The Cafe was not only an epicenter for the community, it served as the de facto hang out of the Speakeasy Crew.
Here are some of the stories that made the Cafe such a unique place.
One day, I was walking from the Pike Place Market to our apartment in Belltown. On the way, there
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After months of wielding jackhammers, running cable, wrangling 2 x 4’s into actual furniture
The day my girlfriend left for school back east, a friend took me out to cheer me up. He brought
Roderick and Anisa Romero of Sky Cries Mary hold the first live-streamed art gallery opening,
I worked regular shifts in the cafe for some time, which I enjoyed in the extreme. I also got to
As Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood begins to be revitalized, Speakeasy’s backroom
I’ve been a bass player in a few Seattle bands over the years, and back in the day I used to
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In 1996, it wasn’t hard to dub your event ‘the largest collaborative Internet event
Speakeasy’s backroom theater was host to not only live performances, but to a wide variety
Our press coverage even went as far afield as the Asia Times.
I loved my early days working weekend nights at the Speakeasy Cafe, behind the bar in a packed
“People are starting to live here again. As opposed to in the past where people leave
The cafe was featured in a business review newspaper, focusing on the low pressure sales approach
Speakeasy was the focus of an article by the Christian Science Monitor in May 1996.
I asked to talk to the manager and this short, attractive, direct woman in cutoff jeans and a
The cafe was featured in a piece by Der Spiegel in June of 1996.
One of the ways that Speakeasy connected with the arts community in Seattle was to provide a space
I had always been a super-fan, lived in Ballard, came to Belltown all the time, used the,
I first met Mike and Gretchen when I was 18 and came in to the Cafe via my volunteer work with
Speakeasy was conceived around March of 1994. The main impetus was that while the Internet was
It was the most relaxed work environment I’ve ever experienced and we always had a blast.
Belltown Killer was organized by myself and Adrienne Dailey. The participants (around 30 in the
Here’s my Killer saga; I was mercilessly taken out by Vain’s owner, Victoria Gentry.
One of my new roommates brought me down to the Speakeasy Cafe one night after Bumbershoot in early
I started off doing tech support in the evenings on the weekend and found I had a lot of
The Speakeasy Cafe had become a popular destination in the area, particularly for all-age fans of
“The Speakeasy has been really glorious,” says Gretchen Apgar. “From the
Founded by former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, JAMPAC was focused on fighting several anti
“It ruined us,” said co-owner Gretchen Apgar. “You spend two-and-a-half years
I adored that we had a record exchange going with Wall of Sound records across the street.
While working at Speakeasy, I also had the privilege of performing in a play on the Speakeasy Cafe
The Speakeasy Cafe hosted a fundraiser for the Green Party presidential hopeful, Ralph Nader.
There are too many memories! There were a lot of good times, but the best times were spent in
At some point during my tenure as a barista, I became the curator of the cafe’s music
Introverts from all over converged for LANsanity, a Quake 3 tournament with DJs, beer, and a $1
I always loved the old building(s) we were in, but being in the 2nd Ave office during the
Mike Daisey’s breakthrough work, 21 Dog Years, debuted in Speakeasy’s Backroom theater
The rising air made the steel door to the staircase rattle like someone was trying to escape. When
A memory that stands out is getting a phone call from a night shift tech telling me that the cafe