Seattle Nightlife

Every neighborhood has a little bit of everything, save for dance clubs, which are in short supply and mostly concentrated in Pioneer Square and Belltown. The number of bars in each neighborhood increases greatly if you take into account all of the stellar restaurants that also have happening bar scenes—in some cases the line between restaurant and nightspot is quite blurred. The happy-hour scene

is positively bumpin' in Seattle; bars, lounges, gastropubs, breweries, sushi spots, hotel bars, and restaurants alike often have one, or even two, happy hours per night, often from 3 to 6 and again after 10. It's definitely worth calling to ask about happy-hour details. Many favorite restaurants—especially those on Capitol Hill and in Ballard and Belltown—have alluring bar areas that rival the most popular watering holes in the same locales.

If jazz is your thing, check out the Seattle Jazz Vespers, held the first Sunday of every month at the Seattle First Baptist Church (corner of Harvard Avenue and Seneca Street; www.seattlefirstbaptist.org) starting at 6 pm. The event lasts about an hour and a half, with outstanding musicians playing two sets; the church's pastor gives a brief sermon between sets.

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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...

Oddfellows

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

Poco Wine Room

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Poco Wine Room deserves accolades just for taking one of the least interesting architectural spaces out there—the oddly proportioned...

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