The Seattle nightlife scene stretches far beyond beer and bands. As a cultural outpost in the northwest corner of the country, Seattle is often a desired destination for top musical acts on national tours, Broadway shows, modern dance troupes, hot comics, even avant-garde theatre groups. The city boasts homegrown talent in all of those areas, too, not to mention the arts scene to support them.
Big shows hit Key Arena, the Seattle Center Opera House and the Paramount and Fifth Avenue theaters, to name a few. More intimate music venues such as the Showbox and Neumos host a rotating slate of national performers that span all genres. Multiple bars and clubs also showcase live local talent, notably the renowned Crocodile and the Sunset, Comet and Tractor taverns.
A vast selection of watering holes–from dive bars and brewpubs to chic lounges and clubs–can be found in ultra-funky Capitol Hill, historic and hip Pioneer Square 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.