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Welcome to Groupon Seattle! For our inaugural deal, $10 gets you $25 worth of grub and guzzle at Del Rey, located at 2332 1st Ave. You’re probably thinking, “That sounds great, but I’ve never bought a car or a computer without first reading the Wikipedia definitions for car and computer—I’m not about to buy a Groupon either without a briefing.” Well neither would we, and since this is everyone’s first Groupon, allow us to briefly explain how it works.
How Groupon Works
Groupon is a combination of the words group and coupon. Each day, we offer an unbeatable deal on the best of Seattle: restaurants, spas, sporting events, theater, and more. By promising businesses a minimum number of customers, we get discounts you won’t find anywhere else. We call it “collective buying power”!
If you want to get the deal, just click BUY before the offer ends at midnight. If the minimum number of people (20 for today’s deal) sign up by the end of the day, you’ll get a printable gift certificate in your inbox the next morning that you can use whenever you want (well, at least until the deal expires—today’s expires in one year). If not enough people join, no one gets the deal (and you won’t be charged), so invite your friends to make sure you get the discount!
It’s nice to wake up to something new every day. Some people get their daily fix from desk calendars with a cute puppy and a funny caption every morning. Groupon is like a desk calendar, except the puppy is an unbeatable discount and the funny caption is a profound reflection on the flowers and needles growing from life’s cactus. We selflessly share our deep insights, hoping that you will join our mob of consumers, thus strengthening our collective buying power and commanding even better deals.
Happy hour with a $2 Pabst is blest. Happy hour with an 80-cent Pabst is supernaturally sublime. This $10 Groupon for $25 worth of food and drink at Del Rey—the swanky lounge in Belltown—knocks its already unbeatable happy hour prices ($2 Pabst, $3 drafts, $5 nachos) down to nearly nothing. This is bar food made science: the perfect ratio of filling to fluffy, salty to sweet. Breathe deep, old friend, this land is your land.
Red light bathes the black tables and chairs in an inviting glow as you settle into a deep booth to enjoy Southwestern staples on Del Rey’s menu. Chef Derek Knudsen dishes out the blackened ahi, truffle mac ‘n cheese, and churros with chocolate-Kahlua sauce that make Del Rey a great place to start or finish a night out.
But you might not want to leave after sampling a few of Del Rey’s exotic cocktails (try the Velveteen or Bijou), more than 100+ tequilas (which are half-off during happy hour), and tasty margaritas (including tequila-infused concoctions such as the jalapeno-cucumber margarita). Customers say Del Rey is a prime place to party since the liquor keeps flowing even when the place is filled to the brim. When timeless distinction meets down-home flair, the result can only be Del Rey. It’s like putting James Bond in a cowboy hat.
Reviewers from Seattle Weekly, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and The Stranger said the drinks were strong and the place was classy: > * The bar’s ambience is gorgeous – kind of a ’40s vibe, with cool lighting, classic, comfortable booths and a high ceiling. Plus, its menu of small and shared plates is extensive enough that you don’t feel as if all you’ve had to eat is bar food (even if that is the case). – D. Parvaz, Seattle Post-Intelligencer > * Settling into the corner booth closest to a bar bedecked with innumerable bottles of colorful liquor, we took in the surroundings: a giant dome of glowing red light in the middle of the bar’s ceiling, hanging rectangular-shaped lights, dark walls lined with booths, and tall black tables and chairs scattered throughout the middle of the space…We leaned back in our booth, stomachs full and minds fuzzy from strong cocktails, and it became evident that Del Rey was not just another classy Belltown lounge. – Heather Logue, Seattle Weekly
More than 30 Citysearchers give Del Rey an average of 4.5 stars; Yelpers give it three. > * Del-Rey is one of my favourite spots to go to in Belltown… the waitresses has been both decent and super friendly. The atmosphere is a perfect combo of sophistication meets chill; the dim red lights and decor give Del-Rey a very seductive feel. – vivianmarie, Citysearch > * I love this place. Great for after work, even sometimes on weekends. The staff is friendly, helpful, and know how to make you pay the next day! Never one to turn down a good time I will gladly come here when anyone suggests Belltown as a destination. – brice716, Citysearch > * With no cover, good music, reasonable drink prices and a good energetic crowd I could see this becoming a regular stop for party night! – Don L., Yelp
The Meaning of Del Rey
Loosely translated, Del Rey is Spanish for The King. This is, of course, in reference to Elvis Presley’s brief but memorable reign as the actual King of Mexico from 1967–1972. Here are just a few of his accomplishments:
- Invented the fried peanut-butter and plantains sandwich
- Brought sexy hips to Central America
- Provided crucial aid during misguided “Bay of Pink Cadillacs” Invasion
- Face appears in 85% of tortillas to this day
- Killed, wore Chupacabra