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...

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...

Bastille

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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

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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

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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...

BoKa Kitchen and Bar

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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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