Yet another Seattle meetup March 20, 2010 8:54 AM   Subscribe

Short(er) notice Seattle meetup: mrzarquon, ardgedee, rtha, and gingerbeer will all be in town March 27. We should attempt to get pissed meet up with them.

mrzarquon has tickets to the Washington Cask Beer Festival in the early afternoon, so maybe an early dinner?
posted by dw to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:54 AM (101 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

We will arrive pre-drunk for the meetup! w00t!
posted by rtha at 8:58 AM on March 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


Early dinner sounds good to me!
posted by grouse at 9:10 AM on March 20, 2010


The session we're attending ends at 4:00. So any time after that will work.

Unrelated to beer, I'm arriving Thursday and want to spend the afternoon visiting some bike shops in town - mostly as a tourist, but if I find some decent used parts to take home that'll be nice too. Recommendations welcomed.
posted by ardgedee at 9:26 AM on March 20, 2010


Greenwood would probably be too far...

which is a shame, as I feel we owe Greenwood a meetup after dismissing it as the equivalent of 1970s Times Square last time.
posted by Artw at 9:27 AM on March 20, 2010


Yay!
posted by gingerbeer at 9:53 AM on March 20, 2010


*hic*
I've started drinking already!
posted by The corpse in the library at 10:45 AM on March 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


damn ... mezamashii and I are flying out today after spending the last week in Seattle ... *runs and cries in a corner*

BUT! We're moving to Seattle in June so we shall attend every meetup in Seattle EVAR starting then.
posted by kthxbi at 10:48 AM on March 20, 2010


Hey Seattle,
rtha and gingerbeer are good awesome people. Go drink with them.
posted by special-k at 10:48 AM on March 20, 2010


The 27th!? Noooo! I'm doing something in Issaquah from 10am-2pm and lord knows if I can get back in time. Maybe.

Also, cask beer festival I can't go to?! Horrors.
posted by R343L at 11:02 AM on March 20, 2010


I haven't made one in ages, but I'll try...I should have a good window Saturday night between 6 and 9.
posted by vito90 at 11:08 AM on March 20, 2010


R343L, dammit! Since you moved from SF we've had a hellanumber of meetups, and now we're coming to Seattle and you might miss the meetup? Dammit!
posted by rtha at 11:26 AM on March 20, 2010


I am staying downtown, near 4th and Virginia, so I don't know if we would want to explore an belltown meetup, or somewhere within busing distance. Of course, we could go to Mike's Chili Parlor again, as it is a fairly short bus ride from the Seattle center (and who could say no to this).

Or there is the lava lounge with happy hour until 7pm on saturday, for folks interesting in catching up with us cask drinkers.

Folks may be able to pickup non online tickets for the cask festival (if you want to start drinking earlier) through these vendors.
posted by mrzarquon at 12:07 PM on March 20, 2010


(Hah, and I noticed that it would be a two year anniversary of the mike's chili parlor meetup next weekend as well)
posted by mrzarquon at 12:13 PM on March 20, 2010


<> i live right by mike's chili parlor.
posted by negative1 at 2:50 PM on March 20, 2010


hey wait! I'm in seattle! Sort of! I could come! Wait, am I cool enough to come to one of these?
posted by KathrynT at 5:02 PM on March 20, 2010


A week is just enough time for me to prepare to be civilized in public so I'll be there. (So long as by "there" we don't mean West Seattle or some other foreign country.)

I'll appoint myself and be the least cool one so everyone considering attending need not worry.
posted by vapidave at 9:00 PM on March 20, 2010


I will probably come as well and help hold down the uncool end of the bell curve, so no worry, KathrynT.
posted by hattifattener at 12:45 AM on March 21, 2010


Look, I'm coming, so your worries about being the least cool kid there are woefully unfounded.
posted by dw at 12:48 AM on March 21, 2010


I will definitely flake out again.
posted by qvantamon at 1:04 AM on March 21, 2010


I step forward from the uniformed ranks and proudly proclaim:

I am Dooficus!
posted by vapidave at 1:10 AM on March 21, 2010


I will probably flake out again.
posted by jacalata at 3:31 AM on March 21, 2010


I'd like to flake out but as usual I will probably decide to go at the last minute.

Just wanted to mention to the flakers, our last Seattle meetup was huge and fun. Let's make this one huge-er and funner.

