Nobody likes figuring out suit sizes and organizing groomsmen fittings, but everybody likes fried chicken in the morning and barrel-aged bourbon in the evening. Add a little guy-grooming and pinball in between and your crew will be having what could only be considered a Bachelor Party warm-up. So, stop the never-ending email chain and get your guys easily and voluntarily fitted for your wedding gear by making it part of a dude’s day out. No need to overthink anything, we’ve got the whole itinerary all planned out for you.
11 a.m. Chow Down1519 14th Avenue, Seattle, WA, USA
Start the day at Nue, this sleek Capitol Hill spot (1519 14th Avenue) that brings together street food from around the world. For the adrenaline-seeking spice lover, the menu offers Chengdu chicken and waffles with Sichuan peppercorns and maple syrup. Or people can soothe any rogue hangovers with “War Chips”: fries topped with mayo, peanut sauce, onions, and sambal. The menu also sports more traditional brunch fare, including cornbread, sausage, eggs, and, if only if you’re feeling fancy that morning favorite: the bottomless mimosa.
1 p.m. Look Sharp103 Bellevue Avenue East, Seattle, WA, USA
Move down the hill to get everyone freshly clipped and buzzed at Acme (103 Bellevue Avenue E.), an old-school barbershop feel with hot towel and straight razor shaves. Book ahead to get enough chairs, or just walk in and rotate who’s getting clipped with who’s down the street getting coffee at the Starbucks Reserve Roastery. If anyone had enough of those bottomless mimosas to feel like getting a fancy design shaved into the side of their head (Seahawks logo maybe), this is the place to do it: Acme’s barbers are artists with their blades.
3 p.m. Get Fitted1801 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA, USA
Now that everybody’s scalps and chins are snazzy, herd them another few blocks down the hill to Indochino’s Seattle showroom (1801 5th Avenue). Since you’ve already signed up for an appointment, all you have to do is head in and let the Style Guides take some measurements, , show you some fabric options, and basically build the perfect suit for you and your groomsmen for the the big day. And snap a few photos of your guys looking good, especially for those in your crew still swiping left and right.
6 p.m. Play Ball508 Maynard Avenue South, Seattle, WA, USA
Following up your sartorial success with a quick light-rail ride to the International District for some hard-core pinball action. At the Seattle Pinball Museum (508 Maynard Avenue S.), the $15 admission buys you unlimited vintage and modern game time, from ’90s classics like the Guns N’Roses or Terminator 2 machines to Star Wars from 2017 (sweet!) and Star Wars Episode I (they can’t all be winners). No need for a beverage break: the concession stand sells craft beer—and every console has a cupholder.
8 p.m. Shut the Town Down94 Pine Street, Seattle, WA, USA
Hop back on the light-rail and head to Radiator Whiskey (94 Pine Street) for some dinner and drinks: specifically, smoked meat and brown liquor. If you think to book ahead, you can reserve a “Beast Feast” (you’ll need be rolling with a crew of about 15). Or, for smaller groups go with the half-pig-head (for 2-3, or as an app for more), which comes with crispy pig ears, braised tongue, and roasted loin, as well as all the accoutrement needed. Even just strolling in, your squad can find lamb neck sloppy joes and a sort of tater tot poutine, served with fried egg and gravy. But the menu’s best section is the bourbon: an endless list of whiskeys, many aged in house, and often mixed into creative cocktails like the bourbon margarita, and the renegade, (which also has mezcal and chartreuse). Pick a favorite from the “Manhattan project” section and raise a glass of whiskey and vermouth in toast to you, your wedding, and your groomsmen. If only every aspect of wedding prep were this easy—and involved custom-aged Eagle Rare bourbon.