Trippy Seattle - Nightlife
Seriously, you want nightlife tips from a dork like me? I'm not quite sure if I've EVER been called hip - anywhere - and I go to some pretty farflung places where hip might be accorded just because I'm different. Like, foreign. Think about it: I play trumpet and like jazz, classical, and international music. I got excited that Herb Alpert did a remixed album and want Esquivel to come back from the dead ASAP. Satisfied? Okay then! I've - sniff! - made my case.
With the above in mind, please mind, below are some interesting nighttime places - or so I hear in some cases - and form an admittedly tiny subset. Let's face it, I have no idea what flavor you go for... and I'm not going to shove my head into places I'm not interested in to knock myself out and give a comprehensive list. Maybe you like wearing hats with beer funnels on them; perhaps a frou-frou fern bar is your thing. Whatever - here're a few names and/or districts I'll throw out. It's up to you, oh gladiator, to separate the Christians from the lions:
- For jazz try Jazz Alley in Belltown for national and international acts, Tula's (Belltown) and Egan's Ballard Jam House (Ballard) for nightly local jazz.
- Maybe frequent the 2nd Ave scene in Belltown - the Lava Lounge, the Crocodile, and so on have been keeping hipsters and wannabees going for a long time now.
- How about the still-rising Ballard Avenue scene in... Ballard. There's the Tractor Tavern, Conor Byrne, Lock and Keel, Old Town and Hattie's Hat among a growing list of newer bars and restaurants.
- Capitol Hill scene centered on Broadway, but better down on perpendicular (to Broadway) Pike and Pine streets
- The UW scene is, unsurprisingly, centered on University Ave. ("The Ave")
- Changing gears, the various Landmark Theaters offer foreign and independent films, in the University, Capitol Hill/Broadway, and Wallingford districts. Think old, funky, COOL theaters.
- Then there's Scarecrow Video: Stay at home, but find any movie under the sun here first.
- Here's one for the nerds and hardcore gamers, I suppose: GameWorks. I dunno how many of these there are in the country, but it's a super-dee-duper arcade located downtown.
- And now for something completely different: The Lake View Cemetery near Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill: no, you won't catch ME here at night, but here lie Bruce and Brandon Lees' graves, and Jimi Hendrix's too. Bring your own 40 to pour.
- I give up.
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