Bellevue after the Sun Sets: Eastside Nightlife Highlights

A twenty-minute commute from downtown Seattle, Bellevue has transformed itself from an undeveloped outskirt to a high-tech, cosmopolitan city in its own right. Alongside a growing number of sleek office buildings and towering skyscrapers, visitors find welcoming venues that range from low-key wine bars to chic lounges. Families appreciate spaces that welcome all ages (think a 3D cinema, for one), while adults wanting an escape look forward to letting loose in comedy clubs or cocktail-centric bowling venues. 

Out of all the clubs and bars in a certain zone, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal. We offer a varied selection to let you explore Bellevue nightlife on your own–whether you're here with a family, co-workers or an entourage of friends. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our Bellevue Best Nightlife list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of 10. These destinations promise a stellar experience–often accompanied by delicious food, drink and often music (like at Bake's Place)–plus a taste of the city that you just can't miss. Despite its proximity to Seattle, Bellevue has a distinct personality of its very own. 

This simple, elegant bistro offers an appealing mix of American favorites with a menu showing influences from France, Italy and South America. The minimal decor is serene and upscale with white tablecloths, neutral colors and candlelight. Start...  Read More

Bellevue Brewing Company
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The Bellevue Brewing Company is a locally-minded venue that serves up tasty brews to complement the tasty food. In their own words, "One of our main goals here at the Bellevue Brewing Company, in addition to brewing world-class beers, serving...  Read More

Based in Issaquah, with operations in Everett, Village Theatre proves a leading producer of musical theatre in the Pacific Northwest. Producing entertaining, quality productions since 1979, Village Theatre has grown into one of the region's...  Read More

Bin on the Lake
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"Good food, Great wine, Amazing view." Who can argue with a tagline like that? At Kirkland's bin on the lake, according to its team, cuisine is never an afterthought. "We believe that something extraordinary happens when food and spirits are...  Read More

Parlor Live Comedy Club
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On the third floor of Lincoln Square, find the Parlor Comedy Club--a spacious comedy club for live stand-up performances, plus a restaurant and bar and billiards room. Recent guests range include talents like Sherri Sheperd and Mitch Fatel. The...  Read More

Lively, casual, welcoming. Wrought iron fixtures, poured concrete floors, and old-brick walls. Over 70 wines available by the pour or in flights. It's an excellent destination whether you're on a date, meeting with friends, or holding a business...  Read More

Tap House Grill
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This bar and restaurant are a cozy pair, animated by warm reds and yellows, a bit of leopard print and plenty of polished wood. While some folks come to dine on steaks and sushi, beer-lovers flock here to imbibe some of the 160 beers on tap....  Read More

Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery - Bellevue
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This chain has a strong reputation for great prices and great beers. Casual and relaxed, it's known for brews like Nisqually Nut Brown Ale and hearty Black Diamond Stout. Sit in the bar and nurse a few with colleagues, or grab a table in the...  Read More

The Pumphouse

This family-owned and -operated hangout, established in 1978, offers breakfast, bar food, beer and big TVs that regularly screen sporting events.The Pumphouse offers a broad range of microbrews and a varied menu that features some of the best...  Read More

Bake's Place
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While food is the focal point at Bake's, the venue also keeps things hopping with no-cover Friday blues, live weekend performances with top Northwest musicians and sporting events on a 24' by 14' HD screen.The site of frequent jazz performances,...  Read More


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