Best Seattle, WA Nightlife

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    10. Northwest Film Forum

    Northwest Film Forum began life in 1995 as a filmmakers' collective focusing on post-production by and for local filmmakers. As the organization expanded, it started showing films, first in conjunction with the...

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    9. Tini Bigs Lounge

    You've got to love a place that advertises itself as, "The second best bar in Seattle." A statement like that shows confidence, and this retro-casual lounge has earned it. Vintage school-house lights hang from the...

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    8. W Bar

    Reserved and swanky, this hotel bar is perfect for drinks before dinner or late-night. Know for excellent service and a healthy and honest pour, W's posh bar specializes in martinis of all types. Speaking of types,...

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    7. Century Ballroom

    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...

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    6. Paramount Theatre

    Dating to the late 19th century, this venue has been restored to the glory it knew as a movie theater in the 1920s. These days, you can catch acts as diverse as Boyz II Men and David Bowie, and there's even the odd...

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    4. The Triple Door

    Located in Seattle's historic Mann Building in the heart of downtown, this intimate and sophisticated award-winning music and dinner theater occupies the renovated space that formerly housed the Embassy Theater,...

    Photo courtesy of The Triple Door
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    3. Brouwer's Cafe

    You're in the beery Pacific Northwest, where microbreweries sprout like mushrooms after a rainstorm. If you're interested in place at which to sample suds from a wide variety of those breweries, Brouwer's Café in...

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    2. Dimitriou's Jazz Alley

    Seattle's premier jazz club for nearly three decades, Dimitriou's Jazz Alley is a sure West Coast stop for top jazz artists on tour. Jazz Alley has hosted luminaries such as Peter White, Randy Brecker, Dr. John, and...

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    1. Teatro ZinZanni

    Described by one reviewer as "the Kit Kat Klub" on acid, the experience at Teatro ZinZanni is just that -- an experience. The main event is part circus, part dinner theater. A three-hour tour de force, the evening...

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About Seattle, WA Nightlife

The Seattle nightlife scene offers far more than beer and bands. As a cultural outpost in this corner of the country, Seattle is a draw for national tours by top musical acts, Broadway shows, modern dance troupes, hot comics, even avant-garde theater groups. The city also has homegrown talent in most of those areas, too, and the arts scene to support them. Big shows hit Key Arena, the Seattle Center Opera House, and the Paramount and Fifth Avenue theaters.  More intimate music venues such as the Show Box and Neumo’s host a rotating slate of name national performers across genres. Multiple bars and clubs showcase live local talent, notably the renowned Crocodile Café and the Sunset, Comet and Tractor taverns. A vast selection of watering holes – from dive bars to brewpubs to chic lounges and clubs – can be found in ultra-funky Capitol Hill, historic and hip Pioneer Square downtown and the University District near the University of Washington campus. On the Boards, a local theater group, produces edgy local and regional theater, while film collective Northwest Film Forum spotlights interesting and out-there art films and documentaries. Alternative rock bars still hold their place, but beat-driven dance clubs are alive and well, as are venues for blues and jazz, most distinctively Demitriou’s Jazz Alley, which hosts prominent players from around the globe.

About John Ferri

A native of Tacoma, Washington - Seattle’s smaller sibling to the south - journalist John Ferri has lived everywhere in and around the Pacific Northwest. He started college in Bellingham, lived in the San Juan Islands, and finished college in Pullman, Washington, before living and working for a time in Spokane. He then moved to Florida, where he lived and...  Read more »

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