hotel's website. http://www.marriott.com/hotels/restaurants/seasm-renaissance-seattle-hotel/
posted by Ellemeno at 12:16 AM on September 30, 2011


woo, can't wait for all the fun to begin!
posted by iamkimiam at 1:36 AM on September 30, 2011


Well I probably can't make it, but I'd like to 2nd your choice of the Hideout. Fantastic local art project that also functions as a bar. Around the corner is another of their ventures, Vitos. It's classy in a way that only Telly Savalas can truly appreciate. Two of my favorite watering holes, especially as a practicing artist.

Have fun you guys!
posted by artof.mulata at 1:51 AM on September 30, 2011


I just moved into town, so yes!
posted by ntartifex at 10:21 AM on September 30, 2011


I'm gonna be at IR12 too! Wahoo!
posted by k8t at 12:56 PM on September 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


Crap-o, I have a crazy busy 14 hour day on the 11th. What the hell, gonna try to make it...
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 12:57 PM on September 30, 2011


I vote Hideout. It looks fun.
posted by Margalo Epps at 3:46 PM on September 30, 2011


I like the Hideout a lot but IIRC it's not terribly huge? May depend on how many folks are expected. I think there are some window seat things that could fit 8ish folks maybe. It is also really dark inside. I do love the art though, and I remember liking the house cocktails.

On the other hand, if it's a Tuesday, maybe we could just take over the whole place.

How do you (cortex et al) feel about the downtown business district? It would be a walk (or a cab) back up the hill for you afterwards ... nothing in particular in mind; just starting the wheels turning.
posted by librarina at 7:11 PM on September 30, 2011


The actual business part of downtown? It's kind of empty. Probably better to keep on going down to Pioneer Square.
posted by Artw at 7:13 PM on September 30, 2011


The Owl and Thistle, The Elysium and Collins have all been previous succesful venues IIRC.
posted by Artw at 7:14 PM on September 30, 2011


I have to make a hard decision between this and seeing maroon 5. This might win, if only because they are at the Tacoma dome.
posted by jacalata at 11:07 AM on October 1, 2011


Do they have monster trucks?
posted by Artw at 11:11 AM on October 1, 2011


Probably going up to First Hill and on towards Capitol Hill is a better bet. The Hideout is a lounge and I wouldn't say it's small, except it has open seating so with unmovable couches and the like. Not really a food place. I've haven't been to Vito's in a long time but it's got the room and a darkened Italian restaurant vibe to it. The Hunt Club in The Hotel Sorrento, which I swear looks exactly like the mafia hideout in GTA 3, is fantastic but pricey. I've never heard a complaint about The Garage, which is always popular. And if there is any late night snacking needed IHOP is right down the way. Also, the other Elysian is right up the way on Capitol Hill.

I probably won't be able to make it 'till 10ish that night and if I don't have any homework I'm scrambling to get done, I'd be happy to stop off.
posted by P.o.B. at 11:33 AM on October 1, 2011


Thatprobably makes more sense.
posted by Artw at 12:10 PM on October 1, 2011


Oh! I can come! I live in capitol hill so my vote is for not Pioneer Square.
posted by kthxbi at 3:25 PM on October 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


I've never heard a complaint about The Garage

This is me complaining about the Garage. Kind of crowded, kind of frattish. My first meet up ever was at Elysian. Also, the meet up at Elysian Fields in Pioneer Square was insanely good.

Thinking more downtown, how about the Musicquarium Lounge at the Triple Door? No cover and awesome food from Wild Ginger on the bar menu. There's a jazz band at 4:30 and as I recall there are tables we could put together. It's five blocks from the Renaissance. Baaba Maal is on the mainstage inside that night.

As an aside...holy crap Thomas Dolby is playing and giving a lecture at the Triple Door the night before, that sounds cool.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 4:21 PM on October 1, 2011


I'm fucking bummed that I'm going to be on vacation. But I'm going to be on vacation. Try to wave at my deserted cubicle from the Renaissance, which is two blocks away.

