If you’re looking for something warmer to do, here are a few suggestions. Clue other readers into your favorite cozy spots in the comments thread.
FIREPLACE BARS: When nothing but live flame will do, head to a bar or restaurant with fireplaces, such as Bastille in Ballard or The Sorrento’s Fireside Room on First Hill. For a little extra fun, the Sorrento hosts a set of vintage and tropical jazz on Friday night, featuring Hawaiian jazz vocalist Nikki Dee.
STEAM ROOM: How about a trip to the South Lake Union spa Banya 5, where $40 buys you unlimited use of the Turkish steam room, tepid and hot pools, a tea lounge and more. Afterward, stop by Venik for a hot drink.
‘WINTER WARMTH’: That’s the title of the Northwest Chamber Chorus‘ holiday show, at 3 p.m. this Sunday at the Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church. The program includes old favorites and new compositions. For a long list of the season’s classical concerts, look here.
‘DINA MARTINA CHRISTMAS SHOW’: Laughter is one sure-fire way to warm the soul, if not the body. Dina, a well-known, wacky cabaret chanteuse, returns to the Re-bar with her campy Yuletide extravaganza. (Looking for a theater show for the kids? This isn’t it! Try our list of holiday shows instead.)
THE ROYAL ROOM: Warm up with vintage wine and a vintage Seattle rock band. Red Dress, Gary Minkler’s classic early indie band, appears at the cozy Columbia City neighborhood pub the Royal Room at 9 p.m. Saturday. Take off your cap and overcoat, slide into a booth and soak up the sounds.
HOLIDAY MARKET: Light the fuse on your holiday season by shopping for gifts at the Kirkland Arts Center, which will display handmade objects by 25 local artisans on Saturday. Look for entertainment as well, such as an Iron Potter contest. This is just one entry in a long list of indoor arts and crafts events this weekend.
MOVIES: Cinemas are always a haven in the Northwest’s cold and/or wet weather. This weekend, you can catch two 3.5-star films with incendiary titles: “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and “Let the Fire Burn.” Both these movies have budget screenings in the next week as well; check this list for details.
have fun and stay warm!