Seattle’s Best Live Music Venues

From grunge to jazz, we’ve got you covered

While Seattle’s musical legacy may be grunge and Jimi Hendrix, these independently-owned live music venues in Seattle prove that you can enjoy all genres, on any given night.

The Crocodile
If you love grunge, then this is a must-stop concert venue in Seattle. This dark, expansive space in Belltown has hosted some of the most iconic acts, including Nirvana, Mudhoney, and Pearl Jam. Today, young music fans continue to pack the space for a variety of heart-thumping shows, ranging from hip hip to punk. Hungry? Good thing there’s wood-fired pizza on hand.

Triple Door 
Situated downtown, this dimly-lit and polished club housed in the historic Mann Building  boasts terrific acoustics, and a sophisticated setting for catching a jazz, alt-country, or world music performance. Fittingly, the cuisine is just as elegant, and features a Southeast Asian menu from Wild Ginger.

Opened on On July 24, 1939, this Seattle mainstay maintains a bustling vibe, but never feels too jammed. And it’s hosted a mind-boggling array of artists, ranging from Modest Mouse to Heart. Given its plum location near the Pike Street Market, parking is tough – so plan accordingly. In 2007, it opened a smaller sister venue, Showbox SoDo.

Located in the trendy Capitol Hill neighborhood on East Pike Street, this club is where the local hip set flock to for live performances by popular acts like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Shins. Local up-and-coming artists also frequently grace the stage. It’s mostly standing room only, so grab a drink from the bar and soak in the sounds.


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