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Seattle’s diverse nightlife options range from live music and dinner cruises to dancing and pool-playing. Neighborhoods like Capitol Hill, Fremont, Ballard, and Belltown each have their own unique evening flavor. Its vibrant arts scene provides additional alternatives like the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Symphony, and the Seattle Repertory Theatre.

Seattle Nightlife

Argosy Cruises

The ultimate way to savor Seattle’s nighttime skyline is aboard the 180-foot Royal Argosy. Dinner is served on white linen with live music, too.

Pier 56, WA, 206-623-1445,
Tags: nightlife | smart splurge | lounge | things to do


Located in the heart of Ballard, this former department store now dispenses cocktails, conversation, and comfort. You can show your skill at billiards, too.

5449 Ballard Ave. NW, WA, 206-297-0500,
Tags: nightlife | lounge | bar | billiards

Havana Cocktail Club

This Hemingwayesque hotspot has no signage – find it across from Caffe Vita. Sip handcrafted cocktails (try the Paper Tiger) and dream about Cuban cigars while the DJ spins house and hip-hop.

1010 E Pike St., WA, 206-323-2822
Tags: nightlife | editor pick | lounge | dancing | bar


This welcoming gay bar brings out the inner disco in everyone from drag queens to straight folk. If you miss the ‘80s, reclaim them here.

1509 Broadway, WA, 206-324-5338,
Tags: nightlife | lounge | dancing | bar | gay


Stuffed animals (of the taxidermy variety) line the walls of this comfy Capitol Hill locale, where good pub grub is a constant and happy hour takes place daily from 4-6pm.

332 15th Ave. E, WA, 206-709-1900
Tags: nightlife | trendy | lounge | pub

The Local Vine

Opened by a trio of grape lovers in the heart of Belltown, this wine bar, with nearly 100 varieties served by the glass, is an alternative to Seattle’s coffee scene.

2520 Second Ave., No. 113, WA, 206-441-6000,
Tags: nightlife | trendy | notable wine list | wine bar

Triple Door

A welcome addition to Seattle’s music scene, hear tunes of all genres over cocktails in the 21+ Musicquarium. At the heart of the club, the Main Stage is in a restored 300-seat theater.

216 Union St., WA, 206-838-4333,
Tags: nightlife | lounge | bar

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