One of Seattle's hottest gay bars, R Place serves up the good times. There are three levels here: first level has a bar area, second has some games like pool and darts, and the third level is where the real party is at (break out those killer dance moves). Music is mostly top 40's and the atmosphere is friendly and inclusive. If you're looking for strong drinks, groovy beats and parades of folks getting down on the dance floor, R Place won't disappoint.
No signs lead to this romantic hideaway near Pike Place Market, but when you see the pink door itself, you'll know you've arrived. On a sunny day you can sit outside on the rooftop deck, where shorts, sunglasses and lively chatter run rampant and everyone seems rejuvenated by the awesome backdrop of Elliot Bay. The rustic Italian cuisine includes a variety of delicious pastas and specials. The Cioppino and the spinach stuffed pork loin are especially good. The restaurant features cabaret and other live entertainment. Please call ahead for hours.
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.
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.
American rock blends with Chinese kitsch at this popular hangout Chop Suey, a combination leading hipster crowds to flock in to hear their favorite bands perform. Red lanterns, dark wood, and a pagoda-styled stage lend a mysterious air to the interior, where some of Seattle's hottest local groups play side-by-side with nationally touring performers. With large dance floors, extensive bars, and seductive lounge-rooms, Chop Suey offers more of a nightclub atmosphere than many comparable venues, making it a multi-functional stage where fans of rock music feel just as at home as those seeking the mellow beats of the hottest electronica groups. The calendar is full of performances, so be sure to check out the website for the latest updates and information on age restrictions for each night.
Experience Persian hospitality, cuisine and entertainment all in one at Caspian. Try the ghormeh sabzi, a delectable beef and bean stew; or try one of Caspian's signature kabobs, served with Basmati rice, hummus and baked beans. Diners always mention the lovely modern decor as a highlight. Belly dancing on Saturday nights make this a great option for a group night out. Reservations are recommend, as tables fill up fast.
The Triple Door is in the building that housed the Embassy Theatre, built in 1926, and a lot of the old decor from the original vaudeville house is still in evidence. The purpose of the Triple Door is to give an experience with the best in sound, lighting, atmosphere, and hospitality. When all of these elements come together, which they do at the Triple Door, it gives the audience something that can only happen with the performance of live music. It is this exceptional experience that makes the Triple Door a thrilling venue for live music. (Triple Door serves food and alcohol. In the adjacent Musicquarium there are live shows.)