Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Labbit Travels: Seattle's Pink Door

If you're visiting Seattle, there are a lot of attractions to see by day, but there are some things best left to the evening. Some recommendations: The Seattle Space Needle (with your admission ticket, you can visit twice in a 24 hour period, so plan accordingly), the Chihuly Garden (breathtaking at sunset), the view from Kerry Park, where you will see the city lit up beneath you, and for food and frisky fun, there's the Pink Door.

Nestled on the west side of Post Alley in the heart of Pike Place Market, the Pink Door doesn't have a sign to tell you where it is, but do look for a metal pink door. There you'll find the coziest Italian-American restaurant with nightly live entertainment. A tarot card reader will open your eyes to your past, present or future. Trapeze and aerial hoop artists will twist and contort over the dining tables. Live musicians will jazz up your evening meal.  And late into the night on Saturdays is the Pink Door's infamous cabaret!

The cabaret show is popular and a tightly packed event. While the show doesn't start until 11 PM, priority seating is given to those having dinner, so do yourself a favor and eat there before the show! The food is fantastic, although pricey. The show is an additional $15 cash, and well worth it. You must, MUST get to the Pink Door early for seating. Pipkin recommends getting there at least a half hour before 9 PM (or even earlier) to begin queuing up for the show. Don't be surprised when you're met with a wait before getting a table, and if you're at the back of the queue, you may not get a seat and you'll miss out on the show. So be early!

The cabaret show varies each week, but expect anything from bellydancers, vaudeville acts, and Seattle's best burlesque dancers. Obviously this is a 21+ show and photography is not allowed inside the Pink Door, so unfortunately Pipkin can't show you what went on. He can tell you his favorite acts that night were Bellydancer and Burlesque entertainer Fuschia Foxx and Burlesque entertainer Randi Rascal. Their links are somewhat NSFW and PG-13, so please click with caution.

The Pink Door is used to fans hanging around backstage after the show, but it's likely you won't meet the lovely ladies who perform that evening. They like to keep an air of mystery about them. (Pipkin caught a quick glimpse of Fuschia Foxx as she sneaked down the alleyway to go home.) You will get to meet the friendly emcee, as the picture above with Pipkin shows. The emcee complimented Pipkin on his fantastic moustache, and thanked him for coming to the show.

Be sure to check out the Pink Door when you visit Seattle!

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