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    The Showbox: The Showbox

    by lashr1999 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    The day started at the EMP by chance, seeing a handwritten original of the song "Lump" by Presidents of the United States of America. Cool to see it, because we saw PUSA perform their old songs and a few from their new album at the Showbox. PUSA still packs a punch after all these years. Service sucks, but the bands are great. Well, with the exception of some of the opening acts, who needed SOME practice.

    Dress Code: casual

    The Showbox PUSA
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    Kenyon Hall: Tiny West Seattle Hall with Various Performances

    by glabah Updated Jan 12, 2011

    Kenyon Hall is a small performace hall in West Seattle, located near the intersection of Kenyon Street and 35th Avenue SW. The building features a Wurlitzer theatre organ capable of producing assorted sound effects for silent movies, and has been used to great effect by various performance groups. Typical shows are Vaudeville acts, but there is an assortment of other items on their calendar.

    While it is not their home theatre, the Twelfth Night Productions theatre group does perform some of their works there.

    There is also live music performances and various other live theatre and entertainment groups that perform here. The facility isn't large, and certain performances have tickets sold on line.

    The facility is by no means a highly-monied facility. It is functional and a decent neighborhood theatre and performance hall, but it isn't a place that has a huge operating budget either.

    Dress Code: Depends entirely on the particular performance, but it doesn't seem to usually draw a very showy audience. Standard button-down shirt and good jeans or decent slacks would not be out of place. Semi-formal would be some of the best dressed, and if you came in true formal attire you most likely would be thought to be part of the show.

    Kenyon Hall is home of Various Performances
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    Twelfth Night Productions: Small Theatre Company from West Seattle

    by glabah Written Dec 13, 2010

    Originally started as a children's theatre organization, Twelfth Night Productions eventually expanded its offerings and cast to include much more adult productions and content. The theatre company is the anchor tenant at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, but sometimes has shows in other facilities in West Seattle, including the the Kenyon Hall and a few others.

    The particular performance I watched was performed in Kenyon Hall, and was a simulation of what the story It's a Wonderful Life would be like if performed in front of a live audience for a radio broadcast, as might have been done in the 1920s or 1930s. The performance was wonderful! and everything was kept very much authentic to the era, including the use of sound effects devices that would be expected of the era.

    Tickets are sold on the internet through Brown Paper Tickets and there are some performances that sell out. However, as a general rule my impression is that there are usually a few tickets available for cash sales at the door before the show opens. If you decide to come without buying tickets beforehand, be sure to get your name on the waiting list early, as these are quite popular performances.

    Prices ($15 at the door) are also quite reasonable.

    Unfortunately, as photographs of live performance groups are frowned upon, the only photograph I can provide you with is this poster advertising the performance I attended.

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    Moore Theater: Scaled down music theater

    by davequ Updated Nov 19, 2010

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    Part of the Paramount group, the Moore shows more eclectic, specialty music acts.

    Ricky Lee Jones plays there; (no longer a Kidd)-Jonny Lang (photo) was playing there the week I was last in town.

    I guess the best way to put it is: if the entertainment is still national quality, but maybe a little more "edgy"/specialty and would draw a smaller crowd, you'd play the Moore instead of the Paramount.

    Sometimes they also showcase good original local acts and even have workshops on entertainment & performance for local artists that are mentored by older established professional artists, something rarely done in most cities and I think that is a very cool thing to do for local musicians.

    Dress Code: Very casual most of the time.

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    Oliver's Lounge: For a great Martini!

    by Jefie Updated Nov 13, 2010

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    Oliver's Lounge is located at the Mayflower Park Hotel and one evening, as we were coming back to our room, we saw that the place was packed and decided to stop by to enjoy the atmosphere. Oliver's Lounge is known all over the city for its Martinis - you can choose between its prize-winning classic Martini or a selection of unique signature ones. I ordered one called "Paradigm Shift" and I loved it! There was also a nice wine, beer and cocktail list, along with a snack menu that was surprisingly affordable, and portions were quite generous. I really enjoyed the loungy atmosphere and jazz music, it made for a relaxing ambience and despite the ritzy look of the place, it wasn't stuffy at all. Our waitress was very nice and friendly, there was a nice mix of locals and visitors, and most people showed up in casual clothes - but is there such a thing as a dress code in Seattle anyways?!

