Huge artsy, indie music scene with grunge, jazz, rock, soul roots, Seattle is known for its rainy, cloudy, misty, overcast weather and ingenious, innovative, creative, entrepreneurial contributions to society such as the list below:
- Pyramid Beer
- Microsoft – Bill Gates
- T Mobile
- Eddie Bauer
(Companies formerly based in Seattle)
- United Airline
- Red Robin
- United Parcel Service
- Washington Mutual
Maybe a theory is that people are “depressed” and inside most of the time because of the weather, it forces them to be creative and think of new things to do, new ways of thinking, new gadgets, new creations?
Could that be an explanation of Seattle’s creative reputation?
Imagine a small, laid back “walkable” city, gray buildings.. covered with trees that make you feel like you’re in the mountains ..then throw in some water and ports mixed together and that is a glimpse of what it feels like to be in Seattle! :-)
2 Day Sightseeing/Food Itinerary
Really, really good sandwich place. I had the grilled pork chop sandwich, omg so good. I think you’ll need a car to get here though. On yelp you’ll see two different locations. Maybe one is more accessible by public transportation. This is the one we went to:
6226 Seaview Ave NW
(at 67th St)
Seattle, WA 98107
2.Pike Place Market
3. Savor Seattle Food Tour
Classic Tour. Really fun, our tour guides were so funny and cool (Tim).
They took us around the Pike Place Market so its good to take the tour to get to know the area and taste the good stuff! $40, 2hrs. You get really full from just sampling the food.
If you want to skip the tour but still want to try the good food here are some highlights:
3. Amazing smoked salmon from the fish throwing place
5. Beechers– Good Handmade Cheese
6. Clam Chowder – Pike Place Chowder
7. Etta’s – Crab Cakes
Highly recommend- Seattle Tourism and Convention Bureau
They can even mail you a FREE booklet of everything you should see, eat, do, etc
My coworker said not to bother eating at the restaurant on top, its overrated.
2. Experience Music Project (EMP) – Music Museum
If you’re into going to museums I would recommend it!
HIGHLIGHTS – learning the history of music and how music influences different genres.
MAKING your OWN music upstairs – you can play different instruments..real and virtual ones, mix songs, and sing! SO MUCH FUN!
It’s right next to the Space Needle. Bring a college ID for student discount.
325 5th Ave N
(between Thomas St & Harrison St)
Seattle, WA 98109
In addition to the huge Jazz scene during the “Post War era” as well as the birth of “Grunge” music genre during the 90’s, several Famous, historical bands lived, performed, started their careers, and were born in Seattle.
Not to mention the following bands…
Alice in Chains
Band of Horses
The Kingsmen (sang “Louie Louie”)
The Postal Service
Deathcab for Cutie
Sir Mix a Lot
Presidents of the United States of America
Dave Matthews (Just moved there)
3. Alki Beach
Across the bay from downtown. Has a really nice view of Seattle skyline. The beach itself is okay to lounge in. I wouldn’t go in the water, it’s pretty rocky.
4. Top of Queen Anne
Didn’t make it out here but it was highly recommended by my coworker who lived in Seattle for 2 years. Said its a nice view of the city.
6. A bit outside of Seattle – Bellevue
Up and down Pike St. or Pine St. It’s easy to start from the Pike Place Market and work your way up from that area to check out the major shopping stores.
1. Capitol Hill
3. Queen Anne
BARS & LOUNGES
1. Belltown Billards
This is where we went our first night. It was just a regular bar, had a dance floor, pool tables on the other side. The crowd was cool, it wasn’t too grundgy or anything but I think you’ll be able to find something better.
2. Linda Bar
hipster bar/restaurant, fun hang out
707 E Pine St
(between Boylston Ave & Harvard Ave)
Seattle, WA 98122
Gay bar, hip-hop, top 40s, right next to Linda Bar
619 E Pine Street
(between Belmont Ave & Boylston Ave)
Seattle, WA 98122
4. The Chapel Bar
Used to be a real chapel, turned into martini bar, must try peach and coconut martini
1600 Melrose Ave
(between Pine St & Yale Ave)
Seattle, WA 98122
5. The Hideout
Cool artsy lounge, kinda hidden, packed on fri/sat
1005 Boren Ave
Seattle, WA 98127
6. Soul Deluxe at the Triple Door
On Friday night, free, if you want some groovy funk
7. Alibi Room
Great food, drinks, thin pizza & salad!
dim lighting, cool vibe/atmosphere, underground hidden alleyway near the famous gum wall, brick.
- Can Can
- Cha Cha Lounge
- Club Motor
- The Crocodile
- The Comet
- Chop Suey
- Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley
- El Corazon
- The Funhouse
- Havana Cocktail Club
- High Dive
- Jules Mae’s Saloons
- King Cat Theater
- The Moore Theatre
- The Nectar Lounge
- The Paramount
- The Q Cafe
- Showbox at the Market
- Showbox Sodo
- Slims Last Chance
- Squid Row
- Studio Seven
- The Sunset Tavern
- The Tractor Tavern
- The Triple Door
- The Vera Project
- The Viaduct
- The Gorge
- The Fart
$78 (10am-4pm approx) Sat only
$89 ($79 with student ID) Daily departures at noon. Sat is 70% booked and Sun is 39