Lower Queen Anne
Lower Queen Anne, commonly referred to as “Uptown,” sits in the shadow of the Space Needle between Seattle Center, site of the 1962 World’s Fair, and the base of Queen Anne Hill. Besides the Space Needle, Lower Queen Anne is home to Seattle landmarks such as the Key Arena (former home of the Seattle SuperSonics and current home of the WNBA Seattle Storm), the amazing Frank Gehry building that houses Experience Music Project and a Sci-Fi Museum, Pacific Science Center (home to the Boeing Imax Dome), and the newly completed Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This neighborhood is relatively quiet, yet jam-packed with restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, bars, record stores, boutiques, sports bars, grocery stores, apartment buildings, tech companies, and theaters. From fashionable hangouts such as Peso’s and Petit Toulouse to the venerable dive bar, Mecca Cafe, Lower Queen Anne has more options for a date night than you can shake a swizzle stick at. Favorite hangout places include one of Seattle’s original coffee houses, Uptown Espresso, a McMenamin’s pub, Chopstix Piano Bar, Racha Thai restaurant, and the Melting Pot. It’s also a theater-lover’s Mecca. Seattle Repertory Theater, On the Boards, Teatro Zinzanni, Seattle Children’s Theater, Intiman Playhouse, Pacific Northwest Ballet, SIFF Cinema, and the Vera Project are all within walking distance. Close to Downtown, this neighborhood is easy to get to via Metro bus lines 1, 2, 3, 4, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, and 45, and scores a 95 on the Walk Scale.