For a moving experience, we decided to try some of Seattle's many options for a night of dining and dancing.
Our first stop, an establishment dedicated to dancing: Century Ballroom (915 E. Pine St.; 324-7263; centuryballroom.com). Located on Capitol Hill on the second floor of a former Odd Fellows temple built in 1908, the Century Ballroom is well known for its dance classes and competitions. There are two different dance spaces, both with wood floors.
Importantly for our purposes, the Century Ballroom has an affiliated restaurant, the Tin Table (320-8458; thetintable.com). This makes the location a convenient place to indulge a little, then dance it off with an evening of salsa dancing (or swing, if you prefer).
We ordered the gourmet burger and, to our delight, the dish was blanketed in straw-sized fries. The winter-squash ravioli would have been brighter with additional seasoning, but is a good choice for a carb load before dancing. The wine menu contained labels not often offered in most restaurants. There were a few Northwest wines, but the majority were from Italy, Spain and France.
What is a restaurant/dance place without a decent cocktail? The Tin Table truly impressed us with its cocktails. If you are a traditionalist, we suggest the "Old-Fashioned Old Fashion" made with Rittenhouse rye. The "Dionysus in Suburbia" was tasty, too. This drink was made with applejack, dark rum and Hippocras spiced wine.
The waiter also gave us a sneak peek of the spring and summer drinks that were not yet on the menu. However, by this point we could not remember the names of the drinks, only that they tasted very good. Considering we ate and drank plentifully, we were properly prepared for some salsa dancing.
The Century Ballroom offers a number of different lessons in different types of dancing. Series dance classes are also offered. On the night we were there, a group one-hour lesson for beginners was taken by approximately 75 people, followed by open dancing. The cost was around $8 per person and open dance is free with the lesson.
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