Best Oldies Music Bars In Seattle

August 25, 2016 5:00 AM

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Depending on when you were born, you may consider oldies music to be anything released in the last 50 to 60 years. When looking for an oldies music bar, you may think of music released in past decades, or perhaps a bar that draws crowds who are considered older (40 and above). Whatever your definition of “oldies” may be, there are a few bars in the Seattle area that play live, DJ’ed and jukebox music, which could now considered to be a part of the oldies genre, and that draws crowds of older generations.
Havana Social Club
1010 E. Pike St.
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 323-2822
www.havanasocial.com

The Havana Social Club is a fun and lively club in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. It serves delicious, strong drinks and features a couple of nights where you can enjoy DJ-spun oldies music and dancing. On Tuesdays, experience the Real Love 90s night, where ladies get in free until 11 p.m. and DJs spin various old-school music from the 90s, including Michael Jackson hits. On Thursdays, it’s Sophisticated Mama night and there is no cover charge. The house DJ spins a bunch of vintage soul that will definitely bring you back in time once you hear it.

The Mecca Cafe And Bar
526 Queen Anne Ave.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 285-9728
www.mecca-cafe.com

The Mecca Cafe and Bar is a smaller social venue that has one of the best jukeboxes in all of Seattle. The bar’s slogan is “alcoholics serving alcoholics since 1929.” You enjoy various drink specials during the bar’s workaholics happy hour, which is from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. While there’s no room for dancing, the jukebox is filled with a number of older, hit songs going back to the 80s (think Wham) and before.

Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley
2033 6th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 441-9729
www.jazzalley.com

Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley is a popular, live music venue that features a number of old-school music including jazz, rhythm and blues (R&B), soul and contemporary pop. At Dimitriou’s, all seating areas have excellent views of the center stage, as well as phenomenal acoustics, so you’ll be able to enjoy the show regardless of your seating arrangement. Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley has featured Grammy-nominated artists such as Burt Bacharach and Judy Collins, tribute bands playing music from artists like Steely Dan, and swing-band rock from bands like the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies.

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The Triple Door
216 Union St.
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 838-4333
www.thetripledoor.net

The Triple Door is considered one of the best live venues in Seattle, according to various critics and music reviewers. Every month, it features numerous live performances from independent artists, as well as tribute bands, burlesque troupes and more. Some notable performances you may want to check out include the Pacific Northwest’s own Jr. Cadillac, a Sinatra tribute by Joey Jewell and Jim Kerl’s Swingin’ Sixties Orchestra, an acoustic set by Grand Funk Railroad’s Mark Farner, the music of Patsy Cline by Sweet Dreams, The Doors “L.A. Woman” from Classic Music Live, 60s rock band Iron Butterfly and 80s folk music singer, Suzanne Vega.

Lo-Fi Performance Gallery
429 Eastlake Ave. E.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 254-2824
www.thelofi.net

Seattle’s Lo-Fi Performance Gallery features live bands DJs that are national and international, as well as local. This music and dancing venue has two main rooms and two bars, with each having its own individual sound system. Events hosted at Lo-Fi include dance parties from the 80s, 90s and early 2000’s, in addition to various genres of music including 70s funk, old-school soul, R&B and hip-hop. If you get bored with the music, you can always kick back in the club’s vintage arcade room and try your luck at some games.

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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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