    Funky Martinis at Oliver's Lounge Oliver's Lounge at the Mayflower Park Hotel

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    Highway 99 Blues Club: A Juke Joint under the viaduct

    by davequ Written Dec 1, 2009

    Highway 99 Blues Club has it all - location, atmosphere, good live music, a stageside dancefloor, good drinks, decent bar-food -
    what's not to like?

    Not just blues, lots of different acts (see website) - I'm a big Maria Muldaur fan, and she had a PNW-area release party for her latest project here, which is how I got turned on to this place.

    Check out the the website and then next time you're in town - GO.

    Good music with all the condiments.

    Dress Code: Whatever's comfortable.

    Oh yeah  (from her website) Blues Alliance@ Highway 99 - by John Jacobson
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    The Paramount Theatre: Check out the shows at the Paramount

    by joiwatani Written Jan 16, 2009

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    This is one of the oldest theater in the northwest. The theater's art deco is very unique and very elegant. When you enter the theater, you will see a lot of old chandeliers and when they are lighted the theater glows with its golden paint.

    To the left of the lobby is a grand staircase going to the second floor.

    The theater shows broadway, comedy, music, dance, family and community gatherings, and film reviews and showings.

    The theater also holds shows concerts of great singers.

    This month (January 2009) the shows include the Lion King Musical and the New Year's Chinese Performance. This week's include the Martin Luther King's 22nd year celebration with the King County giving the Humanitarian Award.

    Dress Code: Depends on the show

    The Paramount Theater
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    The Funhouse: Seattle's Oldest Surviving Punk Club

    by Carmanah Written Mar 31, 2008

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    Having just driven into town from Medford, Oregon, we were just wandering around the Seattle Center area seeking somewhere for food. Instead, we ended up at the Funhouse to watch some local punk band. It was a Sunday night and relatively dead. In fact, they didn't even charge us cover. They asked if we were only coming in for drinks and we said yes, but it's not like there's a division between the stage and the rest of the bar - it's a tiny space. Music is VERY LOUD. It's deafening, and of course, what good punk bar would have it any quieter?

    Covered in stickers and punk posters and smelling of beer, this is a classic hardcore punk bar. It even has the token disgusting bathrooms that I was warned against using. So I didn't.

    The Funhouse is open from 3pm to 2am, 7 days a week. If I was a hardcore punk seeking live punk music in Seattle, this would be my ultimate destination without a doubt.

    Dress Code: No dress code.

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    Brouwer's Cafe: Little Belgium in the heart of Fremont?

    by daleka Written Aug 31, 2007

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    Brouwer's is settled in a big box of a building, reconfigured from a warehouse into a modern bar and restaurant with old-world accents. The inside looks something like I would imagine an old drinking hall to be - stone walls and wood furniture, dark, rich colors, dim but intimate lighting, a balcony overlooking onto the main floor. They offer over 60 different beers on tap, mostly or all European, but with a focus on Belgian beers. The cuisine is Belgian-themed as well, and the pommes frites are double-fried in the Belgian style, coming with one of many different home-made aiolis. For beer, it's best just to ask one of the staff where to start, since there's so much to choose from, but the Lambic frambois is a winner, as is Kwak beer. The music can vary from night to night, but mostly the theme is rock, as are the staff. Expect good service from the highly-tattooed servers and good products from the kitchen and bar... A great place to spend the night drinking and enjoying time with friends.

    Dress Code: Absolutely none. Except for pants, shoes, and a shirt. Try to get in without it and the door guy might or might not politely show you out the door.

