Nightclubs and bars in Seattle

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    the whiskey bar.: good drinking hole.

    by cachaseiro Written Dec 7, 2006

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    the whiskey bar is a bar that plays a lot of hard rock and attracts a crowd that really digs that scene.
    you have your average mainstream people too but there are a fair bunch of people all dressed up in leather and chains trying to look as hard as possible.

    it's a little more expensive than average but i thought it was worth it as iliked the music and enjoyed watching the crowd there.

    Dress Code: i can't imagine there is any, but wearing leather and jeans will make you look like a lot of the other people coming there.

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    Market Theater: Seattle TheatreSports - Comedy Improv Battle

    by Phalaenopsis03 Updated Sep 25, 2006

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    Now this tip comes to you highly recommended. If I could add a satisfaction rating, it would have all five green blocks because Seattle TheatreSports is simply awesome! But what is TheatreSports anyway? Well, it's comedy, improv, sports, and theater all rolled up into one fabulous show that the whole family will love! Think of the hit TV show, "Who's Line is it Anyway?", but better.

    Two teams of improvisers battle it out for TheatreSports supremacy. The teams create scenes based entirely on audience suggestions and are then scored by a panel of judges consisting of a technical judge, a narrative judge, and an entertainment judge.

    The evening my hostelmates and I attended the show, Parentz were the reigning team to beat, but they couldn't be beat because they were freak'n amazing! Thumbs up for these three funny Seattleites who rocked the house!

    The Market Theater is located in an obscure part of the Pike Place Market on Post Alley, but just look for Rachel the Pig (on 1st and Pike) and some steps a few yards from her. Go down those steps and follow the signs down the alley.

    Shows are Fridays and Saturdays at 10:30pm and Family TheatreSports are Sundays at 7pm. Purchase tickets online for $10 or at the door for $12. Fortunately for us HI hostellers, we got hooked up. An amazing show for free. Can't beat that!

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    Showbox: Best Venue in town

    by cfritz75 Written Sep 19, 2006

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    The Showbox is by far the best spot in town for a show. They host all kinds of music every night of the week. I think that their best feature is not catering to one type of music or another so there is always a different crowd, never attitude, and the music is always damn good. Don't be deceived by it's location next to the local strip joint, or by it's "hole in the wall" exterior. This place is pretty big and has a great reputation. There are two bars on raised platforms on either side of the circular shaped dance floor. This is nice when there are underage events because the bar areas have quite a bit of seating (more on one side than the other), and you won't have to hang out with the kiddies. If your in town looking for who's who in music check out Cover is usually steeper than normal, but your getting what you pay for. Think of it as a small concert.

    Dress Code: Depending on the event I would dress a certain way. But I really don't think they have one?

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    George and Dragon Pub: Great Place for Drinks on the Weekend

    by Verdone Updated Jul 15, 2006

    This is an English Pub in the Fremont neighborhood a couple of miles north of downtown Seattle. It serves traditional English food and offers many European beers. There is an outdoor seating area to enjoy drinks when the weather is nice. This is also the place to watch the World Cup and other soccer events. The people here are younger college students or professionals who come for drinks at night. The daytime crowd is usually an older crowd. Nighttime can be very loud and people play pool as well. Many English transplants frequent this pub.

    Dress Code: There is no dress code here.

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    Giggles: Comedy, Comedy, Comedy

    by barney1974 Written Mar 5, 2006

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    There are basically two comedy clubs in Seattle. One is the Comedy Underground in downtown Seattle and the other is Giggles, located north in the U District. Giggles tends to have more of the local scene and provides mini-tournaments for younger comedians to get their feet wet. Some bomb but others are just as funny as the professionals. We always have a blast when we go there.

    Couple only for the cover charge and there is a one drink minimum. not much beer selections available either.

    Dress Code: anything as long as there are clothes on your back.

