The Seattle music scene is filled with many great cover bands in all music genres, including rock-n-roll, jazz, funk and R & B. Many of the local clubs, bars, or taverns have dance floors for patrons to enjoy the show by dancing. Cover charges run from free to several dollars.
Seamonster Lounge
2202 N. 45th St.
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 992-1120

The Seamonster Lounge is located in the Wallingford neighborhood, and parking is available on the street. The lounge offers live music seven nights a week from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., usually Funk or Jazz. Tuesday, Saturday, and Sunday have early shows for patrons. There is no cover charge. The lounge offers happy hour every day from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and offers a high quality pub menu. Food and drinks are affordable. This is a 21 and older establishment.

Sound Check Bar & Grill
19800 44th Ave. W.
Lynnwood, WA 98036
(425) 673-7625

The Sound Check Bar & Grill is located in the heart of Lynnwood, just north of Seattle. This is a rock-n-roll themed restaurant and bar. The bar features live music, and has a great sound-system. There is a family area, game rooms to rent, and the bar with a great dance floor. This bar books rock-n-roll, tribute, and R & B bands. They are open Tuesday through Sunday at 4 p.m. Food and drinks are reasonably priced. There is a cover charge to see the bands.

Blue Moon Tavern
712 N. E. 45th St.
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 675-9116

The Blue Moon Tavern is located a mile from the University of Washington. The tavern was opened in 1934, and has become a landmark in the community. It’s past included being the home to Seattle’s counter-culture, serving black servicemen during WWII, and literary hang-out. Today, it is home to live music on most nights, and a hang-out for UW students. It does fall into the category of Dive Bar, but it is the best one in Seattle. It is open seven days a week until 2 a.m. This is a 21 and older establishment.

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Tractor Tavern
5213 Ballard Way N. W.
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 789-3599

The Tractor Tavern is located in the heart Ballard for the last 20 years. This is truly a music club and bar. Patrons purchase tickets for the shows through the box office or Ticket Master. Ticket prices vary to the band. The music varies from rock-n-roll to reggae and folk to country. They book local, national, and international bands. The tavern does not have a kitchen, but does have a full bar for patrons. This is a 21 and older establishment.

The Crocodile
2200 2nd Ave.
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 441-4618

The Crocodile is located in Belltown, and is one of the best music venues in the Seattle area. It opened in 1991 during the time Grunge exploded onto the national music scene. Historically, the bar booked acts like Nirvana and Pearl Jam. Currently, the establishment books a variety of bands local bands. When small, local bands are booked, there is a $5 cover charge. Entry prices vary for up-and-coming local, national and international bands. The back bar serves pizza and beer, and is a neighborhood favorite. Prices are reasonable.

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