Top Choice Cinema in U District

Grand Illusion Cinema

Totally unique! Far from being a reincarnated gilded-age movie house, the Grand Illusion sits in an old dentist's office. Run by volunteers and passionately not-for-profit, it has a cherished national reputation amo…
Top Choice Opera in Belltown & Seattle Center

McCaw Hall

Home of the Seattle Opera and Pacific Northwest Ballet, this magnificent structure in the Seattle Center was given a massive overhaul in 2003.
Top Choice Theater in Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

A Contemporary Theatre

One of the three big theater companies in the city, the ACT fills its $30-million home at Kreielsheimer Place with performances by Seattle's best thespians and occasional big-name actors. Terraced seating surrounds …
Top Choice Live Music in Belltown & Seattle Center


Nearly old enough to be called a Seattle institution, the Crocodile is a clamorous 560-capacity music venue that first opened in 1991, just in time to grab the coattails of the grunge explosion. Everyone who’s anyon…
Performing Arts in Capitol Hill & First Hill

Richard Hugo House

Established in honor of famed Northwest poet Richard Hugo, and the nexus of Seattle’s literary community, the Hugo House hosts readings, classes and workshops, as well as offering various events around town. Writers…
Stadium in Pioneer Square, International District & SoDo

Safeco Field

Home of Seattle's pro baseball team, the Mariners, the $517-million Safeco Field opened in July 1999. With its retractable roof, 47,000 seats and real grass, the stadium was funded by taxpayers and tourists with the…
Live Music in Ballard & Discovery Park

Tractor Tavern

One of Seattle's premier venues for folk and acoustic music, the Tractor books local songwriters and regional bands, plus quality touring acts. Music runs towards country, rockabilly, folk, bluegrass and old-time. I…
Live Music in Capitol Hill & First Hill

Chop Suey

Chop Suey is a small dark space with high ceilings and a ramshackle faux-Chinese motif. Reborn under new ownership in 2015, it now serves burger-biased food as well as booze and music. The bookings are as mixed as t…
Jazz in Belltown & Seattle Center

Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley

Hidden in an unlikely spot behind a boring-looking office building is Seattle’s most sophisticated and prestigious jazz club. Dimitriou’s hosts the best of the locals as well as many national and international acts …
Live Music in Green Lake & Fremont

Nectar Lounge

A small and comfortable live-music venue in Fremont that has grown out of its humble beginnings to become a well-established club that includes a covered patio with stage views. It prides itself on hosting any genre…