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Jaded Lounges
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Two games stores not to be missed in Washington State:

Card Kingdom (Seattle) http://www.cardkingdom.com/ The website doesn't look like much but don't let that fool you. It's awesome. Also there is a splendid cafe attached to the store called Cafe Mox. http://www.cafemox.com/

Olympic Cards and Comics (Lacey, near Olympia) http://www.olympiccardsandcomics.com/ Again, the outside storefront is not impressive, but wait till you get inside . . . . Do yourself a favor and stop here on the way to Portland from Seattle (it is just 5 minutes off of I-5).
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Do you like drinking? Cocktails or beer? Cheap or willing to spend a bit?
What kind of food do you like?

I love eating/drinking and can make many recs based on your palate!

Do you know what area you'll be in? There are many game stores and a few "game bars."
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Seattle has a lot of good options:

Big +1 to Card Kingdom.

Also Blue Highway Games in Queen Anne www.bluehighwaygames.com and Gamma Ray Games in Capitol Hill www.gammaraygamestore.com

Card Kingdom and Gamma Ray are good if you want games and bar. Blue Highway is good if you just want to play games.
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Did gamma ray expand or move recently? Last time I was there it seemed a bit too small for that. Never went upstairs though...
 
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To Do's in Order of Fun Quotient Provided:
1. Teatro Zinzanni
2. Triple Door (if someone to your musical taste is playing)
3. Drive to Crystal Mountain for lunch
4. Ride The Duck
5. Ferry ride to Bainbridge Island and back on a sunny day
6. Dinner at The Space Needle
7. Aquarium
8. Pike's Place Market
9. Dinner at Metropolitan Grill
10. Mariner's Game

Note because the Fun Quotient was used to form this list, it is free of the vagaries of personal opinion.
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u forgot to put number

11. Beths cafe for late nite food or early morning bliss.
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I think you will find MSRP at the FLGSs here.
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Seattle has a great booze scene...

Downtown/Belltown/Georgetown:

Massive beer selection (over 100 drafts) from the area and around the world
http://taphousegrill.com/

A good example of the cocktail renaissance in Seattle, but is pricy
http://www.robroyseattle.com/

If you're open to experimental (but amazing!) food and beer, this is one of my favorite places in the city
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gastropod/12363255440263

If you like British cask ale, there is a brewery that does it right
http://www.machinehousebrewery.com/

Capital Hill:

Game Store and Bar
http://www.gammaraygamestore.com/

Tasty local Fast Food chain (located all over)
http://www.ddir.com/locations

Also great in this location: Stumbling Monk (Belgian beer pub), Pike Street Fish Fry, Quinn's (best gourmet burger in town), Big Mario's Pizza, Rancho Bravo (Mexican street food), and about a dozen others...

Ballard:

Card Kingdom/Cafe Mox
As said by others, is awesome and worth checking out. Their prices are below msrp, but not as low as online.

There are some good breweries nearby, too -
http://www.nwpeaksbrewery.com/
http://hilliardsbeer.com/
http://halesbrewery.com/pub.htm

Greenwood:
Gary's Games is a nice FLGS with a big selection of used games (especially rpg, but board too)
http://pugetbridgesupply.com/

Bars nearby (all provide a great selection of interesting beers)
http://nakedcitybrewing.com/
http://uberbier.com/
http://chucks85th.com/

In general, I'm not a fan of tourist stops, but:
EMP/sci fi museum is good if you like either music or sci fi.
Pike Place/downtown is good for shopping if you're into that.
The view from the comerica building (the tallest in Seattle) is awesome.
Good fast food from around the city: red mill hamburgers, pagliacci's pizza, ezell's chicken (all are great!)
Woodinville is jammed with wineries and breweries if you like tastings, you could do a tour.
Wine World has the best selection of liquor and wine out of anywhere else I've been if you're looking to find something you can't get at home.

I moved here over 10 years ago and love it - I hope you do too!



















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Christopher, I live here and that is an awesome guide.

What would you suggest as a food/beer pairing with Blue Highway Games (Queen Anne)?
 
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How to Cook a Wolf (http://ethanstowellrestaurants.com/howtocookawolf/) is a great (though expensive) restaurant within spitting distance of Blue Highway. As for beer on Queen Anne, not so much.
 
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Windopaene wrote:
Did gamma ray expand or move recently? Last time I was there it seemed a bit too small for that. Never went upstairs though...


When I was there in December, the bar and playing area was down the street about a block from the actual store.
 
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grandslam wrote:
Christopher, I live here and that is an awesome guide.

What would you suggest as a food/beer pairing with Blue Highway Games (Queen Anne)?


Queen Anne (along with West Seattle and WallingFremontFord) are areas I don't get to much, so I've got some gaps there!
 
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If you visit www.metroseattlegamers.com you'll see a list of most of the gaming opportunities in the area.
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+1 to Card Kingdom for being an awesome board game store, minus anything you would call 'niche'. Gary's Games fills that void.

And +1 to Chuck's Hop Shop in Greenwood! Not only do they have a different food truck every day of the week, but tons of beer on tap and in bottle. I also work here.
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How about a Hop Shop Game Night?
 
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Experience Music Project has a thing on Fantasy this month.
Another thing you should check out is the Underground Tour. I would skip the Duck Tour unless you are into obnoxious drivers with silly hats making lame jokes for an hour. My great aunt loved the Duck tour but everyone else hated it.
Also, if you are going to the Space Needle, just go up to the top to have a desert. It's cheaper than the observation tickets, and it allows you to go up to the observation deck for free.
Mt. Ranier is 2 hours away if you like to hike as well.
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keithsink wrote:
Experience Music Project has a thing on Fantasy this month.
Another thing you should check out is the Underground Tour. I would skip the Duck Tour unless you are into obnoxious drivers with silly hats making lame jokes for an hour. My great aunt loved the Duck tour but everyone else hated it.
Also, if you are going to the Space Needle, just go up to the top to have a desert. It's cheaper than the observation tickets, and it allows you to go up to the observation deck for free.
Mt. Ranier is 2 hours away if you like to hike as well.


I second the Ducks sentiment. I went with my parents when they were visiting, and except for a short stint in the lake, most of it was sitting in traffic downtown, which I do plenty enough on my own.

I've been here since 2001 and still have never bothered with going up in the Space Needle! devil
 
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crunk_posby wrote:
I second the Ducks sentiment. I went with my parents when they were visiting, and except for a short stint in the lake, most of it was sitting in traffic downtown, which I do plenty enough on my own.


I've only taken the Duck first thing in the morning with my daughter, who is 10. No traffic and big fun. Flying solo I wouldn't do it.
 
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