Best Venues to Watch Local Bands in Seattle

Besides stunning views and fresh seafood, Seattle is also widely known for music. The city has produced some top musicians and bands, including Nirvana, Jimmy Hendrix, and Macklemore. It's no surprise then that there's venues all over the city to see live music in almost any night of the week. Here are some of the top places to go.

Located in the middle of the bustling Capitol Hill neighborhood, there's always something going on at Neumos. From reggae to rock music, you'll be hard pressed not to find a show you don't like. Those who don't like getting up close and sweaty on the floor anymore can watch the view from the bar on the second floor.

The Crocodile
Possibly one of the smallest venues in Seattle, seeing a show here will guarantee an intimate experience. It's a great place to discover local music on the weeknights, but big name acts have been known to book shows here as well. Just make sure to get tickets right away, as they commonly sell out due to their capacity of 525.

Tractor Tavern
This small venue turns into a lively dance party at night when the bands go on stage. There's a variety of music played here, from folk pop grass to 80s cover bands. Their prime location in Ballard makes it easy to continue the party after the show at the many bars in the area.

The Highline
Almost hidden away from Capitol Hill, this venue is on the second floor of a small building. As hardcore as the rock bands and their fans are, you'll find everyone enjoying their all vegan menu. Grab your beer, tofu buffalo wings, and bang your head along to the music.

Vera Project
This all-ages venue is located under the shadow of the Space Needle. It's completely run by volunteers, many who are teenagers. In addition to local bands, they have educational seminars on everything that goes into running a show, from sound to lights.

Marissa Pedersen has lived in Seattle for 20 years. She's been published in Matador Network, Stride Travel, World Nomads, and runs her own travel blog, Postcards to Seattle.