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    Mercury @ Machinewerks: D.I.E. @ The Mercury

    by leafmcgowan Written Dec 14, 2005

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    Tuesdays from 9 pm to 2+ am. DJ Black Maru. Gothic/Darkwave/Synthpop/'80s. 21+, ID required, $3 cover for non-members (members free). A low key but incredibly good music night to set your tuesday right. Sometimes its crowded, sometimes only a handful of attendees, regardless, fun is always had. Plus its the Mercury and drinks are strong and well priced. Good aesthetics and dark lighting, excellent dance floor, and great DJ. Rated 4 stars out of 5.

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    Club Noc Noc: Club Noc Noc

    by leafmcgowan Written Dec 13, 2005

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    Located downtown, not in the best of areas or parking, but the club/lounge is well worth the adventure. Great beer and well specials during happy hour ... perfect ambience and alternative music. Club nights usually seem to serve the 80's crowd (Tuesdays), Goth/Industrial crowd (Sundays), and Mainstream (Fridays/Saturdays). Notorious for its afterhours club. Good service, good booze. Great seating. Its a good place to hang out. 5 stars out of 5.

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    Brouwer's Cafe: Belgian Beers and more

    by Sunshine64 Updated Dec 5, 2005

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    So, I've actually never been to Brower's at night, but there's not a category in VT for "bar". I was very happy when I discovered Brower's, as they have more Belgian beers on tap than I've ever seen in the US. The bartenders are friendly and helpful, and the food's OK. I haven't tried the mussels, but I hear they're good. The frites are OK, and I enjoyed the croque monsieur. But go there for the beer. They even serve it in the brand-appropriate glass, just like in Belgium.

    Dress Code: None. The atmosphere is wood and stone, but it's got a bit of sports bar feel - maybe it was the football game playing on the plasma TV on Sunday afternoon, though.

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    Tia Lou's: Good place to go clubbin...

    by joits Written Nov 23, 2005

    First night in the city, my friends took me here for a night of clubbin. Located in downtown Seattle, this place was pretty good. By day it's a mexican restaurant, and it's got two floors, the dance floor is located on the first floor. There's no dancing on the second floor, something my friend found out as he and some other guy started battling... I guess upstairs is just for mingling n stuff. On the first floor, there are some platforms for people to get up and dance... it's better when girls do it... seing a bunch of guys on one platform was a bit weird. Naturally drinks are expensive... name me a club where drinks aren't overpriced in downtown Seattle. And like most clubs, it can get pretty packed, especially around midnight. The bathrooms are okay... the upstairs mens restrooms don't have doors on the stalls so if you're going to use them, let's just hope it's not #2. Cover was $10 on a Saturday night. Overall, I had a good time.

    Dress Code: It seems pretty casual. Jeans, tennis shoes, track jackets were acceptable.

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    Noc Noc: Great music and cheap beers!!!

    by sunshinejo Written Jul 30, 2005

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    I'm quite a fan of alternative or grungy bars myself, so I was in my element when we walked into this place on a Saturday night after hours of trailing around cheesy bars playing pop music. When I saw the sign posted behind the bar saying "$1 beers" I was even happier! We returned the following night, when there was a goth night on, which, not being a scene I'm really into, meant I stuck out like a sore thumb! However, nobody judged me for this, everyone was really friendly, and I still had a fab time, especially as the drinks specials were even better than the night before! A similar thing happened the third time we returned, I love this bar! And, as an added bonus, it's right opposite the "Green Tortoise" hostel, which is where I was staying, so I didn't even have too far to stumble home! As far as I'm concerned, with beers this cheap (one night we were paying a mere 25c per beer!) who cares what the bar's like, but this one manages to pull off a great atmosphere too. If you're looking for somewhere different from your average bar, with good music, a dance floor and cheap booze, then this is the place for you!

    Dress Code: When we were there, most people were in full goth get-up - black clothing, heavy make-up, tattoos and piercings, chunky boots... however I was in jeans, a t-shirt, trainers and no make-up and nobody cared! Just wear what you're comfy in!

