What better way to lead into a full month of Pride, then to spend time giving a grand gay tour of Seattle to Emma Goswell and Ellen Orchard of Gaydio, the world's largest LGBTQ radio station. Emma and Ellen traveled to Seattle and Seattle NorthCountry to find out what there is to see and do as an LGBTQ visitor.
After our UK guests arrived at SeaTac, we met Emma and Ellen for a post-flight meal at GSBA member business Poquitos, where Emma had what she declared to be “the best fish tacos of her life.” Amy Burdick, GSBA Sr. Business Relationship Manager along with Patti Denny Manager, Tourism Development from Port of Seattle joined in on this "welcome to Capitol Hill" dinner, where we reviewed a very busy itinerary for the days ahead. Poquitos is a hot-spot to hit for either dinner or happy hour this summer, especially seated in the atrium where the misters keep summer temps perfectly regulated while you enjoy chips and salsa.
On Saturday night, as all of Seattle rang in June pride, we met up at Elsom Cellars in SoDo for a taste of their signature Washington State wines. We were joined by by Alyssa Bleifuss (aka The Pie Lady) and owner and winemaker Jody Elsom for sips and conversation, along with special guest, A Sensible Theatre Co. Founder, Paul Flanagan. Although we were there for a little over an hour, our gracious hosts treated us like royalty. Some of the best wine I’ve ever had the pleasure to enjoy, paired with plates of fruit pies, all while being kissed by the Seattle sunset. If you are looking for a patio this summer to enjoy wine and good company, this is the establishment to check out!
During our time on the Elsom patio, Emma and Ellen had the opportunity to connect with GSBA Deputy Director, Mark Rosén, to learn more of the workings of Washington State’s LGBTQ and allied chamber of commerce. Before we hurried away, we were reminded by Jody about how best to enjoy wine, “Just drink it!”
After our happy hour rendezvous, we decided to show Emma and Ellen Seattle's own gayborhood and settled down for dinner at the newly remodeled Elysian Brewing on E. Pike St., where the Elysian crew treated our group with their own pride swag and tastes of their signature pride ale. Elysian Brewing's Capitol Hill team welcomed our crew with open arms and a tasty dinner. Emma had the chance to connect with Elysian Brewing Assistant General Manager Kelsie Graves and our fabulously attentive waiter Bronson, to learn more about their renovated, open-concept brewery, located in the queer-heart of Capitol Hill. If beer and burgers are for you, make your way over the freshly painted Cap Hill rainbow crosswalks, and kickback in this hip bar and restaurant.
To top off the evening, we had to get in on Queer Bar's Queer/Burlesque - a night celebrating the art of the tease - queer style, featuring a rotating cast of special guest performers from all around the Puget Sound, where owner Joey Burgess spoiled our team with VIP treatment and champagne. This is the queer Seattle scene, not only during Seattle pride weekend, but year round. Queer/Burlesque is hosted by the Mermaid Queen of Burlesque, LUCY LIPS and Seattle's Singing Strip Sensation, JOEL DOMENICO, on the first Saturday of each month.
Overall, you can say we had a great night with our new friends from across the pond. Thank you to all of those that joined us and to our generous GSBA members who helped make this LGBTQ tour possible.
Listen to Emma's telling of the night here.
Hear more about Gaydio's visit, featuring GSBA members Renaissance Seattle Hotel, Port of Seattle, Pike Place Market, Starbucks, indi chocolate, Honest Biscuits, Holland America Lines, Butler Seattle, Snohomish County Tourism Bureau, Ivar's Restaurants, and The Boeing Company.