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    Allover Seattle: Its all about Happy Hour!

    by Summer33 Written Jul 25, 2007

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    Happy Hour is my favorite hour, there are tons of great places to go in Seattle with cheap foods, cheap drinks, amazing view from decks overlooking oceans and lakes. Check out this website for some of the best happy hours in Seattle www.sevennites.com
    Some of my favorites are as follows:
    Eastlake Bar and Grill -East Lake Union. 4-6 daily Large deck that over looks Lake Union. Huge list of great foods from $1.95-$3.99 and $3.50 wells and beers www.eastlakebarandgrill.com
    The Chapel -Capitol Hill 5-8 daily. This is an old mortuary turned into a bar. Really cool ambience and all their martinis, which is an extensive list, are $4.
    The Jones-Maple Leaf/Northgate 4-6 daily. $3 micros and wells, discounted appetizers. Try the chicken strips, best I've ever had! http://www.thejonesbistro.com/
    McCormick and Schmicks 4-6 and 9-11 daily. No cheap drinks which is a bummer but the food is top notch and cheap as it can be $1.95 for everything including fish tacos, steamed mussells, bruschetta, 1/2 lb burger and cajun burger, spinach and artichoke dip...the list goes on. http://www.mccormickandschmicks.com/media/Bar_Menu.pdf

    These are only a couple of my favs, be sure to check out sevennites for more!

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    Fremont Outdoor Cinema: Movies Under the Summer Stars

    by Marianne2 Written Jun 22, 2007

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    As dusk settles into the north Seattle neighborhood of Fremont, you can settle into your comfy low beach-chair, or stretch out on your blanket to watch Saturday night movies under the stars at the Fremont Outdoor Cinema. A parking lot magically transforms itself into a mini-theater, where moviegoers bring their own coolers of dinner and beverages, or chow down on hotdogs and popcorn for sale. Or, bring in delicious take-out Belgian-inspired food from Brouwer's Cafe/Brew Pub across the street (Tip to come).

    While many of the flicks are classics, others are "Twisted Flicks" -- '50's era B-movie rejects that get a live-improvised soundtrack on-the-spot by Seattle's Jet City Improv troupe. The "new and revised" soudtrack is based on audience suggestions before the film begins. These are often very hilarious spontaneous spoofs.

    Suggested donation is $5.00. The theater opens at 1930, and dusk -- when the projector rolls -- varies from nearly 2145 in June to about 2000 in September. Space usually fills fast, so come early and enjoy!

    Dress Code: Phone ahead for film schedules, policies on pets, coolers, alcohol (no; but they don't "police"): 206-781-4230. The films and/or "Twisted Flicks" run on Saturdays from late June to mid-September.

    Fremont Outdoor Cinema, awaiting dusk
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  • Yuji's Bar & Lounge: Fun, Singing and Movie Stars

    by jykazu Written Mar 9, 2007

    Attached to Kona Kitche is Yuji's Bar & Lounge. Yuji is an Asian American actor who recently appeared on the season premeir or the Unit. He is probably best known as the Japanese bad boy in Karate Kid II, or for the younger crowd, the square father in Disney's Johnny Tsunami. He is often there at the bar! Fun nights are usually Friday and Saturday. It is a clean and friendly bar with Karaoke!

    Dress Code: Casual attire, not tourist Hawaiian clothing. Just be yourself.

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    High Dive: Live Local Music

    by Etoile2B Written Feb 6, 2007

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    This little venue boasts local bands playing nightly. The drinks are reasonably priced and the bar is intimate. It's a great place to see live music when in Seattle, the birthplace of the Grunge scene.

    Dress Code: Casual, jeans are appropriate.

    Doug, Jen & Marc at the High Dive. A chipmunk running through the streets of Seattle. Marc and I at the High Dive.
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    Bad JuJu Lounge: Bad JuJu Lounge

    by leafmcgowan Written Dec 29, 2006

    In a new location, and a little different vibe. But Belgium fries to die for next door and attached - so can enjoy with your favorite beverage. A different ambiance than the last location, still a great place to hang out. You can find good music flowing there every now and then, unless you're into hiphop and lounge - where your ear palates would be pleased. Good drink specials and a friendly staff. Less seating and space than their last venue, still a good place to chill. Rating 3 1/2 stars out of 5. Visited 12/27/2006.

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    The Ballroom (Fremont): Ballroom

    by leafmcgowan Written Dec 27, 2006

    An ambient nightclub/bar/pub with decor of a unique charm. Fire tables and 60's meets 90's lamps. Good drink specials, a very late night happy hour, pool tables, and foodstuffs. Pleasant staff, and friendly patrons. Imbibing a few whiskey n' cokes sheltered us from the rain as we popped into this pad. Not bad. Rating: 3 stars out of 5. Visited 12/26/06.

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