SMX Advanced 2017 Food & Drink Guide

It’s that time of year again! SMX Advanced will be kicking off on June 12th at Bell Harbor International Convention Center here in Point It’s backyard. We’re pretty jazzed about this year’s SMX, as it’s always great to see familiar faces, meet new folks, and get some tips and tricks from some of the best known marketers in the business. We even have two of our very own sharing some knowledge this year, Katy Tonkin discussing Brand Safety and Maddie Cary talking about Mobile Apps for Google Play.

Outside of the excitement of getting the chance to learn from some of the best in the business, I know some of you are either in Seattle for the first time, or you haven’t gotten the chance to spend a ton of time in the city. So because of this, some of us at Point It want to share some of our personal favorite places for food & drink in Seattle while you’re spending some time in the Emerald City.

Where To Go: Talk Shop & Get Dinner

If you want to impress a potential client or even just want to try some of the amazing food around Seattle, these options work for whatever you have in mind.

Sushi Kashiba

This maybe a more “foodie” type place instead of somewhere to talk shop, but it’s one of the best sushi restaurants in Seattle and I couldn’t go without mentioning it. This restaurant is owned by Chef Kashiba, who trained with his senior supervisor, Sushi Maestro Jiro Ono (ever watch Jiro Dreams of Sushi on Netflix?). You have to make reservations for the dining area which is typically booked out a while in advance, however if you’re dedicated, you can try to get a spot at the Sushi Bar.

Location: Inn at the Market Courtyard
Distance from SMX: 0.5 miles

Din Tai Fung

If you’ve never been to Din Tai Fung, I’m so incredibly sorry. The happiness that comes over me when someone suggests going to Din Tai Fung for lunch/dinner can only be compared to the joy a child experiences on Christmas morning. Nothing compares to the warm feeling that comes over you when you bite into one of those amazing soup dumplings. If you want to have one amazing meal while you’re in Seattle, go here. Just a couple things to be aware of – expect a wait and be prepared to take a nap afterwards.

Location: Pacific Place Mall
Distance from SMX: 0.8 miles


Not only is this listed on Eater’s Best Restaurants in Seattle for Spring 2017, but the real draw of this place is the killer view of South Lake Union. We’re moving into Seattle summer right now, why not enjoy some tasty food while soaking in a gorgeous view?

Location: 400 Fairview Ave N
Distance from SMX: 1.3 miles

Where To Go: Crafty Brews

Hey it’s no secret that us PNWers love our beer, and we definitely have plenty of breweries to go around.

Holy Mountain Brewing

Including this because it’s a Pointer favorite and one of my favorite aesthetically-pleasing brewery around. Their menu changes constantly, but you’re bound to find a brew that fits your tastes.

Location: 1421 Elliot Ave W
Distance from SMX: 1.8 miles

Cloudburst Brewing

This is the closest brewery to the conference, so I felt like I had to include it. I personally haven’t spent any time here, but I do know that the founder has some ties to Elysian Brewing which has caused quite a bit of buzz around this brewery.

Location: 2116 Western Ave
Distance from SMX: 0.3 miles

Ghostfish Brewing

Who said beer can’t be gluten-free? As someone who isn’t exactly sure what gluten even is, this isn’t something that is typically I look for. But having spent some time at this brewery, you honestly can’t even tell a difference! Not only is the beer good, but the space is spacious for a group outing.

Location: 2942 1st Ave S
Distance from SMX: 2.8 miles


Assuming Golden State doesn’t win in a sweep this week, I’m guessing some of you will be looking for somewhere to watch Game 5 the day your flight lands, so I’ll keep this one hyper-focused around the conference hotels.

Buffalo Wild Wings

Yes, I know it’s a chain but how can I mention sports bars without mentioning B-Dubs?! My mouth is watering thinking about that amazing Asian Zing wing sauce washed down with a tasty local Elysian Space Dust IPA *drool*

Location: Westlake Center
Distance from SMX: 0.7 miles

Buckley’s in Belltown

The Point It crew likes to go here for Trivia during the week, but it’s a great place to go from some typical bar-fare, cheap happy hour filled with fried food and pitchers of beers.

Location: 2331 2nd Ave
Distance from SMX: 0.4 miles

TeKu Tavern

This is a newer place that I’ve actually only walked by on my way to work, but I can see their beer selection through the windows and OH MY LANTA! They have plenty of brews to choose from and TVs spread throughout the large seating area.

Location: 552 Denny Way
Distance from SMX: 0.7 miles

The Pine Box

With a large, dedicated game-watching space and a huge beer list with great food, The Pine Box really covers you on every one of your sports watching needs.

Location: 1600 Melrose Ave
Distance from SMX: 1.3 miles

These are just a couple of recommendations, but there really isn’t enough time in the world to cover all of my favorite spots in this city. But hey, if you’ve never been to Seattle before, find me on Twitter at @nataliebarreda and ask for some recommendations (or invite me out for a beer)!

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Natalie Barreda About the author

Natalie Barreda is a digital marketing veteran who focuses on driving revenue for enterprise-level clients. Thanks to her six years of agency experience, she adept at predicting and responding to critical trends in paid search. Currently a senior client manager at Point It Digital Marketing, she primarily focuses on year-round seasonality and B2C e-commerce digital advertising. Completely self-taught, Natalie considers herself a results maven. In her down time, Natalie enjoys hanging out with her aptly-named dog Xena and exploring the Seattle beer scene.

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