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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Bastille

  • Bars/Pubs

This French bistro is one of the neighborhood's most attractive spots to sip. First, there's the 45-foot zinc bar in the main dining...

Conor Byrne Pub

  • Music Clubs

You might actually hear an Irish accent or two at Conor Byrne Pub, along with live folk, roots, alt country, bluegrass, and traditional...

Copper Gate Tavern

  • Bars/Pubs

Old Ballard's Scandinavian heritage is still alive. At Copper Gate, antique bric-a-brac from the tavern's original owner shares the space...

Egan's Ballard Jam House

  • Music Clubs

A neighborhood spot rather than an overpriced tourist trap, this small jazz club and restaurant is devoted to music education for local...

Hazlewood

  • Bars/Pubs

The hipster quotient is high at this tiny, bi-level space around the corner from the Ballard Avenue hubbub. The space is Victorian drawing...

King's Hardware

  • Bars/Pubs

Brought to you by the owner of Linda's Tavern in Capitol Hill, King's Hardware has the same ironic rustic decor, the same great patio...

Moshi Moshi Sushi

  • Bars/Pubs

Inventive cocktails are expertly poured beneath a tree with lighted faux-cherry blossoms at this Japanese restaurant's bar. Refreshingly,...

Ocho

  • Bars/Pubs

Blink and you'll miss it, and that would be a shame, because this tiny corner hotspot crafts some of the finest cocktails in town. Try...

Portalis

  • Bars/Pubs

Serious oenophiles gather around communal tables and at the long bar to sample wines from around the world in this cozy, brick-lined...

Sunset Tavern

  • Music Clubs

A Chinese restaurant-turned-bar, Sunset Tavern attracts just about everyone: punks, college students, postgrad nomads, neighborhood old-timers...

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