16 Fun Things to Do in Seattle at Night

Seattle is an amazing city to explore at night, and there’s always something going on.

Whether you are a tourist looking for something new to discover or someone who just loves the nightlife, there are plenty of opportunities to make your evening fun and exciting.

To help you plan your perfect night out, here are some of the best things to do in Seattle at night.

1. Marvel at the Seattle Great Wheel

The Great Wheel is located at Pier 57 and is a giant Ferris wheel that has been around since 2012.

It has been well-known in Seattle for its views of the city as well as the colorful light shows that run every weekend.

Sit at 40 feet over Puget Sound and watch all of the amazing sights; the rides last about 12 minutes and only cost $16 for adults.

You can even enjoy a romantic dinner with a 4-course meal from The Fishermans’s Restaurant.

It’s a great way to spend an evening on top of Seattle’s skyline as you watch the sun set.

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photo by paramount theater

2. Watch a Show at Paramount Theater

If you want to see a great show, head over to the Paramount Theater.

First opening its doors in 1928, it is one of the oldest theaters in Seattle and has a fantastic atmosphere that can only be described as old-world charm.

The theater is located at 911 Pine Street and hosts a variety of live shows, from Broadway musicals to silent movies and comedy shows.

In the past, this magnificent theater also hosted grand performances from legendary musicians like David Bowie and Madonna.

You can’t go to Seattle without seeing a show and a trip to this theater is definitely worth it.

3. Experience Seattle’s Nightlife

Seattle has a vibrant nightlife and is home to some of the best bars and nightclubs in America, many located in downtown Seattle.

As one of the most populated cities on the West Coast, it’s no wonder there are so many options for those looking to paint the town red.

Check out trendy venues like Mint Lounge (previously known as the Baltic Room) or Q Nightclub where you can dance all night long.

If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, there are cozy pubs such as Flatstick Pub or Owl N’ Thistle Irish Pub where you can grab a pint while watching sports games on TV.

This city truly does have something for everyone when it comes time to unwind at night.

Book a Seattle Nightlife Tour

Seattle is a city of neighborhoods, each with its own distinct culture and personality.

This nightlife tour of Seattle will take you through the trendy district of Capitol Hill and the itinerary is based on your interests.

Offering an eclectic mix of old-school dive bars, trendy cocktail lounges, and everything in between, there's a lot of great spots for you to discover.

Whether you're looking for a place to dance the night away or find your new favorite beer on tap – there's something for everyone!

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4. Visit the Space Needle

The Space Needle is one of Seattle’s most iconic landmarks and was built in 1962 for the World’s Fair.

Located just outside of downtown Seattle and standing at 605 feet tall, it’s one of the only places in the city where you can get panoramic views from an observation deck.

You’ll see fantastic views of Mount Rainier, the Cascade and Olympic Mountains, Puget Sound, Mount Baker, Puget Sound, Elliott Bay and the downtown skyline.

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5. Visit Pike Place Market

Pike Place is one of Seattle’s most iconic markets in the world and is filled with delicious food and souvenirs.

The market has been around since 1907 and is home to numerous restaurants, galleries, bakeries, produce stands and fishmongers.

Check out the following if you visit:

More information on things to do at Pike Place during the evening can be found here.

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pike place market at night

6. Seattle Underground Tour

Explore the history of Seattle’s oldest neighborhood through an underground tour that weaves in stories about the Klondike Gold Rush, Skid Row and more.

Once a thriving hub of commerce and industry, this Seattle neighborhood, now known as Pioneer Square, was devastated by an 1889 fire.

The district was eventually rebuilt on top of the original foundation, and walking tours were opened to tourists in the 1960s.

The underground walk will give you a glimpse at what life was like during Seattle’s early days – you’ll feel like you’ve traveled back in time!

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7. Seattle Pinball Museum

The Seattle Pinball Museum is located in Seattle’s Chinatown district.

It’s one of the most interesting museums you’ll find in the city and includes a collection of over 50 pinball machines, including vintage games from 1934 to the present day.

Call it an interactive museum, if you will – admission is $20 for adults and you can play all the games you want!

Seattle waterfront at night
seattle waterfront at night

8. Experience Seattle’s Waterfront at Night

The city’s scenic waterfront is the perfect place to go for a stroll and take in the sunset.

