Seattle - Nightlife
Whether youre into sipping local craft ales in a hip brewhouse, mingling with fans to watch a soccer or baseball game, or spotting the latest band to hit the Northwest music scene, Seattle has an eclectic nightlife.
Seattle is home to a vibrant performing arts scene too, boasting world-class opera, ballet and theatre companies, innovative fringe theatre and a renowned symphony orchestra.
Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com) sells tickets to all cultural events in Seattle. You can also buy tickets from Seattletickets.com (tel: (425) 450 5522: www.seattletickets.com).
Check entertainment and cultural listings in the Seattle Weekly (www.seattleweekly.com) and The Stranger (www.thestranger.com/seattle/home).Bars
Harking back to the speakeasies of the Prohibition era, Tavern Law serves up beautifully crafted cocktails amid leather banquettes and bookshelves laden with dusty tomes. Pick up the wall-mounted telephone and, if you play your cards right, you might gain access through the vault door to the hidden bar within a bar upstairs, Needle and Thread, where the bartender creates bespoke drinks according to your favourite spirits and flavours.1406 12th Avenue
Tel: (206) 322 9734.
Elysian Capitol Hill
With room for over 200 beer fans, this brewpub is one of three bars owned by Elysian Brewing Company. There are always at least 16 ales on tap, from Mens Room Original Red to Loser Pale Ale, plus classic pub grub to soak it up. During the Great Pumpkin Beer Festival in October, you can choose from as many as 30 house and guest pumpkin brews and watch the tapping of the beer-filled Great Pumpkin.1221 East Pike Street
Tel: (206) 860 1920.
Some Random Bar
This classy Belltown bar is all exposed bricks, wooden floors and stylish pendant lighting. The experience is as much about the food as the drinks here, with menu items seemingly as random as the bar's name - how about chocolate-dipped bacon or roasted rainbow carrot salad for starters? Carefully thought-out cocktails, a rotating selection of local ales and attentive service make this one a winner.2604 First Avenue
Tel: (206) 745 2185.
Last Supper Club
With three levels, four bars and a prime downtown location, the Last Supper Club is one of Seattle's top nightclubs, hosting both large-scale club nights and live music acts. As well as boasting a top-notch group of resident DJs, the club has welcomed an enormous array of big names over the years, including Grand Master Flash, Lady Gaga and Pete Tong.124 South Washington Street, Pioneer Square
Tel: (206) 748 9975.
915 East Pine Street
Tel: (206) 324 7263.
Leading international and local DJs spin dance tunes seven nights a week at this stylish spot at the edge of Capitol Hill. You can expect a different genre each night, from reggae to hip hop to top 40 hits. There are three bars, booth seating and a VIP area. It's very much a place to see and be seen.1207 Pine Street
Tel: (206) 625 4444.
Showbox at the Market
A Seattle institution, this great venue has showcased an incredible range of musical acts since opening in 1939, from Duke Ellington to Muddy Waters to Pearl Jam. Over 200 concerts take place here annually, with more recent perfomers including Kanye West, Death Cab for Cutie and PJ Harvey. Showbox SoDo is its larger and newer sister venue at 1700 First Avenue South.1426 First Avenue
Tel: 1 888 929 7849.
Dimitriou's Jazz Alley
This is a sophisticated jazz club that often hosts well-known players. Open since 1979, the club's past performers have included the likes of Eartha Kitt, Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson and Dr John. The intimate venue means you'll have a great view, wherever you're sitting.2033 Sixth Avenue, Downtown
Tel: (206) 441 9729.
The Crocodile was the original home of Seattle's grunge music scene (think Nirvana, Mudhoney and the Posies) and is still a cutting-edge, live music venue. You can expect to hear both established and up-and-coming bands encompassing a wide variety of musical genres, including electronic, rock, folk, metal, punk and hip hop.2200 Second Avenue
Tel: (206) 441 4618.