Things to Do at Night in Tacoma

The city is still open when the sun goes down

It’s getting late, but you’re wide awake. Whether it’s insomnia, FOMO, or the search for a good time that’s keeping you up, it doesn’t even really matter. There are likely dozens, maybe hundreds of people like you (i.e., conscious) and looking for a way to pass the time and make some memories.

If comedy is your thing, we’ve got your spot for late-night. Music? Gaming? Bowling? Arts? We’ve got you covered in the deep hours.

Arts and Shopping

Tacoma Night Market – This is more than just a market. It’s a highly curated art experience where you can meet the makers, bakers, builders, artists, and poets who make unique creations. It’s a high-energy atmosphere with a DJ, food trucks, occasionally karaoke, and always a good time.

With three Saturday night markets in Piece County, there’s one almost every weekend, all year-round.

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Gig Harbor Night Market


  • Tacoma Comedy Club some of your favorites have taken the stage here, and the next stars are coming to the mike. Catch a show!

  • Alma Mater – One of Tacoma’s newer music venues, playing host to national acts, in one of the most spectator-friendly environments around.

  • Spanish Ballroom – It’s the venue at the center of McMenamins Elks Temple, and they come out swinging, bringing in a performer or party almost every day of the week.

  • Jazzbones – Tacoma's mainstay for a wildly eclectic mix of performers from hip hop to jazz to country to electronic.

  • Tacoma Dome – It’s one of the top event venues in the world, so you’ve probably heard of it, but if you only know it for those tier-1 performances that come to town, you’re missing a lot of great programming. Check their calendar!

  • Tacoma Arts Live! – Hosting national performers in genres from ballet, spoken word, classical music, and more.

  • Emerald Queen Casino – The Emerald Queen Casino keeps the fun rolling late, with a stellar lineup of musical acts.

The Spanish Ballroom at McMenamins Elks Temple


  • Tiki in the Stadium District – With multiple top-tier Tiki bars, the historic Stadium District is on the rise as a destination for a good time.
  • En Rama – A sherry-first bar where they celebrate the art of the cocktail.

  • Matriarch Lounge – A darkly lit cocktail den where you can get an authentic Pisco Sour like you haven’t had outside of Cusco.

  • Dirty Oscar’s Annex – Made famous by Guy Fieri on Diner’s, Drive-Ins and Dives, they pour some mean moonshine cocktails.

  • Zodiac Supper Club – A grill-your-own-steaks dinner spot that knows better than to let you mix your own cocktails.

Devil's Reef in Tacoma


  • Bowling
    • Narrows Plaza Bowl – A family-friendly bowling spot with a DJ, arcade, lounge, and snack bar.

    • Chalet Bowl – A cozy, family-owned bowling alley in the historic and lively Proctor neighborhood.

    • Tower Lanes Entertainment Center – Yes, it’s a bowling alley, but they also have a pool room, two bars, an arcade, and a sprawling, indoor mini-golf course with built-in waterfall.

  • Gaming

    • Emerald Queen Casino – If your particular brand of late-night fun involves colorful chips and felt tables, here’s your action.

  • The Other Gaming

    • Dorky’s Arcade – If your particular brand of late-night fun involves retro video games, air hockey, pizza, and beer, here’s your action.

  • Movies

    • Century Point Ruston Cinema – Spend some time at Point Ruston, but make sure to catch the latest flick in the ultra-comfortable seats at the Century.

    • The Grand Cinema – Tacoma’s arthouse movie theater, The Grand specializes in independent and foreign films, and is always working to promote the art of filmmaking.

    • The Blue Mouse Theatre – The Blue Mouse in the historic Proctor neighborhood is the only discount movie theater in Tacoma, screening a mixture of films that just left the first-run theaters, and special events and showings.

Chalet Bowl