This year’s Pride celebration is going to be off the hook, as the cool kids say. Do they still say that? I’m not that old. Either way, you know what I mean. The weekend is full of festivities, but the parade is on Sunday, June 30 at 11am kicking off from Fourth and Union. It’s the 39th anniversary of the parade, and the very first one since we passed Referendum 74 last fall.
Be an early bird and find a window seat at a downtown restaurant, bar hop along the route, or use the parade as an excuse to day drink just about anywhere. Here’s a guide to get your drink on, full with rainbow pancakes, the gayest cupcake ever, and lots o' booze.
Round One: Brunch
For a bird’s-eye view of the parade, how about brunch at Frolik Kitchen and Cocktails. The staff suggests getting there early to assure a great spot on the patio. Or grab tickets to the Pride Brunch at the Palace Ballroom. Tom Douglas is always down for a party. A $35 ticket gets you breakfast and VIP seating at the Westlake Plaza for parade viewing. The event starts bright and early at 8:30 with a colorful variety of Smirnoff cocktails to get you on your way. Also, swanky restaurant Trace, right along the parade route is having a Very Marry Brunch party starting at 7am. The special menu has rainbow pancakes with white chocolate and hangover biscuits and gravy with poached eggs.
Round Two: The sober up from brunch-lunch
The parade is over, you’ve had about 11 mimosas, so next you need a walk. Start the trek up to Capitol Hill to bring in the afternoon. On the way up, hit Baguette Box for a crispy drunken chicken sandwich. Which is probably a good nickname for you at the moment. Then swing into Stumptown Coffee Roasters for a shorty bottle of tasty cold brewed coffee. Chug that, devour the sandwich, and you’ll be ready for the next round in no time.
Round Three: Streetside drinking
The Pike and Pine corridor is going to be an all-out party. The Street Party outside The Cuff Complex runs from noon to 8pm. A $15 cover gets you in to see drag shows and live music. Right around the way the Wildrose Bar is also celebrating in the streets from 1pm to 2am with DJs, beer pong, and a cash grab machine. Hop on in and try to win back the $25 you spent on a ticket. Manhattan is dispensing $3 fireball shots and numerous other specials. Or if you’d rather just have the debauchery go on around you, score a patio spot at Sun Liquor Distillery. The trio of sangrias on offer sound quite festive.
Round Four: Dessert (aka "the just one more")
It’s back, it’s beautiful, and it has rich vanilla buttercream. "The Gay" is available all month at Cupcake Royale locations. Stop in on Pride day for that rainbow-sprinkled sweet little cake that your intoxicated brain thinks you need. Or if a boozy slushy is more your thing, stop by Artusi. The drink is a special tribute to Jinkx Monsoon called “Water Off a Duck’s Back,” with Jamaican rum, Strega, and passionfruit. Perhaps you'll end up leaving with one of those adorable Pride T-shirts with pink squirrels by artist Joey Veltkamp.