Seattle

Best Bars in

Seattle
Over the years, this city in the Pacific Northwest has seen the birth of Microsoft, Starbucks, Boeing and Amazon, fostered the rise of Nirvana, been the backdrop of Tom Hanks’s sleepless nights, and witnessed all of Frasier’s misadventures after he downed his last in Boston. Seattle has grown into a sprawling metropolis and an icon in popular culture ever since grunge music made the place cool back in the late 1980s.

The Emerald City has kept pushing its unique legacy and pioneering spirit forward. To this day, it ranks among the most prosperous and progressive places in the U.S. Cool, green, alternative and techy, it is a model of freedom and eclecticism, and its art and culture scene is regarded by many as one of the best in the world. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, then, that its nightlife is an exciting and vibrant melting pot. From sultry jazz clubs to splashy speakeasies, from trendy craft cocktail dens to sticky dive bars, the fun times are endless in this offbeat town.

Start at Capitol Hill, beating heart of the city and local gay culture epicenter. Step out of the scenic, mansion-lined Volunteer Park, and let yourself be carried by the bustling atmosphere down Broadway. Chill coffee shops and sleek yoga studios stand alongside cool indie stores, stylish cocktail bars and hip eclectic eateries. Around Pike Street and Pine Street, colorful street art murals, bookstores and tattoo parlors complete the picture. Here, you’ll find people in droves on most nights either dining out, bar hopping, or waiting in line for a play, movie or show.

Next, head over to Downtown and its shiny skycrapers, historic buildings, and thriving shopping, dining and bar scene. Browse for local crafts and specialty foods in historic Pike Place Market, before grabbing a bite and a drink at one of its delicious eateries. Then walk up to up-and-coming Belltown, a lively downtown area that’s come a long way since its seedy 1990s days. Catch a show at local jazz club Dimitriou’s or at The Crocodile, an iconic venue where Nirvana, R.E.M, Pearl Jam and more all performed, before taking your pick from the neighborhood’s craft cocktail joints for a nightcap. Or head down to historic, picturesque Pioneer Square, and gallery-hop for a bit before downing drinks at one of its buzzy watering holes. Every first Thursday of the month, locals flock here for Art Walk, where dozens of galleries, lofts and residences open to the public.

If you’re looking to explore beyond the city core, Ballard is the place to go. Originally a fishing town established by Scandinavian immigrants, its tree-lined streets are now home to dozens of hip bars and live music venues. The area also has some of the best restaurants in the city. Come here to mingle with young hipsters and old-school locals in a vibrant, authentic atmosphere.

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