No one would mistake Seattle for The City That Never Sleeps, especially if you’re Downtown after 6pm or so. You wouldn’t even mistake it for Portland, with its thriving late night food cart scene, a surprisingly inclusive strip club culture, and whatever else they have.
Admittedly, we don’t have an amazing nightlife scene and there are some reasons for that. There’s Seattle’s famously anti-social attitude; the so-called “Teen Dance Ordinance” that effectively turned Pioneer Square — once the city’s premier nightlife district — into a ghost town after dark; as well as a flourishing food scene, which has shifted Seattle into a town way more interested in a good happy hour than a big night out. Hell, geography probably even has something to do with it. For what seems like most of the year it gets dark earlier here than any other major city in America. So, after a while, 8pm can actually start to feel pretty late.
But just ’cause Seattle’s not New York doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to do late at night. In fact there are at least 19 super fun things — everything from playing 8-bit video games to taking in iconic views — you should totally do in Seattle when the sun sets. Or you know, after it’s been dark for a few hours.
Looking for more information on Seattle nightclubs? Check out our club guides below.
Don’t forget – we also have a free mobile app that you can download here. Use the app to see who’s spinning, sign up for guestlists, buy tickets, and book bottle service!