If we are downtown, we should be thinking Shorty's or Zig Zag or Rendezvous.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 11:25 AM on March 21, 2010 [1 favorite]


ooh, let's do Zig Zag. There is no way I would flake on a trip there. I might even bring extras. And/or get there early.
posted by jacalata at 12:40 PM on March 21, 2010


I'd be all over Zig Zag, I love that place. I've only gone there by myself or with one other person, so I've never thought of it as a "meetup space." How well do you think they will handle 10+ of us?
posted by mrzarquon at 12:54 PM on March 21, 2010


Zig Zag would be tight for 10. Could be done, but we'd have to lock up the booths early. Seattle meetups average about 15 IIRC (I think we had over 30 for the last one vs. 10 for the PAX meetup).

Shorty's could easily absorb a meetup.
posted by dw at 2:19 PM on March 21, 2010


hm. I've never been to any of them so have no idea how they'd deal with a group.
posted by jacalata at 2:27 PM on March 21, 2010


Well, for those not familiar with Shorty's, they also have pinball. And it is a few doors down from the Lava Lounge if we end up needing more space or different atmosphere.

Also: Veggie Dogs, for the herbivores among us.
posted by mrzarquon at 3:33 PM on March 21, 2010


I think Shorty's is a bad idea for those of us that have to drive from elsewhere. It's probably the worst parking situation in the city, especially on a weekend.

The Elysian was a good balance between the busing/driving folks, IMO. Also, pretty amazing service considering thirty people showing up unannounced with individual checks.
posted by lattiboy at 3:53 PM on March 21, 2010


I'm in, I haven't seen argedee in too many years and have been meaning to make it to a meetup.
posted by corprew at 6:43 PM on March 21, 2010


You walk into Shorty's and it's bar to the left and booths to the right. Walk past all that in the back is a bunch of pinball machines and a little lounge off to the right. It's dimly lit and would be a tight squeeze for more than 8 people.
posted by P.o.B. at 8:07 PM on March 21, 2010


I may be there.
posted by loquacious at 8:31 PM on March 21, 2010


Shorty's is *loud* as well. The brewpub/bowling alley thing works well because they can absorb a lot of nerds. I need the quiet so I can ask Slarty's real name, which has entirely slipped my mind.

Also, pretty amazing service considering thirty people showing up unannounced with individual checks.

That is a true story.
posted by stet at 10:35 PM on March 21, 2010 [1 favorite]


Hi, loq! Hope to see you there.
posted by stet at 10:35 PM on March 21, 2010


I propose Bill's Off Broadway. They've got ample seating, a friendly staff, and an internet jukebox (the good kind)

Also, not too busy on an early Saturday night and a VERY decent happy hour until 7PM every day.

They probably won't have that fair trade imperial stout you MUST have, but the beer is cold, the prices fair, and the pizza is just fucking awesome.

If somebody has a better idea, I'm all ears.
posted by lattiboy at 12:13 AM on March 22, 2010


Happy hour for Bill's:

Washington Micro Brews $2.75
Well Cocktails $3.25
PBR Pitcher special for $7
Lotsa $2-5 foods
posted by lattiboy at 12:16 AM on March 22, 2010


I enjoy Bill's very much, and for folks coming from out of town and willing to spend money for convenience, I believe you can park in the SCCC garage across the street for pretty cheap.
posted by mrzarquon at 10:39 AM on March 22, 2010


It's $7 dollars to park in the SCCC garage, pretty reasonable considering. I like Bill's also.
posted by Errant at 11:18 AM on March 22, 2010


Okay, because we don't have much time I'm going to do this:

Bill's Off Broadway
Sat, March 27th
5:30PM



How does this get added to the sidebar?
posted by lattiboy at 11:26 AM on March 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


Also, street parking is doable in this neighborhood before 8PM on the weekends. Check the side streets West of Bill's.
posted by lattiboy at 11:27 AM on March 22, 2010


How does this get added to the sidebar?

Using the "Add Meetup" link under the upcoming meetups on the sidebar. Done.
posted by grouse at 11:46 AM on March 22, 2010


I'm there! The last meetup was indeed fun!
posted by dbmcd at 11:56 AM on March 22, 2010


there is a minuscule chance that I'll be there.
posted by epersonae at 3:09 PM on March 22, 2010


Wow, haven't been to Bill's in forever. Bonus: kid friendly! Now to convince my wife that Mefites don't pose a threat to my child's moral fiber.

