Polar Bar fits right in on the second floor of the Arctic Club, with it’s frosted glass bar and luxurious leather seats. The historic building was completed in 1917 and catered to those who struck it rich in the Yukon Gold Rush. Today, couples can share a cocktail—or the specialty absinthe service—in a love seat and warm themselves next to the fire.
Named one of the "most storied bars in America" by Thrillist, Central Saloon boasts a century-long history that’s entangled with local beers, rock royalty, and the Washington legislature. Read on to see what this bar's been up to in the past 100 years:
Aromas from 88 Keys' menu of American and Italian fare waft across floors crowded with jovial dancers shimmying beneath exposed-brick walls. 88 Keys' calendar orbits around the Piano Man's Friday- and Saturday-night dueling-piano shows, which exhibit the impressive nature of musical competition without the expense of shot-putting a cello. Blues showcases, open-mic jams, and a rotating cast of visiting bands round out the schedule.
Where to Sit: By the windows. They stretch from the floor to the ceiling, giving you great views of Seattle’s historic downtown, especially at night.
When to Go: Check the event list before you go, as Club Contour hosts some sort of entertainment every evening. It could be a live DJ spinning house music, or a night dedicated to board games.
While You’re Waiting: Walk around the place. Club Contour’s eclectic design is a feast for the eyes, drawing attention with decor such as a paved-brick floor, a dramatic sculpture hanging behind the bar, and luxurious high-backed booths.
While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Indulge in everything from gourmet fudge to gawking at preserved two-headed animals at Ye Olde Curiosity Shop (1001 Alaskan Way).
After: Refuel after dancing at The 5-Point Cafe, a 24-hour spot that goes by the slogan, “Alcoholics serving alcoholics since 1929” (415 Cedar Street).