Nightlife & Music

Best Live Music Clubs In Seattle

December 8, 2010 2:50 PM

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It’s a pretty simple premise actually, but watching live music makes people feel good.In fact, that simple theory gets proven out every night in a bunch of Seattle clubs.  If you happen to be one of those people who likes listening to bands and music, then you’re in luck amongst Seattle’s live music venues.  Places like Showbox at the Market, for a local band, maybe some jazz at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley or the next big indie thing at The Triple Door or Tractor Tavern. Maybe you just need to get it out a little & let your inner punk come out at The Funhouse. So no matter what’s your fancy musically, Seattle has a great venue for you.

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Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley

2033 6th Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
206-441-9729
jazzalley.com

The club offers patrons an evening of dining in the club’s restaurant before they watch of the music. there is also a full bar for those who would like to just sit, listen & sip. Certainly the preeminent jazz club in Seattle, it has featured some of jazz’s biggest & brightest talents have played here including Branford Marsalis, Diane Schuur and Cleo Laine.

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Showbox at the Market

1426 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 628-3151
showboxonline.com

The Showbox has the feel of a small intimate venue type of place but I think if needed they can really pack ‘em in.  The tiered bar area is also a nice touch for when you’re attending with short folks who always seem to get screwed out of witnessing their favorite bands performing.  The beers aren’t highway robbery and there are plenty of urinals and toilets in the place. The real clincher is the In and Out rule where if you’re not feeling a certain band you can stumble across the street to Pike Place brewery and down a couple of their choice beers before coming back for the bands you want to see.

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Tractor Tavern

5213 Ballard Ave. NW
Seattle, WA 98107
206-789-3599
tractortavern.com

the Tractor Tavern is a mutual meeting ground where patrons can enjoy loud music and a good time, and musicians can enjoy a rowdy and enthusiastic crowd. Those who have been to the Tractor understand this. Those who haven’t need only pass by to know that there is something going on inside that everyone should be a part of once.

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The Triple Door

216 Union St
Seattle, WA 98101
206-838-4333
thetripledoor.net

The Triple Door is actually a restaurant and 2 venues, the Wild Ginger restaurant, the Musicquarium (named after its almost 2,000-cubic-foot aquarium), and the Mainstage theater. For starters, the venue is so gorgeous.  Like many other people have pointed out this is a very upscale environment and there really isn’t a bad seat in the house. the Triple Door isn’t so inexpensive and definitely not something one will do every week since food & show tickets can get intto the $100-$150 range, but when you look at bigger music events running alomst that much and sometimes more, this is a bargain for an intimate venue with good food and drink.

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The Funhouse

206 Fifth Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
206-374-8400
thefunhouseseattle.com

In the shadow of the Space Needle, the Funhouse is the “oldest surviving punk rock club” in Seattle, and this place will not disappoint. Horror-movie carnival decor complete with creepy clowns give the place a very specific vibe, and there’s a continuous lineup of local and international rock, punk and metal bands. And something that not even CBGB’s could boast of, but out back there’s a basketball hoop that periodically gets pretty busy with showgoers who need a breath of air.

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