I'll think of you all from the beach, I promise.
posted by Kwine at 5:21 PM on October 1, 2011


But more importantly...

Should I wear my MeFi shirt to your panel?

A little sign with my user number on it?

(I am on the job market tho, so I probably shouldn't share my MeFi life with potential interviewers...)
posted by k8t at 5:29 PM on October 1, 2011


kind of frattish.

Well, I haven't been in a while, but that would be the last thing I would describe it as. Come to think of it, I would be hard pressed to even come up with a place on Capitol Hill that frat boys would feel at home. Otoh, If you went with 'hipsterish', I could see your point. It does get crowded though.

My vote is with Hideout.
posted by P.o.B. at 11:37 AM on October 2, 2011


So can one of you Seattle-ites (Seattle-ans? Seattle-ers?) give me some idea about the geography of the areas we are talking about? Reason being, I have a bad knee that has been acting up recently, and while I generally have no problems walking on flat land, hills can be tricky. Are these places accessible by public transport? Will it be reasonably easy to get a cab back to the hotel afterwards if hills are involved?
posted by DiscourseMarker at 2:41 PM on October 2, 2011


Seattle is really hilly. The Renaissance Hotel is a good portion of the way up First Hill (terrain map). You can't get anywhere interesting without traversing at least 100 ft of elevation change. It's over a shorter horizontal distance in the downtown direction.

Downtown to First Hill is well-served by trolley buses (look like regular buses with trolley poles on top). Routes are on Google Maps.

Hailing a cab at the hotel or downtown also shouldn't be a problem. I don't know what hailing one is like on First Hill, but on a weeknight calling one to come within 10 min shouldn't be a problem, and the local MeFites should have the numbers.
posted by grouse at 4:16 PM on October 2, 2011


I was just in Vitos on Saturday. We had about 12-15 people in there and could sit quite comfortably on the "restaurant" side (big room with a bar in the middle, restaurant seating on one side, lounge seating on the other). There was a loud jazz band that night, but I think that's a weekend thing. I enjoyed it and would go again, and it's about 3 blocks from the hotel. That's my vote.

I haven't been to the Hideout, but I hear a party that size practically fills up the place?
posted by Errant at 10:37 AM on October 3, 2011


I've missed the last few meetups, but maybe I should make this one, eh?

I would prefer some place we can hear each other because that's the point right? I don't have specific suggestions about the previous ideas as I've not been to many of them. That part of town is easy to get to/from just about anywhere with bus or cabs so that shouldn't be a problem.
posted by R343L at 5:15 PM on October 3, 2011


The Madison Renaissance has one of the best hotel bars in Seattle for looking out over the city... I think that bar would be a splendid place to meet (full disclosure: I've been looking for an excuse to admire the view from there for a while now).
posted by girlstyle at 9:18 PM on October 3, 2011


DiscourseMarker -- you might like to look at Accessible Maps (2nd is a pdf). The part of Seattle you're in is extremely hilly. You may be able to walk a few blocks north or south, but you won't be able to go east or west. But hopefully the map will give you some buildings you can go through with elevators or escalators so you don't have climb the hills yourself.
posted by Margalo Epps at 10:39 AM on October 5, 2011 [1 favorite]


I would prefer some place we can hear each other because that's the point right?

This is always a problem for me, even at the last meetup at Al's Tavern, where there was a group of five and we were sitting in close proximity. I am having a hard time hearing people even when the background is just other people talking. So, the quieter, the better.
posted by y2karl at 2:42 PM on October 5, 2011


Too bad your conference wasn't scheduled for November 11th -- that would have been a meetup for the ages.
posted by y2karl at 10:13 AM on October 6, 2011


Thanks for the map links, everyone. I will bring my knee brace!

So...can we pick a venue? A place where we could talk more easily would be awesome--I want to meet all of you!
posted by DiscourseMarker at 9:22 PM on October 6, 2011 [1 favorite]


How about downtown - 4th and Pine -- at Westlake, next to OCCUPY SEATTLE? All of the people arrested last night were released (with no bail), and we are really getting more solid. We will still be at Westlake next week -- the Mayor says we are fine there so long as there are no tents. it was calm and communal this evening - hacky sack, music, groups chatting, art - even free vegan food from "Food Not Bombs".

