An Insider's Guide to Columbia City

Brandon Bright, Seattle Office Manager for Avenue Properties, is our guest blogger this week. We asked Brandon to give us a foodie tour through his favorite Seattle neighborhood -- Columbia City.

The Columbia City Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980, and has become a recent Seattle hot spot with desirable neighborhoods, breathtaking valley views, and convenient light rail access. With various incredible bars, shops and eateries, Columbia City continues to grow and flourish while maintaining its friendly neighborhood vibe. Last year, Seattle Met named Columbia City one of Seattle's 10 Best Neighborhoods.

Three of my favorite spots in particular make this neighborhood both a great place to visit, and a great place to live.

1. Lottie’s Lounge
Located in the heart of the historic Columbia City District in the former Columbia Hotel Building. Lottie’s is home to innovative cocktails, delicious comfort food, and a relaxed camaraderie feel. You may also catch an impromptu band at times while sipping on a ‘La Selena’ or ‘Beyoncé Lemonade.’ 

2. Island Soul Restaurant
When you think of soul food, Seattle doesn’t usually come to mind. One visit to Island Soul Restaurant will upend that perception. With roots straight from Jamaica, following the tradition of authentic Jerk and soul food, you are sure to find something on the menu that tickles your taste buds. Be sure to get there early on the weekends – their famous brunch always draws a packed house!

3. The Royal Room
Restaurant, bar, project room, place of all-things-awesome. The Royal Room is a Columbia City staple and well known for its array of live music, dance parties and special occasions. With a different event scheduled every day of the month, there is always something fun and new to do in Columbia City; especially at The Royal Room.