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The Showbox

Rock Club, Music Venue, and Concert Hall
Pike Place, Seattle
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  • Kendall A.
    "left side of the stage for the best view."(6 Tips)
    Save The City Records
    "One of the best venues in Seattle to see a show."(3 Tips)
    Arlene S.
    "tix at the box office"(2 Tips)
    Mazda
    "Jazz Age to the Grunge Era"(2 Tips)
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  • Bailey S.
    Bailey SerkinJanuary 4, 2015
    Saw a twenty one pilots concert here, and I was in the back on a balcony. Even then, the view was still great! It is a reasonably small place but I would recommend it to anyone! :D
  • Kaede B.
    Kaede BalazsNovember 14, 2013
    This is a Seattle staple- go see a show here. Many famous musicians have graced the stage, and its size keeps the shows intimate. Tip- getting tickets at box office saves tons (no ticketmaster fees).
  • MisterEastlake
    MisterEastlakeMarch 2, 2015
    Founded 1939, The Showbox is one of the town's few extant entertainment venues. It has provided local music fans a diverse offering of music over the decades in the storied ballroom
  • MisterEastlake
    MisterEastlakeMarch 2, 2015
    Although it has had its ups and downs in times past, today it remains active as a significant contributor to Seattle's music scene, presenting more than 200 concerts per year
  • Bebe B.
    Bebe BeschMay 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    If you get to the "Green Room" bar before they open doors, you can skip waiting in the lines for concerts outside. Bar attenders are given numbers when they arrive that let them into the venue first.
  • Crystal F.
    Crystal FauntJanuary 10
    Awesome venue! Great view of the stage from pretty much any where you stand.
  • Daniel M.
    Get to the attached bar early to get advance entry to your show. If you're early enough, you'll be put into a priority group.
  • Alexa Jane D.
    Alexa Jane DennerDecember 30, 2014
    Perfect medium size venue. Big enough for the big guys while simultaneously feeling intimate. Saw the roots here on 12/28. Amazing.
  • Rahfiki D.
    It was a small, yet lively up yaself reggae crowd... big up for having a big sound in a small place. Yeeeah!
  • American Express
    American ExpressJune 22, 2011
    Amex Travel tip: This art deco gem was integral to the Grunge Era & is the birthplace to bands like Pearl Jam.
    Upvoted 5 days ago
  • Stephen P.
    Stephen ParkerAugust 24, 2014
    I saw Tim and Eric here a few years ago and the sound was killer. Great sounding venue and a decent staff.
  • nancy t.
    nancy t.June 12
    Great venue - not too big so you can still see the stage with a good view.
  • Melissa B.
    Melissa BlankenshipApril 7, 2013
    Don't piss off the door guy, the bartender or the woman at the entry to the women's bathroom......they are all pretty angry here...
  • Mazda
    MazdaOctober 26, 2010
    From the Jazz Age to the Grunge Era, the storied ballroom has featured shows by touring icons such as Duke Ellington, Muddy Waters and the Ramones.
  • Drew T.
    Drew TysonSeptember 29, 2014
    Beautiful venue in the heart of the city. Prepare for panhandlers if you're expecting a queue.
  • Lindzee M.
    Lindzee McCainDecember 3, 2011
    You can only have drinks in the bar area. Say whaaaat? (Other than that, fabulous environment!)
  • Kendall A.
    Kendall Aliment OstrowDecember 30, 2010
    If you get there late, hang out in the bar on the left side of the stage for the best view.
  • Ricardo H.
    Average acoustics. Don't even think to stay in standing room, too hot. Get to the back bars for better views and fresh air.
  • Matthew R.
    Good sound, lots of good vantage points. Rolling Rock/Rainer for $5
  • danny s.
    danny spiesDecember 5, 2011
    Great place, been there once w.friend Scott. Lost contact, anyone know Scott Stumbaugh ? A hippy dude hmm 56 y/o.If you do,would appreciate it, thanks d_oren2000@yahoo.com
  • Ian E.