I'm work nearby till nine on Tuesday, and usually head over to OS right after. I'll watch posts here for final decisions. Would love to meet-up!
posted by Surfurrus at 12:37 AM on October 7, 2011


Zig Zag? Owl and Thistle?

Or Belltown: Frontier Room? I think we did Shorty's once.

Lattiboy usually calls these things, but he seems to be MIA. I'm not going to call it since I will certainly be late.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 1:20 PM on October 7, 2011


I think cortex is the only one who can convert this into a scheduled meetup.
posted by grouse at 1:24 PM on October 7, 2011


If the idea is close by, low key, and can fit a decent size group; then Vito's or the hotel bar might be the best bets. Vito's is two blocks away with only one small hill to traverse. It has a back room that can be reserved for groups. When the restaurant closes the lounge stays open until 2, and it doesn't look like they have a band playing that night.
I have a knack for missing these but I'm going to pencil this one in and probably won't be there 'till after 9. Would like to finally meet a couple of you.
posted by P.o.B. at 1:54 PM on October 7, 2011


The Frontier Room would be loud. Likewise, Shorty's.

Vito's has been described to as the sort of place 50's mobsters would hang out. It's been there forever and I have yet to check it out. Second for Vito's.
posted by y2karl at 3:18 PM on October 7, 2011


That's more like a fourth for Vito's. I'm not really expressing an opinion or a vote here, not being personally familiar with the options on First Hill, but from the description it seems like Vito's would make everyone happy.
posted by grouse at 3:34 PM on October 7, 2011


Vitos's, Vito's!
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 9:06 PM on October 7, 2011


So maybe Vito's, then! Our panel is over at 5:30 I think, and I don't know what my cohorts plans as far as post-panel mingling or the likely time to get to the place, so not sure what we would say for start time. We could just say like 6:30 and people can get there when they get there?
posted by cortex at 6:54 AM on October 8, 2011


There is a reception at the conference from 6-8 that night, so could we say maybe 7 or 7:30? Anyway, Vito's sounds cool. Can you call it, Cortex?
posted by DiscourseMarker at 9:06 AM on October 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


Righto, I'll set it up for 7, and if some or all of us straggle in a bit later folks can be forewarned.
posted by cortex at 9:16 AM on October 8, 2011


I will see if I am required for child duties - should be able to wrangle a pass.
posted by Artw at 10:07 AM on October 8, 2011


Super stoked to meet you all (and possibly see some familiar former-SF faces...hi R343L!)
posted by iamkimiam at 10:27 AM on October 8, 2011


Some background on Vito's.

Some more.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 11:54 AM on October 8, 2011


I have a knack for missing these but I'm going to pencil this one in

Me too! I should be able to make it unless Seattle's Busiest Lesbian is available for a date with me that night.
posted by palegirl at 2:45 PM on October 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


FYI, the official conference reception is Tuesday night. Can we do Wednesday?
posted by k8t at 3:51 PM on October 8, 2011


I'll actually be back in Portland by wednesday evening, unfortunately.
posted by cortex at 4:20 PM on October 8, 2011


I'll be hard pressed to be torn away from Glee but I suppose I can stop by.
posted by kthxbi at 6:37 PM on October 8, 2011


Okay - let's coordinate to wander together after the reception then?
posted by k8t at 9:06 AM on October 10, 2011


Sounds like a plan!
posted by iamkimiam at 9:58 AM on October 10, 2011


Glad I remembered to check this meetup and actually put it in the calendar!


