The Lime, The Central, Wilde Rover and Outdoor Concerts
Like most things in Kirkland, live music venues tend to be eclectic, artsy and filled with ambiance lingering in every nook and cranny. From Irish tunes to jazz trios and oldie-goldies from the 60’s and 80’s, Kirkland knows how to strike a tune.
Wilde Rover Irish Pub is a beloved downtown Kirkland tradition and a sure-shot for some of the best live music on the Eastside. Arrive early for happy-hour bites, and snag a table on the deck overlooking Lake Washington. Check the calendar for performances from bands such as Herding Cats and Time Machine Radio as well as traditional Irish music. You can indulge in Guinness and shepherd’s pie, lamb stew, Jameson whiskey wings and curried chips, with a second happy hour starting late at night.
Bask in the “Lime Light” on Fridays and Saturdays at The Lime music venue, located between North and South Rose Hills. There’s no cover charge for the music, which includes well-known bands from across Greater Seattle. Groove with 60’s crooners; dance to 80’s mixtapes and bands; or step into the limelight yourself on open mic nights. There’s also trivia nights, sports tv and UFC fight nights.
The Central is where to meet up with a cross-section of Northwesterners, from techie programmers to freestyling bikers, yachters and artists. With a motto of “It’s never too late to start wasting your day,” this landmark club cranks out live music on Wednesday and Sunday nights. It’s just off Lake Street and within walking distance of Wilde Rover and Marina Park.
In July and August, there’s no better place for live music than the outdoor pavilion of Marina Park. On Thursday evenings from July 5 to August 16, the 2018 roster includes The Castaways ukulele band, Crème Tangerine songs by the Beatles, and some rock and soul from West Coast Feed. Order some take-out from one of the dozens of nearby eateries, and lay out a blanket for sunset views of the lake. If you have little ones, they get their own live music at Juanita Beach Park on Tuesday mornings from July 10 to August 21.