24 Hours of Cyberspace
As Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood slowly matured from a more industrial-oriented district into one that fostered unique, independent and creative businesses, so did the Speakeasy Cafe develop into a popular haunt for both art and tech aficionados alike.
The Internet itself was gaining more interest, and its unique ability to connect people all over the world in real-time was documented by projects such as 24 Hours in Cyberspace. In addition to its in-house Internet access, the Speakeasy crew had coordinated with a smattering of cafes around the city to host RAIN (Remote Access Internet Nodes) terminals, as well as launched dial-up service to the select few who had the gear with which to connect at home. These were the first steps in establishing Speakeasy as more than just an Internet cafe -- it was now on its way to becoming a full-fledged ISP.
Another way it differentiated itself in the community was through its support and showcasing of a variety of independent artists. From hosting local jazz and visual art in the front room to its innovative film and theater programs in the back room, the cafe welcomed creatives of all types. Seattle itself was starting to revitalize its downtown neighborhoods, and the arts were helping to transform once-derelict areas into attractive destinations.
Events & Experiences
I’ve been a bass player in a few Seattle bands over the years, and back in the day I used to
Press: Cyberspace, Real Life Merge For A Day — Internet Users View Images From 500 Sites Around Globe
In 1996, it wasn’t hard to dub your event ‘the largest collaborative Internet event
When I moved to Seattle in early 1996, the Speakeasy had RAIN Mail terminals at the Allegro, among
Speakeasy’s backroom theater was host to not only live performances, but to a wide variety
Our press coverage even went as far afield as the Asia Times.
I loved my early days working weekend nights at the Speakeasy Cafe, behind the bar in a packed
“People are starting to live here again. As opposed to in the past where people leave
The cafe was featured in a business review newspaper, focusing on the low pressure sales approach
Speakeasy was the focus of an article by the Christian Science Monitor in May 1996.
I asked to talk to the manager and this short, attractive, direct woman in cutoff jeans and a
The cafe was featured in a piece by Der Spiegel in June of 1996.