Beer of the Apocalypse

This is the year that the world is ending. Thank goodness Elysian brewery is celebrating (or lamenting) properly.

If the Mayans predicted things right, Dec 21 of 2012 will be the last day of, well, ever. Every Month until then, Elysian will release a new beer on the 21st of every month. The Upstairs will be featuring each beer, each month.

We recommend sharing a bottle with a friend or stranger. These brews are strong and with serious purpose.

Curently we are pouring, Rapture (floral and hoppy). Next month, Starting on the 21st, Fallout ( a pale ale made with green cardamom).


Here at the Upstairs, we like beer – a lot. We do our best to keep our beer list current, interesting, high octane, and without pretense. We are super excited to have the Beer’s of the Apocalypse in our cooler.


Michael’s Drink of the Moment

The Toronto, featured at The Upstairs

Our Bartender, Michael, loves the Toronto Cocktail.

We all know you can’t get through a Thursday night in Belltown without hearing someone (or some group) order a round of Fernet shots. The herbal degestif is not for the faint of heart. But, combined with Canadian Whiskey or our House Rye and a few good times (to be had at The Upstairs), it’s quite delicious.

Toronto (from Imbibe Magazine)

First created to highlight the more mellow tones of Canadian whiskey, this Fernet Branca-flecked classic (1948) becomes decidedly more assertive when mixed with American rye.

2 oz. rye or Canadian whiskey
1/4 oz. Fernet Branca
1/4 oz. simple syrup (1:1)
Cracked ice
Tools: mixing glass, barspoon, strainer
Glass: coupe or cocktail
Garnish: strip of orange peel

Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir well for 20 seconds and strain into a chilled glass. Twist orange peel over the drink and use as garnish.

Pop into The Upstairs Wednesday, Thrusday, and Saturday. Michael will be here shaking this classic until we close.

Wine at the Upstairs

Here at The Upstairs, we try not to take anything too seriously. We love booze. We think gin is good and whiskey is a necessity. We love beer.

But the one thing we thought we might be good at taking seriously,  is wine. We’ve spent a lot of time developing our Spanish Wine list for Pintxo. We’ve had a hankering for something beyond the borders of our favorite European Country. And now that we have the Upstairs we’re excited to learn more about French and West Coast Wines.

We’re lucky to have good guidance and great teachers. Our favorite among them, Jesse from Vinum Wine Importers and Distributors. He never leads us astray!

My Picks:

2008 Chateu La Fleur Haute Serre Cahors, $8.00

2010 Masion Bleue ‘Au Contraire Chardonnay, $11.00

Pop in soon to taste some of our selections. We do our best to keep our favorite wines around and rotate “must-taste” selections often.



Live Music, Sunday March 4th!

Seattle! Blue Star Creeper (Indie-psychedelic-folk rock) and Colin Higgins (Acoustic Show) are playing at the Upstairs, Sunday March 4th.

The show is FREE.

We will have our nightly happy hour. Andy will be behind the bar working out  speciality cocktails and good times will be had all around.

Follow us on Twitter (@TheUpstairsSEA) for daily cocktail specials and updates on live music!