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    Teatro ZinZanni Dinner And Show: Teatro ZinZanni Dinner And Show

    by lashr1999 Updated Jul 8, 2005

    You have to see this fun and crazy dinner show. The show changes, so you may not see the same one if you go the next year. The show combines comedy, Cirque, Moulin Rougue, music, dance, and cabaret all into one. Performers circle around you and may make you part of the action. Enjoy A five-course meal while the excitement unfolds!

    Dress Code: Dress nice

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    Mamas: Cinco de Mayo

    by jamiesno Updated May 9, 2005

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    Cinco de Mayo is the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla in 1863 when a peasant army of Mexicans defeated the French who had occupied the country since the US was involved in its own Civil War.

    It is only a Mexican celebration and in many ways is more celebrated north of the border and is obviously embellished by the beer companies. Mexican resturants often have great parties and do a brisk business on this day.

    This has nothing to do with anyone of Puerto Rican, Cuban, Venezuelan, or other Latin American countries.

    For the most part, the holiday of Cinco de Mayo is more of a regional holiday in Mexico, celebrated most vigorously in the state of Puebla. There is some limited recognition of the holiday throughout the country with different levels of enthusiasm, but it's nothing like that found in Puebla.

    There are lots of people from Mexico in Seattle and based on the celebrations of May 5th it might be fair to assume a lot of them are also from the Puebla region. That is my logic anyway based on this very brief research.

    I had a fun time at Mama's but on this day avoided the Corona specials and continued on touring Seattle :-) My recommendation to you though if you have lots of time and not doing anything the next morning be sure to enjoy the fiesta!

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    Rendezvous: Rendezvous Cafe

    by Summer33 Written Feb 10, 2005

    We just discovered this place last weekend when we saw a movie in the small maybe 50 person theatre. Big City Dick was one of the movies in the film fest that has played very rarely so we jumped on the opportunity. The place was great, the bar was set up really great, not to crowded and these comfortable plush seats all around the place and in the back the small theatre, which really suprised us. We sat in the booth in the back where we had drinks and could have even ordered dinner while enjoying the movie. All in all it was a ton of fun and we will be back soon. Also I believe the theatre is used for plays and comedy as well. Dont miss it!

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    SEATTLE OPERA: For Music Lovers!!!

    by Lady_Mystique Updated Dec 6, 2004

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    I never thought I would ever like Opera....until I heard and saw a performance of it LIVE at the Seattle Opera. WOW!!!

    Ever since that first experience many years ago, I try to go at least once or twice a year.

    Performance Times and Place:
    Evening performances begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. (Parsifal evening performances begin at 6:30 p.m.) All Sunday matinees begin at 2:00 p.m. All performances are in Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, located at 321 Mercer Street.

    Be sure to check your tickets for date, day of the week, and curtain time. Latecomers to Seattle Opera performances will not be seated after the music begins, nor will any opera-goers who exit during the performance be allowed back into the auditorium until the next intermission. Those patrons can watch the opera from monitors located in the lobby.

    Seattle Opera Ticket Office
    Phone: 206-389-7676
    Outside of Seattle: 800-426-1619
    For TTY Service: 800-833-6388
    Fax: 206-389-7689
    Ticketmaster (single tickets only): 206-292-ARTS
    24-hour information line: 206-676-5800
    Group Sales 206-389-7680 x 1430


    Dress Code: Try to look your best in formal or semi-formal attire.
    You don't have to be dripping in silk brocade and diamonds, but this is a special evening that if dressed nicely, but comfortably, will make your experience one to be remembered for a long time afterwards.

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    The Duchess: Beer and REAL bar food anyone?

    by Summer33 Written Dec 1, 2004

    The Duchess is a great neighborhood bar full of Husky spirit. This place has tv's, pool tables, darts, shuffle board, and a great fireplace to relax. The walls are full of husky sports figures and old time pictures of local highschool football teams and friends that still now have kids of their own doing what they once did. Great deals on beer and food, but don't expect anything gourmet, if greasy is good then this is the place for you. People have come to this bar for a long time mostly for the great atmosphere and a good time!

    Dress Code: It's a bar!

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