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.