Shanghai Room

Shanghai Room

In the footsteps of its ancestors: Yen Wor Garden, China Jade and the Tea House, the Shanghai Room welcomes you. Drink, sing, watch.. Age and time are only words.

Once there was an old Chinese restaurant and beloved neighborhood karaoke bar called Yen Wor Garden. The regulars loved their cozy hideaway and sung their hearts out nightly, but the restaurant struggled and went up for sale in 2013.

Meanwhile, Seattle was in the midst of an incredible growth spurt. Condos, small plates, and Crossfit were sprouting up on every corner, and old haunts were falling one by one. Sunset Bowl became luxury apartments and “mixed use retail.” Charlie’s made way for another ‘The Lodge Sports Grille.’ The Hurricane was euthanized at the feet of a new Amazon Tower.

Was it the end of Seattle as we know it? Seattle, where no one dresses up on a Friday night? Where you never need a reservation? Where “going to a show” means your friend’s band is playing at The Sunset? Where we hide from the rain in a dark bar, with deep booths, low ceilings and old carpet?

Not if we can help it.

The North Star Diner wants to be there for you, Seattle. We want to be there for you 24 hours a day, every day, forever. We see you. We are you.

Let’s be together. Come eat a chickenfried steak after that show. Or bring grandma in for a breakfast she can recognize. Have a burger and milkshake, you deserve it. Eat these pancakes we made you – on a huge plate to catch all the syrup – a plate we reused from the old Chinese place ’cause it was perfectly fine. Come drink beer and whisky and sing your heart out in the Shanghai Room – in a deep booth, under a low ceiling, in a very dark bar, and when you fall down, our carpet will be there to catch you.

We love you, Seattle. Never change.

Didn't go to Bumbershoot? Shanghai Room has the GREENWOOD MUSIC CRAWL ALL DAY & NIGHT today! Here's the awesome lineup. Support your local musicians! (And check out our new patio)!

Party Tomorrow!!! Free flash tattoos by Shannon Perry and Al Bee from Valentines, dj Faustine, cocktails by Big Gin! 6pm!

Open today!!! You know what would spruce up our new PATIO?!?

No, YOU! YOU are the best! 💓💓💓

Sunday is for the dreamers.

The tall guy almost obstructs our Drink Booze signs... but we served him anyway. Big thanks to Bourdain's crew for being awesome! Stay tuned for the viewing party date!

What the diner said plus $2 Olympia! Come on down and party with Fred for our two year anniversary on Monday!

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8580 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA

Opening Hours

Monday 4pm - 2am
Tuesday 4pm - 2am
Wednesday 4pm - 2am
Thursday 4pm - 2am
Friday 4pm - 2am
Saturday 11am - 2am
Sunday 11am - 2am
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