Steve Sondheim

Laid-Back Nights

Want to just chill? These nightlife spots are all about low-key fun.

Steve Sondheim


For old-school bowling, the 32-lane West Seattle Bowl (4505 39th Ave SW; has been a kingpin’s dream since 1948. In Capitol Hill, Garage Billiards and Bowl (*1130 Broadway Ave; is a renovated auto repair shop featuring 20 bowling lanes and 25 pool tables in swanky digs.


Take the game night out at dice-rolling, card-playing meccas Raygun Lounge (501 E Pine St;, Blue Highway Games (2203 Queen Anne Ave N;, and Cafe Mox (5105 Leary Ave NW; You can test out new board games or revisit old favorites—all while sipping local brews on tap. Meanwhile, at John John’s Game Room (1351 E Olive Way; in Capitol Hill, delight in a dozen-plus vintage arcade and pinball games spread over two floors.


One of the best ways to relax once the sun sets is with a cold pint of craft beer. Visit Seattle’s plethora of breweries, including Pike Brewing Company (*1415 First Ave; and Hilliard’s Beer (*1550 NW 49th St;, for low-key hangouts.


Belt it out loud at Japanese-style karaoke lounge Rock Box (1603 Nagle Pl; in Capitol Hill. Things are more of a party up front, but private rooms provide quieter surroundings for gatherings with friends. In the Queen Anne tiki bar Hula Hula (106 First Ave N;, karaoke begins at 9pm every night and attracts an impressive range of singers. Bar patrons can be boisterous but are always encouraging, so order a flaming tiki cocktail and grab the mic.


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