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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Bathtub Gin & Co.

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The speakeasy trend has produced some lovely, intimate bars, including this one, which is reached via an alley next to the Humphrey Apartments...

Black Bottle

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This sleek and sexy gastro-tavern makes the northern reaches of Belltown look good. The interior is simple but stylish, with black chairs...

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A Belltown favorite for great happy-hour deals, this hip, dimly lit space has a come-hither glow thanks to red and white backlighting.

Shorty's

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It may be one of the dingiest bars in Belltown, but Shorty's is a bright spot in a neighborhood where most bars serve $10 drinks. Along...

Spur

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The inventive small plates and carefully planned drink menu make this a very popular nightspot and a favorite with foodies. The decor,...

The Rendezvous Restaurant and Lounge

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It opened in 1927 as an elite screening room for film stars and moguls. Since then, Rendezvous has done time as both a porn theater and...

Umi Sake House

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

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