This local favorite is large and roomy, and enjoys great popularity among a variety of age groups. Waldo's features several pool tables and hosts frequent live performances from regional artists. A personable staff and a upbeat vibe make this a great place to meet up with friends or to find new ones.

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Up for a game of eight-ball and a martini? This upscale pool hall gives you the chance to show off your moves and perhaps score a few bucks from the guys at work. You can also demonstrate moves on the dance floor, thanks to DJs and live bands who perform regularly. Although the place is 21-and-up after 9pm, sometimes groups just skirt that limit. So, be prepared for a little rambunctiousness from time to time. Drinks are of a good quality, from beer to wine, and Belltown also offers a primarily Italian menu when you want something to eat. Women never have to pay a cover charge.

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Owl 'n Thistle Irish Pub

Unassuming and unpretentious, this Irish pub offers laid-back ambience for its cast of regulars and for first-timers who drop in. The menu makes available Emerald Isle classics like fish and chips, Guinness beef stew, and shepherd's pie; the bar offers Guinness, Harp, and local microbrews. Nightly music performances include sets by the pub's house band and by other local talents as well. The back room features a pool table and jukebox, and you'll also find a big-screen TV that broadcasts the best sports events of the day.

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Although the name alludes to the building's original usage as an auto repair garage, renovations have maintained the industrial appeal while incorporating chrome and vinyl accents. Garage is home to a bar, restaurant, pool hall, and bowling alley frequented by a youngish crowd and fledgling musicians (not surprising since one of the club's partners is Pearl Jam's Mike McCready). It's a bit pricey compared to other pool halls, but the atmosphere goes a long way to recommend it. The food is globally influenced, as are beverages. Bowling lanes and pool tables are priced by the hour.

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A popular spot for catching the latest sports coverage and shooting pool, this neighborhood bar offers 13 draft beers and satisfying grub.

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Meet locals at this classy bar, where folks chat over cocktails, shoot pool, and catch the latest sports coverage. A large deck helps accommodate crowds, and the excellent fare ranges from paninis to Polish sausages to chili.

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Dim and atmospheric, this venue presents entertainment in a variety of guises. Most frequently, the place is a dance club, spinning hip-hop and disco from its repertoire of musical genres. At other times, Re-bar hosts theater performances; notable productions try to expand cultural ground, and some put a contemporary – and often gay – spin on classic works. From time to time, you'll also find live bands playing. The crowd is a diverse mix of gay, straight, lesbian, and artistic types who are certain to provide a fresh atmosphere and a cool combination of fun.

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A definitive "not mainstream" dive, Monkey Pub has become a haven for folks wanting to escape the confines of trendiness and get back to basics: a cold Bear Creek Porter or three, a casual scene, a jukebox with great indie tunes, and a few rounds of pool or pinball uninterrupted by the never-ending "who's got next" inquiry heard at nearby student haunts. Great happy hour drink specials and the occasional live band are additional draws.

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This 24,000-square-foot, two floor complex houses a wide variety of entertainment possibilities, including pool, video games, darts, karaoke, dancing, and ping pong. Sports fans especially relish the 27 TVs (nine of them are 60-inchers), which make Jillian's a fun spot to catch the game with friends. In addition, two restaurants and a fifty-foot bar ensure that you're bound to find something to suit your appetite, even if it's just a burger and a beer.

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A mammoth, 20-foot television showing "all sports, all the time" makes RockSport an easy pick for Puget Sound sports fans. They have 16 strategically placed televisions, so you won't miss a moment of the big game, no matter what section of the bar you're in. Other entertainment possibilities include live bands on Saturday nights, pool tables, movie screenings, Xbox tournaments, trivia nights, and a load of other special events. Watch the local press for great drink specials – Tightwad Tuesdays are particularly popular.

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