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Best Clubs in Seattle

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Not many nightclubs double as elegant lunch spots, but this tiny, art-filled place does. Space-age tubular lighting, glitzy statues and large-scale paintings are not your typical nightclub decor. Large windows along the front allow for open-air seating on hot summer nights, and for a refreshingly cool dance floor. Weekday lunch specials are a great bargain, and the Happy Hour from 4p-7p features spicy snacks and cheap well drinks. Nightly live music ranges from reggae to funk to industrial.

Seattle, WA, United States
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Trinity

This nightclub located in downtown Seattle has the city's biggest dance floor, spinning music from both national and local DJs. It has state of the art sound and light effects. The feel in the club ranges from eclectic to ethereal. It has a classy VIP room which overlooks the dance floor from the balcony level. This club is ideal for 20 somethings who like clubbing on a huge scale. Friday and Saturday nights are really alive when the huge dance floor opens up for the party goers.

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The Central Saloon

Located in Pioneer Square, this is one of the oldest pubs in Seattle. The narrow bar stretches to the back, where tables and chairs face a small stage. Jazz, reggae, rock or blues plays here almost nightly, making this a great place to catch live music. The saloon offers a menu of decent fish, pork and chicken dishes, and the full bar has a wide selection of microbrews on tap. The Central participates in the Pioneer Square joint cover.

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Alibi Room

Situated down a cobblestone alley by Pike Place Market, this little restaurant called Alibi Room attracts members of the film and arts crowd. The arty two-story restaurant has wooden tables and chairs, with a private room and bar downstairs. Subdued lights and cozy seating lend an intimate vibe to the place. A bookcase near the entrance is filled with play and movie scripts for browsing. On weekends, some of the city's top DJs spin thumping dance beats to the crowd of dancers. The food is healthy Mediterranean, featuring sandwiches, pasta and salads for lunch. Dinners include red beans and rice, grilled beef tenderloin and seared salmon.

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The Baltic Room

With bare tables graced with candles, and dim atmosphere enhanced by stars punched into the ceiling, this always-packed bar attracts a crowd of mainly young people. The loft gives an excellent sky-high vantage point. The tiny stage features top-notch soul, latin, jazz and blues artists and visiting DJs.

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Dimitriou's Jazz Alley

Moved to its current downtown location in 1985 and renovated in 1990, Seattle's premier jazz club brings artists of international standing, including the likes of Nancy Wilson, Lionel Hampton and Cleo Laine. The dinner menu features a varied selection of Northwest and Mediterranean dishes. The well-rounded offerings feature seafood, grilled meats, and options for vegetarians. There's a full bar and a private room that holds 275.

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Q Nightclub

The ultra-chic Q Nightclub is the ultimate spot in Capitol Hill to cut loose and dance to the mind-numbing electronic dance music churned out by the various DJ's. The club is housed inside a converted 12,000-square feet (1115-square meter) warehouse, and is comprised of private rooms, separate lounge area and a large dance floor. Dress casually, walk in with your friends in the evening, order a few premium cocktails and enjoy the onslaught of funk, disco, house music. The club attracts a lot of young and hip crowd. Call ahead or visit their website to know more.

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Neighbours

This dimly lit joint, located on Broadway, predates the Australian television show of the same name by a good many years. Step in, and you're bound to find an eclectic mix of people; divas, DJs, drag queens, you name it. The club boasts of being one of the longest running GLBT nightclubs in the city, and going by its popularity, it doesn't look like that's going to change anytime soon. Expectedly, the clientele is by and large gay, but everyone is welcome here for a good time. Dance floor remains perennially packed and the music is predominantly dance, usually Top 40 or disco. Regularly host to some great acts and live performances, Neighbours is most certainly one of the best GLBT nightclubs in the city.

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Neumos

Winding your way out to the spacious main performance room, and it is easy to see why countless Seattleites have fallen in love with this venue. Reinvented in honor of the 90s staple Moe's Mo' Rockin' Café, which hosted now famous bands like Radiohead and The Flaming Lips, this venue is hot with up-and-coming artists. See bands like Camera Obscura, Band of Horses and Animal Collective, or attend any one of their popular hip-hop nights that often turn into a dance competition. Smaller than the local venue The Show Box, but larger than the Crocodile Café, this fills an important gap in Seattle's music scene.

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Grim's

Grim's is a newer entry to Seattle's bar and club scene, offering three floors of entertainment catering to almost every taste. Downstairs, Grim's original operation is still going strong, offering handcrafted cocktails and a limited menu of contemporary gourmet bar food. The Leather Saddle stands out as one of their more interesting cocktails, rye, benedictine, dry vermouth and orange bitters creating a hybrid between an Old Fashioned and a Manhattan. The decor consists of large reclaimed pieces such as long cafeteria tables sanded and varnished as well as wall paneling made from an old barn. Upstairs, the Butterfly Lounge awaits visitors seeking a more laid back experience, a wrap around plush couch dominating most of the space. Even further upstairs, The Woods provides not only a stylish (and appropriately wooden) interior, but a massive dance floor and DJs spinning everything from 80s to trance. An all-in-one destination for anybody seeking a cocktail and some company, Grim's is a must-stop destination in Capitol Hill.

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The Cuff

Opened in 1993, this bar became a nightclub in 1998 by adding a dance floor, full bar and full menu. Here there's a typical bar atmosphere complete with pool tables, darts and pinball machines. The facility actually consists of four bars, two with DJs, and there's also a cafe and patio. The food is Cajun, and even when the kitchen is closed you can still order cold sandwiches and wraps.

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