Plus, Sue Bird is coming back and Seattle’s best sushi spots.

🍴 10 places to enjoy non-alcoholic beverages in Seattle

Plus, Sue Bird is coming back and Seattle’s best sushi spots.

By Hannah Myrick

Welcome to Wednesday!

Did you know yesterday was National Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friends Day? We hope you got to celebrate, but if not, you’re in luck: it looks like you’ll still have plenty of rain to splash in this week. 

But before you go out puddle stompin’, keep on scrollin’ for a peek at today’s headlines…👇


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What Seattle is talking about 

🗓️ The Washington Legislature began a new session on Monday and the agenda is already jam-packed. The 60-day session will see state lawmakers build upon the $59 billion budget they approved last spring. Items on the itinerary include addressing more than a dozen climate change proposals, editing the new Washington Cares Act, distributing $1 billion in unspent federal aid, addressing police accountability, finalizing our state’s redistricting plan, and much more. It’s sure to be a busy couple of months in Olympia. (Crosscut

🍣 Seattle’s seafood scene never disappoints. Even in the heart of winter, you can find the freshest fish, crab, and shellfish. If you’ve already worked up an appetite then you’re in luck: Eater has compiled a list of the best Sushi in the Seattle area. Treat yourself to a Winter Platter or a Crispy Sushi Rice Burger at Shiro’s or enjoy rotating seasonal selections and weekend brunch at Sushi Kappo Tamura. (Eater)

🏠 Believe it or not, Seattle is the eighth-most-affordable city in the U.S. for single renters. Don’t believe it? You’re not alone. Although our rents are high (*ahem* $1395 for a studio?!), a recent New York Times article ranks us at eighth because they register a single person’s average income as $89,644, making rent only 19 percent of total expenses. That amount comes from the U.S. Census Bureau, which pulled the average income of all “nonfamily households,” that is, a household in which none of the occupants are related. According to The Seattle Times’ FYI GUY, the median income for a “one-person” household in Seattle is $54,790. But even that number doesn’t account for the realities faced by individuals and households making less than the median; both articles tell very different stories of Seattle’s affordability. (Seattle Times)

🏀 Sue Bird is returning for one more season with the Seattle Storm. She was chosen by the Storm as the No. 1 pick of the 2002 WNBA draft and has spent her entire WNBA career with the team ever since. Bird is a four-time WNBA champion, a 12-time All-Star selection, and ranks first in the league for games played. Needless to say, we can’t wait to have her back. (King5)

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🎬 Watch a series of banned films and learn about the legacies they’ve left at SIFF Film Center (Seattle Center)

🎬 Enjoy seven short films selected from the 2021 Sundance Film Festival program, totaling 95-minutes through Jan. 20 (Capitol Hill)


🌿 Forage the day away with survival skills adapted for residents of the Pacific Northwest taught by an expert herbalist and forager (Online)

☃️ Check out  the winter celebrations going at Lake Chelan’s Winterfest, complete with ice sculptures, fireworks, and more thru Jan. 23 (Lake Chelan


🎸 Celebrate the legacy of Johnny Cash with music from renowned cover band Cash’d Out at the Tractor Tavern (Ballard

🖼️ Soak in Seattle’s art scene at the Belltown art walk, happening across multiple venues (Belltown)

✂️ Don’t miss the opening weekend of Seattle’s NFT Museum, where you can meet your icons and learn more about NFT trends (Downtown)


🍻 Take a road trip to Ellensburg’s 18th annual Brewfest, featuring craft beer from over 25 local breweries (Ellensburg

🎬 Enjoy the film series "Daredevils of the Red Circle" and another secret classic feature at the Grand Illusion Cinema (University District)


💃 Discover the fun and basic steps of the original swing dance —Lindy Hop (Capitol Hill)


🎤 Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with host Jamaar Smiley at The Royal Room (Columbia City)

📔 Tackle your first drafts at a Works in Progress Open Mic at Hugo House (Online)

📺 Show off your knowledge at "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" Trivia Night at The Crocodile (Belltown)

One more thing….

You may be in the middle of Dry January — a month where people voluntarily refrain from drinking alcohol until February arrives. Or maybe you’re just looking to cut back on your alcohol intake and are flirting with a sober lifestyle for any number of reasons. 💪

No matter the motivation, we wanted to share some Seattle spots where you can partake in a wide range of non-alcoholic drink options:

🛍️ The West Seattle Thriftway sells a variety of non-alcoholic beers and spirits, including Wildwood Spirits Co."s non-alcoholic gin, which has “None of the alcohol, but all of the spirit.”

🍴 These Seattle restaurants and bars featured by Eater have a wide selection of zero-proof beverages, spanning everything from kombucha and mocktails to apple ginger lemonade and specialty sodas.

📫 If you’re looking for craft non-alcoholic beer options, the Washington Beer Blog and Thrillist offer up some tasty options that you can buy online or find at a local store.

And special thanks to reader Rachel B. for asking us to cover this topic! 

We’ll see you all back here tomorrow — same place, same time.

Hannah at The Evergrey

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