Just across from Pike Place Market, Showbox is a great place to see some pretty big-name acts. The acoustics are decent, the venue's small enough that you don't feel like you're miles away from the performers, and the bar areas flanking the main floor provide some relief if you don't want to join the crush in front of the stage. Another branch, Showbox SoDo (1700 1st Ave. S, SoDo), is named for its location south of Downtown. The converted warehouse, larger
than the original, features big national acts.