While Seattle is no NYC or LA in terms of nightlife (as in, this city most definitely does go to sleep), Seattle is a city with a varied and fairly laid-back nightlife scene. Sure, you probably won't find thumping nightclubs around every corner (although, there are a few), but what you will find are quality spots to spend an evening that range from quiet places to chill out, to clubs with dance floors and DJs.
Whether you prefer a classy evening with a glass of wine in hand, or a nightclub, Seattle has got you covered with its wine bars, microbreweries, nightclubs and other establishments that kick up their heals after dark.
Bars are an all-around nightlife go-to—get some drinks, enjoy the evening with friends or a date. Seattle’s top bars include a bit of everything and a range of atmospheres and drink offerings. This is the Northwest, after all, where craft beverages are king.
Want to have more whiskey choices that you could ever actually try? Check out Radiator Whiskey with its amazing tots and carnivorous menu. Have you heard there are old-fashioned speakeasies in Seattle? It’s true! Bathtub Gin and Co. and Knee High Stocking Co. are both tucked away, intimate little spaces big on atmosphere (and tasty drinks). Seattle has lots of high-end bars, but even more laid-back places where you can go enjoy a beer or watch a game. Or there’s Shorty’s, where you can pair arcade games with your night out!
Seattle and beer go together like two peas in a pod (or maybe two hops on a vine?) If you like your nightlife laid back, check out a microbrewery. While some are taprooms only—meaning they are sparser spaces without restaurant space or food unless they bring in a food truck or are next to a restaurant—a few have full restaurants or bar spaces where you can hang out, watch a game, or chat with pals. These include Elysian, Pike and Pyramid Alehouse Restaurant.
With Woodinville Wine Country just a half hour from Seattle, there’s a lot of wine flowing through the Emerald City. Spending an evening at a wine bar is a classier twist on the local nightlife scene, but an excellent way to spend an evening. Find your favorite wine with the help of expert staff and dine on tasty appetizers, entrees or desserts. While you’ve got no shortage of wine bars to choose from, Purple Café and Wine Bar is Seattle’s flagship wine destination. Its main location downtown certainly makes a visual impression with a veritable tower of wine at its center.
Seattle has a few rooftop bars (though, not a ton as we are known for our rain here) and these are great nightlife spots when the weather is nicer. You even have your choice of mood. Want to relax and enjoy a water view? The Hard Rock Café has a stylish rooftop bar overlooking Pike Place Market and Elliott Bay. Also near Pike Place Market, The Nest has an even more amazing view and a larger rooftop area than The Hard Rock where you can sip cocktails and overlook the bay. Want to spend your rooftop evening in style? Frolik Kitchen & Cocktails is a snazzy rooftop bar with games and a cool location right downtown.
Nightclubs and Dance Clubs
While Seattle really excels at offering up chill spots to sip a craft cocktail, beer or a local wine, the Emerald City also has a few dance clubs with live DJs and/or pumping EDM, top 40 or other beats designed to keep the club moving. Another club like Trinity Nightclub is a hot spot for dancing the night away. If you want to spend an evening out club hopping, your best bet is the Capitol Hill neighborhood, which is filled with clubs from mild to wild as well as several gay bars, including Neighbours. Plus, Capitol Hill has tons of restaurants and coffee shops if you want to take a breather in between dancing.