Best of Seattle

The Pub Games and Dance Floors That Give Life to the Night

Seattle Weekly readers weigh in on their favorite after hours spots.

Best Casino

Snoqualmie Casino About 30 minutes from downtown, Snoqualmie is the closest place for Seattleites to try their hand at games of chance and skill. Expansive, peaceful mountain views mix with the hustle and bustle of 55 game tables, 1,700 slot machines, six restaurants, a cigar lounge, and concerts. 37500 S.E. North Bend Way, Snoqualmie, 425-888-1234. First Runner-Up: Tulalip CasinoSecond Runner-Up: Emerald Queen Casino, Suquamish Clearwater Casino

Best Jukebox

Shorty’s It takes one heck of a jukebox to bring audio coherence to a bar with 15 vintage pinball machines. The wide selection of punk, metal, and hip-hop at Shorty’s make it an adolescent dream of sorts, an atmosphere only enhanced by the circus theme and extensive clown decor. 2222 Second Ave., 441-5449. First Runner-Up: Tin Hat Bar & Grill Second Runner-Up: Ballard Smoke Shop

Best Karaoke

Baby Ketten Karaoke at Skylark Baby Ketten provides more than just your average Karaoke services at Skylark. Quality equipment gives you the chance to actually show off that hidden talent, and also ensures that nothing’s too painful to listen to. Baby Ketten is also known for their extensive song list, so you can choose whatever suits your fancy. Taking yourself seriously is not required. 3803 Delridge Way SW, 935-2111. First Runner-Up: Bush Garden Second Runner-Up: Rock Box

Best Trivia Night

Quizfix at Skylark Skylark is known for showcasing local artists, and sometimes helping them get their start, at an open-mic night with professional equipment. But if music isn’t your thing, the cafe and club’s got another idea for making Seattleites into stars. Trivia night takes place every Monday, and if you’re good you might even win some beer or a gift card. If nothing else, it’ll be great practice for when you end up on Jeopardy! someday. 3803 Delridge Way S.W., 935-2111. First Runner-Up: Hop! Damn! Trivia! At Chuck’s Hop Shop Second Runner-Up: Geeks Who Drink at the Canterbury

Best Place to Dance

Re-bar Re-bar is one of Seattle’s oldest, raddest nightclubs—a place where experimental art, poetry, theater, comedy, and music mesh to create a weird, wonderful stomping ground. It’s home to the LGBT community, the QTPOC community, and any and all who want to shake their ass or stretch their wings—and still hosts a suite of iconic events such as Flammable, the longest-running weekly house-music night on the West Coast. 1114 Howell St., 233-9873 First Runner-Up: Little Red Hen Second Runner-Up: Kremwerk

Best Place to Play Darts

Cooper’s Alehouse As one of the venues used for weekly tournaments by Emerald City Darting Organization, you know you’re in a prime location for steel-tipped darts, which are available to patrons for free. The dartboards are well-situated toward the back of the bar so that no one gets in the way, even if this northeast Seattle pub fills with folks taking advantage of pints (or pitchers!) of the 22 craft beers on tap. 8065 Lake City Way N.E., 522-2923. First Runner-Up: (tie) Old Pequliar, Kate’s Pub

Best Place to Play Pinball

Shorty’s Seattle is the pinball capital of the Pacific Northwest, and the beloved Belltown dive Shorty’s is home to the longest-running annual pinball tournament in the Pacific Northwest. The gritty, Coney Island-themed spot—known for its glittering arcade, sloppy hot dogs, and fairly priced drinks—also hosts several other major pinball tournaments, including one on April Fool’s Day and one for the ladies. 2222 Second Ave., 441-5449. First Runner-Up: Full Tilt Ice Cream Second Runner-Up: Seattle Pinball Museum

Best Place to Play Tabletop Games

Cafe Mox If Seattle is one of the nerdiest cities in the country (which it is), Cafe Mox is the city’s shining nerd mecca. Attached to end-all-be-all tabletop gaming shop Card Kingdom, Ballard’s Cafe Mox invites folks to bring their own games or try out the bar’s library, all while serving tons of boozy ciders and beer (and of course pints of mead) alongside some of the tastiest grilled cheese in town. 5105 Leary Ave. N.W., 436-0540. First Runner-Up: The Raygun Lounge Second Runner-Up: Meeples GamesCafe

Best Place to Shoot Pool

The Garage If you’d never stepped inside the Garage, you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s primarily a bowling place—the thunderous smack of balls hitting pins in its 20 lanes dominates outside the enormous Broadway establishment. Walk through the doors, though, and the crack of freshly racked billiard balls being broken on its 25 tables echoes throughout the building, serviced by six bountiful bars that keep pool sharks nice and loose. 1120 Broadway, 322-2296. First Runner-Up: Eastlake Zoo Tavern Second Runner-Up: Temple Billiards

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