The Alexis Hotel is one of Seattle‘s top boutique hotels; not only is it on the National Register of Historic Places, but it’s also devoted to the visual, performing and literary arts (it’s impossible to walk through the hotel without stumbling across several original pieces) and is known for its friendly and incredibly helpful staff. How helpful are they? We had the pleasure of chatting with Russel, chief concierge at the Alexis, about his nightlife recommendations for visitors and he had an answer for every one of our questions.
Every single one.
Where can people go for a good local vibe?
I would say the Alibi Room; it’s a little bar in the lower level of Pike Place Market and it’s been around forever, definitely a Seattle landmark, and a place that locals frequent. For something a little flashier I would recommend Vessel – it’s chic, it’s got a cool atmosphere and good cocktails. It’s one of the few places I know of that hand-carves ice.
Where should they take a date?
Vessel again, because it’s kind of romantic and hidden. Another nice romantic spot if the Bathtub Gin Company; it’s got a speakeasy feel. You enter though an alley and there’s a little teeny sign – it’s definitely not a place a lot of people know about.
For girls night?
Amber, in the Belltown neighborhood – it’s close to hotel, it’s fun and women generally feel comfortable there. In other words, it’s not an aggro meat market. Great for dancing, since they bring in a lot of guest DJs.
For guy’s night?
Pike Pub and brewing company. It’s a microbrewery and they feature all their own beer. Great food, great atmosphere, live music, with a casual, easy going vibe. More of a local hangout than a tourist spot.
Where do you like to go out?
I go home and go to bed! But I love all the places I mentioned. The only other one I recommend is called Local Vine; just a swank little wine bar. Another is Fonte, a coffee shop/wine bar, with great hors d’oeuvres. And I have to make one plug for Shorty’s – it’s got the best pinball collection in the state; it’s casual, and can be loud and wild on the weekends – not too crazy, but fun loud-and-wild.
Don’t forget to check out the Alexis‘ complimentary wine hour (for guests, of course) each evening. If Russell’s there, you’re doubly lucky.