Downtown Seattle, Seattle
Upstairs club that feels like you're in somebody's basement. Basically just a long thin room. We sat in the very back, but I bet it's worth the extra $$$ to sit in the front section. We were literally in the very back, but could see hear just fine. I don't think the place seats more than 200 people.
Service is capable and friendly and the door guy (owner?) is awesome. We had purchased advance tickets to a show -- but lost them. We showed up the night before to buy new tix and the guy put us on the guest list instead of making us pay!
Dress Code: We went for a comedy show and there was no dress code. Most people were dressed pretty casually (jeans, no ties). I think they have jazz shows too -- that might be different.
If you enjoy movies, you should not leave Seattle without a trip to the Cinerama. Sit in the beautifully restored auditorium and wait with your friends for the ultimate movie experience. Whether you've seen the movie before or not you will be impressed by the plush interior and awed by the 68' screen. Seeing Star Wars, or Lawrence of Arabia or any other wide screen classic in this theater is an experience you'll never forget. If you're lucky, they'll be showing a an old Cinerama classic on the spectacular 90' x 30' screen.
Cinerama, a conceptual precursor to IMAX, was all the rage in the 1950s after its debut on Broadway. The gigantic screens provided movie goers with a viceral movie experience. Production expenses spelled its demise, however, and Cinerama theaters were eventually cut up or torn down. Only two other Cinerama movie houses still exist in the world: one in Los Angeles and one in Bradford England. The Seattle Cinerama was rescued from death by local zillionaire and movie buff Paul Allen in 1999 and restored to and beyond its original glory.
Tickets are $9 for adults. (Popcorn is almost as much!)
I like The Showbox for its small, intimate setting. Occasionally, you will luck out and find a really great band touring here, but on other nights, there're are usually small time rock groups and it's a fun time to discover some new music from bands before they hit it big. It's dark and hot and sweaty, and mostly younger crowds in the mosh area, with a few tables in the back for low key types. I hear they recently added "The Green Room" for drinks and hanging out before the show. Supposedly, it's made the place a bit swankier, but I haven't seen it, so couldn't tell you.
Tickets are usually fairly cheap here as well ($10-25).
Dress Code: Casual/slightly clubby.
Seattle has an impressive array of night clubs and bars! I will just name a few of my fav:
'I Spy' in downtown. Type of Music: DJ, Dance, Gothic/Industrial, Hip-hop/rap/funk, House/techno, Jazz/blues, Latin/salsa, Live music and Rock/pop. Not the place if you happen to be claustrophobic! Gets very crowded very quickly.
'Contour' also in downtown.You can dance to the strong beats of jungle music and R&B. This club is not as crowded and has a bit of class decor wise!
One of my Ultra Fav is 'The Back Door Ultra Lounge'!! Its a hip club that plays Anything from Techno to Jazz .. a generation X kinda club!
Occasionally I get e mails asking me about gay clubs! Although I am no expert, Neighbours is one of the main gay clubs.It also attracts a lot of stright patrons due to its great Techno/Disco,Pop/ and 80s music.
Nico I want to just drink without having to shake my glutes!! Umm .. check out 'Marcus Martini Heaven'. As the name implies, great Martinis and awesome drinks and mixes!
Finally for those who love watching sports while getting drunk .. Al's Tavern in downtown is a great place to be!Cheap drinks! 2nd round anyone?
I'm not much into nightlife in the way of clubbing. Instead, I reccommend going to some coffee shop, or sidewalk cafe, and just hanging out, talking. Anyway, that could be fun... I think it'd be fun anyway. We were generally tired when I was here, so I really didn't go out at night.
Seattle's premier jazz club. Also features blues and world music artists as well.
Dress Code: I've been here in a dress shirt and khakis and in a Mariners jersey and shorts (after a game-of course!). A nice club, but a jacket and tie are definetly not required!
We all took turns writing down our New Years wishes and bad things from last year and we threw them into a chiminea and burned them all up. This is my head with Ilana's in the background. My wishes centered on grad school....
Seattle's range of nightlife is as diverse as any other big American city. I can't recall the places i've gone too but Seattle isn't a dead city as some may think ... nightlife is lots of fun in Seattle. Pick up 'The Stranger' or the 'Seattle Weekly' (distributed city-wide on Thursday) which give detailed music, art and Nightlife listings. Or, go to the website: www.fodors.com (for restaurant listings and clubs).
One of Seattle's best dives...It's an interesting clientele. Young dot-commers, punk rockers, old geezers and the occasional tourist find refuge in this classic down-home dive.For over fifty years the same family has owned the Frontier Restaurant and its renowned Frontier Room. Slightly hidden at the back of the restaurant, the sturdy, dark bar is festooned with frontier kitsch and nick-knacks as old as the hills. It's here you'll find well drinks for $3.00 and imported bottled beer for $3.50.In addition to the standard wings, nachos and chicken strips, the kitchen serves breakfast, burgers and full dinners.
You have to see it to believe it. Sunday night is Opera Night. The jukebox has many of the classics and regulars often provide learned commentary.
Meet my friend Elizabeth (Liz) she is also into music and has started her own band finally... I'm not sure of the name yet. She plays the electric guitar and accoustic, I hope to go see her and her band soon!
This is one of my best friends Eddie, I have met here in Seattle, he is one of the best D.J's too! He plays at alot of the Seattle clubs like the Ok Hotel, and others, he also broadcasts his music over a local Seattle radio, his music is quite interesting kinda ambient. He is planning on moving to New York for 6 months.. I'll miss him. Maybe I'll just go visit him, since I haven't been to New York before! :)
So many places, so little time!
Live music and big name groups: The Crocodile (downtown) or The Tractor in Ballard.
Best Irish Pub: Connor Byrne in Ballard. Also, try Kell's near Pike Place Market!
Best Happy Hour: The Harborside on Westlake overlooking Lake Washington, TiniBigs on 1st & Denny, Hiram's at the Locks along Shilshole Bay (Ballard). Best Location for Seattle Activities: Lowell's in Pike Place Market (view), Pike Place Market Bar & Grill (view), Viginia Inn, Kell's Irish Pub (outdoor seating avail) - ALL near Pike Place Market. Some outdoor seating, some view of market and/or Puget Sound.
Most Practical: Sit & Spin (City Center/downtown), get a drink and do your laundry!
I love the Harborside because I never tire of looking out the window at the beautiful marina, passing sailboats and lovely sunsets! Additionally, they have wonderful food on their happy hour menu (4p-6p). Hiram's at the Locks has the same lovely view of sailboats coming and going along with a budget-minded travellers dream for a happy hour menu! How can one complain w/a great menu and a perfect view, Northwest style!
Tip: Try the Crab Cakes at Harborside and the grilled Salmon at Hiram's (dinner)!
Dress Code: Most who stop into any of the places I've listed are stopping in after work. So, what we refer to as 'business casual' is the norm. However, as I've mentioned before, Seattle is very relaxed when it comes to dress. Knowing what the average person might be wearing is simply a tip for you - you will fit right in most everywhere in Seattle wearing what you're comfortable in!
If you want a place without a lot of energy head to chopstix a dueling piano bar. Plan on making reservations and besides that have a great time.
View from Alex's balcony outside the penthouse. Digital cameras suck at night, but I was so drunk it actually looked this blurry at that point. Happy New Years!
SafeCo Field.....watch the M's play ball!
This is a fabulous new facility that has been built next to where the dome once was.