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Recently elected one of the "13 coolest movie theaters in the world" - to plagiarize MSN - "since Paul Allen got his hands on the theater in the late '90s, it has been wholly transformed into one of the most high-tech, exciting movie experiences in the U.S." Recently renovated - Really worth checking out - look here: Cinema Seattle
Gourmet snacks and craft beer served up in an updated comfortable atmosphere. Reserved seating. Here's more info: Cinerama Seattle
History: Downtown on 4th avenue, is one of the last survivors of the great craze of late 60s, the Cinerama Theaters.
Paul Allen (Micro$oft) thankfully has decided to act as patron and preserve this theater downtown, and good for him for doing so. Counting this one there are only 3 left in the world.
For the uninitiated,
was the first really WIDE screen, all-encompassing surround movie experiences in 70mm that sadly do not exist anymore, as most theaters now are for the most part just boxes in malls projecting faded 35mm prints with 5.1 Dolby cranked to the max.
Some movies were actually filmed using 3 syncronized cameras for the extremely wide Cinerama format.
Two of the alltime ultimate movie experiences of my life were:
1968 - the premier of the Stanley Kubrick masterpiece "2001" at the incredibly mind-blowing & beautiful and now long-gone Cooper Cinerama theater in Denver;
1979 - the 70mm premier of "Apocalypse Now" at the Hollywood Pacific Cinerama theater in LA;
They still show current films (e.g. Sin City / Gremlins in 70MM) at the Seattle Cinerama theater, check the website for what's "Coming Soon."
Address: 2100 4th Ave
Directions: Lower downtown/ Belltown on 4th & Lenora,
Phone: (206) 448-6680
Excellent martinis in downtown Seattle
For years we've worked downtown a few streets NE of the Westin, and Von's is the perfect after-work watering hole saloon & cafe for good drinks and comfort food.
Feels like a very "local business crowd" saloon with not many if any tourists (except us).
Along with the typical Pacific NorthWest microbrews they specialize in making good old-fashioned icy cocktails like martinis & manhattans, with refrigerated brand/call drinks and tubing on the back bar piped directly to the bar guns. Good, well-made quality cocktails, especially (my opinion) the ice-cold martinis.
The roasted meats & burgers, etc. are the norm, I also like the chowder. You can sit at the bar, in the wood & brass saloon or outside on the Pine St. terrace.
Bottom line: been going here for years, I still like the vibe, food & drinks, conversation, not so much a "nightlife" spot, just a really good place to chill after work.
Dress Code: Casual, it's a downtown pub.
Address: 619 Pine St
Directions: Downtown 6th & Pine, attached to the Roosevelt Hotel.
Phone: (206) 621-8667
Theme: Eating and Drinking
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Of all the jazz clubs in the world I have had the pleasure to enjoy, Dimitriou's is easily in the top 10, & may be my fave. Over the years I've had the privilege of hearing everyone from Stanley Turretine, Toots Thieleman, etc here: certainly some of the best live music I've ever heard in my life.
Excellent sound, lights, sightlines, staff, and world class music.
(photo top-left) - A foto of my man Dr. John (da' night Tripper) performing a killer set of New Orleans fonk the night of Tuesday 3/15/05 at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley.
A special night, the Doctor and his band were returning to the road refreshed from a week off, and on opening night Tuesday 7:30 show he burned the house down.
The new band (Lower 911) fits like a glove, and it is a tragedy this particular show was not recorded. Two nonstop high-energy hours of the Doctor at his best. I was one of the lucky 200 or so to be there & experience it.
Anyway, the Doctor ravings aside, give this club a look. It is a world class jazz venue, with owners and staff dedicated to providing the best jazz nightclub experience.
Here's an extensive VIDEO PREVIEW of the Jazz Alley experience.
I hope you get to go to Dimitriou's someday. It's Seattle nightlife at it's best.
Dress Code: Casual come-as-u-feel jazz club attire. Very laid back.
music & ambience is some of the best on the planet, and they serve food.
Check out the website.
Address: 6th Ave & Lenora St, downtown Seattle
Directions: Dimitriou's Jazz Alley is on the corner of 6th Avenue and Lenora Street in downtown Seattle. It is one block north of the Westin Hotel. The entrance is in the alley between 6th and 5th Avenues.
Phone: (206) 441-9729
not too shabby
Just like in Oakland & Denver, Seattle also has a beautiful old Paramount Theater that runs the gamut of possible entertainment venues.
One night Elvis Costello or some other intermational music act; the next - a road version of a Broadway play; the next, maybe a classic film; etc.
Check out the website on this page and look at their events calendar: you won't believe the variety of artists & events they have all the time.
And all in a beautiful old restored theater that can be converted on the fly to any venue layout & configuration necessary.
They even have patron "club" memberships for different types of entertainment you can join & get "VIP" status if you're willing to pony up the $s.
Hey, I say any group or organization that is willing to go through all the pain & hassle of restoring and maintaining a vanishing style of theater and book quality entertainment into it, more power and hats off to 'em.
I've seen shows at the Paramounts in all 3 cities and they are almost always special and worth the bucks, and I support and recommend all three whenever I can.
Dress Code: Depends: dress down for rock; dress up for live theater.
Address: 911 Pine St.
