For nearly two years now, we’ve held weekly meetups in Seattle. First as Roy Street Coffee & Tea on Capitol and then at Espresso Vivace in South Lake Union. We’ve been incredibly fortunate to have such great accommodations made available to us, but we’ve become increasingly challenged with space. And so with a new year ahead of us, we want to start anew with a fresh format for meetups. So here’s what’s changing:

  • Location. We want a better location and environment for meetups. That’s why we have chosen Belltown Pub as our new home. As the name suggests, the venue is in the heart of Belltown.
  • Length and time. We’re adjusting the time and length of our meetups to better meet the schedules of guests. Our new meetup times will be from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. Guests can drop by at anytime.
  • Frequency. We want to do more for you and make our meetups more vital. That’s why were moving to once monthly meetups. We will better program our meetups and offer additional events outside of monthly meetups.
  • Date. We have long met on Tuesdays, but with the change of frequency we want to set a consistent Tuesday. We plan to hold meetups on every second Tuesday of the month.

Belltown Pub is a well known eatery and pub within the Belltown neighborhood. We think it comes with great features, including: a spacious and flexible interior, comfortable atmosphere, full service bar and food menu, and more wall plugins! We’ve worked out an agreement to snag the loft area, just beyond the bar. If you’re under 21, worry not; Belltown Pub does not have any age restrictions outside of the bar area.

Getting to Belltown Pub should be much easier for many guests than our previous locations, whether they chose to walk, bike, ride, or drive. The location is a mere two blocks away from the heavily serviced Third Avenue bus corridor, where over a dozen routes converge. Downtown and many other neighborhoods are only a short walk or bike ride away. And ample parking for bicyclists and motorists is provided throughout the surrounding blocks; we expect that these should be fairly accessible.

Later in 2016, we plan to roll out a guest speaker series. Some of these guest speaker events will take place at Belltown Pub, which conveniently has a projector screen in the loft and room for plenty of guests. Stay tuned for more on that.

Our first meetup of 2016 will be on January 12th, a Tuesday, at 5.30pm. From thereon, we will meet the second Tuesday each month from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. Occasionally, we may hold a special meetup or cancel an evening. But as always, we will give advanced notice via a blog post, social media, and our calendar. We look forward to seeing you in 2016. Until then, happy holidays from all of us at The Urbanist!

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