The Triple Door is the newest major addition to Seattle’s jazz club circuit, though its opening marked the continuation of a story decades old. It is located in the historic Mann building which began its life as the Embassy Theater, a vaudeville house opened in 1926. In the decades since its opening, the Embassy survived many changes in public tastes, serving as a movie theater and later a burlesque house until its closing in 1983. Bought from the Gallatly family, which originally built the Mann, the building was renovated in 2002 with the intention of providing an intimate space for music listening with premium acoustics, lighting and atmosphere.
Since its opening, the Triple Door has become a major destination for national touring acts and top-notch local ensembles as well, with a full schedule 7 nights a week. The Musiquarium, an adjoining lounge, also features live music nightly, leaning more heavily toward the danceable side of jazz and R&B. In the basement of the Mann building is Wild Ginger, a Pan-Asian restaurant that provides the menu for the Triple Door, and has been voted Seattle’s favorite restaurant by Zagat for 11 years running.
The Triple Door Information
- Public Transportation: Excellent (Several bus lines, and the LINK Light rail, all within a 1-minute walk)
- Handicap Accessibility: Very good
- Performances/Programs: Approximately 650 performances annually including the Mainstage and Musiquarium
- Ticket Prices: Mainstage: $7-$28, with discounts for advance ticket purchase and students; Musiquarium: no cover.