Directions: 911 Pine St, upper downtown, corner of 9th & Pine, just down/west off of I-5 click HERE for Directions and a map.
Part of the Paramount group, the Moore shows more eclectic, specialty music acts.
Ricky Lee Jones plays there; (no longer a Kidd)-Jonny Lang (photo) was playing there the week I was last in town.
I guess the best way to put it is: if the entertainment is still national quality, but maybe a little more "edgy"/specialty and would draw a smaller crowd, you'd play the Moore instead of the Paramount.
Sometimes they also showcase good original local acts and even have workshops on entertainment & performance for local artists that are mentored by older established professional artists, something rarely done in most cities and I think that is a very cool thing to do for local musicians.
Dress Code: Very casual most of the time.
Address: 1932 2nd Ave
Directions: "lower" Downtown, on 2nd Ave between Virginia & Stewart, ... click HERE for Directions and a map
Theme: Live Music
Oh yeah (from her website)
Highway 99 Blues Club has it all - location, atmosphere, good live music, a stageside dancefloor, good drinks, decent bar-food -
what's not to like?
Not just blues, lots of different acts (see website) - I'm a big Maria Muldaur fan, and she had a PNW-area release party for her latest project here, which is how I got turned on to this place.
Check out the the website and then next time you're in town - GO.
Good music with all the condiments.
Dress Code: Whatever's comfortable.
Address: 1414 ALASKAN WAY, SEATTLE
Directions: In the basement of the Market Square Building, across from the
Aquarium and Pier 59, on the east side of the viaduct
Here are explicit DIRECTIONS
Theme: Live Music
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The Croc is open again.
The Crocodile still has good, original, edgy bands all the time. Everything from punk, alt rock to reggae, but never boring lounge cover stuff.
Pearl Jam , Alice in Chains and Nirvana played some early local gigs in places like the Croc.
Place may be a little funky for gramma, but I've never had a problem with it and for loud, original music it can't be beat. Who's playing - check out the CALENDAR
They serve food too, & actually the breakfast stuff for late nite / early morning isn't bad at all.
Bottom line is, I heard this all the time & it is still true:
"If there's a good original band in town, they're probably playin' over at the Crocodile."
Dress Code: dress down very casual. anything goes.
Address: 2200 2ND AVE Dntn Belltown
Directions: in Downtown Belltown, Blanchard & 2nd ave.
Crocs website below has a map
Phone: (206) 441-5611
Theme: Live Music
Post alley daytime
This little place is an eccentric and slightly hidden spot on Post Alley just south of Pike Place Mkt.
Originally opened & sponsored by independent filmakers who wanted to open a joint to hangout, you could sit and read screenplays they had laying around while you sip a cocktail or enjoy some food. Later on in the evening from 10 to 2 they have music (djs & dancing) in an intimate atmosphere.
Alibi Room has changed and now is NOT open for lunch, just dinner Dinner: 4 - 11. The red beans & rice with chicken sausage are gone now also, mostly pizza and focaccia now, here's the current MENU - still closes around 2 am. Here's their hours and MAP
Dress Code: Artsy, dark, eccentric / eclectic.
Address: 85 Pike St, suite 410
Directions: Down In Post Alley:
From Pike street in the market, walk to the bronze pig and go left by the flying fish vendors and DOWN the flight of stairs into the alley - walk downhill it is on your right (see pic).
Phone: 206 623 3180
Theme: Eating and Drinking
Good food, ambience, and music
This place has it all. Good live music, great food, in a really interesting and enjoyable venue.
The food is delicious, as Triple Door is owned and run by the people who created Wild Ginger - one of the best places in Seattle to eat.
Excellent Happy Hour w/good snacks starts @ 4:30pm.
Always something different happening musically (check the web site calendar) in everything from jazz, blues, eclectic, pop, they seem to try everything, with some "name" artists occasionally sprinkled in.
They have a second, more casual room with jazz on Mondays called the "musicquarium."
It is all housed in a really interesting and restored building (Mann Building) in what was the old Embassy Theatre that is worth checking out.
I always hit the Triple Door website before going to Seattle, and even if the band is not my cup of tea, the food and drinks are really good.
Dress Code: Tasteful casual club / restaurant.
Address: 216 Union Street - Seattle 98101
Directions: At Second & Union Downtown. Almost directly downstairs from Wild Ginger at 216 Union Street, across from Benaroya Hall. The entrance is between 2nd and 3rd Avenue on Union Street.
Phone: (2 0 6) 8 3 8-4 3 3 3
Dimitriou's Jazz Alley is the place where international jazz artists play in Seattle.
Tulas in Belltown is the best local jazz venue in Seattle.
Tulas is owned and run by seasoned experienced musicians who know jazz and know how to run a jazz club.
The local Seattle jazz players seem to appreciate this, so the music is consistently good. Tulas is not a schlock, phony pseudo-jazz dive, it is the real deal.
Talented "known" national artists drop in & jam from time to time.
Decent food & drinks, but it's all about the music in one of Seattle's best and most interesting neighborhoods.
Dress Code: Casual club jazz attire.
Address: 2214 Second Avenue
Directions: Downtown between Blanchard and Bell Streets in Seattle's Belltown neighborhood.
Check out the website for maps directions.
Theme: Live Music
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