As the weather enters that strange in-between season where we’ll soon say goodbye to winter and look forward to spring, you may be spending your weekends searching for that perfect spot in town where you can enjoy the trendiest cocktails with friends on a night out. If that’s you, we’re here to help! Check out this list of the top five places to find trendy cocktails in the Seattle cocktail district.

1. Imperial Lounge
If a trendy cocktail is what you’re in the market for, Imperial Lounge is the place for you. Described by one reviewer as a “dark, romantic bar,” Imperial is a great stop for not just tasty drinks, but also a delicious dinner menu. The picture perfect spot for a date night or a weeknight outing with friends, Imperial Lounge should definitely be on your go-to list.

2. Garage
If you’re looking for a little less romance and more fun, Garage is a great spot to try. Here you’ll find their menu of signature cocktails, craft beers and decadent wine selection, all available to enjoy while you shoot a few rounds of billiards or take on a few lanes of bowling with friends. As an added plus, Garage features an outdoor fire pit by their outdoor bar– the perfect way to unwind after a long day.

3. Needle & Thread
Needle & Thread is the perfect option for those looking for an elegant night out. An establishment that doesn’t provide a drink menu, Needle & Thread has gone to great lengths to research and craft a “cornucopia of nouveau and historic drinks,” as well as brand new drinks made from “fresh ingredients and quality spirits.” Whatever cocktail you’re in the mood for, Needle & Thread will make sure it’s the best you’ve ever had.

4. W Living Room Bar
Touted as one of the “10 Best” by USA Today, W Living Room Bar is located inside the W Bellevue hotel and is one of the city’s “most stylish and unique bars.” A lively, hip spot for nightlife, this sleek bar has a menu that ranges from craft cocktails and beer and wine to a can’t-miss breakfast feast.

5. The Nest
Located inside the Thompson Seattle, The Nest is an iconic rooftop bar and cocktail lounge. Overlooking the downtown area and Pike Place Market, this trendy terrace boasts not only an incredible menu, but also an incredible view of Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountain Range. For a truly unforgettable cocktail and dining experience, visit The Nest.

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Where to Find Seattle’s Trendiest Cocktails Right Now

If you’re spending your weekends searching for that perfect spot in town where you can enjoy tasty cocktails with friends on a night out, check out this list of the top five places to find trendy cocktails in the Seattle cocktail district.

How is your 2022 going so far? With the start of a brand-new year and endless possibilities ahead, it’s a great time to set yourself up for success and get clear on mindful habits you can introduce to make it the best year yet. What are some things you’d like to introduce this year? We’ve rounded up a couple of local spots that might fuel your inspiration to live your fullest life with a clear, thankful mind!

Treat Yourself to Some New Books
Whether you want to diversify your cooking, dive into a new hobby or read about ways to reduce your stress, stocking up on a few new books can be just the motivation you need to move in the direction that serves you best.

Cat lovers will especially love Twice Sold Tales! This charming bookstore has a few super-cute kitties and thousands of used and rare titles. If you have a free weekend coming up, it’s easy to get lost in here for hours and it’s less than 5 minutes from your Alley 24 home! If you’re looking for something on the quirkier end, pay Ada’s Technical Books & Cafe a visit. Don’t forget to order something delicious from their cafe!

Find Your Center
Are you a seasoned yogi or have you ever been curious about starting up a yoga practice? Not only does yoga help build strength, but it’s amazing for stress relief and walking through life with a little more groundedness and clarity. When it comes to beginning a new routine, convenience is everything. Luckily, our community is right across the street from DRIFT Yoga + Juice Bar and it couldn’t be easier to get your practice in! An added bonus is that you can grab a juice and baked good after class. 

If you want to try out another studio, give The Grinning Yogi a try — voted the best yoga studio in Seattle and just under 10 minutes from home. They keep things fun with offerings like “In-Studio Groove!”

