After the Sun Goes Down, Seattle Sizzles at These Dancing Hot Spots



As a progressive and culturally open city, Seattle was early to the club culture phenomenon. When disco waned and electronic beats took over nightclubs across the land, the Emerald City was right on the forefront of that trend with clubs like Neighbours, one of the city’s original GLBT nightspots. Opened in 1983, the innovative club is still in action, but it now has plenty of competition in its own Capitol Hill neighborhood, as well as in Belltown. Those two nightlife hotspots are home to the city’s largest concentration of underground clubs and swank Euro-style, ultra-lounge spaces, which share the nightlife landscape with chic hotel lounges and live music venues.

Of course, dozens of rock dives with dance floors exist, too, but in terms of electronic dance music, the Showbox at the Market manages to bring in top current touring acts from the genre. Still, those shows are more about seeing the performer live than dancing until the wee hours. For that type of nocturnal activity, there is no shortage of valid venues, and each specializes in subgenres of dance-club culture.

As practical as it is forward-thinking, the Seattle club scene features chameleons like the Alibi Room, which could pass for a frontier bar in daylight but turns out churning beats after dark. For sheer glitz and pretty people, there are spots including Trinity Nightclub, Noc Noc and Re-Bar.




Located in the historic Oddfellows building, Century Ballroom's vintage locale perfectly suits 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




Elegance and style characterize this hip bar, which pulls in its share of attractive young professionals. Dark furnishings, candles and a fireplace all add a note of intimacy, and ceiling-mounted stars twinkle in the dimness. Depending on when...  Read More




Dim and atmospheric, this venue presents entertainment in a variety of guises. Most frequently, the popular venue serves as a vibrant dance club, spinning hip-hop and disco from its repertoire of musical genres. On the other hand, at times,...  Read More




In previous years, this Capitol Hill club was one of Seattle's best venues for dancing, and although the competition has increased, Neighbours still offers a good time and has loyal fans. Many of its patrons are gay and many are straight, now...  Read More


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Pioneer Square


This welcome addition to Pioneer Square offers a hip twist on the usual club scene. Works by local artists provide upscale decor, and food offerings like fried calamari rings with tzatziki are a step above typical club fare. Dancing is taken...  Read More


Showbox at the Market
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Although it's experienced a variety of incarnations, the current-day Showbox is a must-visit place to catch touring bands. Amid Art Deco columns, young and hip crowds clamor to hear and see their favorite groups. There's even a dance floor on...  Read More


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North Metro


Although a very different kind of dance club, Seattleites who like to move their bodies flock to this happening Green Lake venue that's known for its live country music scene. Seattle's not just about grunge anymore, and Little Red Hen is a...  Read More


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Downtown


A popular restaurant by day, the Alibi Room really comes alive at night. Owned by a group of filmmakers, the club works to support independent films and their creators, by fostering an artistic dialogue among patrons and making scripts available...  Read More




Three nightlife experiences in one, Trinity caters to those clubgoers always looking for something new. The most action can be found in the Main Room, which features a spacious dance floor, state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems and a DJ...  Read More


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Eastlake
LoFi
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This funky treasure of a venue on Eastlake is a favorite hot spot for those who simply love to dance. The happening club hosts everything from DJ nights to rap, indie rock and improv acts, showcasing both national and international talents. The...  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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