Seattle Music Venues: Crocodile Cafe
The Crocodile Café, better known as "The Croc" in downtown Seattle, serves our three favorite things: good live music, cheap and satisfying food and strong Bloody Marys.
The stage follows a formula. Three bands perform each night. The Croc hosts mostly unknown acts, with the occasional Pixies cover band in the mix, and usually charges between $10 and $20 for a three-group show. Many consider The Croc the best place to see the Northwest's up-and-coming talent. It fits about 500 people in the open room behind the diner. And yes, Kurt Cobain played there, but only once, says The Washington Post:
The Croc, a club-restaurant-bar, has a reputation as the CBGB of grunge, though no single club really qualifies as the musical movement's launch pad. The club, which opened about five months before the September 1991 release of Nirvana's breakthrough blockbuster, "Nevermind," is often erroneously perceived as the center of Nirvana-mania, even though the band played the club only once - as an unannounced opening act for Mudhoney on Oct. 4, 1992.
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