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SoDo & Georgetown

Industrial turns trendy in two Seattle neighborhoods

SoDo

Named for its position south of downtown, SoDo is all about urban wineries, breweries, and major sports stadiums.

Paseo Courtesy @feedrooroo on Instagram

EAT: SODO

SoDo Urbanworks (3901 First Ave S) is a craft-beverage playground, with about a dozen tasting rooms sharing real estate. For beer fans, Schooner Exact Brewing (3901 First Ave S) serves tasty pub fare like seared polenta or mac and cheese alongside its IPAs. Steps away, sip reds, rosés, and whites from lauded wineries like Sleight of Hand Cellars (3861G First Ave S) and Nine Hats Wines (3861 First Ave S). Gluten-sensitive folks rejoice: At Ghostfish Brewing Company (2942 First Ave S), all the beer and food, including fish and chips and jackfruit tamales, are gluten-free. Paseo (1760 First Ave S) serves its beloved Caribbean-style pulled pork sandwiches in a casual setting, whereas guests at The Shop (2233 Sixth Ave S) ogle fancy cars before tucking into resident restaurant Derby’s* (2233 Sixth Ave S) comforting poutine and Reubens.

Filson Courtesy Filson

SHOP: SODO

Load up on adventure gear at Outdoor Research (2203 First Ave S), an exclusive place to view (and purchase) the brand’s apparel, glove, and hat lines in their entirety. At the 6,000-square-foot Filson* (1741 First Ave S) flagship store, where the company develops, samples, cuts, and sews its “unfailing goods,” purchase quality items that range from wool blankets and camping gear to ultra-light vests and stylish beanies. To go behind the scenes, book a complimentary factory tour.

 

Seattle Mariners Courtesy Ben Vanhouten/ Seattle Mariners

PLAY: SODO

Sporting events draw crowds to T-Mobile Park* (Seattle Mariners; 1250 First Ave S) and CenturyLink Field* (Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Sounders FC; 800 Occidental Ave S), also home to event center WaMu Theater. Live-music lovers groove inside a huge warehouse venue called Showbox SoDo* (1700 First Ave S), and travelers connect at The Adventure Hub (2960 Fourth Ave S, Ste 115) for custom tour opportunities and drinks at Elsom Cellars (2960 Fourth Ave S).

Georgetown

One of Seattle’s oldest neighborhoods has filled its brick buildings with exceptional breweries, creative food producers, and distinctive shops.

 

Corson Building Photo: Dylan+Jeni

EAT: GEORGETOWN

Georgetown Liquor Company (5501 B Airport Way S) is an unlikely combination of biker bar and vegetarian restaurant. Located at the crossroads of Airport Way and a railroad, this genre-bending joint offers meatless snacks with wacky names (Obi-Won-Tons with Darth Reubens) and vintage video games to its inked-up patrons. From something entirely different, the breathtaking Corson Building* (5609 Corson Ave S) features weekend communal dinners with high-end local ingredients. Fonda La Catrina (5905 Airport Way S) serves stellar Mexican fare like tamales and rockfish tacos, as does its sibling bar next door, El Sirenito (5901 Airport Way S), where you can scarf octopus tostadas and sip Jalisco sours around the cozy firepit.

Georgetown Trailer Park Mall Courtesy David Newman

SHOP: GEORGETOWN

Georgetown prides itself on antiques and vintage treasures. Both Susan Wheeler Home (5515 Airport Way S) and Kassie Keith Vintage Home & Curiosities (5527 Airport Way S) offer folk art, furniture, and sundry oddities. On weekends, visit the Georgetown Trailer Park Mall (5805 Airport Way S), a parking lot full of retro vans selling indie arts and crafts. Graphic novel lovers will find bliss browsing Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery (5955 Airport Way S), the retail location of the Seattle-based publisher.

Oxbow Park Courtesy T.O.K./ Alamy Stock Photo

PLAY: GEORGETOWN

On summer days, children splash on Georgetown Playfield’s (750 S Homer St) spray pad or tumble around the giant Hat ’n’ Boots roadside landmark at Oxbow Park (6430 Corson Ave S). At the Museum of Flight* (9404 E Marginal Way), learn more about air and space via fun interactive exhibits. Adults can appreciate Georgetown’s historic role in the alcohol industry by visiting Georgetown Brewing (5200 Denver Ave S) or Jules Maes Saloon (5919 Airport Way S), a dive bar that dates back to 1888.

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