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.