Georgetown is a cool neighborhood about five miles south of Seattle. Formerly an industrial area filled with warehouses, Georgetown has gone from shabby to chic, from industrial to artsy. Today, the neighborhood is a great place to find trendy restaurants, breweries, and art galleries. On a visit to Georgetown, make sure to hit these six things.
In and around Georgetown’s main drag are a few breweries. Most notably, Georgetown Brewery at 5200 Denver Avenue S (just off of Airport Way) and Machine House Brewery at 5840 Airport Way.
Georgetown Brewery is most known for their Manny’s Pale Ale, a common site at pubs and restaurants in Seattle and beyond, but the brewery also crafts other tasty brews. Georgetown Brewery does not have a brewpub, but you can come taste what’s on tap, get growlers filled, or purchase kegs and other merchandise.
Machine House Brewery specializes in English-style cask ales. The atmosphere at Machine House is unique—set into an old building that was once home to the Rainier Brewery with vintage colored-glass windows and an open seating area as well as a walk-up bar. Look for a tall brick smoke stack to find your way.
Shop at Trailer Park Mall
Trailer Park Mall is one of the most interesting little spots in all of the Puget Sound. The “mall” is a collection of vintage trailers filled with pop-up shops, mini art galleries, clothing stores, and—really—anything that will realistically fit into a trailer. Vendors are friendly and fun and you never know what you’ll find here, but it’s a lot of fun to look.
Experience Art Attack
On the second Saturday of each month, Art Attack takes over the streets of Georgetown, and the fun factor of wandering Georgetown’s streets goes up exponentially. Like other art events in the area (First Thursdays in Seattle and Third Thursdays in Tacoma), Art Attack sets aside a special time to open up all the Georgetown galleries at once. Plus, business owners often display a local artist or two, shops and restaurants stay open, some artists open their studio doors, and special events take place. Art Attack usually happens between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m and takes place all along Airport Way between S. Lucille and S. Bailey.
Explore Shops and Restaurants
Airport Way and its vicinity are loaded with shops and restaurants. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery serves up comics, including rare, alternative and local comics and graphic novels. A record shop is attached and somehow vinyl seems perfectly at home in the industrial surrounds.
If you want to stop for a bite to eat or a drink (and awesome breweries just aren’t your thing), look to everywhere from Mexican at Fonda la Catrina to Stellar Pizza & Ale to stunningly creative comfort food at Brass Tacks. If you want to eat it, there’s probably some incarnation of it near Airport Way.
And not far away is Katsu Burger, a small-yet-mighty burger joint.
Tour Some Galleries
Georgetown is an artsy kind of neighborhood and you’ll find several galleries and artist studios on or near Airport Way. The Georgetown Arts and Cultural Center (5809 1/2 Airport Way S.) is likely the best-known art spot in the area. About 20 artists showcase their work here on Art Attack and at other scheduled times as well. The center is also the place to be if you’re looking for art classes for your kids, an after-school printmaking workshop for teens, or even classes for yourself. But don’t limit yourself to the Center. The Nautilus Studio (5913 B Airport Way S) is an art gallery with an extremely cool steampunk/gothic kind of vibe. Others include The Roving Gallery (5628 Airport Way S.)
Check Out the Cool Architecture
The real highlight of Georgetown is the drag along Airport Way. And aside from the businesses and arts located on this stretch, the highlight of Airport Way is its history and that history’s resulting architecture. Georgetown is one of Seattle’s oldest residential areas and started its life as its own city before it merged with Seattle in the early 1900s. While the railroad still runs nearby, what used to be old rail warehouses are now filled with galleries, restaurants, bars, and other modern goodies that have embraced the history of the area, kept it around as a reminder of the past, and yet are also undeniably modern. It’s worth taking a moment to look up at the old buildings and check out the original glass in the windows or old names of buildings still emblazoned high above the streets.