Even as downtown Seattle goes increasingly sleek, bohemia lives on in Georgetown. Check out this cool video about Georgetown that we created.
Wedged between railroad tracks and Boeing Field, where 737 jets get painted and tested for flight, this blue-collar manufacturing hub dates to 1851 (the city’s oldest residential zone). Sometimes the aircraft bound for Sea-Tac Airport and Boeing Field fly so low over Georgetown it seems you could reach out and tickle their bellies. If this isn’t stimulating enough, there are plenty of ground-bound attractions in this SoHo-style neighborhood, from the gracious Corson Building on its northern border to the funky Hangar Cafe, tucked slightly out of the way in a southern corner. In between are the Second Saturday Art Attack walk and a haven of diverting shops, restaurants and services.
In recent years, its old breweries and metal foundries have been transformed by a tight-knit community of “eccentric artists and general oddballs,” says Martin Imbach of Georgetown Records. Georgetown's industrial landscape is a vibrant arts scene — nothing new, but a movement that has definitely picked up steam lately.
Artists started settling in the area in the late 1980s and early '90s as they were priced out of more central locations. The resurgence has raised the neighborhood's profile, without altering its gritty character.
"It's the last outpost of real bohemia in Seattle," said Larry Reid, the neighborhood's honorary impresario. "It's an art community with dirt under its fingernails."
He's describing Georgetown's motley crew of blue-collar artists specializing in wood and metal work — folks who thrive in the neighborhood despite the constant roar of airplanes and trains.
"We've created a critical mass here of creative enterprises," said Reid, who runs the popular Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery.
Walk down the main drag of Airport Way South and pedestrians actually say "Hi" to strangers.
Besides the original Rainier Brewery, a piece of history that fueled former factory workers and the oldest saloon in Seattle, Jules Mae's, there's an eclectic mix of stores — button makers, antique dealers, bike store, music store, home furnishing, tattoo parlors, indoor beach volleyball, breweries and a record store resembling the one from the movie "High Fidelity." Not to mention a telephone museum and an acrobatics school.
The events in the area are just as random but fun — The Georgetown Carnival, beer festivals, a marching band extravaganza called Honk Fest, a pinball competition, bingo, bike (motorcycle movies at Smarty Pants every Wednesday) and spaghetti nights, monthly art walks, the annual Garden Walk and the Haunted History tour.
Come check us out… The Georgetown Inn is located right here in the middle of it all. It’ll be like knowing a cool little secret. Cheers!