Georgetown has an affordable Date Night for every stage of your relationship.
Young, Broke and Horny – Total $30
Georgetown is king of happy hours per capita, featuring a variety of menu choices to cater to any dietary restriction. Which is great for the “glowing and new” stage of your relationship when your partner’s food idiosyncrasies are still adorable and not yet the bane of your existence.
Start At: Cheap drinks in Georgetown can be found at the Mix, where you can get your PBR buzz rolling for a mere $1.50 a pop (and there is live music seven nights a week). The night is young and so are you, so hell, go ahead and have two apiece – YOLO! $8 with tip.
Eat At: The $7 slider sampler platter at Smarty Pants (Happy Hour 4-7 Mon-Sat) and a $3.50 Quesadilla are more than enough for two folks to share and can be prepared vegetarian friendly. Add on 2 $2 PBRs and you’re still getting out of there for $18 with tip. If you can make it down on Monday night you just cut your tab in half as you can overindulge in $1 tacos and $1.50 PBRs all night long.
Play At: Flip Flip, Ding Ding has walls of vintage and newish pinball machines and an upstairs level lined with classic video games – not a one over 50 cents a play- including a 1962 beauty that gives you 3 plays for a quarter. They also serve fresh popped, movie style popcorn for a buck a bag and a selection of beer and cider under $5. Popcorn and approximately 3-5 games apiece $4.
Fun and Frugal: The nooks, crannies and crazy side streets of Georgetown are full of hook-up hotspots. As a large contingent of the neighbor directly off Airport is industrial, it gets pretty desolate at night and you can find several places to “Rock the Casbah” completely uninterrupted.
Fat and Fucking Happy – $75
Even after Happy Hour in Georgetown you can eat like nobody’s watching for next to nothing. Perfect for that stage in your life where everything from your job to your relationship can be defined as “comfortable” and you’re both 15 pounds heavier because all you do is cuddle, grub and bone (and no, Cuddle, Grub & Bone is not a new Pike/ Pine corridor hotspot) and stretchy waistband date nights have become just part of the routine.
Start At: You’ll find $3 wells, $8 Specialty cocktails and an assortment of menu items for $5.45 at Georgetown Liquor Company (Happy Hour 4-7 nightly). Go for 2 wells and the artichoke dip or veggie tacos as your appetizer cause hey, vegetarian means healthy – right, Snuggle Bunny? $17 with tip.
Eat At: The Cutting Board, an inconspicuous little sushi joint which provides impressive sushi trays to-go, (The tray in the photo contained 3 rolls including the delicious Chiba – unagi, macadamia nuts, lettuce, cucumber, temp crisps with teriyaki ($6), was $23 with tip) and walk down to Machine House Brewery where outside food is welcome. Machine House tasting hours are Wednesday, Thursday & Friday from 3 pm to 9 pm, Saturday from 12 pm to 9 pm, and Sunday from 12 pm to 6 pm. Pints of seasonal, handcrafted ales are $3 a piece. 4 pints for $18 with tip.
Play At: Get your just desserts at the Square Knot Diner where they serve up strawberry shortcake, pies, sundaes and GOD DAMN BANANA SPLITS. Just remember when your sweetie says “Go on, Baby, get your own – just be more of you to love” they really mean “Bitch, don’t touch my ice cream.” 2 for $17 with tip.
Fun and Frugal: Schedule your night away from passing out to Netflix to coincide with the Georgetown Art Attack, the neighborhood’s monthly Art Walk, where you can see more local work in a four block radius than practically the rest of the city combined.
A Kids are with the Sitter, Saturday Night Bender – $185
As anyone who’s ever weathered an LTR can tell you, you occasionally need “a relationship retreat”. Said need triples when kids come in to play. Georgetown can provide you an entire mini-vacation for about half the cost of a downtown hotel room.
Start At: You’re parents, you’ve already had dinner with the kids, so skip right to drinks. Go directly to Fonda La Catrina, where the lighting is low and the tequila flows. 4 shots of tequila or two cocktails and guacamole with fresh tortilla chips, $40 with tip.
Play At: Let’s be honest, you could hit it when you get home, but there is something about hauling rugrats out of your bed after a long day that does not promote sexy time – and $150-$400 for a downtown hotel room is an anniversary splurge – but for $50-$65 bucks you can shack up at the Georgetown B&B (you can make reservations online at airbnb) which will provide you privacy, convenience and the ability to bed down without encountering an abandoned stuffed animal, tiny sock or rolling on to a Lego sculpture someone hid in your bed “as a present”. $60.
Eat At: You must be starving, tiger. Good thing for you you’re in for a brunch so memorable, for such an impressive price, you’ll feel like you’re ripping them off. Brass Tracks gives you everything you’d want at a high-end Gastropub and is completely comparable to what you’d get in Seattle’s “premier” neighborhoods for more than a few bucks less. Welcome to the best Sunday morning had since you’ve bred, which will forever now be know as “the one where you woke up whenever you felt like it”… and it’s about to get better, because Sunday is Brass Tacks’ Funky Soul Brunch –meaning you’ll be staring into the eyes of your loving, lifelong partner who has just performed all the “Hotel Only” sex stuff, eating pillowy fresh sweet potato french toast ($12), drinking jalapeno infused vodka Bloody Mary’s ($10) and listening to SADE!!!!! SADE!!!!!!!! Marriage saved. You’re welcome.
Mimosa $5, Fonte Coffee (2) $4, Foraged Mushroom Frittata -arugula, alpine reggiano, balsamic & grilled baguette ($13) $60 with tip.
Fun and Frugal: Fantagraphics Comics and Georgetown Records will take you back to a time when your time was your own and you could leisurely flip through books and huff the smell of vintage vinyl to your heart’s content. Pick up the record that hosts “your song” and 3 comic books for around $25.