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Are you thinking of spending a weekend in Seattle? I have a list of TOP things to do in Seattle on your weekend getaway along with bar recommendations! Seattle is full of cafes, restaurants, and bars with great nightlife!
I have been to Seattle twice. On my first visit to Seattle, I stayed in a hostel, and on the second visit, I couch-surfed with my friend so not exactly luxury travel.
It was my first-time couch surfing and to be honest, it was a funny experience. I am glad I did it but I will never do it again!
What were we thinking? 2 girls staying at this random dude’s house that had a pungent smell of cat pee. There was something definitely odd about this guy. I mean the guy just spoke to his cat the whole time we were there in an annoying baby voice. Anyway enough of my couch-surfing experience and onto accommodation recommendations.
I suggest booking a hotel or a place to stay on Agoda or Airbnb. If you are on a budget then hostels are a great way to save money and there are some great hostels in Seattle. The best website to find good hostels is HostelWorld.
Visit Pike Place Market early morning so you can beat the crowds and not wait in long queues. Pike Place Market is famous for its open-air fish market and fresh best quality seafood! There are also arts and craft stalls that open later in the morning.
Pike Place Market is situated in downtown Seattle to the east of the waterfront.
The Bubble Gum Wall is a 1-minute walk away from Pike Place Market. It is located under Pike Place Market in a little alleyway named Post Alley.
As you can probably guess it’s a well-known wall covered in bubble gum. I think it’s kind of disgusting but it’s one of Seattle’s TOP tourist destinations. The Bubble Gum Wall is covered with different flavours and colours of gum making it a colourful masterpiece.
The Bubble Gum Wall started in the early 1990s and has only been cleaned once in 2015 when 2,350 pounds of gum were removed!
You will see a lot of people taking photos of themselves blowing bubble gum in front of this colourful backdrop. There is even a line-up to take a photo as this place gets crowded with tourists.
The Seattle Great Wheel is a giant Ferris Wheel at Pier 57 Elliot Bay. You have a great view of both the ocean on one side and the city on the other.
The tickets for the Ferris Wheel are about $15 US per adult and you can purchase them at the pier.
The Great Wheel is 175 feet tall and is the TALLEST Ferris Wheel on the West Coast!
Pioneer Square is full of cafes, bars, and art galleries. The buildings are historic and ancient dating back to the late 1800s. It’s not the safest area so be cautious if you’re alone and avoid quiet side streets.
Pioneer Square is the oldest neighbourhood in the city and a great place to check out and experience the history of Seattle!
There are a couple of tour companies that do underground tours of Seattle. I didn’t do this when I was there but I thought the one I did in Portland was really interesting so if I go back to Seattle again I’d do the underground tour for sure!
For the BEST view of Seattle, head to Kerry Park located on the south side of Queen Anne Hill. There is quite a hill to climb up to Kerry Park so you’ll get your workout for the day although I could just be thinking that since I did it the morning after a big night of drinking.
The view is pretty incredible and you can see the famous Space Needle from here.
The Seattle Center is an art, educational, tourism and entertainment center. It’s a really neat place to walk around and there’s lots to see. Seattle Center is where they hold events and entertainment so make sure to check out the calendar of events while you are there.
The Space Needle is an observation tower and rotating restaurant with views of the city! The tickets are $35 US per adult for entry to two levels. The first level is an all-glass floor and the second level is an open-air deck above.
Have you always wanted to go to a Burlesque Show? Book a ticket to the midnight show that occurs every Friday and Saturday night beneath Pike Place Market.
This was the BEST thing I did in Seattle! Watching a Burlesque Show at midnight in an underground club was so much fun! The dancers are talented, entertaining and they do a good job of involving the audience!
The tickets are $40 US for general admission. You can also buy food and drinks to enjoy while you watch the show. The Can Can Culinary Cabaret Midnight Show is a must-see show on a weekend in Seattle!
Knee High Stocking Co is in Capitol Hill which is a great place to go out at night. It can be tricky to find especially in the dark because there are no signs and it looks like a door to a regular house.
Knee High Stocking Co is a speakeasy tiny bar on Olive Way. If you look up the address it will be there behind a brown door and under a single light bulb.
To enter you just have to ring the bell next to the door and someone will let you in. You can make a reservation but we just showed up and were lucky enough to get in. The place is small so it would be difficult to get a reservation for a large group of people.
Bathtub Gin and Co is located in Belltown and is also tricky to find since it’s a hidden bar too. The bar is down a dark alley in the basement at the Humphrey Apartments and you will again have to knock on the door for someone to let you in.
It’s a small speakeasy bar that’s cozy and serves retro cocktails. I recommend going at opening time if you want to make sure you get a table. It opens at 5 pm daily.
The Hula Hula bar is so much fun! It’s a tiki-themed bar, has bamboo décor and delicious tropical cocktails.
Every night they have karaoke at 9 pm and even if you don’t want to get up sing it is so entertaining to watch people have a go. I was entertained by the singers and had so much fun singing along. This was the BEST bar I went to in Seattle!
Hula Hula is located in Capitol Hill close by to the Knee High Stocking Club. It does get busy so it may be hard to find a table.
Unicorn Bar is also in Capitol Hill. I love the carnival-themed décor in this bar and the rainbow colours. This place is where you can go to eat corn dogs, play arcade games and drink some interesting cocktails!
The Unicorn Bar is so unique I haven’t seen a bar like it! They have two levels and downstairs is where the fun karaoke nights happen.
Seattle is an amazing place to go bar hopping! A weekend in Seattle won’t be complete without visiting its awesome bars and experiencing the fun nightlife!
T & C'S