Nightlife

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Seattle, WA
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$34,800
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College Junior

Nightlife: I do not attend parties.

2 College Freshman

Nightlife: No big parties and small parties are crowded, cramped and a lot of binge drinking goes on.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: I don't participate much, but if you are looking for a party, you're likely to find one.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The underage nightlife is not very good unless you go to a house party. There are many clubs in Seattle, so people who are 18+ or 21+ depending on the club can attend those. Also there are many bars for those 21+, as well as gay bars.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Small. Jesuit. Not the biggest party school, but there are parties and events that everyone participates in...drunk. As a freshman, it is hard to find parties the first few weeks of school. I suggest you befriend an upperclassmen and they will let you know of parties. PRE-GAME. Drink before you go to the party, or bring your own alcohol, because there will not magically be a handle for you to drink at the party. If there is alcohol provided, be ready to pay $5. Every party is close enough to walk, but when it rains get a ride or most people don't go out.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 327th
    Tamest Party Scenes
  • 523rd
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1046th
    Biggest Party Schools

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Michael Lis-Sette
Hometown
Seattle, WA
Major
Journalism
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It’s rather unfortunate, but for those under the age of 21 there just aren’t that many optionswhen you want to go out at night in Seattle in general, and in the area around Seattle University especially. There is the Vera Project if you’re in the mood to walk, and some clubs do have late-night 18-and-up events (such as Neighbours) and all-ages shows (like the Showbox), but they are few and far between, and there does not seem to be any major movement at this time to develop new facilities. Many students instead go to one of the many coffee shops located in the blocks around campus, from Stumptown to Caffé Vita, or to a late night showing at a theater like the Egyptian. Options do exist, but they are largely outside of the bar/club scene. On campus and house parties tend to be few, and those that do occur are relatively low key. The school has cracked down on house parties in the recent past, and RAs won’t let it slide if a dorm room gathering gets too loud. That’s not to say they do not happen at all, but they are less common than at other schools.

For those over 21, however, the social scene is far more vibrant. Capitol Hill may not be the true center of nightlife here in Seattle, but it could very well be close, as there are a number of options within a very short walk of the school itself. And if you were to head up to the Pike/Pine block or go down along Broadway, you would find a number of bars and clubs that cater to lovers of hip-hop and hard rock, to a primarily gay clientele or a primarily straight one, and to people looking to spend different amounts of cash on their night out. It depends on your taste, but you’re sure to find a place you and your friends will love to visit just to have a pint or share a few shots.
 

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Belltown
  • Broadway
  • Capitol Hill
  • Pioneer Square
  • U-District
  • UW
Student Favorites
  • The Garage
  • Rosebud
Other Places to Check Out
  • Bad Juju Lounge
  • Barca
  • Bill's Off Broadway
  • Bleu Bistro
  • Chop Suey
  • The Comet Tavern
  • The Crocodile Café
  • Linda's Tavern
  • Showbox Theater
  • Twilight Exit
Local Specialties
  • Chateau Saint Michelle:
  • Columbia Winery:
  • Microbrews:
  • Pyramid Brews:
  • Washington Apple:
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Card games
  • Century Club
  • Power Hour
  • Quarters
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • Seattle Times Entertainment Section
  • www.nwsource.com
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Rosebud
Organization Parties
There are a few annual bashes put on by clubs like the Barrio Fiesta, and ASSU, including Fall Ball, Shaft, and the cruises. The dances are often held off campus at sweet venues downtown and the club cultural events, which are always popular, are held in the Campion Ballroom.
Did You Know?
  • First Hill, which Seattle University occupies, contains at least 28 bars and nightclubs
  • Seventeen of Seattle's 19 dedicated gay bars and nightclubs are located within 10 blocks of Seattle University, with the majority of those clustered between the Pike/Pine corridor.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Neighbours

Neighbours is a popular gay bar where everyone can go to have fun, regardless of sexual preference. There are themes every night and special events every week. It is just down the street from campus, which makes it an obvious draw. It is also a place for students unfamiliar with the flavor of Broadway to get thrown right in the mix. Go Friday nights when you are feeling particularly adventurous for a fun night.

