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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ART Lounge

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Drinks are pricey but delicious at this sleekly elegant lounge in the Four Seasons Hotel. There's also plenty of food to choose from,...

Alibi Room

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Well-dressed locals head to this hard-to-find wood-paneled bar to sip double martinis while taking in views of Elliott Bay or studying...

BoKa Kitchen and Bar

  • Bars/Pubs

Featuring creative cocktails, addictive burgers, a posh clientele, and a sublimely sleek interior with mood lighting, graphic art pieces,...

Dimitriou's Jazz Alley

  • Music Clubs

Seattleites dress up to see nationally known jazz artists at Dimitriou's. The cabaret-style theater, where intimate tables for two surround...

Oliver's

  • Bars/Pubs

The most important question here: Shaken or stirred? This bar in the Mayflower Park Hotel is famous for its martinis. In fact, having...

Owl N' Thistle Irish Pub

  • Music Clubs

This affable pub near Pike Place Market presents acoustic folk music on a small stage in a cavernous room. It's often loaded with regulars,...

Purple Café and Wine Bar

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Wine-lovers come for the massive selection—the menu boasts 80 wines by the glass and some 600 bottles—but this place deserves props...

Pyramid Alehouse

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The loud and festive Pyramid brews a top-notch Hefeweizen and an apricot ale that tastes much better than it sounds. Madhouse doesn't...

Showbox

  • Music Clubs

Just across from Pike Place Market, this venue—which turned 75 in 2014—is a great spot to see some pretty big-name acts. The acoustics...

The Pike Brewing Company

  • Bars/Pubs

True to its location, you might find more tourists than locals at the Pike Brewing Company, though it is popular with the Downtown after-work...

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