These views can be seen from many parts of town, including Pike Place Market, Elliott Bay, Alki Beach (a popular beach on the Puget Sound), Gas Works Park and Kerry Park to name a few.

See the city light up as the sun goes down; try spotting the Space Needle and the Smith Tower!

There are also many restaurants with outdoor seating that offer scenic water vistas of Puget Sound as well.

9. Go on a Dinner Cruise

A Seattle dinner cruise aboard a yacht is a great way to get a taste of Seattle’s food scene and waterfront views, all in one.

The cruise is perfect for families or groups (the minimum age is 13 years old).

Your trip begins at Chandler’s Cove, where the luxury yacht will disembark on a 2.5-hour journey around the sparkling waters of Lake Washington and Lake Union.

Enjoy a welcome glass of bubbly as you’re escorted to your private table where you’ll feast on a gourmet dinner for the evening.

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10. Haunted Seattle Ghost Tour

Seattle has a rich history and a spooky side, too. Do you have the guts to explore it?

Join entertaining guides on a walking tour of the city’s spookiest sites.

Hear tales from Seattle’s past, including stories of murder, mystery and mayhem (and maybe even some laughs) as you explore the dark side of the fair Emerald City.

With no shortage of creepy vibes and gruesome history, this is a tour not for the faint of heart.

Or maybe you need some liquid courage beforehand – how about this 21+ Haunted Ghost and Pub Walking Tour instead?

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photo by fremont brewing

11. Visit a Brewery

Seattle is home to dozens of microbreweries, and there are plenty of good reasons to visit them all.

But if you only have time to visit one brewery, these ones top the list:

  • Fremont Brewing – Specializes in small-batch productions of artisan beer, rotating IPAs keep things interesting here. Friendly tasting room with communal tables that are pet and kid-inclusive.
  • Pike Brewing Company – Large pub located right beside Pike Place Market serving top-notch brews and food. Tours of the brewery are available.
  • Elysian Brewing – The industrial decor is a nod to the city’s brewing history. Sample beer flights or order pints alongside a delicious food menu.

12. Smith Tower

The Smith Tower Observatory is located on the 35th-floor of the historic building.

The deck provides visitors with a spectacular 360-degree view of the city, as well as an opportunity to see historic Seattle landmarks such as Pike Place Market and Pioneer Square.

Immerse yourself in the educational exhibits that provide information about Seattle’s rich history and landmarks, or grab a Prohibition-inspired drink at the bar.

13. Watch a Show at a Vintage Theater

As the name implies, the Jewelbox Theatre is small in size but big on entertainment.

This cabaret-style theater was originally built in the 1930s and now hosts risque burlesque shows, live music and comedy nights on occasion with some of Seattle’s best comedians.

The tiny venue seats only up to 65 people and has an intimate atmosphere that will have you on the edge of your seat.

14. Go Indoor Skydiving

iFLY Seattle is the first and only indoor skydiving experience in Washington, providing an authentic flying sensation for anyone looking to soar like a bird or who just wants to have some extreme fun!

The state-of-the-art technology at iFLY enables you to experience what it’s like to freefall at speeds up to 175 mph without actually jumping out of an airplane.

The experience is designed to be safe and enjoyable for all ages, including young children – no skills necessary!

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photo by original selfie museum

15. Seattle Selfie Museum

Bring out your quirky side at the Original Selfie Museum, a unique space with Instagrammable walls that will inspire your creativity.

With a backdrop of vibrant colors and wacky designs, you’ll be able to create your own photo opportunities in the studio’s interactive zones.

There’s plenty of places for goofy fun, including a wall of oversized donuts, flashy neon lights and more.

Bring your little furry friend with you, they’re welcome here as long as they’re under 25 pounds!

16. Go to a Seahawks Game

The Seattle Seahawks are one of the most popular teams in the NFL and their fans are known as “12s”.

Whether you are a diehard Seahawks fan or just want to see a professional football game, there is nothing better than attending one in person.

The Seattle Seahawks play at Lumen Field, which is located in the SoDo district. The stadium was built in 2002 and seats 68,000 fans with 126 luxury suites.

The atmosphere is electric, so don’t miss out!