Seattle Nightlife

Seattle's amazing musical legacy is well known, but there's more to the arts and nightlife scenes than live music. In fact, these days, there are far more swanky bars and inventive pubs than music venues in the city.

To put it bluntly, Seattle's a dynamite place to drink. You can sip overly ambitious and ridiculously named specialty cocktails in trendy lounges, get a lesson from an enthusiastic

sommelier in a wine bar or restaurant, or swill cheap beer on the patio of a dive bar. Though some places have very specific demographics, most Seattle bars are egalitarian, drawing loyal regulars of all ages.

The music scene is still kicking—there's something going on every night of the week in nearly every genre of music. The city's dynamic theater scene is a highly regarded proving ground for Broadway, and the Seattle International Film Festival draws the finest in world cinema. The ethereal Marion Oliver McCaw Hall is a first-class venue for opera and ballet, and Benaroya Hall, with its outstanding acoustics, is an elegant premier symphony hall. Families enjoy the Children's Theatre, the Northwest Puppet Center, and the many summertime folk art and music festivals.

In addition to its bars, Downtown and Belltown in particular have notable restaurants with separate bar areas. Nearly all of Tom Douglas's restaurants have busy after-work and weekend bar scenes, as do trendy hotel restaurants. Most restaurants have impressive bar menus, and food is often served until 11 pm, midnight, or even 1 am in some spots.

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The Triple Door

  • Music Clubs

Despite its reputation as a rock club for thirty- and fortysomethings, the Triple Door has an interesting lineup that often appeals to...

The W Hotel Bar

  • Bars/Pubs

You can enjoy the W Hotel's signature design style even if you haven't booked a room here. You'll certainly feel fabulous sipping a costly...

Tractor Tavern

  • Music Clubs

Seattle's top spot for roots music and alt-country has a large, dimly lighted hall with all the right touches—wagon-wheel fixtures,...


  • Dance Clubs

This multilevel, multiroom club plays hip-hop, reggae, disco, and Top 40. It gets packed on weekends—arrive early to avoid lines or...


  • Music Clubs

Less of a production (and expense) than Dimitriou's, Tula's offers a similar lineup of more traditional favorites as well as top-notch...

Umi Sake House

  • Bars/Pubs

Choose from a wide selection of sake and sake-based cocktails in a space designed to look like someone shoehorned a real izakaya (a...

Unexpected Productions Improv

  • Comedy Clubs

Unexpected Productions Improv, adjacent to Pike Place Market, hosts tons of different improv events; shows may have holiday or seasonal...


  • Bars/Pubs

Seattle's only dedicated lesbian bar draws a mob nearly every night. The crowd at weeknight karaoke is fun and good-natured, cheering...

Zig Zag Café

  • Bars/Pubs

A mixed crowd of mostly locals hunts out this unique spot at Pike Place Market's Street Hill Climb (a nearly hidden stairwell leading...

Über Tavern

  • Bars/Pubs

At what many serious aficionados claim may be one of the best beer bars on the planet, there's a constantly changing lineup of drafts—everything...


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