9 places in Seattle that every grunge lover needs to visit

Feb 20 2020, 10:13 am

Seattle’s known for three things: rain, Starbucks, and grunge music.

As the birthplace of bands like Nirvana, Alice in Chains, and Pearl Jam, it’s safe to say there is a lot of rich grunge history right in our great city!

Here are nine places that all grunge lovers should visit in Seattle.

Central Saloon

 

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Opening up three years after the infamous Great Fire, Seattle’s oldest bar has lived through countless genres. The one it’s most known for, however, is grunge. With acts like Soundgarden and Alice in Chains once in rotation, it’s no surprise that the spot is where Sub Pop Records supposedly first heard and signed Nirvana.

Re-Bar

 

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Now known as more of an LGBTQ+ friendly art hole than grunge club, Re-Bar is one of the most diverse party places in the city. The club is best known as the hotspot in which Nirvana was kicked out of their own Nevermind launch party.

Viretta Park

 

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While the park looks lonesome scattered with pine trees, stairs, and park benches, the spot is the unofficial Kurt Cobain memorial. Take a look at the benches; you’ll notice that they’re covered in lyrics, pictures, love letters, and other offerings.

The Crocodile

 

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You can’t hate on The Crocodile, the grunge scene won’t let you. Since 1991, the spot has been a favorite of performers such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Cheap Trick, R.E.M., Mudhoney, and so many more. In 2007, the venue faced an abrupt closure before being renovated and reconstructed in 2009 into the place it is today.

Marco Polo Motel

 

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According to numerous speculations, the Marco Polo Motel is rumored to be one of the final places that Kurt Cobain was seen alive. He used to escape his mansion and hole himself away at this motel, in room 226 to be exact.

El Corazon

 

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Walking into El Corazon nowadays is certainly different than back in the day when it was known as Off Ramp Cafe, the spot where Pearl Jam debuted as “Mookie Blaylock” on stage for the first time. Today, expect to hear hard rock and metal, instead of ’90s grunge bangers.

London Bridge Studio

 

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Take a quick peek at London Bridge Studio, the recording studio where Soundgarden, Blind Melon, Pearl Jam, and Alice in Chains all recorded albums. If you really want a deeper look, purchase tickets in advance to get a tour of the control room, lounge, and overdub suites.

Linda’s Tavern

 

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With the slogan “A nice place for nice people,” you can’t expect anything other than southern hospitality at this Western-themed bar. This place is also believed to be the last place that Kurt Cobain was seen alive.

The Museum of Pop Culture

 

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If you’d like to learn more about grunge culture in Seattle and musical beginnings, start your trip at the Museum of Pop Culture. There’s currently an ongoing exhibit about Pearl Jam, set to stay on show until 2022.