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Seattle is known for its rain, but there's much more to the Emerald City than cloudy, drizzly weather. Visitors to the city will enjoy daytime activities like boat rides, visiting Pike Place Market or heading to the mountains. And at night, the city comes alive in bars, nightclubs and dance venues -- plus a few unconventional options, too.
Take a Tour
Tours don't stop running when the sun goes down. Late at night, you can tour Pike Place Market, a popular tourist attraction that bustles with visitors during daylight hours. After the vendors leave, the historic market opens for Market Ghost Tours. Tour guides tell you about the market's history -- with a haunted twist. The Seattle Lust Tour, on weekends, explores the city's colorful past. And you can ride up to the top of the Space Needle, where the observation deck is open til 11 p.m. on weeknights and 11:30 on Fridays and Saturdays. Here, you can gaze out over the twinkling city, viewing downtown, Puget Sound and surrounding neighborhoods.
Eat a Meal
Seattle is a foodie's heaven. Chefs experiment with New American cuisine, putting creative twists on old standards like hamburgers and steak. And because the city is so welcoming of diversity, ethnic restaurants are easy to find. Bars and brewpubs surprisingly have some of the best food around town, and they're open late, too. Lost Lake Cafe, on Capitol Hill, is open 24 hours for burgers and breakfast fare. Bimbos Cantina, above the Cha Cha Lounge, serves food til midnight. The Unicorn, a circus-themed bar, serves its signature corndogs and French fries til 1 a.m.
Dance the Night Away
Shy Seattleites come alive on the dance floor. You'll find clubs throughout the Capitol Hill neighborhood and a few others scattered throughout the city. The Little Red Hen offers free country dance lessons and open dancing on certain nights -- check its calendar for details. And the Century Ballroom holds dance lessons in swing, salsa and tango, followed by open dancing, almost every night of the week. These activities often go late into the night.
Catch a Show
Late-night entertainment beyond bars and clubs abounds in Seattle. Jet City Improv hosts shows on Friday and Saturday nights, beginning at 10:30 p.m. These 90-minute shows are filled with skits, music performances and audience-participation acts. At the Annex Theater, check out the Spin the Bottle variety show, held on the first Friday of every month at 11 p.m. The show features musicians, dancers, theater performers, comedians and poets. Comedy is often adult themed.
Megan Hill is a Seattle-based writer with more than 10 years of experience. She has served as a writer and editor for websites and nonprofit organizations, as well as a reporter for magazines such as "Seattle Met," "Seattle Magazine" and "Edible Seattle."