Under 21? Can Still Join in on the Under Twenty-Fun


Elise Wang

While the Sunday Fremont Market is well known for its farmer’s market section, there are many stalls with vintage treasures to be found.

It is no secret that Capitol Hill is the heart of Seattle nightlife. There are plenty of bars and clubs with lines around the block. Unfortunately, none of those are accessible unless you have reached the age of 21—which seems a lifetime away for first and second year students living on campus. It is a looming number for these students studying in the city, and sometimes it can seem like there is not anything fun to do in Seattle when you have not reached that golden age of opportunity yet. Here are a few ways to spend your free time in Seattle before you turn 21:

Swing dancing at Century Ballroom

Located just a few blocks north of campus, next to Molly Moon’s, is Century Ballroom, offering a unique way for you to spend your Sunday nights. Every Sunday night this dance studio offers a swing dance group lesson from 9 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and then an open dance until 12:30 a.m. The cover fee is $10 and you can stay for only the lesson or just go to the open dance. Grab your friends and swing over to Century Ballroom for a fun-filled evening.

Exploring International District and Uwajimaya

The International District is walking- distance from campus or a short streetcar ride away. There are streets with bakeries, tea shops and boutiques you can wander in and out of as well as plenty of eating options. The supermarket Uwajimaya has a small food court in the store with a variety of small snack options and affordable meal options. After you are done eating at the food court, Uwajimaya has endless aisles to get lost in.

Laser Dome Shows at Pacific Science Center

Right next to the Space Needle is the Pacific Science Center that offers evening laser light shows in the dome theater. Lasers are projected onto the ceiling of the dome to accompany music by artists like Lizzo, Pink Floyd, Kendrick Lamar and many others. You can lay down and watch the lasers dance above you while listening to the discography of some top artists. Evening shows are offered Thursday through Sunday and tickets are $14. Times vary from 7:30 p.m. to midnight.

Rachel’s Ginger Beer

Although drinking a pint of beer is out of the question, a fun and tasty alternative is located just a few blocks north of campus on 12th Avenue. Rachel’s Ginger Beer offers a variety of ginger beer flavors, including blood orange, spicy pineapple and pink guava. The menu also includes soft serve ice cream floats, where you can pick a flavor of soft serve and a ginger beer topping. This trendy place is perfect for an evening beverage with friends.

Candle Making at Elm Candle Bar

Another alternative on Cap Hill is a make-your-own candle bar. Located on Pike street across from Neumos lies Elm Candle Bar. Here, you can walk in or make a reservation with six or more of your friends to make your own candles, room sprays, wall tarts or diffusers. They have more than 80 scents to choose from and mix, with custom product prices ranging between $23 and $37.

Fremont Sunday Market

This weekly flea market is located in one of Seattle’s artsiest neighborhoods. Every Sunday there is a farmer’s and flea market in the heart of Fremont, where you can spend hours looking through rows of vintage clothes, mirrors, posters and other knick- knacks waiting to be found. After you are done sifting through the vintage goods, you can enjoy one of the many food vendors lined up. The market is open Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. rain or shine.

Mocktails at Oddfellows

Next time your friends want to go get a drink, you should suggest Oddfellows next to Cal Anderson Park. Here you can get the full experience of ordering a drink with your friends that are 21+ without feeling left out. Oddfellows offers a range of gourmet, non- alcoholic drinks that will have your tastebuds dancing. Drinks include Cordino Italian bitters sodas, sanbitter aperitivo sodas, and other housemade drinks that are delicious—and cheaper than a cocktail.

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