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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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...

Barca

  • Bars/Pubs

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...

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...

Bathtub Gin & Co.

  • Bars/Pubs

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

Big Time Brewery

  • Bars/Pubs

With its neat brick walls, polished wood floors, and vintage memorabilia, Big Time Brewery is one of the best places in the U-District...

Black Bottle

  • Bars/Pubs

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

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,...

Brouwer's

  • Bars/Pubs

It may look like a trendy Gothic castle, but in fact this is heaven for Belgian-beer lovers. A converted warehouse is home to a top selection...

Century Ballroom

  • Dance Clubs

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

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