Ooh! And cortex! Have I met cortex? I don't think so (but there might have been drink involved.)
posted by R343L at 2:52 PM on October 10, 2011


Likelihood of attendance is increasing.
posted by Artw at 2:53 PM on October 10, 2011


I can make it for the earlier part of this if people really do plan to assemble at 7.
posted by palegirl at 9:25 AM on October 11, 2011


I'm planning to get there on the early side. I might even be there before 7.
posted by grouse at 9:53 AM on October 11, 2011


I am a bad mingler outside of meetups and so may be ready to blow the reception earlier than my copanelists, so I may be there earlier as well.
posted by cortex at 10:14 AM on October 11, 2011


I'll almost certainly be there before 7, also to see if we need to try to lock up tables. Maybe someone should call and tell them about their impending nerd infestation.
posted by Errant at 10:50 AM on October 11, 2011


I think nerd infestations are best unforewarned.

I remember in SF when we invaded the Indian Pizza place in Noe Valley. People showed up in 2s and 3s and they just kept adding square tables until we had a giant snaking maze through the restaurant. It was like human centipede. But not that kind.

(the nerd kind; the best kind)
posted by iamkimiam at 11:25 AM on October 11, 2011


Librarina and I will be heading over after trivia at the Madison finishes at 6:30, FWIW.
posted by stet at 12:58 PM on October 11, 2011


Hm. I just got scheduled for an emergency dental appt as I had a post-op infection return for the second time over the last couple of days. When I got the first infection they said "if this doesn't work we'll have to do a bone graft on your skull" so ... chance I might be out tonight? I should know by 6.
posted by kthxbi at 1:11 PM on October 11, 2011


*my shocked face*

My god, I think I'm going to make it.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 2:07 PM on October 11, 2011


wow, kthxbi, hope you do not end up with an emergency bone graft on your skull (!?!?!!). Yikes.

Anyway yeah like stet says, we'll be there probably around 7.
posted by librarina at 3:09 PM on October 11, 2011


Can't make it until 930 or so, assuming people will still be around?
posted by MoonOrb at 4:14 PM on October 11, 2011


I think people are going to be trickling in and out for a few hours there, so you should be good.
posted by Errant at 4:26 PM on October 11, 2011


Yikes.

kthxbi, you have my best wishes as well.
posted by y2karl at 4:49 PM on October 11, 2011


Good luck kthxbai. If you do need the graft, see if they can give a tusk or something.
posted by stet at 5:14 PM on October 11, 2011


Meetup in the dental ER!
posted by The corpse in the library at 5:18 PM on October 11, 2011


Good luck, kthxbi.
posted by Errant at 6:04 PM on October 11, 2011


I am here horribly early. Not seeing any usual suspects yet.
posted by Artw at 6:11 PM on October 11, 2011


There's a double rainbow over capitol hill, I guess I shall head over.
posted by nomisxid at 6:24 PM on October 11, 2011


I am still at work and the bar is 1.4 miles away. If only this thing would build faster.
posted by R343L at 6:26 PM on October 11, 2011


Arrived. We're in the lounge area talking about technology. Art is wearing a superman shirt. We're hard to spot.
posted by Errant at 6:36 PM on October 11, 2011


So, I have good (actually bad) news - they wanted to wait until tomorrow morning at 7am to do the surgery because it's going to end up even more invasive than expected and they want more time. So ... I'm on my way!!
posted by kthxbi at 6:51 PM on October 11, 2011


buses are sucking tonight. be there hopefully soon. may cab over.
posted by mephron at 6:59 PM on October 11, 2011


Oh gosh that was awesome. Thanks for all of your well wishes! I promised quite a few of you updates so ... I guess I'll post some post-surgical notes here tomorrow? Heh. I'm glad I was able to meet so many new faces!!
posted by kthxbi at 9:57 PM on October 11, 2011


Great to see everyone! That's a pretty nice spot actually so we should keep it on the list.

Also good luck kthxbi. You did manage to make me shudder with your descriptions of what's going on. *shudder* I hope it goes well.
posted by R343L at 12:10 AM on October 12, 2011


I did not close out the meet-up. :-(
posted by Artw at 1:22 AM on October 12, 2011


neither did I. But I got some AWESOME reading material, and some pretty cool talking to people. so I call it a net positive.
posted by mephron at 2:01 AM on October 12, 2011


I did.
posted by Errant at 2:06 AM on October 12, 2011 [1 favorite]


Well, yes, of course.
posted by Artw at 8:31 AM on October 12, 2011


That was a great time! Nice to meet a bunch of you and see others of you again.
posted by cortex at 8:56 AM on October 12, 2011


Now I have lots of candy.

