Top Jukebox Bars In Seattle

May 31, 2012 6:00 AM

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Looking for a bar with a great selection of music? Here are five bars in Seattle with great drinks, tasty food and popular jukeboxes. These aren’t the swankiest clubs in town, but the standby, honest watering holes with welcoming atmospheres. Prepare for familiar faces, friendly staff and, of course, good tunes.
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The Tin Hat Bar & Grill
512 NW 65th St.
Seattle, WA 98117
(206) 782-2770Hours: Daily –  4 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Tuesdays at The Tin Hat are Taco Tuesdays. At 69 cents per taco means you’re completely justified in ordering an exorbitant number of tacos, all the better to soak up local brews from Georgetown Brewery. Friendly staff do a good job keeping up with the busy bar, making wait times short and the space clean. Pinball machines, games and a jukebox stocked with plenty of punk and metal music mean there is plenty to do to keep yourself entertained with between rounds. Customers will usually be playing 80s tunes, punk or metal music, so if you like the softer sounding classics, this might not be your favorite spot. If that’s just the sort of thing you’re in to, however, the Tin Hat is the place to go for a stiff drink in the company of some local musicians.

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El Chupacabra
6711 Greenwood Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 706-4889Hours: Mon to Thurs – 11:30 a.m. to 12 a.m., Fri to Sat – 11:30 am to 2 a.m., Sun – 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.

A vegetarian and vegan-friendly bar menu? El Chupacabra has one. This spot has garnered a reputation for having some of the best vegan tacos in town. The great drinks, attentive staff and popular jukebox keep people coming back for more. The jukebox selection is specially chosen by the owners, and it’s played pretty loudly, so this is not the spot for a first date where you’re trying to get know one another. If you’re the type of person who likes their music played at high decibels, however, this is where you need to be. The jukebox here certainly adds to the rocking nature of El Chupacabra.

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Streamline Tavern
121 W Mercer St.
Seattle, WA 98119
(206) 283-2923
www.streamlinetavern.comHours: Mon to Thurs – 2 p.m. to 2 a.m., Fri to Sun – 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Billed as a classic neighborhood bar, the Streamline Tavern is known for its loyal local following and strong drinks. Here you’ll find pool tables, dartboards and of course, a jukebox. At Streamline, they don’t believe in those trendy touch screen jukeboxes that search for tunes via the internet. Instead music lovers will find a good old CD version with empty slots for customers’ to add in their own mixes. Another part of the charm of Streamline is talking with the locals who frequent it. Bartenders are friendly and will remember your name and what you like to drink. If you’re not listening to tunes, this is also a great spot to catch a Seahawks game.

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Knarr Shipwreck Lounge
5633 University Wy. NE
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 525-3323
knarrbar.comHours: Mon to Fri – 3 p.m. to 2 a.m., Sat to Sun – 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Knarr Shipwreck Lounge is known for being an incredibly divey bar at the north end of The Ave. Rough around the edges, Knarr seems to be a true ” love it or hate it” establishment. The jukebox plays a mix of classic rock and 90s music. If well-worn pool tables, jukebox, shuffleboard, local games on HD TVs and a special called “Kill The Keg Wednesdays” sound appealing to you, Knarr Shipwreck Lounge might be your new place to call home.

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Pacific Inn Pub
3501 Stone Wy. N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 547-2967Hours: Daily 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Being known for the “best of” anything in town is a big responsibility. However, Pacific Inn Pub seems to be handling the pressure of holding the honors for “Best Fish & Chips” just fine. Pacific Inn is serving up fried fish and cold drinks to hungry, happy customers seven days a week. There is an outdoor patio for seating on nice days, free pool, and a jukebox inside that plays a great mix of rock hits from artists like Mick Jagger, Tool, and Smashing Pumpkins. This is the perfect spot to visit for happy hour after your casual Friday workday is over.

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Jason Sipe is a freelance writer in Tacoma, Washington. He is covering Nightlife & Music. His work can be found at

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