A lack of big headliners is no excuse to stay inside. Slow weeks occasionally happen, and that's when the search for your beat gets a little more difficult. Thankfully, there's something going on every night of the week if you know where to look and are willing to keep an open mind. Consider this your cheat sheet to the weeklies that are dependable like the United States Postal Service. Cut it out and put it on your fridge, because week in and week out, these nights are worth your time.

MONDAY

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ABSOLUTE MINIMAL MONDAYS AT THE CAPITOL CLUB

Between the beginning of the workweek and recovery from weekend shenanigans, it's a Herculean task to get people out on Mondays. Travis Baron is smart to keep his new Absolute Minimal Mondays at the Capitol Club pretty low-key, kicking off the evening with a CD-listening session before DJ/producers do their thing. It's more a chance to hang out on the balcony with a nice cocktail and nice beats than a rocking party, but that relaxed atmosphere is what makes this night work. (414 E Pine St)

TUESDAY

TONIC TUESDAYS AT THE BALTIC ROOM

This new weekly is still getting its legs, but house music and the Baltic Room have always been a good fit, and so far the music's been kept low enough that you can still carry on a conversation. (1207 Pine St)

DRUM 'N' BASS TUESDAYS AT THE WAR ROOM

If you like drum 'n' bass, you're probably hitting up this night on a weekly basis. The promoters pull in some of the best DJ/producers in the world, cramming 10 pounds of beats into a 5-pound space. Don't forget your earplugs. (722 E Pike St)

WEDNESDAY

PROPER AT MERCHANT'S CAFE

It takes a lot to be convinced to check out Pioneer Square, but during the week it's not the same slice of hell it is on weekends. Parking's easy and the mood is a lot more relaxed. Enter Proper. The De la Crème roster and their cohorts have been going strong for two years now, capping your hump day with house music. (109 Yesler Way)

THURSDAY

OSCILLATE AT THE BALTIC ROOM

Perhaps Seattle's most adventurous weekly, Oscillate can't be pigeonholed genre-wise, with some nights geared for dancing, others for chin stroking. Regardless of genre, the bar is always admirably high, with the promoters curating a mix of local and outside acts. If you're looking to expand your horizons, look no further.

NIGHT MUSIC AT NIJO

Combining a late-night sushi happy hour and electronic music sounds a bit odd, but residents J-Sun and Kadeejah Streets make it work in this otherwise quiet downtown spot. The duo pull from their extensive network and get DJs from all over to come down and lay down the tunes, keeping things going long after the kitchen's closed. (83 Spring St)

OPEN HOUSE AT THE LAST SUPPER CLUB

If you're over 25, you might feel old coming to this night, since it definitely pulls from the younger end of the spectrum. If you can get past that and focus on the talent this night brings (some of it's a bit ravey, but not all), you could surprise yourself by having a good time. (124 S Washington St)

FRIDAY

ELECTRIC AVENUE AT CHAC LOWER LEVEL

The Lower Level's layout allows this night to be whatever you want it to be. If you want to get sweaty and dance to DJs, you can do that in the main room. If you're looking to chill with friends and chat, you can do that in the bar. The free entry makes Electric Avenue a good place to chill before heading to another destination. (1621 12th Ave)

SATURDAY

LOST @ C AT CRIMSON C

Saturdays are hard for weeklies since there's so much competition from headliners, but done right they can do just fine. The old Larry's space reopened a few months ago as Crimson C, and the bookers were smart to call on the Lost Boys (and some of their friends) to provide the music, a mix of downtempo and house (guess which takes over later in the evening). (209 First Ave S)

ONSET AT DEEP DOWN LOUNGE (UNDER TEMPLE BILLIARDS)

This drum-n-bass night is for the heads, by the heads. These folks don't dabble—they eat, sleep, and breathe this music, and the relentless beats are geared for this gathering of the converted. That's not to say that newcomers aren't welcome, but if it seems like everyone in the room knows one another, it's because they do. (126 S Jackson St)

SUNDAY

FLAMMABLE AT REBAR

Closing out the weekend and the week is easily Seattle's best club night (and home away from home if you like house). The occasional outside talent keeps things fresh (Detroit's DJ Minx brought it hard last month), but even when it's just locals, the night is better than anything else you'll attend all week, with the perfect mix of dancers and drunks, heads and newbies, gays and straights. Flammable is church for the regulars, a good time for everyone else, and deserves any praise that comes its way. If you haven't been, what are you waiting for? (1114 Howell St) DONTE PARKS