Oh I see, lattiboy's already going...never mind.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 5:00 PM on March 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


Hey! I only swear at children if they deserve it.
posted by lattiboy at 5:28 PM on March 22, 2010


Speaking from experience, yeah, he deserves it sometimes.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 5:35 PM on March 22, 2010


I don't swear at kids other than my own.
posted by dw at 5:36 PM on March 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


Hey, I may actually show up to this one... although why do these things never hit The Garage? Seems the perfect place: tons of seating, stuff to do, food, drink, pool, bowling, etc.
posted by hincandenza at 6:09 PM on March 22, 2010


hm, Garage would probably work.
I will definitely be there. Feel free to start sending me nasty emails/memails if I'm more than half an hour late :)
posted by jacalata at 6:24 PM on March 22, 2010


(by 'there' I mean Bills. Garage would work for a future hypothetical meetup and I will try and remember to suggest it).
posted by jacalata at 6:25 PM on March 22, 2010


In my experience the Garage is very expensive and kinda "fratty". Or as fratty as Capitol Hill can ever get.
posted by lattiboy at 7:31 PM on March 22, 2010


I will be in town on a visit - in fact, I'll be close enough to walk to Bill's. I do appreciate the "uncool protection team"; I may well need you folks to help me face a huge urban mefi meetup (or at least to be able to enter a sports bar). I will study my notes ahead of time.

BTW, I am old enough that some of you might even remember me from my time in Seattle decades ago (CCC - Susurrus3250 ... +The Well +IRC via UW ... etc.). Scary ... Unfortunately (or fortunately?), I am too old to remember any of you. I will deny everything. Beer sounds good.
posted by Surfurrus at 7:33 PM on March 22, 2010


Heh, I just notice lattiboy was the one who pinned three of the last four Seattle meetups to the sidebar.

WE MUST DESTROY THE LATTIBOY HEGEMONY AT ONCE!!
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 9:12 PM on March 22, 2010


Hey, I'm just glad someone else has taken up the reigns of Seattle Meetup Kingpin since I moved away.
posted by mrzarquon at 10:23 AM on March 23, 2010


For what it's worth, I actually added this one to the sidebar.
posted by grouse at 10:37 AM on March 23, 2010


I'm not a big fan of the Garage. It's Jillian's with a younger, frattier crowd. Also, their food is overpriced.

And my experience with meetups there is that it's hard to have a conversation because the music is too damn loud.
posted by dw at 1:00 PM on March 23, 2010


GROUSE IS LATTIBOY'S SOCK PUPPETT!!
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 1:55 PM on March 23, 2010


That's impossible, grouse and I have been seen together in public on at least a couple of occassions.
posted by grouse at 1:56 PM on March 23, 2010 [4 favorites]


Well, crap.
posted by grouse at 1:56 PM on March 23, 2010 [3 favorites]


I hope to make it as well.
posted by nickjadlowe at 2:44 PM on March 23, 2010


I'm going to try to be there.
posted by silkygreenbelly at 12:53 PM on March 24, 2010


OMG just noticed the out of town guest list. I will not try, I will do!
posted by silkygreenbelly at 12:54 PM on March 24, 2010


Looking forward to seeing everyone this evening!
posted by gingerbeer at 9:12 AM on March 27, 2010


Anybody who'll be at the afternoon cask beer fest: should we attempt a minimeetup?
posted by ardgedee at 9:13 AM on March 27, 2010


I have a thing in the afternoon, but I'm gonna try to make it after. My first meetup!

So, for those of us who have never been to a meetup before...how does one find the meetup once we're at the location? Stand in the middle of the room and bellow "where my mefites at?"
posted by lunasol at 12:56 PM on March 27, 2010


Look for the greatest concentration of iPhones.
posted by Artw at 1:04 PM on March 27, 2010


I'll be wearing a blue Metafilter shirt if I can get to my room en route to Bill's.
posted by ardgedee at 1:24 PM on March 27, 2010


If you can't figure out who the MeFites are just by looking for the local maximum iPhone density, you can always ask if people are Friends of Jessamyn.
posted by grouse at 2:18 PM on March 27, 2010


HI I'M ALREADY DRUNK.

I didn't think I'd get this toasty at a beer tasting fest but I did. Thankfully there's plenty of room left in my Scottish/British/Dutch kidneys for more.

The Bottom of the Barrel peach/apricot Hop Bomb IPA should have won. Fuck Black Raven. *urp*
posted by loquacious at 4:38 PM on March 27, 2010


I'll hopefully be there around 6pm. See you soon!
posted by silkygreenbelly at 5:25 PM on March 27, 2010


Assuming that buses run on time (ha!), I should be there by 6:15. Looking forward to it, guys.
posted by grouse at 5:27 PM on March 27, 2010


You know who else made buses run on time?
posted by qvantamon at 5:44 PM on March 27, 2010 [1 favorite]


Heading over to 4th and...something to meet mrz to catch the bus up there. See y'all soon!
posted by rtha at 5:52 PM on March 27, 2010


AND WE'RE LIVE FROM THE MEETUP
posted by dw at 6:03 PM on March 27, 2010


STOP LOOKING AT YOUR PHONE!

