Nectar Lounge is my new favorite Fremont night spot. This is Fremont's best nightclub and the owners have a real appreciation of both musicians and dancers. Go to their site and read some of their descriptions of upcoming bands to get a sense of their musical taste. They are booking a wide range of styles but every act exhibits that 'dedication to craft' that I so appreciate about Seattle.
I love salsa. You can imagine my amazement when I found out that some of the best salsa bands in town play at Nectar about eight blocks from my house. I've been twice now to hear Supersones and Conjunto Meneo, two amazing Seattle based Latin bands. Supersones plays Cuban Son (think Buena Vista Social Club) while Conjunto Meneo is classic Havana salsa. Both bands consist of a Cubano or two with Seattle Cubanophiles filling out the band and both sound as authentic as any salsa band I've heard.
Nectar only has salsa a couple of times amonth but if the quality of these two bands is any indication I'm sure they book class acts most nights. This month, for example, they'll have the Dirty Dozen Brass Band from New Orleans.
What is even more surprising about Nectar is that they make a real effort to accommodate dancers. The dance floor is relatively spacious, though cement, with an equally spacious outdoor courtyard and an upstairs loft and pool table for everyone else. For dancers there's also a big cooler of water with a stack of glasses on the side of the dance floor. Now that's what I call considerate!
It's hard to imagine that the building that houses Nectar Lounge was until recently the Baby Diaper Service where we used to send a big bag of soiled cotton diapers once a week. It's amazing what happens when a neighborhood goes upscale.
Dress Code: Fremont casual rules the day but that doesn't stop some folks from dressing up. The Nectar crowd contains everything form jeans and halter tops to sequined skirts and silk shirts. But definitely leave your coat and tie behind.
If you're in Femont on a sunny Saturday night you should head out to the movies. Go see a good flick outside with your fellow Fremonsters and rest assured that your $5 ticket will go to a good cause. The Fremont Outdoor Movies is a local non-profit now in their 15th year.
Many Americans will remember the outdoor cinemas of their childhood when parents would pile kids into the car, drive to a giant parking lot that served as a cinema and hook up a boxy metal speaker to the drivers' side window. You could either wach the movie on the distant screen or the stars twinkling in the sky or the teenagers petting in the car next door. That era has mostly passed away but some things are too good not to be reborn.
Dress Code: It get's chilly when the sun goes down so wear long pants and bring your pile jacket. If you're staying with a local you should borrow a folding chair.