1. Legendary Showbox by the Market
Pearl Jam, one of the most successful bands to emerge from the hallowed mosh pits of Seattle’s grunge/alternative/rock night clubs, performed at the Showbox at the Market. This automatically makes this a must visit site when spending time in Seattle, if one loves music in that genre and especially if one is a Pearl Jam fan. Other bands that have performed at the Showbox are Muddy Waters and Mother Love Bone, to name a few. It is still one of the primary live music establishments in Seattle to hold intimate concerts of 1,100 attendees to one event. National and International headliners will do their stuff there making their fans flock there so they can get great front row or mosh pit spots to bang heads all night in front of their beloved local bands.
2. Cafe Racer
The color and community atmosphere of Cafe Racer has attracted local bands to perform with a hole-in-the wall aura about the place. This is a characteristic feeling of those who visit and attend the venue among others in the area of many kindred spirits. The Cafe Racer hosts the Official Bad Art Museum of Art of the Obama Era. It is not in jeopardy because the term has ended. Each Sunday a new museum edict is passed and new acts come to perform for loyal fans of all genres of avant grade, jazz and rock music.
3. Columbia “Vaudeville” City Theater
Do people still like vaudeville theater? They have been showing up at the Columbia City Theater since its inception in 1917. One hundred years of this grand form of entertainment in the state of Washington. Still jazz also floats through the air and has since the greats such as Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald played their main roles on the stage. Mohawk hairdos and piercings of all body parts became the norm as tattooed singers punk rocked all around the stage in front of mosh pit crowds in the 1990s. A facelift later in 2010, the new look and improved acoustics have increased its popularity among local musicians.
4. The Crocodile and Nirvana
Kurt Cobain once entertained his fans along with Nirvana at the Crocodile, which was then called the Crocodile Cafe. The Grunge Era filled this spot with its many popular local bands that were all in contention for record contracts once Nirvana and Pearl Jam became wildly successful in the early 90s. Its very compact stage, cradled bands such as Death Cab for Cutie and Sonic Youth. Anyone looking to hear what sounds are trending in Seattle must make the scene here to really know who will be the next rising star in the Seattle music scene.
5. Electric Tea Garden
For those who love to move around, dance, and feel the party atmosphere, the Electric Tea Garden is the best choice. Along the bar strip on Pike Street and up one flight of stairs, the hidden club holds lots of shady, underground, DJ action. Heavily flavored with techno and house music on the weekends, on work nights, they offer many types of electronic music. Seattle was the heartbeat of great music for a decade with great credit to these five and many other great clubs in the area.