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Apr 2, 2013 09:57 PM

Dive bars near The Moore

I know of Nitelife (part of the hotel) but any other good ones that would be just a stumble away, heard about a place with a bunch of pinball machines

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  1. That would be Shorty's. It's divey in a hipster sort of way.

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      1. re: christy319

        Shortys sounds great, any others come to mind ?

        1. re: vandan

          The Corner Bar is one short crosswalk, maybe 50 feet, away.

      2. The Nightlite (in the hotel) is one of the best surviving dive bars in SEA; the bar got re-done 20 years ago for the filming of 'Dogfight', and I understand a scene from My own Private Idaho was filmed there as well.

        You might also try 2 bells Tavern. Good atmo, and great burger.

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        1. re: gingershelley

          Was at Nitelite last night, so looking to branch oit a bit, a bit of a crawl as it were

          1. re: vandan

            As an aside I actually got carded at Nitelite (haven't been carded for like 20 years) keep in mind I am a man in my 40s and don't have a baby face, hilarious !

            1. re: vandan

              You really should go up to the five-point. Famous dive bar that is still true to type. 'Drunks serving drunks since..."

              Or get to the Mecca on lower QA. A bit of a hike, but would be worthy of a cab ride.

              1. re: gingershelley

                Hi, gingershelley:

                Great suggestions, both, but the OP wanted places a stumble away from the Moore. If s/he's a Stumble Marathoner, maybe.

                And the 5-Point was the beginning of the end for Tom Leikis, so it's well worth pilgrimage...

                How about the Frontier Room?


                1. re: kaleokahu

                  Having done this stumble, I will henceforth refer to myself as a Stumble Marathoner.

                  1. re: kaleokahu

                    Am at The Frontier as we speak, doesn't seem too "divey" to me but fits the bill nonetheless

                    1. re: vandan

                      Hi, vandan:

                      Well, what can I say? With the demise of virtually all of Belltown's dive bars (gotta make way for the condos and upscale restos), pickins' are a bit thin for this genre.

                      There are a few left in more outlying 'hoods if you're willing to cab it.


                      1. re: kaleokahu

                        2 Bells was a bit divier (sp?) though :)

                      2. re: vandan

                        Nope, Frontier is not a 'dive" anymore. They are much harder to find anymore in that part of town - as Kaleo says - most places have been closed or made over for the 'condo crowd'.

                        1. re: gingershelley

                          Ya the condo craze has helped knock down many an old gem here as well

                      3. re: kaleokahu


                        That's why I suggested a cab, perhaps - might be worth the $ for the authentic atmo at either of those...

                        Wow, I never think of the Frontier Room anymore since it got it's 'make over' and added that (awful) bbq menu about 10 years ago. Certainly before that it was one of the best dive's around... in my (a long time ago) 20's, we used to go there for stiff drinks and to get some air in between dance sets at the Vogue. Sigh - those were the days:)