Pride Weekend is almost here, and we have your complete guide to all things queer on our Things To Do calendar. You'll find details on the parade, PrideFest, and anything else you could want to know about there, but if you're looking for clubs where you can dance, listen to music, party with drag stars, and otherwise engage in the good Pride vibes, here are 10 places (in no particular order) where you can do just that.
Neighbours' Pride weekend starts on Thursday, with a special Pride version of Stripper Circus, the "Dirtiest Show on Earth," with Drag Race superstar Naomi Smalls, plus drink specials from Absolut and Fireball. On Friday, get real wild femme-style at the Pink Party with soul-pop babe Jordin Sparks, hosts Gaysha Starr and Aleksa Manila, the gogo boys of Neighbors, and a beer garden in the alleyway. And, on Saturday, they'll have an Inferno Pride Party (featuring special drag performances from Emilio and Selenia Stone and live sets from DJs WildFire and Lady Jane) and Pride Powermix with Deborah Cox (featuring dragtastic babe Deborah Cox, hostess Gaysha Starr, the gogo boys of Neighbors, and a beer garden in the alleyway).
PONY PRIDE MMXVI is here and will wreck everybody's body, heart, and brain. Friday is Pride or Die, hosted by Jackie Hell with DJ Kkost and DJ Sling Dion—free until 9 p.m. On Saturday, DJ Daddio Dario is spinning all night, starting at 4 p.m. Starting at 9 p.m. that same evening, Luv Ladder happens, with performances by Adé, Mixed Feelings, and Dee Jay Jack—free until 8pm. On Sunday, enjoy the world's tiniest Tea Dance, hosted by Cookie Couture with DJ El Toro and DJ King of Pants—goes all night, free before 5pm.
3. The Eagle
The dark, divey, venerable Eagle takes on Pride weekend with Dickslap Pride on Friday ("Fetish Night" themed, facilitated by Jay Douglas and Jens Irish and featuring gogo cuties on the bar and barber daddy Brock trimming chins all night), a Pride Underwear Party Playhouse on Saturday (featuring DJ Max Bruce and a clothes check), and the Pride Make Out Party on Sunday (featuring the DJ talents of James Cerne and Tane, and a free-jello-shot photo booth going all night).
Seattle's best (and only?) lesbian bar hosts a weekend of Pride events, starting off on Friday with a night of party music—complete with a "booty shakin' contest"—DJed by RickiLeigh and Toya B. Saturday is the main event, a major street party that promises multiple bars and beer stations, photo booths, beer pong, pop-a-shot games, a 15,000q ft beer garden, and artists including Siya, MC Adra Boo of Fly Moon Royalty, Garlic Man & Chik'n, and DJs Status Apparatus, Lady Jane, and Jay Hines. Sunday offers cool-down service in the form of a basketball contest with members of Seattle Storm, and music all night from DJs Cryspy, Little, and Tony Burns.
Futuristic bunker of a downtown club Kremwerk starts off Pride weekend on Friday with the Pride Edition of their competition-style fashion show Haven, so show up in your best look for the chance to win some serious cash—like $1500 worth of serious. Saturday evening starts with KINGS: A Drag King Show, a show that will flip the traditional drag queen script, and the after-party Kiss Off, where there will be performances from Princess Superstar, Reverend Dollars, Toya B, and many more.
6. Timbre Room
In its new Kremwerk-adjacent space, Timbre Room is open just in time for Pride and will have two events on Thursday (Bingo with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, which will double as a fundraiser for Lifelong AIDS Alliance, and Beachy Keen, featuring the summer hiphop vibes of Tony Burns, Toya B, and ILL Camino). On Friday, the infamous Miss Cucci Binaca will host a Pride edition of her legendary Critter Barn, followed by the La Realeza Latinx Night, featuring dancehall, reggaeton, and cumbia sounds. Seattle Quake Rugby will host their HouseQuake party on Saturday (a night of house music, dancing, and a celebration of diversity with featured DJs Barbeau, David Sylvester, and Mr. Linden), and the weekend festivities will end with rotating DJs at the Sunday patio party.
Purr is unleashing their five day super-set of Pride events this year, and, good news, it's a doozy. Wednesday is their Pride Kick-Off Party (no cover), with Andrew Scott and Raja, the Season Three winner of RuPaul's Drag Race. Thursday stars Trixie Mattel, a Drag Race favorite, with Fraya Love (also no cover). Friday throws out a massive dance party soundtracked by DJ BlackLow ($5 at the door). Saturday is the all-day block party (12pm-2am) featuring The Perry Twins DJ duo, with DJs Skiddle and Freddy King of Pants ($25 cover). And, on Sunday, power up after the parade with the Pride Party, featuring resident Purr VJ Art Ruiz (no cover).
The eminently friendly, welcoming, weirdo downtown dive will kick off Pride weekend on Thursday with Dapper Down's Pride Pre-Funk (a drag king performance from Spikey Van Dykey that will benefit the victims of the Pulse shooting in Orlando), continue on Friday with The Darqside of Pride (when Darqness and Soul-Fi will join forces for the best of alt pride, black pride, and queer pride under one roof), and close out on Sunday with Night Crush: Hella Queer (when the Lady B will grace the stage with her "TransFabulous, Femtastic, Draglesquing, Sass-Mouthing Negro" presence, while guest DJs KingDee and Ill Camino with resident DJ Riff-Raff will bring the sweat).
9. R Place
R Place kicks off Pride Weekend with three straight days of performances from RuPaul's Drag Race killers Latrice Royale, Robbie Turner, and JuJuBee. Joining them for a star-studded Lashes revue are former Miss California USA La Saveona Hunt, Seattle's Entertainer of the Year Amora Dior Black, and Seattle drag icon Ladie Chablis.
10. Cuff Complex
Strut your stuff on the sidewalks at the Cuff's Pride Street Party on Sunday, with hosting and performances from Alaska Thunderfuck, Disco Vinnie, Martha Wash, Abigail, Beth Sacks, JES, and DJ Tommy K, and drink specials from Bud Light, Stoli, and others.