Seattle >Bars & Clubs > Showbox at the Market
1426 First Ave, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810147.608343 -122.339582
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Pike Place Market
This 1,000-seat venue attracts notable touring bands through its solid reputation on the national alternative, hip-hop and rock scenes. – The Venue
Generally, there's a young, attractive and fairly polite audience, but the tone always varies with the nature of the headlining band. In the early 1900s, the Showbox was a peep-show venue for lonely sailors. Then it became a concert hall and later a comedy club, before returning to rock in the mid-1990s.
The Showbox always books solid acts, and the acoustics here are among the best of local clubs. Art-deco pillars and warm, pumpkin-colored walls make for aesthetically pleasant surroundings. Adventurous types head for the spring-loaded dance floor in front of the main stage, while those looking for clean sight lines and comfortable seating grab the first come, first served tables and booths along the upper-level bar. The adjacent Green Room gives show-goers a comfortable spot for pre-show cocktails, while the popular hot dog stand helps tired patrons refuel after the show with its signature cream cheese-topped hot dogs.
It's all about the music! – If touring talent comes through Seattle, there's a good chance they will come through here. The Showbox has a history of popularity, so is it a great club? Not really. No unique decor. No sense of high-class. This is really a just decent club that has stood out because of Seattle's deficiency in good performing locations. The dance floor is spacious (for Seattle) and there are a few seating areas - which are not comfy. The two large bars and one small bar have mixed talent in bartenders. I recommend coming to The Showbox to check out your favorite touring artists, but not to check out the usual weekly club scene. This location doesn't offer anything notable, except the talent that tours through.
The Showbox Rocks!!! – I've been to the Showbox several times over the past three years and it's my favorite. Everyone's nice, it's clean, and the set-up is really cool. Lots of people show up and dance and the vibe is great. With the exception of being pushed or shoved occasionally due to the crowdedness, the place is great. I only disliked the prices of the drinks overall. Some extra room to get to the bathrooms would be nice.
A great place for a show or to club – The Showbox is great venue because of its flexibility. You can come here to see a concert, go clubbin, or both. There is alot of room here and the sound is good.
Rockin' joint – Some of my best nights out have been at the Showbox. Seen everyone from Roni Size and Prince Paul to Sir Mix-A-Lot playing with the Presidents of the United States of America--talk about memories. It's the best venue in town for a mid-sized show.
Perfect size venue – The best concert I've ever seen was here: Weezer in the summer of 2000. The venue size is ideal and the sound quality is excellent. No comparison to mammoth venues like Key Arena with their mushy, hollow sound that all blends together.
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