Volunteer Park has been PRIDE Central forever but in recent years the Seattle Center has joined the fun. Here are are over a dozen other great places to celebrate with PRIDE this month. For detailed information on special events visit seattlepridefest.org and seattlepride.org.
Love. This. Place. Drinks, dancing, live theater/performance art--rinse repeat.
Show up late with or without a date and get ready to dance the night away since the environment and noise level is such that you certainly aren't going to hold a conversation of any sort.
This old school and decidedly female centric bar serves up cold drinks, bar bites and their very own outdoor PRIDE fest each June.
Film, theatre, music, dance and visual art venues share space with a food court that is a cut above and the beloved International Fountain.
The Center plays host to dozens of festivals each year including PRIDE, Bite of Seattle, Folklife, Bumbershoot and more.
Historic Volunteer Park is part of the Olmstead Brothers gift to the city of Seattle. In addition to being just lovely for strolling the park houses a water tower which you can climb for territorial views, the Seattle Asian Art Museum, a conservatory, tennis courts, an amphitheatre, koi ponds and a perfect view of the Space Needle through a Tsutakawa sculpture.
This grand ol' house serves as an incubator and presenter for big musicals headed to or en route from Broadway.
This sweet little wine bar with lite bites and a bit of outdoor seating is a fine place to catch up with friends.
This tiny neighborhood joint (sister to Cap Hill's Tommy Gun) is a destination for Top Chef & Kentucky Derby viewing. It's got a generally laid back vibe and fresh food & beverage offerings.
Friendly barkeeps and comfortable and casual yet chic environs make the Lobby a great spot to meet a friend or mix with strangers. They make a decent cocktail and have a generous happy hour daily 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
If trivia is your thing don't missTuesday night's Big Gay Trivia starting at 8:00 p.m.
This park named after the first openly gay legislator in Washington state is situated in what was once the heart of the gay community in Capitol Hill. Expect plenty of great seating, people watching, a contemporary wading pool and fountain as well as courts and fields to accommodate the numerous bike polo, basketball, softball, baseball and soccer matches that seem to take place at all hours of the day and night.
Keep your eye out for free music and films during the summer months.
Old time gay dive bar. Cheap drinks, friendly crowd and always lively karaoke (daily 9:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.) make it a go to for all ages and orientations.
Jason (chef/proprietor) and I first bonded over performance art and Grace Jones but the relationship has sustained because he and his team offer up first rate food and cocktails in a comfy and arty environment that feeds the soul. Don't miss the signature Artusi cocktail which looks as good as it tastes.
Big, old, crazy, cavernous no frills gay dance club that is just right at just the right time.
Earth to plate dishes served in a lively room and even better on a roof top deck. A generous bar area is a plus since you may have a wait for a table.
Chicago gangster themed watering hole on the hill with fine staff bartenders and special guest barkeeps now and again. Don't miss TG Tuesday, Whisky Wednesday, Flight Club Friday or the bloody valentine and their specialty bourbon jam cocktail any day of the week. Great old school dart board is a plus.
Love. This. Team. Not only do these women play world class basketball, the owners are committed to the community and the fan experience so win or lose you always have a great evening at the Key. They host special events around PRIDE, Youth Sports, Kids Night, Breast Cancer Awareness and more.
A great place for a leisurely stroll or a hearty and hilly hike or bike. The park also has stellar bbq facilities, a ceramics studio, an amphitheatre which hosts free jazz and community festivals as well as a beach with public restrooms
Dance. Dance. Dance. Keep on dancing at this state of the art and well appointed Capitol Hill Club. Don't miss the tea dance featuring legend DJ Riz behind the turntables and be sure to drop by the comfortable and cozy bourbon bar in the back of the club.