Indy Film, Live Theater, Pubs, Clubs all part of Seattle's Diverse Nightlife

John Ferri

By , Local Expert, Seattle
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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...  Read more »

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    Teatro ZinZanni

    Local Expert Tip: "Once you lay down cash for this spendy ticket, you'll have to get back into your wallet for drinks, which aren't included."

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    Dimitriou's Jazz Alley

    Local Expert Tip: "On any given night, a jazz great could be on the stage here. For decades, Jazz Alley has been a draw for top international jazz acts."

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    Brouwer's Cafe

    Local Expert Tip: "This place really knows beer, and they are happy to share their brew smarts. Special tastings, festivals, and educational beer events are held here on a regular basis."

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    The Triple Door

    • Neighborhood: Downtown

    Local Expert Tip: "If you like sitting during a show and enjoying a good view, be sure to purchase a ticket that guarantees a seat. Standing-room-only clientele are routinely relegated to the fringes of the room."

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    Tini Bigs Lounge

    Local Expert Tip: "This place was way ahead of the craft-cocktail craze, so they've had plenty of time to concoct a menu full of original and interesting recipes for liquid libations."

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    Century Ballroom

    Local Expert Tip: "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."

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    Northwest Film Forum

    Local Expert Tip: "For a true taste of Northwest flavor, catch an indie film by a local film maker at this art house cinema."

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    W Bar

    Local Expert Tip: "Hotel bars are usually just a necessary appendage to keep tourist dollars in house, but this is one lodging lounge even the locals frequent."

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    • Type: Lounge
    • Neighborhood: Belltown

    Perfectly situated in trendy Belltown, Amber Seattle is an ultra-modern yet dressy restaurant and lounge...  Read more »

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    Elysian Brewing Company

    This local microbrewery, with its huge interior, expansive windows, and copper-topped bar, is eminently...  Read more »



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