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Seattle has its fair share of stories to add to Prohibition lore, having given rise to one of the most successful bootleggers in Pacific Northwest history, Roy Olmstead. Smith Tower and The Good Bootlegger’s Guild present an educational and engaging speaker series in three parts, combining history, mythology, rum, and good old-fashioned storytelling.

Exclusive Specialty Cocktail
In honor of our rumrunning roots, we'll be featuring an exclusive specialty cocktail only available during Smells Like Seattle Spirits events. Make sure to ask for Runnin' with the Devil, a delicious cocktail that includes Appleton Estate Signature Blend Rum, FORO Amaro, lemon sherbet, lime, and absinthe rinse.

Doors open at 7:30pm and tickets are $20 per person. Seating is limited and standing room will apply if the event is sold out. A full bar and menu are available for purchase throughout the evening for your enjoyment. While we encourage you to attend all sessions, it’s not required to follow along with the storyline.

Monday, March 4

Beginnings: The Seduction of a Seattle Cop

How does a rising-star cop – the youngest Lieutenant in the Seattle Police Department – decide to secretly form a gang and become enmeshed in bootlegging, only to find himself racing his car off-road to avoid capture by Federal Prohibition Agents on March 22, 1920? Join The Good Bootlegger’s Guild as we launch the story of a young man from Nebraska who joins the SPD at the tumultuous time our State goes dry – well before national prohibition – and immerse yourself in a bygone era of dramatic Seattle politics and culture wars.


Monday, April 1

The Rise of Old Roy: Seattle’s Most Original Innovator 

Fired from the Seattle Police Department, Roy Olmstead makes a historic decision that will change the business and political landscape in the Northwest throughout the 1920s: with his “free time,” he will go into bootlegging booze full time. What makes Olmstead different from every other bootlegger in Seattle, the Northwest, and the entire nation is a surprisingly classic tale of Northwest entrepreneurship, innovation, and spirit.


Monday, May 6

The Hard Fall: The Feds Fight Back 

Olmstead’s good guy anti-hero popularity peaks, with his remarkable popularity driven by better whiskey, lower prices, and an ethical commitment to non-violence. Olmstead is labeled in the media as “The Good Bootlegger,” but it’s too good to last. While Olmstead is beloved by many as the opposite of a Capone-style, violence-driven whiskey operation, his success attracts the country’s most innovative federal prohibition agents to Seattle who determines – using new technology – to bring the Olmstead empire crashing down.

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Take your love to dizzying heights this February with a visit to Smith Tower that’s sure to be the bee’s knees. With two different options to choose from, you’re sure to sweep your special someone off their feet during the season of love.

Fallin’ for Veuve
$50 includes*:

  • Admission for two
  • A Veuve Champagne toast


Poppin’ Bottles
$100 includes*:

  • Admission for two
  • A bottle of Ruinart Blanc de Blancs Champagne

*Pricing includes a 20% taxable service charge. 5% ticketing tax is not included. Must be age 21 or over. Available for purchase at the Smith Tower Observatory check-in. Not valid on Mondays or when closed for an event. Check up to date hours of operation.

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Swing on up to the Observatory before you head to the game for exclusive admission when you show your professional Seattle sports gameday ticket*. Bring your tickets to the tower before the game, and get a ride up to our thirty-fifth floor Observatory for just $5, where the party kicks off with craft cocktails, fabulous food, and killer views.

*Ticket stubs are valid for $5 admission on the ticket date.