Parlor Live Comedy Club Expands to Seattle

SEATTLE—Building on the success of Parlor Billiards and Spirits in Bellevue, principal Steven Olson is tailoring his entertainment concept to the forthcoming Parlor Live Seattle, a comedy club, private events venue and full-service, two-level lounge and dining room located at 1522 Sixth Avenue (between Pike and Pine Streets). 
“We recognized Seattle was an untapped market with its own unique entertainment needs,” said Boone Helm, Marketing Director,Parlor Bellevue and Parlor Live Seattle. “Because only one in about five of our Bellevue location guests are from Seattle, and based on requests over the years from our guests, we began to consider how we could fit the needs of the growing downtown Seattle core.”

Last year, Olson and his team secured an ideal location (home to the former Fox Sports Grill) with great foot traffic that would lock in this two-block corridor as a foremost entertainment district. With the Parlor Live Seattle, guests could realize a full night out with comedy acts, dining and cocktails complemented by neighboring cinema, live theater and amusement options. The addition ofParlor Live Seattle enhances both the variety and frequency of live entertainment downtown, with at least one show per night and two nightly headliners on the weekends (Thursday-Saturday) evenings. It will also serve lunch, happy hour and dinner at its visually captivating street-level lounge seating 50, the Escape Lounge, as well as its lower level dining room and bar seating more than 208. Dinner and show packages make it a one-stop feature.

Unlike its eight-year-old Bellevue location, Parlor Live Seattle will focus primarily on its comedy club and events. Already, the ParlorLive has made a name as an A-list comedy club, with national headlining comedian appearances (Kevin Hart, Rob Schneider, Loni Love, Carlos Mencia and Ralphie May). Parlor Live Seattle will host more urban and alternative comics from Joe Rogan to Brian Posehn. The space will accommodate up to 400 people (vs. 270 in Bellevue) featuring edgy, top-billing comedians and drawing upon urban residents, local businesses, and nearby visitor and convention traffic.

Private events will be another big draw; wired with A/V and state-of-the-art sound, three private (or semi-private) event spaces accommodate groups of 50 to 400. Although billiards will not be a focus like Bellevue, the Parlor Live Seattle features six regulation billiards tables (and two more in its private event room). Look for customizable wall projections on the street-level Escape Lounge, a waterfall behind the back bar, and videos depicting water splashes, aquarium-like scenes and comedy club rosters. The lower level lounge features Spintouch technology at the bar, in which surface movements generate dynamic light and color reactions, making it interactive and engaging for guests.

The Seattle location will offer crave-able classics under $20. Look for a huge offering of appetizers, craft sliders, hand-tossed 14” artisan pizzas, small plates ideal for sharing, side dishes to compliment the entrée section of the menu, and combination party platters. Approachable steakhouse-inspired entrees will also highlight the menu, with such items as grilled tenderloin salad,seared ahi tuna, steak frites with bernaise sauce, wild halibut bites and braised short ribs. The full bar brings libations such as Parlor-Tini’s, Classics and Twists, wines and bubbles by the glass or bottle, and more than 10 beers on draft as well as bottled standards.

Those familiar with the space will find a fully updated design with a modern mix of cherry wood tables, rich-toned carpet and upholstery, textured walls, and vivid geometric print accents from Sue Genty Interior Design. Genty’s designs enhance the lighting and projection technologies throughout the spaces.

For developments on the Parlor Live Seattle, ticketing information and sales, visit

Written by Charles Koh

Founded EatSeattle, and has continued to use his expertise as editor-in-chief to guide the website’s growth over the last five years. Koh’s experience focuses on digital marketing and social media, and has been a part of several companies, some of which he created, specializing in both areas over the course of his career. Koh was previously with Google and Zagat where he helped expand and grow communities worldwide.

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