Read some poetry, or just eat some haggis and imbibe some whisky. Photo via Dumfries Museum's Flickr

Haggis and scotch whisky are a good way to spend a winter evening, and a great way to commemorate the life of celebrated Scot Robert Burns. The late 17-century poet is heralded as Scotland’s national poet, misremembered by Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Rye, deemed the people’s poet in communist Russia, and noted by Bob Dylan as an influence. And each January 25, expats and Scotophiles come together to celebrate Burns Night with traditional food and drink—here are a few spots to revel around Seattle: 

Raise a glass of scotch at chef John Sundstrom’s seasonal, local Lark. Wash down hors d’oeuvres, leek soup, and a lamb tasting (including haggis), with some whisky, and then sing along to live music of Burns-inspired songs. Reservations for Monday, January 27, at 6pm. 206-323-5275. $100 per person.

Palace Ballroom
Kilts, bagpipes, haggis, and Gaelic song will reportedly all be in attendance, along with a five-course meal and whisky pairings. Highland attire is encouraged. Reservations for Friday, January 24, at 6:30pm. 206-448-2001. $70 per person.

St. Andrews
Head over to this Scottish bar to watch a football match and sip scotch. While there won't be any special celebration that night, it's still in the spirit of Burns himself. 

Ballard’s own Scottish pub has an unrivaled selection of single-malt scotches—sample your way through the menu from under the picture of Burns at the back of the bar.