Top ChoiceLive 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...

Top ChoiceCinema 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...

Top ChoiceTheater 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 Pl with performances by Seattle's best thespians and occasional big-name actors. Terraced seating surrounds...

Top ChoiceJazz 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...

Top ChoiceOpera 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 ChoiceConcert Hall in Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

Benaroya Concert Hall

Benaroya Concert Hall

With a bill of almost $120 million in construction costs, it’s no wonder the Benaroya Concert Hall, the primary venue of the Seattle Symphony, oozes luxury. The minute you step into the glass-enclosed lobby of...

Soccer in Pioneer Square, International District & SoDo

Seattle Sounders

Far and away the best-supported soccer team in North America with average gates of over 40,000, the Sounders joined the MLS (Major League Soccer) in 2009 and have been highly successful, winning four US Open Cups...

Live Music in Capitol Hill & First Hill



This punk, hip-hop and alternative-music joint is, along with the Crocodile in Belltown, one of Seattle's most revered small music venues. Its storied list of former performers is too long to include, but if...

Stadium in Pioneer Square, International District & SoDo

CenturyLink Field

CenturyLink Field

The late, mostly unlamented Kingdome, long Seattle’s biggest eyesore, was once the home field for the city’s professional baseball and football franchises. Then it was imploded spectacularly in 2000 and replaced...

Live Performance in Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

Triple Door

This club downstairs from the Wild Ginger restaurant is a Seattle mainstay with a liberal booking policy that includes country and rock as well as jazz, gospel, R&B, world music and burlesque performances....

Opera in Belltown & Seattle Center

Seattle Opera

Seattle Opera is distinguished and diverse. Based at the McCaw Hall, it has hosted everything from Verdi's La Traviata to Pete Townshend's Tommy. It's particularly known for its performances of Wagner's Ring...

Football in Pioneer Square, International District & SoDo

Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks play at CenturyLink Field and have the loudest supporters in the NFL. Honors remained elusive until the mid-2010s when they won the Super Bowl in February 2014 and were runners-up the following year.

Dance in Belltown & Seattle Center

Pacific Northwest Ballet

The foremost dance company in the Northwest and one of the most popular in the US puts on more than 100 shows a season from September through June at Seattle Center's McCaw Hall.

Classical Music in Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

Seattle Symphony

A major regional ensemble, the Seattle Symphony orchestra plays at the Benaroya Concert Hall, which you'll find downtown at 2nd Ave and University St.

Theater in Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

Paramount Theater

Saved from demolition and listed as a historic monument in the mid-1970s, the Paramount Theater dates back to 1928 and was restored to its Jazz Age finery in 1995. It has operated ever since as an esteemed...

Live Music in Queen Anne & Lake Union

El Corazon

Formerly the Off-Ramp, then Graceland, El Corazon has lots of history echoing around its walls – and lots of sweaty, beer-drenched bodies bouncing off them. Save your clean shirt for another night, and don’t...

Theater in Pioneer Square, International District & SoDo

Nordo's Culinarium

A theatrical group with culinary inclinations, Cafe Nordo marries two themes in one – food and theater – putting on inspired plays-cum-dinner shows where the performers double as the waitstaff. It’s a unique...

Live Music in U District

Neptune Theater

Providing an ideal pulpit for young indie bands and smirking comedians sharpening their teeth on the university-gig circuit, the Neptune, a historic theater originally dating from the silent-movie era, reopened...

Live Music in Belltown & Seattle Center

Moore Theatre

Attached to a stately old hotel, the Moore is the city's oldest surviving theater (from 1907) and a piece of Seattle history. Its 1800-seater auditorium was the recent recipient of a refurbishment and exudes a...

Stadium in Pioneer Square, International District & SoDo

T-Mobile Park

Home of Seattle's pro baseball team, the Mariners, the $517 million T-Mobile Park (originally Safeco Field) opened in July 1999. With its retractable roof, 47,000 seats and real grass, the stadium was funded by...