Seattle after dark

Seattle’s nightlife busts loose under a glow of omnipresent yellow street lights.  Live music venues like the classic Funhouse cater to an alternative/ punk crowd that hay have finally moved on from the city’s popular allegiance to 1990’s grunge acts like Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains and Nirvana.  The Funhouse, nudged unceremoniously across the street from the Space Needle, offers incredible drink specials and live music most nights.  Check the local papers or their website for more current information.

For a less rowdy affair (maybe?), Capitol Hill is just a hop, skip and a jump from downtown.  Here, a sparkly mix of trying-too-hard-to-be-upscale lounges, drag clubs and dive bars compete for the attention of local “bears” and the “otters who love them” in Seattle’s largest gayborhood.  The area is entirely walkable, which means bar- hopping from one spot to the next is as easy as one, two, Lychee!  (Martini, get it?) 

Some of the more popular spots in Capitol Hill include the somewhat relaxed Elite Bar (the oldest gay bar in Seattle) and the Eagle.  A bit shocking perhaps at first glance (50% of the crowd walks around only in undergarments), Friday and Saturday nights at the Eagle offer some of the neighborhood’s best dancing on its 2nd floor space.

Prefer to remain clothed?  We hear Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley is another great Seattle watering hole to placate your ear drums for live music, albeit in a more New Orleans-inspired blues/ visiting World ensemble sort of way!  While your “Set of Drifters” did not get the chance to check this one out, or give it our stamp of approval, one look at its current roster certainly has us intrigued.  Perhaps next time!

The Funhouse - 206 North 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA  98109, (206) 374.8400,

The Elite - 1520 East Olive Way, Seattle, WA  98122, (206) 860-0999,

We also recommend:

Pony - 1221 E Madison Street, Seattle, WA 98122, (206) 324-2854,

Moore Coffee Shop - 1930 2nd Avenue, Seattle, WA  98101, (206) 883-7044,