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Exclusive | When in...Seattle Part Two

Exclusive | When in...Seattle Part Two

Not all grunge and activism, Seattle's hip edge has sumptuous coffees, sophisticated locavores and those cute techie guys from Adobe's headquarters to make The Queen City's gay scene rock, too.

THE BED
Arctic Club Hotel
700 Third Ave.; 206-340-0340
Landmark 1916 men's club reinvented as 120-room fourstar sleeps. Masculine decor, leather and canvas custom furnishings, Kiehl's products, and 27 molded walrus heads ringing the terra-cotta art nouveau exterior all evoke luxe old-time adventuring.

Hotel 1000
1000 First Ave.; 206-957-1000
Tech innovations (VOIP phones and customized art galleries that can be programmed on the high-def plasma TV) melt into the background of the spacious ultrahip rooms. A Caprese cocktail at the lobby-level Boka bar is a must-sip.

THE BITE
Quinn's
1001 E. Pike St.; 206-325-7711
The lively and large, modern/rustic two-floor dining room packs in locals thirsty for trappist ales and hungry for Pacific Northwest pub fare, haute-style: sage-tinged wild boar sloppy joes, gnocchi with rabbit ragout, and roasted marrow bones.

Flying Fish
2234 First Ave.; 206-728-8595
A Belltown fave, lesbian chef Christine Keff's exquisite and organic Asian-inspired fare (spicy and intensely aromatic seafood hot pot, buttery jerk-marinated gulf shrimp) continues to define the city's low-key foodie revolution.

THE THREADS
Lifelong Thrift Store
1017 E. Union St.; 206-328-8979
A designer cut above your typical secondhand sanctums, antique home goods meet Paul Smith shirts. The store's proceeds benefit the Lifelong AIDS Alliance organization.

The Square Room
910 E. Pike St.; 206-329-1214
Gay partners and co-owners Brian and Leif deftly curate a funky array of distinctive housewares, jewelry, furniture, and covetable odds and ends from local artisans.

THE READ
Reading Seattle: The City in Prose
edited by Peter Donahue and John Trombold
Spanning 70 years and stewing together a collection of memoir, fiction, and journalism, Seattle writers known and new provide a rich anthological taste of the city's quirks and characters.

THE FLICK
Battle in Seattle
Redwood Palms Pictures, 2008
The good, the bad, and the vicious of the 1999 World Trade Organization riots get their close-up in writer/director Stuart Townsend's news footage/dramatic re-creation mash-up starring Charlize Theron and Woody Harrelson.

Part One | Part Two

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