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
Outside of Seattle: 800-426-1619
For TTY Service: 800-833-6388
Ticketmaster (single tickets only): 206-292-ARTS
24-hour information line: 206-676-5800
Group Sales 206-389-7680 x 1430
BE SURE TO BUY TICKETS IN ADVANCE!!!
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.
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.
Great place if you like jazz or blues. The dining room is set up great with all the seats surrounding the stage, no such thing as a bad view. Buy a bottle of wine or enjoy dinner and enjoy a great show. If Taj Mahal is ever in town I recommend catching him at Jazz Alley...one of the best shows I've ever seen. My main recommendation...reservations!
Dress Code: Dress like your going out to dinner and show, nothing to fancy but I wouldn't wear jeans or sandals.
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!
This place is always good for a beer but is the best on Sundays. First off, it's 50% off of everything Sundays from 8pm to Close. Secondly, 50% off of everything means it's packed on Sundays. It's a great place to meet undergrads to post-docs. The bartenders are cool, smoking is allowed, and there are plenty of people who want to chat.
Dress Code: Casual. Jeans and cute t-shirt
This is a great bar to get a drink and an appetizer and listen to some great bands. You have to pay a cover on Friday and Saturday for the bands and sometimes it can get pretty packed, during the Fremont Oktoberfest they weren't even letting anymore people into the bar it was so packed but this is rare. On a Sunday afternoon or weekday after work enjoy one of the 18 beers on tap or their very simple yet very delicious appetizers like sandwiches, irish stew, fish n chips or a burger. The best part of the bar are the big tvs with pool tables and the back room that has low lighting and big comfy plush couches!
happy hour is 3-6pm monday -Friday with cheap pints.
Here is a website where you can find drink specials:
Dress Code: Casual!
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.
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.
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?!
This is a great place to kick back grab a pitcher of beer and an amazing meal. They have quite the menu there and live music on certains days of the month. It's a beer only type bar, you know the places, and it's everything you could want from your neighborhood pub. The menu is amazing, sandwiches, soups, pizza and great salads. If your thirsty and just want to relax and even hear some music friday, saturday or sunday stop by the Fiddlers Inn.
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
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!
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.
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 www.showboxonline.com. 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?
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!
A very nice hotel half a block away from Pike's Place Market and a convenient walk to many of the...more
We stayed at this hotel from July 5 - 9th, 2010 as a family of four with 2 adults and 2 children...more
I booked this hotel to stay the night before the cruise because it was within a distance that I...more