It’s near impossible to pick a favorite music venue in Seattle. They vary so drastically by size, booking and character. However if you ask me my preferred spot to catch nationally-recognized touring artists, I won’t hesitate in recommending the Neptune Theatre in the University District.
Constructed in 1921, The Neptune operated as a single-screen movie theatre until early 2011. It was then transformed into a multi-use arts venue, hosting shows up to six nights a week, and is now recognized as a city landmark.
Walking into the venue you’re immediately struck by its beauty and history. Stained glass windows depicting scenes of the Roman sea god frame the stage, along with golden wall accents. Most shows have a general standing area right in front of the stage, but I also enjoy climbing the steep stairs to the mezzanine, where the original movie theatre seats were left intact. During a folk or acoustic performance I just sit and take in the tunes and scenery.
1. If you have the time, grab your tickets at the Paramount Box Office (9th and Pine, M-F 10:00-18:00) to save money and avoid online fees.
2. The bar inside is overpriced, so grab a drink beforehand at The Octopus Bar or The Kraken Lounge. But DO buy some popcorn, because what other concert venue has buttery movie popcorn on the menu?