(Have fun everyone, I'm sitting this one out)
posted by Artw at 6:23 PM on March 27, 2010


We're the large table full of geeks in the middle of the bar.
posted by gingerbeer at 6:25 PM on March 27, 2010


BEER!
posted by loquacious at 6:29 PM on March 27, 2010


24 nerds here so far. Don't ask me for names.
posted by loquacious at 6:45 PM on March 27, 2010


Sitting next to a Y2Karl, woot.
posted by loquacious at 6:59 PM on March 27, 2010


Sorry for buggin out early, parenthood's a bitch. So nice to see new faces. And I finally met loquacious, too. Far out.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 8:24 PM on March 27, 2010


Wooo!
posted by loquacious at 8:32 PM on March 27, 2010


Still many people here.
posted by loquacious at 9:25 PM on March 27, 2010


That's funny, I finally met a Slarty Bartfast.
posted by loquacious at 9:58 PM on March 27, 2010


Seattle mefites are awesome and throw a fantastic meetup. Thanks, everybody!
posted by rtha at 10:08 PM on March 27, 2010


Sorry I missed everybody. I wanted the opportunity to see how people on the coast do meetups, and bring their seekrit knowledge inland so that the folks in Michigan could manage more than one a year.

But who knew that attending a beerfest could later compromise ones vertical integrity? WHO KNEW?
posted by ardgedee at 10:08 PM on March 27, 2010


Good seeing everybody there!
posted by sculpin at 10:27 PM on March 27, 2010


Four left. We migrated to Grey Gallery after detouring to Pike St. Fish Fry with Rachel (argh, I can't spell your username right now, drunk.)

This is Errant, commandeering loq's machine. I refuse to be anything less than the last one to leave a meetup. There can be only one!
posted by loquacious at 12:41 AM on March 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


Yes.
posted by vapidave at 2:32 AM on March 28, 2010


I remain the Seattle meetup champion. You may try to dislodge me, as the river may try to be a mountain.
posted by Errant at 2:37 AM on March 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


Oh? Beer me! Hehehe. I'm only sleeping because I have to, because there's no more beer!

Also: FRIED LEMONS. FRIED FUCKING LEMONS. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO FUCK! *HIC*

(nice to meet you all. i missed quite a few folks but i arrived at Bill's really drunk already, and i had the attention span of crack on a hotplate.)
posted by loquacious at 3:05 AM on March 28, 2010


*stuffs face full of cheese*

om nom nomzzzzzzwha?
posted by loquacious at 3:06 AM on March 28, 2010


Sleeping already? Let me plug back in your sucky and give you a sound nuzzle.
posted by vapidave at 6:12 AM on March 28, 2010


*taps the internet*

Okay, yep still here. I think there may have been some over-consumption. But still fun!

And it seems to maybe be rainy so perhaps me lounging around and not doing gardening stuff is okay and not lazy. Right? Right?!
posted by R343L at 9:27 AM on March 28, 2010


Yes, that's okay and not lazy.
posted by gingerbeer at 10:14 AM on March 28, 2010


In case Errant and loquacious are still being driven crazy by our collective inability to remember the name of the board game we were talking about, it was Settlers of Catan.
posted by rtha at 11:21 AM on March 28, 2010


Oh sweet zombie jesus, the beer hangover...
posted by loquacious at 12:11 PM on March 28, 2010


Oh yeah, Settlers of Catan. braaaains
posted by loquacious at 12:13 PM on March 28, 2010


Washington Micro Brews $2.75

On Saturday night. That was fantastic. Whoever chose this meetup location is a god among MeFites.
posted by grouse at 12:23 PM on March 28, 2010


loquacious: oh sweet zombie jesus indeed. I'm pondering just sitting at home all day and reading ...
posted by R343L at 12:37 PM on March 28, 2010


It was a very nice interlude in what was an otherwise awful day for me.

But it was so loud in there, at least for my ears, that I could barely understand a word anyone said.

So, I was not such a great conversationalist last night.
posted by y2karl at 1:25 PM on March 28, 2010


What! I ended up getting some nameless (but good) IPA for full price. I could have gotten twice as incoherent for the same money?

This meetup was a blast. (Even though I pooped out at midnight.) I continue to discover that Mefites almost never look like I imagine they do from their posting history and usernames.
posted by hattifattener at 1:27 PM on March 28, 2010


I had a hard time with the acoustics in there myself, y2karl. For a while there I thought I might have to resign myself to an evening of smiling and nodding vaguely.
posted by sculpin at 2:59 PM on March 29, 2010


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