Portland Jul 16, 2014 1:12:06 GMT -5
Post by wonk on Jul 16, 2014 1:12:06 GMT -5
In this edition of "wonk hates downtown Seattle," I wandered around Saturday night looking for a coke to drink my whiskey with, and a bag of chips. I already know downtown Seattle is one of the worst places to visit if you need supplies to get you through the weekend. I've been there six times in the last two years, so I know of three places to get food after 10pm. But an open grocery store or convenience store late night is difficult to find. I went to Bartles at 9:50, only to find out they close at 8pm. A grocery store downtown closes at 8pm on a Saturday night? There were multiple people out front asking passers by, "any place to get anything this time of night?"
I asked the hotel attendant, "anywhere close to get a Pepsi or a bag of chips?" He laughed and said, "no no, not at this time of night." It was 10:08pm. I wandered around for an hour looking for soda, and eventually walked into a hotel and asked where their soda machine was. I paid $2 for a 12oz can of Coke. At that point, it was worth it.
I got back to Portland shortly after 10pm Sunday night, and walked passed six places on my way home (downtown) which served food and/or soda. They were all open until midnight, ON A SUNDAY.
I know you Seattle hipsters will say, "the places to hang out here are not downtown," but the highest concentration of hotels reside downtown, plus an NFL stadium, and an MLB field. I've been downtown in many cities, and Seattle is a complete anomaly.