1509 Broadway

(206) 324-5358

www.neighboursnightclub.com

Tiki Bob's Cantina

Tiki Bob's is the place to go if you want a good time for dancing and to meet someone new. This club is the perfect place to let go of the stresses of the week and just kick back and have unadulterated fun! Girls and guys alike pack the place on Thursday and Friday nights. Don't miss theme nights and nightly drink specials.

166 King St.

(206) 382-8454

www.tikibobsseattle.com

Last Supper Club

Another of the clubs nestled into Pioneer Square, Last Supper starts off rather innocently as a good restaurant in the early evening. However, after 10 p.m., the laid-back restaurant metamorphoses into a classy, high-energy dance club. Playing mainly techno, industrial, and electronica, the special guest DJs are always hot.

124 S Washington St.

(206) 748-9975

www.lastsupperclub.com

The Baltic Room

This is one of those rare places where it is appropriate to dress up and folks actually do. The atmosphere is luxurious, sexy, and fun. The music spans alternative rock, jazz, hip hop, rap, techno/industrial, and electronica. Touted for its exotic themed nights and outstanding DJs, it is the place to go for a special occasion.

1207 Pine St.

(206) 625-4444

www.thebalticroom.com

Fenix Underground

An earthquake caused the Fenix to remodel and subsequently become the largest club in Pioneer Square. With five bars, a stage with a balcony upstairs, and two gigantic dance floors downstairs, there is room for a massive amount of fun here. It's open after hours for tons of dancing and great live acts. The mix of people-from hipsters to Goths-is another example of why Seattle has such an outstanding atmosphere.

109 S Washington St.

(206) 405-4323

www.fenixunderground.com

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Rosebud

This laid-back, romantic spot is a Thursday night favorite for SU students. With good food and inexpensive drinks, it is a colorful scene to check out. Open seven days a week, you can always find students at Rosebud.

719 E Pike St.

(206) 323-6636

The Satellite Lounge

This bar pretends to be nothing other than what it is: a bar. It is a great place for inexpensive drinks and hanging out with your friends. The mix of people changes every night, but it is near campus, and it's the place to go for true Capitol Hill ambience and company. Weekends and late nights are the most popular time to haunt the Satellite lounge.

1118 E Pike St.

(206) 324-4019

The Garage

The Garage is a popular place to go, as it is a block off campus and has pool tables, bowling, good food, and a great atmosphere. The crowd is young and trendy. It is the place for everything-food, drinks, and entertainment. SU students flock here any night of the week.

1130 Broadway

(206) 322-2296

Charlie's on Broadway

The old-fashioned environment of Charlie's makes it yet another colorful piece of Broadway. The food is hearty, and the drink specials are great. Charlie's is a draw for the college crowd for a group-outing atmosphere, late hours, and strong drinks. Any given day is a good day to go.

217 Broadway E.

(206) 323-2535

Elysian Brewing Company

Good food and beers to match is the draw for this large establishment. One of the best brewpubs on Capitol Hill, it has a bar half a block long and floor to ceiling windows. It is definitely a great open place to go and savor what you order. Plan on dinner and drinks when you head here.

1221 E Pike St.

(206) 860-1920

www.elysianbrewing.com

What to Do if You're Not 21What's This?

Top Pot Doughnuts

Top Pot boasts delectable homemade doughnuts and a great atmosphere for students of all ages.

609 Summit Ave E.

(206) 323-7841

www.toppotdoughnuts.com

Coffee shops are the places to go and hang out if you aren't 21. Bauhaus and Café Vita are two of the coolest and closest spots where SU undergrads like to hang out until the wee hours of the morning. A few of the always all-ages venues around include the Paradox Theater, the Old Fire House in Redmond, Ground Zero, and the Moore Theater.

Bauhaus Books and Coffee

Also a bookstore, Bauhaus is great to read, study, play board games, draw inspiration, and people-watch.

301 E Pine St.

(206) 625-1600

Caffe Vita

With free WiFi and late hours, students love to come here to study, relax, flirt, or just soak in the atmosphere.

1005 E Pike St.

(206) 709-4440

www.caffevita.com

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 30 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Convenience to get to
  • Cover charges
  • Distance from campus
  • Drink prices
  • Fun
  • Variety/number of options

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 30 responses

  • 0% There are no good options.
  • 7% Use a designated driver.
  • 3% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 27% Public transportation.
  • 0% Taxis.
  • 63% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 31 responses

  • 23% Parties? What parties?
  • 45% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 19% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 13% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 0% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

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