Get Organized
Last but not least, grab some new stationery to get clear and organized on any objectives you have this year. Fancy new paper goes a long way when it comes to holding yourself accountable and getting excited about your 2022 dreams!

The Paper Feather is a great local option at Pike Place Market and Paper Source is sure to have what you’re looking for with a large selection and diverse offerings.

As we make our way through January, what are you excited about this year? We hope these ideas help boost your creativity and enthusiasm for the future!

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How to Make 2022 The Best Year Yet

How is your 2022 going so far? With the start of a brand-new year and endless possibilities ahead, it’s a great time to set yourself up for success and get clear on mindful habits you can introduce to make it the best year yet.

The glowing lights and festive cheer in Seattle make this holiday season feel so merry and bright! Have you been able to take advantage of the Christmas festivities in the Emerald City this year? In case you aren’t sure where to start, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite ways to spend the holidays here — from Santa-themed drinks to classic traditions and Christmas activities.

When you live at Alley 24, you have easy access to this winter wonderland thanks to a prime South Lake Union location.

If you’re a sucker for a holiday pop-up, you’re in luck because there are a few bars that go ALL out for the Christmas season. Located inside the classic cocktail bar, Rob Roy, is Miracle on Second. Poured inside themed mugs you can take home with you, their cocktails — like Christmapolitan and Jolly Koala — will send you straight into a holidaze! Sippin’ Santa is another great option, which you can find inside Navy Strength. If you’re struggling with the gloomy weather this holiday season, their tiki drinks will cheer you right up!

When you’re ready to head out of the bars and into the streets, there are so many magical stops you can make in downtown Seattle. The big towering Christmas tree and amazing Christmas lights at Pioneer Square make it the perfect central hub to get into the spirit. Check their event lineup here to catch some ongoing holiday markets featuring local makers!

Do you have last-minute Christmas gifts to get for friends and family? Right in the Seattle center, Pike Place Market has you covered with unique food baskets and more! You can also admire their beautiful Christmas tree and holiday lights. Speaking of food, don’t miss out on afternoon tea at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel! This classy affair is a traditional staple here in the Emerald City.

Lastly, if you’re looking to head out of the city, there is NO better place to celebrate Christmas in the Pacific Northwest than Leavenworth. Just two and a half hours outside Seattle, this enchanting Christmas village has it all between mountains, snow and plenty of Christmas cheer. You may even get to hear some Christmas carols!

From all of us at Alley 24, happy holidays to you and yours! We hope you have a wonderful time celebrating and that you enjoyed this guide to Christmas!

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Seattle: Your Perfect Home for the Holidays

The glowing lights and festive cheer in Seattle make this holiday season feel so merry and bright! Have you been able to take advantage of the Christmas festivities in the Emerald City this year? In case you aren’t sure where to start, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite ways to spend the holidays here — from Santa-themed drinks to classic traditions and Christmas activities.

We’re a little more than a week away from Thanksgiving and it’s a great time to start planning out your holiday festivities! Are you hosting a gathering of your own in your Alley24 home? Our beautiful, spacious apartments in South Lake Union are ideal for entertaining.

If you’ve hosted an event like this before, you know that it takes more than just knowing how to cook a turkey. From having themed drinks to making a cozy atmosphere for your guests, browse our tips below so you can make sure you’re the hostess with the mostest this year!

Before you worry about the nuts and bolts of your Thanksgiving celebration (let’s be honest, most of us are most excited about the food), you’ll want to make sure the ambiance is just right. Having the right decorations will tie together the rest of the details!

Since the table is perhaps the most important part of the day, check out these tablescape ideas from The Spruce! Sometimes, it’s best to start with a color scheme, theme or general vibe that you’re going for and base everything else off of that. In

 addition to a beautiful table design, make sure you have some scented candles and enough wine/cocktail glasses to go around. We recommend playing something like Spotify’s “Thanksgiving Dinner” playlist in the background as a cherry on top!

