When the sun sets on December 21st (probably sometime right after lunch), it’ll officially be the longest night of the year... and the Best Night of Your Life. Why? Because you’ll be spending it enjoying the best nightlife the city has to offer, thanks to our awesome recommendations, which naturally include the city's best clubs.
Check out the picks below, and make sure to map out the perfect evening with our itinerary builder.
Ask anyone around "The Town" about clubs, and (for better or worse) they're gonna tell you about this Seattle classic. The pro-move at this bi-level, multi-room party spot in Pioneer Square is to offer every girl in the place a drink during their 9-10p "Awesome Hour" on Friday and Saturday nights. Why? 'Cause there's no cover, drinks are only a buck, and not spending a fortune buying girls drinks is... well, you know.
On school nights (well, Wednesdays), they let the college kids who flock to this place wear shorts and athletic gear, and play some of the city's sweetest EDM, but on weekends, this Western Ave watering hole (with three bars, two VIP areas, etc.) doesn't let the people who flock to this place wear shorts and athletic gear... and still plays some of the city's sweetest EDM.
This bar and dance club hosts some of the craziest comedy in Seattle. Go for the jokes, stay for the party. Just make sure to check the calendar before you do, 'cause instead of something funny, they could be doing anything from burlesque, to a drag queen production of Friday the 13th, to a DJ playing tribal music... aka something funny.
The SL's in the Bellevue Hyatt, but the scene is more like Vegas: businessmen, chicks looking for businessmen, and your $500+ bottles of Champagne for businessmen to buy for chicks looking for businessmen to buy $500+ bottles of Champagne for them.
Score the constantly changing password to the speakeasy out front on the website, then hit the massive club in back through a door hidden in a bookshelf, where even if they weren't throwing some of Seattle sweetest parties, they'd still have burlesque dancers in a rose petal bathtub. Seriously.
This state-of-the-art, 12,500sqft multi-level lounge is the kind of place you see in rap videos, and that your teenage-self probably assumed all nightclubs looked like: it's got two bars (a massive round-ish main one, and a cozy all-bourbon one by the DJ booth), unisex bathrooms, an all-red mezzanine, etc., and was designed by the crew who did Apple's cube store in NYC.
The Last Supper Club
So it's not enough that this place has three levels, four bars, and a bunch of private party rooms? Or that they've been one of Seattle's sweetest night spots for almost 15 years? Or that their gallery hosts a shton of local art shows? Fine, then they've also got one of The Town's best food carts, East Coast Eats, where you can score Seattle Dogs, pizza, BBQ sandwiches, etc.
Opened by -- you guessed it! -- a dentist-and-wife team, this former customer service call center-turned-lounge has 12 private technicolor-walled karaoke spaces, and a neon-lit industrial eat/drink area that boasts a bar built with beams of reclaimed from the warehouse at Pier 48, where Nirvana played one of their last shows, and which was demolished ahead of the viaduct replacement to enable the WSDOT to... oh, Nevermind.
1. Trinity Nightclub111 Yesler Way, Seattle
2. Foundation Nightclub2218 Western Ave Ste 100, Seattle
3. Aston Manor Social Club and Maison Tavern2946 1st Ave S, Seattle
4. Re-Bar1114 Howell St, Seattle
5. Q Nightclub1426 Broadway, Seattle
6. Suite Restaurant and Lounge10500 NE 8th St, Bellevue
7. Last Supper Club124 S Washington St, Seattle
8. Rock Box1603 Nagle Pl, Seattle
This two-level boozy nightclub in the heart of Pioneer Square has multiple rooms, each with a different theme: from the blue room, to the card room, you're sure to find room for you and the girl you'll attempt to pick up there.
It's all EDM, all the time at this Belltown dance spot. It's been voted Seattle Weekly's Best Of Seattle 2013: Best Dance Club, and plays hosts to tons of guest DJs.
This massive nightclub and adjacent password-only speakeasy were inspired by an imaginary playboy descended from the "king of Seattle bootleggers".
Cabarets, burlesque shows, guest DJs, and musical performances abound at this dark, down-n-dirty, disco-ball-adorned dance spot in Belltown.
Q Nightclub boasts two bars, an elevated mezzanine, a unisex (!...?) bathroom, and a custom sound system, all of which the NYC nightlife-vet running the place has stuffed into a cavernous, century-old auto garage.
The leather and velvet adorned Suite Restaurant and Lounge offers signature cocktails and "VIP treatment", as well was small plate menu items like blue crab tostadas.
The Last Supper Club's got four bars on three different levels and is heralded as one of the premiere nightclubs on the west coast.
Love the idea of karaoke but too embarrassed to get up there and belt out a few tunes? No need to worry, Capitol Hill's Rock Box is the place for you. With rooms for groups anywhere from two-15 people, plus larger rooms that can seat 35, the space is inspired by the Japanese karaoke box tradition, in which customers can perform in private rooms while enjoying various drinks and small plates. Now you can stuff your face with duck fat popcorn while shouting along to Coldplay, which you would never dream of doing in public.