Dance Clubs, Best Nightlife: Located in the historic Odd Fellows building, Century Ballroom's vintage locale perfectly suites its mission, to keep ballroom and social dancing a thriving part of the Seattle nightlife scene. If the venue's popularity is any indicator, the mission is succeeding. The elaborately renovated ballroom space -- with a 2,000-square-foot dance floor -- is the place in the city to revive the grand days of formal evenings on the town. Dance nights, often with live music, set the perfect tone with dining, drinks, and dancing under the same roof. Meals and a full bar are available right across the hallway at the Tin Table. Whether you enjoy salsa, swing, tango, tap, or burlesque, Century Ballroom or the adjacent East Hall offers all that and more. And for those who need instruction or just a chance to brush-up on their rug-cutting skills, Century Ballroom hosts fun and friendly classes and lessons.
Live Entertainment: Sit back and enjoy salsa and swing music and dancing performances, or join in the dancing yourself (after a brief lesson, of course); Century Ballroom affords the opportunity to do both. An extensive schedule of dance classes means you can cultivate your craft beforehand; alternatively, quick lessons are frequently offered before the action gets going on most evenings. Occasionally, the dance floor clears and energetic musical acts take to the stage. At shows, a minimum food charge of $10 per person applies. For dances, the venue generally doesn't sell tickets in advance (except when major touring bands come to town, though).
Local Expert Corinne Whiting Says:
Dance Clubs: "Far from a disco or nightclub, this classy historic ballroom nevertheless offers one of the best dance spots in the city. Conveniently offered at the coat check are complementary mints. Be sure to snag one and pop it in your mouth before dancing up close with random partners."
Live Entertainment: "Looking to take a class but don't have a partner? The Ballroom keeps an equal number of leads and follows in classes so that everyone has someone to dance with, and partners rotate. (If you prefer a non-rotating environment, check out our "Couples Only" classes, though.)"
Best for Dance Clubs Because: Century Ballroom is a Capitol Hill mecca for the dancing crowd; come here from every genre from tap and tango to swing and burlesque.
Best for Live Entertainment Because: Century Ballroom is THE Seattle spot for those wanting to watch salsa, swing and other dance performances. Take classes to learn yourself!