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Right, The pits of hell.  The first ever Starbucks
Seattle
Some shows listed at Seattle Rock Guy.
The local weekly alternative paper is the
Stranger.
Check out the great links at
Barstop.
I love ambition.  Check out the bar reviews at
570 bars.
Official Visitors site.

Seattle's oldest neighborhood, Pioneer Square is home of the original Skid Row.  It is between First and Fourth Avenues in the downtown area.  You can pay one cover and get into several clubs for live music in addition to seeing art galleries and "trendy" restaurants.

Two hip neighborhoods within walking or cabbing distance from downtown are Belltown and Capitol Hill. Each offers theater, readings, art galleries, music, boutiques, bistros and coffeehouses and clubs of all kinds, though Capitol Hill's vibe is more bohemian.

Another neighborhood worth checking out is Fremont. North of downtown, it's the home of a 20-something-foot statue of Lenin, rescued from destruction at the hands of pissed-off ex-Communists in Slovakia; a giant concrete troll, who sits underneath the Aurora Bridge clutching a real Volkswagen Bug in its hand; and other wonders of Seattle public art.

Bars
Art Bar-1516 2nd Avenue-South of Belltown, this lounge/restaurant/gallery serves a mean bowl of chili and has live jazz or a dj, depending on the night

Dance Clubs-
I-Spy-1921 5th Ave-tel: 206.374.9492-Dance club of the moment.
Last Supper Club-124 S Washington St-tel: (206) 748-9975
ARO.space-925 E Pike St.-tel: (206) 320-0424
Vogue-1516 11th Avenue- 11th Ave between Pike and Pine-tel: (206) 324-5778
Capitol Hill

Food
Agua Verde - 1303 NE Boat St, Seattle, WA  (206) 545-8570
near Brooklyn Ave NE.  Unique and good mexican food like halibut tacos and mango margaritas.  Local Favorite and cheap.  Kayak rentals too.  Waterfront.
Beths Cafe-Famous for 12 egg omlettes.  Late night. 7311 Aurora Ave N. ~ SEATTLE WA ~ Phone: (206)782-5588
Caffe Ladro- 2205 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA  (206) 282-5313.  Great coffee and Amazing and cheap homemade pastries.
Care Flora-2901 East Madison Street-Unusually good vegetarian food.
Mandalay Cafe-1411 North 45th Street-Indian Food and art
King Fish Cafe-602 19th Avenue East-Huge lines for this restauant whose specialties are buttermilk fried chicken and sweet potato pie
Salumi-309 3rd Ave. S.,Seattle, WA,206-621-8772-Okay, get this.  Mario Batalis dad retired from his Boeing job to make homemade salami and sausage.  This is part deli, part restaurant.  Lunch only, or takeout.

Hotels-Ace Hotel-2425 First Ave., Seattle, WA 206-448-4721-Belltowns hotel for the hip.  85 rooms from 85 dollars per night with shared bath.

Live Music Clubs-
Showbox Theater-1426 1st Ave-tel: (206) 628-3151-Good place to hear midsize acts.
Crocodile Cafe-2200 2nd Ave at: Blanchard-tel: (206) 441-5611
Graceland-109 Eastlake Ave E-tel: (206) 381-3094-Smaller national tours and local acts play here.  Tickets through www.ticketweb.com.
High Dive-513 N 36th, Seattle, WA 98103 206.632.0212
Paradox theater-5510 university way ne, Seattle, 206-524-7677
Chop Suey- 1325 E. Madison, Seattle, WA 98122, 206.324.8000
HIGHLINE 210 BROADWAY AVE E. SEATTLE WA 98102. MON-FRI 11:AM--2:AM SAT-SUN 9:AM--2:AM. 206.328.7837

Other stuff
Sunset Bowl-1420 Northwest Market-Pearl Jam bowls here and they have a wednesday Karaoke night.
Les Amis-3420 Evanston Avenue North-Freemont-Trendy boutique
Richard Hugo House-1634 11th Avenue-Former funeral home, now a community center with lots of readings.
Archie McPhee-2428 NW Market Street in Seattle's Ballard district in the building with the giant lizard head. Great Novelty store.(206) 297-0240-its hugggge!!!!!