It’s All About the Pie
While there are so many components to a good Thanksgiving Day feast, the pie is really the star of the show. First things first: Decide if you want to go classic or non-traditional. If you’re sticking with the classics, try out this Ultimate Pumpkin Pie recipe from New York Times Cooking! More of an apple fan? Taste of Home has a magnificent Apple Pie recipe that you won’t regret trying out.

Want to impress your guests with something different? Our mouths are watering just looking at this Bourbon, Chocolate and Walnut Pecan Pie from The Splendid Table! For a little something fruity, try out a Sugar-Cranberry Pie recipe, courtesy of the Food Network!

Cheers-worthy Drinks
No matter how many fun cocktails you’d like to have on hand, be sure to stock up on a few bottles of wine as well! Some people couldn’t be more content with a glass of red in their hand all night long.

Once you have the basics covered, browse these cocktail recipes from Brit + Co and pick one or two out that you think your guests would love! The Salted Caramel Apple Martini and Cinnamon Maple Whiskey Sour look heavenly. If you’d like to really go the extra mile, brew up some peppermint tea and coffee at the end of the meal so that everyone leaves with warm, full bellies.

Feeling ready for Thanksgiving? Do you have tips to share on hosting a holiday feast for the books that include your favorite Thanksgiving traditions? Share them with us!

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How to Throw the Perfect Thanksgiving Party at Home

We’re a little more than a week away from Thanksgiving and it’s a great time to start planning out your holiday festivities! Are you hosting a gathering of your own in your Alley24 home? Our beautiful, spacious apartments in South Lake Union are ideal for entertaining.

There’s something about the change in seasons that inspires new beginnings — especially with the crisp air and fresh rain that Seattle fall brings!

Have you cleaned out your Alley24 closet recently? If not, it’s an excellent time to get rid of the old and welcome something new! Plus...you can never have enough knit sweaters. When you live at our community, the latest fall trends are just minutes away from your front door. Refresh your wardrobe with a leisurely day of shopping in Seattle at one (or all) of our favorite stores nearby!

Revival Shop Seattle
Stunning handmade jewelry, vintage clothing and local art make Revival Shop a standout! This boutique is a great one-stop-shop for home decor and a few new clothing pieces that will make you excited to get outside and start making memories in beautiful Seattle. If you ask us, it’s one of the coolest shops around.

Just a five-minute drive from your apartment, your next statement piece is right around the corner!

Crossroads Trading
Crossroads Trading dominates the second-hand clothing game. While it’s not a local chain, they are a reliable source for amazing used clothing that checks all your style boxes! Save money on adorable fall dresses, chunky sweaters and colorful scarves by making a trip.

Just up the road from Revival, this spot is 6 minutes away!

Pretty Parlor
Does your style lean more toward funky colors and ultra-vintage finds? Pretty Parlor is the perfect choice! This quirky boutique specializes in new and used clothing and accessories from the 1920s through the 1990s. 

At this store, you can come for the nostalgia and stay for the great shopping! It’s almost guaranteed your neighbors won’t have your looks when you shop here. As an added bonus, it’s 3 minutes away from your front door.

What are your go-to boutiques in Seattle? How do you find the best fall pieces? We hope you’re enjoying the beautiful colors all around our home!

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Grab Your Fall Clothing Haul Near Home

There’s something about the change in seasons that inspires new beginnings — especially with the crisp air and fresh rain that Seattle fall brings!

It’s that time of year again — we’re exchanging our hot summer days for crisp autumn leaves and cozy nights inside. Are you feeling ready for the new season? There’s something so magical about Seattle in the fall.

Here at Alley24, we’re helping you start October off on the right foot with some ideas on how to savor this year’s spooky season — with plenty of treats (and tricks) along the way! Whether you love scouting out the perfect pumpkin or enjoying drinks with friends, there are fall activities for everyone in and around the Emerald City.

