Seattle >Food & Dining > Cha Cha Lounge
1013 E Pike St, Seattle, WA | Directions 9812247.613991 -122.318726
4 p.m.-2 a.m. daily
Neighborhoods: Capitol Hill, Broadway
A hipster watering hole rife with Mexican kitsch, punk-minded patrons and stiff drinks. – In Short
The sign on the door says it all: "If you are racist, sexist, homophobic or an asshole, do not come in." Spilling over with all types of rockers and pseudo-hipster hangers-on, the indie-rock music vibrates the strings of campy red patio lights. Decor combines velvet paintings, sombreros, 1950s kitsch and booths with lacquered images of Mexican wrestlers. Skip the mediocre margaritas in favor of straightforward well drinks or ice-cold Tecate in a can.
User review by bahlderdash – not a great place to meet new people - everyone seems too cool for school - but a fun, laid back place to unwind with friends
The cha cha is NOT a dive!!! – And if you think it is, you must not get out of Bellevue very often. This is THE scenester bar to beat all scenester bars, and you aren't going to be very comfortable there, or get anything but a watered-down drink, unless you go there ALOT! hint: if you aren't a regular stick with shots and beer...
Dives are welcoming, down to earth and warm, not full of cliques and snotty, hipper than thou attitude.
You've just GOT to be kidding, calling the Cha Cha a dive... the place has some charming qualities, esp if it's not Friday or Saturday night, but a dive it is not... It's a theme bar for the terminally insecurely hip....
yawn – This place was a snore of a place to start off a Saturday night. The zillions of piercings were scary and the music was putting me to sleep. Plusses: stiff, cheap drinks, cool decor.
near perfect, but... – Compared to other cities and bars I've lived in, Cha Cha really makes me feel at home. Nice grungy vibe and LOUD music. Bad attitudes abound, making Cha Cha a little hard to deal with at times. If you like having a sweaty ass from vinyl booth seating, you'll love it! Some people are nice but most are still pissed about someTHING. This bar is close to perfect, if only the drinks were stiffer (please visit San Francisco for benchmarking purposes). Service is non-existent, but I still tip.
Funky tiki dive – This place serves 40s--depending on what you think about that fact, you'll either love it or hate it. I've enjoyed many fun nights out with friends there, but they crank the music really loud as the night goes on so it tends to become a yelling match at the table.
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