Nightlife & Music

Best Late-Night Activities Beyond Bars In Seattle

May 30, 2013 5:00 AM

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(photo credit: centuryballroom.com)

(photo credit: centuryballroom.com)

(photo credit: centuryballroom.com)

(photo credit: centuryballroom.com)

Seattle is hub of nighttime entertainment, but if you’re looking for something beyond the routine visit to one of its many bars and night clubs, you won’t have to look far. Whether you’re into the arts and theater, comedy and improv, dining and dancing, exploring the city on foot or taking in classic movies, you won’t be disappointed in these additional late-night activity options in Seattle.

Spin The Bottle
Annex Theatre
1122 E. Pike St.
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 728-0933
www.annextheatre.org

Seattle’s Annex Theatre hosts Spin the Bottle, a year-round, artistic variety show that takes place on the first Friday of every month at 11 p.m. The Annex Theatre first featured this unique form of entertainment in 1997 and it has been a regular Friday night draw ever since. Spin the Bottle showcases the talents of musicians, dancers, theater and film enthusiasts, poets, comedians and more. Spin the Bottle is for adults only as past shows have contained nudity, smut and adult-themed comedy.

Jet City Improv
Historic University Theater
5510 University Way N.E.
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 781-3879
www.jetcityimprov.com

Called one of Seattle’s best comedy acts, Jet City Improv has opened its stage to audiences for more than 20 years. If you’re a fan of shows such as “Who’s Line is it Anyway?,” you’ll enjoy Jet City Improv’s Friday and Saturday night shows, which begin at 10:30 p.m. Every 90-minute show is filled with improvised games, skits and music that audience members are welcomed to participate in. Shows are deemed appropriate for all ages and provide a genuinely unique experience every time.

Egyptian Theatre’s Midnight Movies Series
801 E. Pine St.
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 720-4560
www.landmarktheatres.com

Every Friday and Saturday night at 12 a.m., Seattle’s Egyptian Theatre shows a popular film to its captive audience. Films range from documentaries and independent films to classics such as “Casablanca.” The Egyptian Theatre was constructed in 1915 and was first used as a Masonic Temple, with two good-sized auditoriums. These came in handy as an entertainment venue and wrestling arena back in the 1970s. In the 1980s, the Egyptian Theatre hosted its first Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), which is one of the top film festivals in North America and the most highly-attended in the United States. The Egyptian continues to host SIFF for 25 days in May and June, attracting more than 100,000 people to Seattle annually.

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Century Ballroom Dine And Dance
915 E. Pine St., 2nd floor
Seattle WA 98122
(206) 324-7263
www.centuryballroom.com

If you love to dance or are interested in learning new dance moves or forms of dance, consider checking out the Century Ballroom’s wide variety of dining and dancing events. Guests can choose from swing, salsa, ballroom and waltz, country-western and various styles of Latin dancing. The majority of the dinner and dance events begin at 9 p.m. and include an introductory lesson during the first hour. Some dance events also include DJs and are appropriate for all ages. Dining is available at the on-site restaurant, The Tin Table, which offers a full dinner menu, drinks and happy hour specials.

Market Tours In Pike Place Market
1499 Post Alley
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 805-0195
www.seattleghost.com

Called “one of Seattle’s best and weirdest tourist attractions” by the Seattle Post Intelligencer, Market Tours in Pike Place Market offers three nighttime tours that explore Seattle’s haunted and sinful history. The Market Ghost Tour lasts about 75 minutes and begins at 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. This tour explores Seattle’s first mortuary, what is left of an old graveyard and a former brothel. To explore Seattle’s seedier beginnings, consider the Seattle Lust Tour. It is available to persons age 18 and older on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. Throughout each tour, you’ll hear stories of Seattle’s notorious past, including well-known murders, periods of corruption, horrible tragedies and theories of why the city remains so haunted.

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Sue Gabel has been writing entertainment and travel-related articles in the greater Puget Sound/Seattle area since 1999. She writes about music, the Seattle scene and more. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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