I notice the crunchie bars all went though - you can't keep those around long.
posted by Artw at 9:46 AM on October 12, 2011


Enjoyed seeing old friends and meeting the new people!
posted by grouse at 10:03 AM on October 12, 2011


That was a pretty great evening.
posted by Errant at 10:25 AM on October 12, 2011


Had fun at my first meetup. Thanks, everyone!
posted by mbrubeck at 11:45 AM on October 12, 2011


That was a great evening!
posted by P.o.B. at 11:48 AM on October 12, 2011


Thanks you guys for an awesome meetup last night! Seattle rocks, even if it is incredibly rainy!
posted by DiscourseMarker at 1:45 PM on October 12, 2011


So fun! I hope I get to come back to Seattle sometime soon and see all you M-E-F-I-T-E-S again.
posted by iamkimiam at 3:16 PM on October 12, 2011 [1 favorite]


Really great time. Any night that ends with cigarettes outside is a success. Does anyone remember the name of that incredible scotch?
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 5:59 PM on October 12, 2011


The round you sprung for was some version of The Balvenie, I think the bartender mentioned rum casks.
posted by cortex at 6:05 PM on October 12, 2011


At was some nice scotch!
posted by Artw at 6:16 PM on October 12, 2011


Any night that ends with cigarettes outside is a success.

Man, I'm the most successful person alive.

I believe it was the Balvenie 17-year Rum Cask.
posted by Errant at 6:27 PM on October 12, 2011 [1 favorite]


So ... the followup. They opened up the surgery site from a different angle than before, discovered that the infection that started about 10 years ago that my previous dentist never noticed (the crap that started this whole ordeal) had actually eaten all of the bone sitting between the tooth (which is now a titanium implant) and the gum line. So I got not one but two bone grafts. According to the surgeon "I just put over $1000 worth of bone graft on your skull!" ...

And now I feel like I've been hit in the face with a bat. The pain is ... bad. And I'm not allowed to talk, chew, or suck until Friday.

But! The meetup was awesome. And you guys totally made my night and allowed me to take my mind off my impending doom.

Ok, back to Vicodin-induced sleep.
posted by kthxbi at 8:54 PM on October 12, 2011 [1 favorite]


Get better soon. Vicodin is delicious. Let us know if you need anything. Awesome to see you.
posted by Errant at 9:29 PM on October 12, 2011


Glad to hear from you. Do let us know if we can help. (Sorry to un-distract you to make you re-tell the story last night.)

How are you eating, if no chewing or sucking??
posted by librarina at 10:41 PM on October 12, 2011


Seattle rocks, even if it is incredibly rainy!

It is now summer again here.

That sounds ouchy, kthxbi. Thoughif you got a lunar titanium tooth it would be almost as good as the narwhale tusk everyone was suggesting.
posted by Artw at 11:37 AM on October 13, 2011


I believe it was the Balvenie 17-year Rum Cask

Now you guys know what to get me for my birthday. Probably goes really well with dental surgery, too.

/not a real doctor
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 12:55 PM on October 13, 2011


Oh hey guys guess what?!! The implant failed - there's not enough bone left (because of the bone-eating infection) to hold on to the titanium. So once the large hole in my gum line heals (long story .. but you can see straight through to the titanium! Necrotic tissue ftw!) they're going to pull all the titanium back out, pack the hole with lots of bone graft, wait 5 months for new bone to grow, and start alllll over again. Woo!

On an awesome side note, I asked about when they planned to start charging me for all of this. The dentist was all "you paid for the implant, and that payment covers whatever it takes for us to get the implant to stay in your mouth" ... Woo! No extra cost for any of this crap!
posted by kthxbi at 8:52 AM on October 26, 2011


AWESOME
posted by cortex at 9:05 AM on October 26, 2011


Holy crap.
posted by librarina at 9:31 AM on October 26, 2011



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