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The Showbox

Map & Directions 1426 First Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
  • Coat Check, Multi-Level


Seattle Weekly's Description

Never has a mirror ball looked so lonely as the one that's smack in the middle of the Showbox's enormous ceiling. The gargantuan ex-comedy club near the Market is certainly one of Seattle's best venues for live music, even if they seldom throw the spotlight on their singular indicator of occasional disco fever (18-plus dance nights and the random superstar DJ are booked as well). Flanked by two curved, red-lit balcony bars, the venue floor during shows is usually packed; good luck getting to the bathroom if you're not willing to wiggle around the perimeter. During all-ages shows, be warned: Drinkers are corralled into the balconies like off-limits lushes. For some shows, having that direct sight line to the stage is quite nice; for others, like, say, Gossip or Balkan Beat Box, you'll want to get down and dirty on the dance floor with all the other undulating bodies.

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Tips from foursquare

  • Mazda on 10/26/10

    From the Jazz Age to the Grunge Era, the storied ballroom has featured shows by touring icons such as Duke Ellington, Muddy Waters and the Ramones.

  • American Express on 06/22/11

    Amex Travel tip: This art deco gem was integral to the Grunge Era & is the birthplace to bands like Pearl Jam.

  • Nick S. on 03/11/10

    Always a classic place to go see a show.

  • Seattle Weekly on 11/23/11

    Very spacious. Stiff drinks.

  • Arlene S. on 09/16/10

    Buying tix at the box office saves you the from the ridiculous service fees from ticketmaster.

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