Don’t let it’s new image as a tech hub fool you. Seattle has a long history of turning our some remarkable musical talent. From Pearl Jam to Jimi Hendrix, you’ll find a long list of musical greats who were either born in the 206 or called it home at one point or another.
So what do you do with this information? Store it away in your back pocket and whip it out next time you’re at trivia and they ask which Seattle band’s debut album Facelift was released in 1990 and has been certified double-platinum after selling over two million copies. (It’s Alice in Chains, btw).
And next time you’re visiting Seattle, you can stop by some of our favorite spots to hear live music. You’ll likely hear some of these Seattle legends blaring over the speakers and maybe even hear the “next big thing” firsthand.
Want to hear some live music on a Monday? Or any day of the week? You’re in luck. The Royal Room features live music seven days a week. Its spacious stage features a grand piano and its rotating lineup of musicians do a good job of covering a variety of music genres. In addition to good tunes, you’ll find delicious Southern-inspired fare on the menu. Dig into the Oaxacan salad, generously topped with Rockfish, or Pork adobo while enjoying a drink or two. For a memorable and musical night out, topped off with some fantastic food, we can’t recommend The Royal Room enough.
Address: 5000 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
Showbox Theater (downtown)
The Showbox is a Seattle staple and its location, a mere couple minutes walk away from the Gum Wall and Pike’s Place, places it near many of our Stay Alfred travel apartments. Grab a drink (an easy thing to do with multiple full-service bars scattered across the venue) and move with the crowd to any of the big-name or up and coming acts that you’ll find at the Showbox. In a sea of other Seattle venues, what really makes the Showbox special is its smaller size, which lets you get upfront and close with your favorite musicians. Just remember to wear comfy shoes. There’s limited seating, and you’ll likely find yourself wanting to stand (and sway, and dance) with the crowd.
Billed as Seattle’s most intimate venue, this historic stage is our go-to spot for a little bit of jazz or to see a new alternative band. Dimly lit and teeming with history, you’ll feel instantly a bit cooler just by setting foot in The Triple Door. Fancy yourself a history buff? Check out the rich history of The Triple Door, which was originally home to The Embassy Theater, a vaudeville theater that opened in 1926. The building was then bought in 2002 and renovated with the intent of creating an intimate space to connect performers to their audience. One show at The Triple Door and you’ll see that they’ve achieved this goal.
As one reviewer aptly described it Tractor Tavern is where you want to go when you’re looking for “good drinks, cold beer, and loud music.” The Tractor Tavern prides itself on providing “diesel” music to Seattle-ites for 25+ years now. Tractor Tavern doesn’t serve food, so we recommend stopping in at the nearby S/T Hooligans, where you’ll delicious cajun food and hearty burgers. Be sure to get to the Tractor Tavern a little early, wear comfortable shoes, and get ready for a little bumping around as this packed venue gets crowded on weekend nights.
Gaze upon this century-old stage and enjoy a wide range of musical acts in a theater where both Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald have performed. Recently, they’ve hosted popular artists like The Lumineers and Seattle-natives Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Fancy yourself an undiscovered talent? The Bourbon Bar, attached the theater, hosts karaoke a couple of times throughout the week, giving everyone the chance to take the stage. Go ahead, we promise you won’t embarrass yourself…. And if you do, we’ll never speak of it again,
Fancy a trip to any of these fantastic Seattle music venues? You’ll find all our Stay Alfred travel apartment perfectly located in downtown Seattle, making each of these music venues a short walk or Uber ride away. Check out all our digs here.