Record Stores-
Bedazzled Discs, 4742 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
Cellophane Square, 4538 University Way N.E., Seattle, WA
Cellophane Square, 130 Broadway East, Seattle, WA 98102
Easy Street Records, 4559 California Ave. SW, Seattle, WA
Easy Street Records, 20 Mercer St., Seattle, WA 98109
Fallout Records, 1506 E. Olive Way, Seattle, WA, 98122
Hear Music, 2401 Utah Ave South, Seattle, WA, 98134
Orpheum, 618 Broadway East, Seattle, WA 98102
Retrospect Records, 1524 E Olive Way, Seattle,WA 98122
Sonic Boom, 3414 Fremont Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98103
Sonic Boom, 2209 NW Market St., Seattle, WA 98107

Bellevue, WA

Record Stores-
Cellophane Sqaure, 322 Bellevue Square NE, Bellevue, WA 98004

Bellingham, WA
Check out these great Bellingham and Washington State links at
Barstop.com.

Live Music-
Special shows and art happenings are at
Allied Arts Center of Whatcom County-1418 Cornwall Ave,Bellingham, WA (360) 650-9317
The 3B Tavern-1226 N. State St., Bellingham, (360)733-8765-Lots of great bands play here.

 

Kennewick, WA
Venues
Red room Coffee and Concert House- 711 Vineyard Dr. Kennewick, WA 99336 http://redroomcoffeeandconcerthouse.com/


Olympia, WA

Home to lots of cool bands and to K Records.

Record Store
Rainy Day Records, 2008 West Harrison Ave, Olympia,WA 98502

Richmond, WA

Eats-Once part of a 500 store chain, there are few remaining spudnuts left.  Its a donut made with Potato Flour. 
The Spudnut Shop, 228 Williams Boulevard, Uptown Plaza , Richland, WA 99352 , 509-943-3000

Spokane, WA

Eats-Dick's Hamburgers -(509) 747-2481 -10 E 3rd Ave, Spokane, WA 99202, serving burgers and fries in the original, pre industrialized mcdonalds style.  Unrelated to chain with same name in seattle.

Music Clubs-
Knitting Factory Concert House – Spokane
919 W. Sprague Ave.
Spokane, WA
509-244-3279


Tacoma, WA

The Weekly Volcano
has listings for the South Puget Sound area.  Also see their "Spew" blog.

Venues-
Hells Kitchen appears to be a mostly metal club, with some crossover punk and burlesque too.  3829 6th ave, Tacoma

here are some places of note, submitted by a hipster travel fan

Shops
urbanXchange-buy sell trade clothing.  Evolve daily and Experience, fashion art and sound. www.hipsterswanted.com 1934 Pacific Ave.

Blackwater Cafe
- coffee surrounded by artists and contemporary art.  http://www.blackwatertacoma.com

The Helm Gallery
-contemporary art and monthly music shows and art parties. http://www.thehelmgallery.com

The Grand Cinema
- Art house non profit movie theatre-606 S. Fawcett Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402

Corina's Bakery
-handmade cakes and desserts, including vegan style in a quaint old world charm eat in shop. 510 6th Ave. Tacoma, WA
We are on 6th Ave. between Fawcett and Tacoma

Museum of Glass- museum dedicated just to glass art.1801 Dock Street Tacoma, WA 98402-3217

After checking out the art, go blow some glass of your own: http://www.mspaceglassarts.com/
http://www.tacomaglassblowing.com/

Middle floor merchants
- 20 independent shops located on the middle floor of the enormous and historical building of Sanford & Son antiques.

Walla, Walla, WA
Home of another famous sweet onion, many local spots feature them on their menus. 

Eats-
Ice-Burg Drive-In-616 W Birch St, Walla Walla, WA
Tel: (509) 529-1793
perfect little 50's hamburger stand in pristine condition. And of course, must have onion rings.

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