One of our initial intentions for Grisl was that it would be used as a travel guidebook filled with recommendations from people who have been outside and around the block. For many reasons, this portion of the site has been slow developing. We’ve expanded on this concept to include recommendations from bands who would like to share guidance one getting around their own hometowns. After all, nothing makes a traveler more appreciative of where they hail from than being on the road. The feature is called No Place Like Home.
The best part is that when one of our readers travels to a place that is foreign to them they will have some solid recommendations from an awesome source, one of their favorite bands! I know I look forward to checking out some of these places and am sure that there are many others who would be interested.
If friends or family from out of town were visiting you where would you have to take them for must eat grub? What sort of food does the place serve? Any specific dish that you would recommend? What do you like about this place? Price range?
This is obvious, of course, tacos! With that said, our favorite spot is Rancho Bravo on Capital Hill. There are far too many other great sit-down and truck options to list. Can’t go wrong in this town.
Here at Grisl we are big into the craft beer scene, dive bar scene and regular bar scene (basically we love bars…). Assuming you also enjoy grabbing some drinks with your pals, where are the can’t-miss spots that you would recommend? What makes these places special to you? Any specific drinks that you would recommend? Price range? Vibe (i.e. bow tie or acid wash jeans?)?
What is your favorite music venue in the area to catch some shows? Any memorable shows you watched there off of the top of your head?
In Seattle there are a ton of options but we love playing the Sunset in Ballard, Chop Suey on Capital Hill, a DIY venue called the Black Lodge amongst others. There’s a great scene coming up in White Center (south Seattle) based around the Company Bar. In Bellingham we love playing the Shakedown whenever we can.
After a night of drinking and/or live music where are the best places to get some late night munchies/more drinks? What sort of food are we talking about? Price range?
Well, the afore mentioned Rancho Bravo is a safe bet, and Mario’s Pizza is great too, both cheap, and open after the bars stop serving, which is 2AM in Washington.
After a night of drinking and/or live music where is the best place to get breakfast? What do you specifically recommend?
Hattie’s Hat is the best in Ballard, Bang Bang Cafe in Belltown, and Petrirosso on Capital Hill are amazing. In Tacoma Peterson Bros.1111, and Top of Tacoma are great brunch spots as well as great bars to boot.
We are always looking for great coffee while traveling. What is your favorite spot to grab some joe?
You can’t turn left or right without running into a coffee shop here. Stand-outs include Stumptown and Cafe Vita in Seattle, Bluebeard and Valhalla in Tacoma, Batdorf and Bronson based in Olympia.
Do you have any lodging tips for people passing through (e.g. specific places or general areas)?
We are usually trying to be on the cheap and try to stay with friends whenever possible. I’ve heard there are great deals through air b-n-b.
What kind of day trips and/or outdoor activities in the surrounding areas would you recommend to our readers?
Favorite city the band has played a show:
We love playing anywhere really. We love to get on the road. Austin, Tucson, San Diego and Denver have been great spots for us.
City with the best live crowd:
That’s a hard one! We’ve had great shows some places, and come back to a not so great show. Really depends on a number of things. Luckily we have friends in a lot of these towns and so we get to see them regardless.
Best venue & why (e.g. acoustics, stiff drinks, etc.):
Bender’s in SF, great space, great drinks, awesome booking agent. Tower Bar in San Diego, again all around great people.
Weirdest thing you’ve seen on tour:
The mountains above Colorado Springs on fire.