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114 1st Avenue South
Seattle,
WA
US

What makes it great: Top-tier alumni such as Louis C.K. and Jerry Seinfeld, Seattle’s longest-running open-mic night, and Tex-Mex food served in an institution that was established in 1981.

109 South Washington Street
Seattle,
WA
US

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.

700 3rd Avenue
Seattle,
WA
US

Five Things to Know About Central Saloon

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:

  • It's nearly as old as the state of Washington itself. Then known as Watson Bros. Famous Restaurant, it opened in 1892, four years after Washington became a state.
  • April 7, 1992, was declared a special day by the governor. No, not because it's the day the Bosnian Serb Republic declared independence, but instead in commemoration of Central Saloon's 100th anniversary.
  • It was home to an (unsuccessful) political campaign. Loyal patron and city character J. J. “Tiny” Freeman ran for a state Congressional seat from the bar's front table in 1972. After his death in 2013, friends memorialized him at the tavern.
  • It's a part of grunge history. Nirvana played its first live show here in 1988. And with live music every night, there's a chance you could catch the next big act before they break.
  • Oh yeah, it serves booze, too. You can get caught up in the history, but don't forget Central Saloon pours more than a dozen draft beers, including local brews Old Seattle Lager and Manny's Pale Ale, as well as a variety of liquors.

207 1st Ave S
Seattle,
WA
US

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.

315 2nd Ave S
Seattle,
WA
US

Club Contour: A User’s Guide

Nightclub | Small Bites | Happy Hour | Summer Patio | Historic Neighborhood

Sample Menu

  • Appetizer: whiskey-barbecue chicken wings
  • Entree: lamb kebabs on organic quinoa salad
  • Beer: Fremont Interurban IPA on draft
  • Wine: Castle Rock pinot noir

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.

Inside Tips

  • Stop in for happy hour, held daily until 8 p.m. and sometimes later.
  • The kitchen stops before the dancing does, so get your order in accordingly.

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).

807 1st Ave
Seattle,
WA
US