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Seattle nightlife

Seattle is known as the birthplace of grunge rock, and although grunge is no longer in vogue, the music scene is thriving—it seems like every other person you meet is a musician. Most of the nightlife revolves around live music; indie alternative rock and alt-country reign, but you'll also find everything from jazz to Irish roots music. The bar scene isn't as sophisticated or big as in some cities, but you'll find plenty of imbibing in Capitol Hill and Belltown. Capitol Hill is also the center of Seattle's gay and lesbian community and accordingly it has the greatest concentration of gay bars, many of which are clustered on Broadway, Pike, and East Madison streets. Neighbours is a perennial favorite for dancing (1509 Broadway; Irreverent alternative weekly paper The Stranger is a good resource for nightlife options (; free in locations around the city).

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Black Bottle, Seattle

Belltown has become a bit of a dumping ground for trend bars, but Black Bottle, a latecomer to the worldwide "gastropub" obsession, is a welcome addition to the...more

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Licorous, Seattle

Licorous is one of the best-looking bars in the city, with a playful geometric pattern on one wall, stools that resemble chess pawns, and a striking molded-tin...more

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Linda's Tavern, Seattle

A cowboy-themed tavern on the West Coast? At Linda's, the kitsch isn't as thick as you might think: The 1930s dude ranch memorabilia may be imported from...more

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Live Music, Seattle

Moe's was one of the iconic clubs of the grunge era; the original no longer stands, but Neumos has risen in its place with the best lineup of alternative acts...more

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Saint, Seattle

The Tiffany-blue-and-white facade of this cozy tequila bar brings a little bit of colonial Mexico to Capitol Hill. Don't expect sombreros or Day of the Dead...more

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Sambar, Seattle

"Tucked away" doesn't even begin to describe Sambar. This teeny-tiny bar is attached to Le Gourmand, which is one of the city's most notable restaurants, in one...more

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