First things first: Make sure to properly fuel your spooktacular adventures with the appropriate coffee! While you can find seasonal drinks at most of our local coffee shops this time of year, try out Coffeeholic House in Columbia City for something extra special. They’re serving up Pumpkin Cheesecake Lattes and Seattleites can’t get enough!

Once you have your coffee, take a stroll through the Seattle Japanese Garden to see some stunning colorful leaves in a natural paradise. If you visit between October 8th and 17th, you can catch their Maple Festival for a glimpse at all the colors! It’s one of the most rejuvenating fall activities in Seattle.

Looking to head a little further from home and go beyond activities in Seattle? Bob's Corn & Pumpkin Farm is about a 40-minute drive from our community and serves as a mecca for all things autumn. Fresh donuts, pumpkins and a unique corn maze design await you!

For those that love to be scared, checking out the Georgetown Morgue Haunted House is a must! It’s one of the best Halloween attractions in Seattle and not too far from your South Lake Union home. Grab your tickets and be prepared to be SCARED!

Last but not least, when you’re done with your daily festivities, be sure to try out Seattle Cider Co’s Pumpkin Spice Cider to wind down for the evening with friends! We can’t get enough of this local cidery’s seasonal flavors and it’s the perfect way to toast the season. Pumpkin beer for the win!

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Your Guide to Fall Fun in Seattle

It’s that time of year again — we’re exchanging our hot summer days for crisp autumn leaves and cozy nights inside. Are you feeling ready for the new season? There’s something so magical about Seattle in the fall.

Do you have any trips planned for the end of summer? Late August is such a lovely time to visit your all-time favorite warm-weather hangout spots and destinations while we soak up the last bit of the summer season!

Less than three hours away from Alley24, Mount Rainier is a great day trip destination. While it’s pretty scenic all year long, it’s best to head out now if you don’t like to drive in snow that falls close to the base of the mountain.

If you plan to head out for the day, here are a few suggestions on how to spend it:

Breakfast at Paradise Village Restaurant
Every great trip to the outdoors starts with a hearty breakfast. Enjoy your first meal of the day at Paradise Village for some crepes, an omelet or a Belgian waffle. Don’t forget to try out some local honey!

You can enjoy your breakfast out on a picnic table with plenty of room and fresh air. This restaurant is attached to a hotel out in nature, creating an ideal scenery for you to enjoy as you munch.

Hike Around
It wouldn’t be a proper trip to the mountain without some good old fashioned hiking. After breakfast, lace up your boots and head to Paradise (literally, the area is called Paradise) for gorgeous views of Mount Rainier.

The Alta Vista Trail is a great option for a relatively short hike with breathtaking views — it’s 1.8 miles long! When you’re done, check out the Myrtle Falls Viewpoint. It’s a short 0.8-mile out & back trail that features a stunning waterfall.

Once you’ve finished off a nice morning in Paradise, head to the Sourdough Ridge Trail on the other side of the mountain for a different perspective. Pro tip: Pack a lunch so you can enjoy it on the way or out on the trail!

Stop and Smell the Grapes
What best tops off an unforgettable day of hiking, sightseeing and exploring? A refreshing glass of wine, if you ask us! Make a stop at Abbe Vineyard Winery for an indulgent sip of the Pacific Northwest. Take in all the lovely scenery while you’re there

We hope you enjoyed these tips for a day at Mount Rainier National Park! Share your own for your Alley24 neighbors in the comments below!

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How to Spend a Day Trip to Mount Rainier

Do you have any trips planned for the end of summer? Late August is such a lovely time to visit your all-time favorite warm weather hangout spots and destinations while we soak up the last bit of the summer season!

Peak summertime has arrived in South Lake Union and brewery season is in full swing! We have our pick of some of the best local craft beers in the Pacific Northwest right here in Seattle.

