The prospect of spending an evening as an unattached human being need not evoke heart palpitations and guilt. With or without a significant other, we all have a right to a good time at the midnight hour. So whether you’d prefer to pamper yourself, learn a skill or get wild, these evening happenings may inspire you to lay aside your worries and have fun being yourself. And who knows? Maybe a new special someone will be waiting...
Literature and Libations
Bookworms, meet your people. Slip into the Sorrento Hotel’s cozy Fireside Room on the first Wednesday of every month for the one and only Silent Reading Party. Seriously. When the clock strikes at 6 p.m., literary lovers come out of the woodwork to grab a drink and open a book in the company of others who enjoy reading. While supposedly not a social event, it’s decidedly difficult not to strike up a conversation with the cute brunette reading Murakami (hotelsorrento.com).
Climb Every Mountain
Want sexy arms? Climb some rocks. Stone Gardens’ Eastside satellite promises plenty of challenge and sculpting potential. Inexperienced ladies might consider the Women’s Intro to Climbing class on the third Friday of every month from 7 to 9 p.m. Others can opt for the traditional Climbing 101 series, the fee for which includes a two-week membership and 10% gear discount (stonegardens.com/bellevue/default.aspx).
Drop by Bellevue’s Skate King from 8:30 to 11 p.m. on Thursday for Adult Night, full of disco balls and groovy tunes (bellevueskateking.homestead.com). Those who prefer tipsy skating should head farther south to the legendary Southgate Roller Rink, open for more than 70 years! Four-wheelers of drinking age adore the hip-hop-and-funk-filled Adult Nights on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 to 11 p.m. and rage late on Saturdays from 10 to 12:30 a.m. (southgaterollerrink.com).
Join the Yoga Circus
A combination of acrobatics and yoga, the appropriately named AcroYoga is a fun partner-based activity where the “base” (person on the ground) supports the “flier” (balancing on the base’s feet) as they contort and whirl into plenty of impressive, Facebook-worthy poses. While it certainly helps to have some body strength and flexibility going into the class, beginners can try it out at OmCulture’s Intro to AcroYoga drop-in class on Tuesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. To watch the experts, hang around afterward for the Acro Jam, which rages until 10:30 p.m. and is free for anyone who takes the intro class (seattleacro.com).
Van Gogh Was Single Too
Nurture your creative passions and give voice to your fantasies with an evening series at Gage Academy of Art. Amateur artists can select from classes in varying levels of drawing, painting and sculpting, or simply drop in for a special weekend workshop like “Mixed-Media Life-Size Figure Painting” or “Botanical in Watercolor: Painting the Produce Section” (gageacademy.org).
Courting on the Court
Bellevue Club’s tennis program offers evening round-robin bouts for men, women and mixed doubles. Singles and couples are allowed. Women kick off the fun on Mondays at 7:15 p.m. for Ladies Night; registration is accepted up to a week in advance at 688-3174 ext. 2. Men’s Night is next, filling up the courts Wednesday night at 6 and 7:15 p.m.; sign-ups are accepted at noon on Tuesday. Friday nights are packed for the ever-popular mixed doubles night, run by adept trainer Geoff O’Connor. USTA members rated 3.4 or below play from 6 to 7:30 p.m., while the 7:30–9 p.m. slot is saved for the pros (bellevueclub.com/tennis/).
The Internet is your wingman (or wingwoman) when it comes to finding a source of enriching and simply goofy fun. Simply look to Meetup.com, which houses groups of locals who share nearly every conceivable interest. Take for instance the “Seattle Dungeons and Dragons” Meetup group, which offers regular role-playing get togethers throughout the Puget Sound area. For the outdoorsy and young at heart, the “Capitol Hill Sports” group just may be the ticket, which promises to “bring recess back” with revered pastimes like red rover, kickball, capture the flag, tug of war and more. If, on the other hand, you crave deep conversation with people of substance (and beer), look no further than “Drunken Philosophy,” a group dedicated to thinking and drinking (meetup.com).
If you prefer a night out at a Bellevue bar:
Bis on Main
Cosmos Lounge at the Bellevue Club
Koral Bar and Kitchen
Paddy Coyne’s Irish Pub
The Parlor Billiards & Spirits*
Pearl Bar & Dining
The Pumphouse Bar & Grill
Purple Café and Wine Bar
* also a club