Jennifer Richard

Description: Showbox Sodo is a full-scale rock arena, replete with bare cement floors, big-screen TVs, and blazing fluorescent lights, while its adjacent bar lounge features an intimate floor-level stage and a delightfully gaudy chandelier.

Scene: Frisky lesbians (the club hosts numerous Girl4Girl events); political idealists (Obama campaigned here); butt-rock nostalgists (Tesla recently headlined); and on a slow night, an employee describing his girlfriend's art projects (which involve pine cones swathed in plastic wrap).

Happy hour: Daily 4:30–7:30 pm.

Happy-hour drink specials: $2 off all well drinks, wine, and beer (draft selection includes Snow Cap Ale, Blue Moon, and many more).

Happy-hour food specials: $6 fried calamari, $11 meat market platter (with pepperoni, sausage, and meatballs), $9 Margherita pizza, and more.