Highway 99 (Downtown)

1414 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 382-2171

Hours: Mon-Sat 4 pm-2 am
Categories: Bar, Club, Restaurant
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Average Rating:
  • 4.00000/5 Stars.
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What the heck happened at HWY 99 on December 14th?

I invited some friends and family to HWY 99 Friday nite December 14 to see an artist named Candye Kane. I never heard of her but no big deal; HWY 99 always comes through with good entertainment and adeguate food for the price.

Any club or artist can have a bad nite...but it seemed this bad nite was planned in advance by HWY 99 managment and that we customers were supposed to go along with it and like it too!!!

I'm not even going to discuss my food experience in depth...but let's just say there was no truth in advertising for HWY 99 that nite.

The show was advertised to start at 8. It started much after 9 with a first act that was not the caliber of performer one would expect to see at HWY 99. In fact we left before the main act becasue the music from the first act was painful to listen to.

However, before I left I did tip the waitress the customary 20%. I had also purchased raffle tickets to support the fund raiser of the evening. My support was evident as I handed them to my waitress as part of her tip as well becasue the drawing hadnt taken place yet.

I went home and dropped HWY 99 a note to express my disapointment with both the show and my food.

It was the reply to my complaint that has me warning you all here and now about this lil terror of a woman they call theur "Club Manager". Holy sh_t! It turns out my waitress is also the "club manager" and was the person who replied to my note. She admonished me with more Jewish/Catholic guilt that I had heard in quite sometime. She has been trained well by some mother somewhere.

She informed me that the preformer was quite ill and suffering from pancreatic cancer and that the evening was esentially about supporting her and her favorite charitble venture..hence the raffle tickets.

She also went on to tell me in so many poorly crafted words that if I didn't like it I can go else where for both my entertainment and dining needs.

Sheesh...HWY 99 could bring Albert King and Stevie back from the dead and I still don't think I'd go back.

Really? I'm all for helping...but shouldn't the cutomers been given a choice?
Posted by Blue no blues on December 17, 2012 at 10:55 AM · Report this

We had so much fun!

Stopped by last Thursday for the monthly dance show with Sonic Funk and they were amazing! Great music, the club was packed and it was another great night of music at the 99!
Posted by tatstarget on August 17, 2010 at 11:25 AM · Report this
This place brings back the days of when you could go out and hear some of the best live music in the northwest downtown. Great atmosphere and the best local bands around. They have great funk music on the second Thursday of every month and only the best blues bands on the weekends. A true throwback music venue.
Posted by naomi on June 29, 2009 at 8:18 PM · Report this

A dancer's dream

Great atmosphere and quick friendly service help, but the music is what makes this place pop! We were there on funk night with the Sonic Funk Orchestra and boy did the band put on a great show. They played everything from Earth Wind & Fire to the Gap Band and had everyone singing and dancing along. I highly recommend the club as well as the band!
Posted by Sexy babe on February 16, 2009 at 8:03 PM · Report this

Best live music in Seattle!

Went to Highway 99 for the Sonic Funk show and had a total blast! The club has got a cool retro vibe and a great barstaff. The band was smoking hot and the dancefloor was packed! Great service and terrific music equal 5 stars!
Posted by Erika on February 13, 2009 at 4:51 PM · Report this

Funk night at the 99

This should be a blast! The 99 is one of the best live music venue's in Seattle and they are having one of the northwest's top cover bands Sonic Funk, playing. Great food, service and the northwest's best live blues and funk bands. What more can you ask for?
Posted by Cool Jake on February 11, 2009 at 6:42 PM · Report this

This place rocks!

Great blues and funk music! Only the BEST bands play this venue and it definetly shows in the quality of music. Doctor FunK and Sonic Funk Orchestra play there and bring in great crowds! I love this place!
Posted by Lauren on February 10, 2009 at 6:35 PM · Report this

What a Joint!

I've been to Highway 99 a few times and I really dig this place. The food is good, the staff is folksy and the service good, and if you like rhythm and blues and its related style like rockabilly and alternative country, this is your place. It's hard to compare it to other clubs in town because there isn't another club quite like it. Best part? When you're in this place, you feel like you're in another, self-contained world. Wanna step out of your normal world without leaving town? Then check out Highway 99.
Posted by el douche on November 20, 2008 at 7:09 PM · Report this

My first and last time.

I took an out of town guest (party of 3) who wanted some live music to someplace I had heard about but hadnt yet made it to. We went in to nobody at the door and more people onstage than in the audience. The band was very good, and we were waited on in minutes. 2 beers and a juice were $15. :O 20 minutes later the waiter announced we owed him a cover of $15. There was nobody on the door since it was Thursday, and "normally they would just add it on a card kept tab", but since we paid cash we needed to pay up. The manager was in total agreement with him. Sorry, if you want to collect a cover, you need someone atthe door to arrange that up front, not after ordering overpriced drinks and half way through them. We finished our drinks and left, I will never darken their door again. Great music, cool location, good idea, worst staff ever, its no wonder they had few customers. Wish I could give it zero stars.
Posted by Mike on May 26, 2008 at 5:45 AM · Report this

It's got style

It's the perfect happy hour hidden treasure. It's not over-crowded and full of button-down shirts. The staff is super friendly. It's tucked right underneath the viaduct across from the aquarium. It seems so far away from everything but it really isn't. You'll get the full attention of the bar tender, full access to the pool table or your pick of the many hidden cozy nooks in the place. It's my hidden dungeon with candles, no windows, and enough PBR to chase away the winter blues. Wednesdays are always fun to stay until 9pm or so for music. Bands like the Roy Kay Trio and Purty Mouth have monthly gigs. Plus, there is a secret Rat City Rollergirls corner that is screaming for more attention.
Posted by Scrabbleship on October 18, 2007 at 1:20 PM · Report this

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