    Ian EureDecember 16, 2010
    There is actually an underground tunnel to the Pike Place Market through which bathtub gin was secreted during Prohibition.
  • Heather M.
    Heather McMurphyNovember 24, 2014
    Best venue in seattle. Anywhere you stand it's a good seat. Love it!
  • NYLON + Starbucks Summer Music Tour
    July 27, 2012 - Check out Neon Trees, Penguin Prison, and JJAMZ at the NYLON + Starbucks Summer Music Tour!
  • Ian E.
    Ian EureDecember 16, 2010
    Local legend has it that The Showbox sits atop an underground cathedral built with the bones of failed Seattle grunge bands.
  • Kenji N.
    Kenji NishimuraDecember 13, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    My favorite Seattle venue of all time! Great memories there. Create some of your own!
  • Ian E.
    Ian EureDecember 16, 2010
    $1 off beers for fans of '80s new wave. You must demonstrate knowledge of the genre.
  • Theresa E.
    Theresa EmbreyMarch 7, 2013
    My grandma used to dance here. Dancefloor is suspended by cables... Or was.
  • Andy F.
    Andy FogartyOctober 5, 2012
    Get there early and grab a table.
  • Mick Management
    Mick ManagementJanuary 31, 2012
    Wear your dancing shoes and get ready to party when Walk the Moon opens for Kaiser Chiefs here on March 23, 2012!
  • leoaze
    leoazeMay 28, 2011
    Don't see Above & Beyond here if you don't like to have the beat time of your LIFE!
  • Save The City Records
    Save The City RecordsAugust 28, 2011
    One of the best venues in Seattle to see a show.
  • Mat C.
    Mat Collis3 weeks ago
    Great venue and great staff
  • Decibel Magazine
    Decibel MagazineDecember 13, 2010
    On 02/11/2011 the Decibel Sponsored Creatures from the Black Abyss Tour stops here! Featuring Cradle of Filth, Nachtmystium, Turisas and Daniel Lioneye
  • Frank B.
    Frank BoosmanJanuary 23, 2011
    They oversell shows here, so line up early if you want a seat.
  • Ian E.
    Ian EureDecember 16, 2010
    Try the Wednesday special: half off well drinks for overweight men in Black Flag T-shirts.
  • Ian E.
    Ian EureDecember 16, 2010
    This is the only bar in Seattle which still allows smoking indoors.
  • Chez S.
    Chez StockMay 24, 2015
    probably my favorite venue in seattle
  • Gaby B.
    Gaby BaezNovember 12, 2011
    The setup is a lot better here then the SoDo one.
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel ShawSeptember 26, 2015
    It's a little dated but has some charm. The bar locations could be better though.
  • Elie B.
    Elie BleierMay 20, 2015
    Great space. Ok sound.
  • Sandy S.
    Sandy SkrinjaricMarch 27, 2011
    nicest security of any club in Seattle
  • John
    JohnSeptember 28, 2011
    Water station, with cups, at stage end of left bar.
  • Arlene S.
    Arlene SilverioSeptember 16, 2010
    Buying tix at the box office saves you the from the ridiculous service fees from ticketmaster.
  • Ian E.
    Ian EureDecember 16, 2010
    The stage is made of solid gold.
  • Caplan S.
    Caplan StrakaMarch 21, 2010
    After the show, get a Monster Dog with cream cheese and onions. No, really.
  • Nick S.
    Nick StewartMarch 11, 2010
    Always a classic place to go see a show.
  • Alex W.
    Alex WilliamsJuly 19, 2013
    TechCrunch Meetup
  • Ian E.
    Ian EureDecember 16, 2010
    Showbox SoDo is so much nicer than this dump. Way better sound, too.
  • eye-shuh
    eye-shuhApril 1, 2010
    Can't wait for Chris Hardwick (The Nerdist) on April 10th! It will be a nerdsplosion. XD Read more
  • Ian E.
    Ian EureDecember 16, 2010
    Come watch the fish throwers.
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