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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Barca

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A large space with velvet-lined booths and dark lighting, Barca has mood to spare. There is plenty of bar space early on in the evening...

Century Ballroom

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This is an elegant place for dinner and dancing, with a polished, 2,000-square-foot dance floor. Salsa and swing events often include...

Elysian Brewing Company

  • Bars/Pubs

Worn booths and tables are scattered across the bi-level warehouse space of this Capitol Hill mainstay, where the beers are a good representation...

Garage Billiards

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Built in 1928, this former auto-repair shop is now a large, happening, chrome-and-vinyl pool hall, restaurant, and bar. The large garage...

Hopvine Pub

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A neighborhood institution, Hopvine is a no-frills pub with solid pub grub and about a dozen local beers on tap. This is a favorite spot...

Linda's Tavern

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Welcome to one of the Hill's iconic dives—and not just because it was allegedly the last place Kurt Cobain was seen alive. The interior...

Madison Pub

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Regulars shoot pool, hang out with groups of friends, and chat up the friendly bartenders at this laid-back, anti-scenester joint. ...

Neighbours

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In business since 1983, Neighbours is an institution thanks in part to its drag shows, great theme DJ nights, and relaxed atmosphere...

Neumo's

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Once one of the grunge era's iconic clubs (when it was Moe's) has managed to reclaim its status as a staple of the Seattle rock scene,...

Oddfellows

  • Bars/Pubs

Oddfellows anchors a 19th-century building, a former Oddfellows Lodge, that also houses the Century Ballroom, Tin Table, and Elliott...

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