Do you love to prioritize the ease of grabbing your favorite brews when choosing an apartment? Alley24 has you covered! Our community has easy access to breweries in South Lake Union and Capitol Hill. We’ve outlined some of our favorites nearby below!

Outer Planet Craft Brewing
It may be small, but it packs a punch! Outer Planet is Capitol Hill’s smallest craft brewery, established in 2015. They were only open for beer-to-go throughout much of the pandemic, but they’re now open for indoor and outdoor dining! Reserve your table to guarantee a spot.

While they don’t offer a full menu on their site, you can browse their list of beer-to-go to get excited about your visit or pick some up to enjoy at home!

Elysian Capitol Hill
Did you know Elysian’s Capitol Hill location is actually their original? This classic brewery has been around since 1996! Their beer is as exciting and refreshing as the design of their cans with flavors like the Space Dust IPA, Dragonstooth Stout and Snailbones.

To take your love for Elysian Brewing to the next level, explore their huge collection of merch! They have clothing, outerwear, hats, drinkware, tap handles, art and more!

Optimism Brewing Company
Bright, airy and spacious, Optimism Brewing is one of our favorite breweries to hang out in for a few hours. They truly have it all! Optimism is kid-friendly, dog-friendly, food-friendly and tip-free. Their heated concrete floors are designed with your pup in mind and there’s an entire kids play area in the back of th beer hall.

If you’re looking to chow down while you’re there, check out the lineup of food trucks available in the beer garden! As if this all wasn’t enticing enough, they have a clear and inspiring mission statement on what optimism means to them available on their website. We’ll toast to that!

Which of these is your favorite brewery in or near South Lake Union? Did we miss your go-to spot? Happy sipping!

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Our Favorite Nearby Seattle Breweries

Peak summertime has arrived in South Lake Union and brewery season is in full swing! We have our pick of some of the best local craft beers in the Pacific Northwest right here in Seattle.

Things are heating up in the Emerald City and we’re screaming for ice cream here at Alley24! A nice cold scoop of Seattle ice cream is one of our favorite ways to keep cool in the summer.

Do you have a favorite local shop for ice cream in Seattle? Within 10 minutes from our apartment community in South Lake Union and beyond, you can find some of Seattle’s best handmade frozen treats.

If you’re a sucker for a good foodie Instagram aesthetic, you won’t be disappointed! Scroll on to see our favorites.

Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream
If you want to keep it as local as possible, Molly Moon’s is the scoop shop for you! They source 90% of their ingredients from the Pacific Northwest. Is sustainability your thing? On top of their local ingredients, everything in their shop is 100% compostable so you can know that you’re reducing your carbon footprint as you dig in.

As far as flavors go, you can enjoy their classics like Honey Lavender or Salted Caramel, but if you want to try something seasonal, the Pride Parade Vanilla looks amazing!

If you’re vegan or enjoy eating plant-based, Frankie & Jo’s is a must; their ice cream is entirely plant-based and gluten free! While it’s still nice and creamy, this vegan ice cream is a great option for something a touch on the lighter side.

In addition to their unique concept, they also have ultra-unique flavors like Salty Caramel Ash, Chocolate Tahini Supercookie and California Cabin.

Sweet Alchemy
Founder and UW Art graduate Lois Ko opened Sweet Alchemy with a passion for producing small batch, organic and locally-sourced ice cream here in Seattle. She also has a knack for sustainable practices and serves everything in compostable ware.

To beat the summertime heat, you won’t regret getting the Blueberry Lavender, Horchata or Vegan Lemon Pie; this cream is made with local ingredients!

Before we wrap up, we’re throwing out an honorable mention to Salt & Straw! While it technically originated in Portland, it’s a Pacific Northwest classic with rotating monthly flavors that never disappoint.

We hope everyone’s summer is off to a great (and tasty) start! Comment below with your favorite local Seattle ice creameries!

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Stay Cool this Summer with a Scoop from One of Our Favorite Local Ice Cream Shops