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eclectic in seattle?

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eclectic in seattle?

we're coming to seattle for a concert NYE and will have a few days extra to play.

first question: december 30th we'll be arriving downtown and would like to go someplace fun. food, drinks, music, comedy or entertainment. festive would be great. it can be anything. suggestions?

jan. 1-3 we're looking for bohemian, artsy shopping/events/places. we love zinzanni, and shopping at pikes. we love coffee shops, book stores, art nouveau, circus, theater, toys, puppets, street performers, fringe-type experiences.

we'd love to hear your thoughts!

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1. Re: eclectic in seattle?

Where are you staying? Downtown? Are you interested in venturing beyond downtown - perhaps to Fremont or Ballad, for music?

My first thought was the Triple Door, depending on performances that might interest you for your dates. http://www.thetripledoor.net/

Also the Cabaret show at the Pink Door. http://thepinkdoor.net/cabaret.html

The Neptune has Leftover Salmon with Bill Payne on 12/30.

stgpresents.org/tickets/by-month/eventdetail…

I would also check the calendar/events section of the Seattle Weekly or the Stranger for options.

http://www.seattleweekly.com/

http://www.thestranger.com/

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2. Re: eclectic in seattle?

How about a show at Can Can. http://thecancan.com/

Comedy Underground http://www.comedyunderground.com/seattle/

There are so many small, fine arts organizations in Seattle. Easiest is probably to look at an online calendar and see what appeals to you.

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3. Re: eclectic in seattle?

Most of the theaters are just wrapping up the holiday-extravaganza season when you're here, so look for short run or one-night performances.

The drag show at Julia's in Capitol Hill is fun.

It is hard to say on any particular day what you'd like. What you describe as eclectic ("coffee shops, book stores, art nouveau, circus, theater, toys, puppets, street performers") is what goes on every day here. Some weeks there is a lot to choose from. Many times I hear about something from an email newsletter that I never see in any newspaper notice, like last week's Jinkx Monsoon and Major Paine show at Cornish College. It was a great show that might fit your description, but it was only on for one day.

Browsing the Capitol Hill neighborhoods near Pike and Pine pretty reliably turn up funky and fun activities. Since you like bookstores, spend the afternoon at Elliott Bay and then go hit the happy hours and see what turns up.

Getting on the email lists of the venues will help you hear about things before they sell out. Check the ACT Theater, as they often have unusual offerings in their many performance spaces.

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4. Re: eclectic in seattle?

For "eclectic, fun. food, drinks, music" I would recommend perhaps Seattle's "new" bohemian neighborhood, Ballard. For example, The Paperboys will be at the Tractor Tavern Friday January 3rd.

http://www.tractortavern.com/

The Tractor has been serving up live music in Ballard before Ballard was cool. AND you will have tons of fabulous restaurants and brewpubs to try before and after the show!

http://goo.gl/maps/SNru5

-Karl

Edited: 24 December 2013, 01:55
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5. Re: eclectic in seattle?

P.S.,

In my view, the real new countercultural ground zero in Seattle is Georgetown. But I don't always recommend it to visitors because it's pretty off the beaten path.

http://goo.gl/maps/NAitE

E.g., Jules Mae usually has live music on weekends. Georgetown is the kinda spot where you can visit a great vegan dive bar (The Georgetown Liquor Co.) for brunch, play video games from the 80s and 90s, shop at Fantagraphic comics and Georgetown records, stop by one of many brewpubs, visit the Trailerpark Mall, have a very upscale dinner at The Corson Building, and finish up with something raucous at Jules Mae.

http://www.georgetowntrailerpark.com/

http://www.thecorsonbuilding.com/menu.php

But, as I said, it's mostly geared towards edgy. But fun! Not as quaint and user friendly as Ballard.

-K

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