Seattle's Diverse Nightlife Showcases Live Theater, Rocking Concerts and Happenin' Pubs



The Seattle nightlife scene offers far more than beer and bands. As a cultural outpost in this northwest corner of the country, Seattle proves 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 Showbox 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 geared toward blues and jazz, most distinctively Demitriou’s Jazz Alley, which hosts prominent players from around the globe.

 


5th Avenue Theatre
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The 5th Avenue Theatre is known as one of the nation's leading musical theater companies, especially for its production and development of new works. Needless to say, comedy often graces its stage. Since 2002, the Seattle-based company has...  Read More




This beloved Ballard nightspot features a smorgasbord of impressive music on a weekly basis, and performances range from zydeco, bluegrass and country to rock, folk, jazz and beyond. In addition to great live music, the Tractor also offers a...  Read More


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The Hotel Monaco in downtown Seattle is really heating up, thanks in part to chef Jan Birnbaum, the driving force behind Sazerac. The fashionable restaurant serves spicy, Cajun-inspired New American cuisine, including golden hush puppies served...  Read More




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...  Read More




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 The Head and the Heart to Sturgill Simpson and The Beach Boys, and...  Read More


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If alluring ambience is your thing, be sure to duck into this Parisian-style cafe where patrons feel they've been whisked away to another era. Attentive service, awesome drinks, a sexy and sophisticated indoor vibe and an appealing outdoor patio...  Read More


The Triple Door
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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, originally a 1920's vaudeville...  Read More




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 Fremont is pure beervana....  Read More


Rock Box
Photo courtesy of Benjamin Benschneider/Rock Box


When it comes to karaoke in Seattle, Rock Box is the obvious choice. The rocking Capitol Hill hangout�a Japanese-style club�follows the private room (or "karaoke box" model) popular in Japan and throughout Asia. The venue boasts a...  Read More




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 Tower of Power. Oh, and just...  Read More


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Meet Corinne Whiting

Corinne hails from the other Washington, where she caught the travel bug early on. Corinne studied abroad in Strasbourg, France (undergrad) and in Edinburgh, Scotland (graduate school). She's...  More About Corinne

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