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Grunge, foodie trip and a baby!

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Grunge, foodie trip and a baby!

My husband and I love all that the 90s Seattle scene stands for and we need some hot tips on places to really soak up the history of this time and get to eat some great food along the way. The Emp museum has been suggested are there any other ideas? We are traveling with our daughter who will be 11 months old in Sept 2013 which is when we will be there for 3-4 nights. Any tips for 1 bedroom apartments and cool areas to stay? We love Pearl Jam, sound Garden, Alice and Chains etc and any tips of must sees would be awesome. We are traveling from Melbourne, Australia

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1. Re: Grunge, foodie trip and a baby!

We don't really have any monuments to that era except for the EMP. Viretta Park is on Lake Washington for true fans. If you're here in early September, go to the Bumbershoot festival. That really captures Seattle's diverse music scene with new bands and old on 12-20 stages, playing continuously all weekend.

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2. Re: Grunge, foodie trip and a baby!

You could visit some of the clubs from those days, but they are all different now (different names, owners, decor, etc), so I'm not sure if that's worthwhile to you or not. El Corazon used to be the Off Ramp, where lots of those bands played; the Central Tavern (isn't that where Nirvana's first show was?) is now the Central Saloon.

Okay, I had to google to see what the Central Tavern turned into and I found this guide, which is very comprehensive and exactly what you want. (I'm very impressed with this! I think they got it all).

…blogspot.com/p/the-seattle-music-tour.html

(Psst: No one here really said "grunge." if you ever heard someone use that word you could be sure they were not in the music scene and didn't know anything about it, except what they'd read in the national press).

If you haven't seen Hype, you must.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0116589/

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3. Re: Grunge, foodie trip and a baby!

There are some good apartment/condo rentals on VRBO or I also like Sea to Sky Rentals. http://www.seatoskyrentals.com

Regarding areas that are "cool", it depends, but I would look in Belltown (downtown) Capitol Hill (close to downtown), Queen Anne (north of downtown), Fremont or Ballard, etc. It depends on too, if you plan on exploring primarily on foot or if public transit is an option. There are also suite hotels, some of which include breakfast, which have the extra room that is nice when traveling with an infant. Closest to downtown are Homewood Suites on Pike. Look at Hyatt Place near the Seattle Center or Marriott Residence Inn on Lake Union.

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4. Re: Grunge, foodie trip and a baby!

The Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses exhibit at the EMP should be at the top of your list. While not specifically a grunge exhibit you should also stop in and see the recently opened "Women Who Rock" exhibit is also worth seeing.

I thought these history link articles about NW women in rock, the Seattle rock scene of the 90's, and The Rocket's "drummer wanted" add from Kurt Cobain on 5/1/88 might also be interesting background for you.

www.historylink.org/index.cfm…

www.historylink.org/index.cfm…

www.historylink.org/index.cfm…

The Lake Washington home that Kurt Cobain lived in at the time of his death is right next to Viretta Park (where a bench serves as a continuing makeshift memorial). You can get there on the #2 bus with a short walk of a couple blocks at the end. I took my nephew, who is a Nirvana fan, to see the Viretta Park bench/shrine adjoining the home where Cobain killed himself (171 Lake Washington Boulevard East). They have destroyed the garage where Cobain actually killed himself but you can see the home either from ouside of the front gate or from the back corner of the park. On Google Maps it is easy enough to find. Just search for Viretta Park or "Kurt Cobain House". If you look at Streetview for "Kurt Cobain House" it will put you on 39th Ave. East, which is behind the house instead of on 171 Lake Washington Blvd. You can access Viretta Park from 39th if you prefer though.

The Crocodile, which went under but was rapidly rescued and reopened, is one of the most famous Seattle clubs from the grunge era. It's a good place to see a show.

http://www.thecrocodile.com/

www.historylink.org/index.cfm…

On 2nd Avenue, the historic Moore Theater has been pretty significant to the grunge scene in Seattle. Nirvana played Lamefest there in 1989 opening before Mudhoney. They played again in 1990 opening for Sonic Youth. The Paramount and The Showbox downtown and Central Saloon (Pioneer Square) are other remaining music venues that had significant grunge shows.

http://stgpresents.org/moore

http://www.stgpresents.org/paramount

http://www.showboxpresents.com/venueinfo.php

www.historylink.org/index.cfm…

http://centralsaloon.com/history/

On Capitol Hill Moe's Mo'Roc'N Cafe was influential in the 90's. It relaunched in 2003 as Neumo's. It is still one of the best places in town to see a show. http://neumos.com/about/

I generally don't like chain restaurants but the Hard Rock Seattle (in the heart of downtown near the Showbox and Pike Place Market) has grunge era memorabilia and live music. Check out the HR Cafe memorabilia site. Type in "Seattle" to get most of the items. It looks like 33-34 of those are actually at the Seattle location.

The Sound Garden up at Sand Point is also worth a trip. There is now a fence separating the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) from adjoining Magnuson Park but you can get a pass to visit at the NOAA main gate. http://www.seattle.gov/parks/magnuson/art.htm

www.atlasobscura.com/places/a-sound-garden

seattle.gov/PARKS/…NOAA_art_walk_brochure.pdf

A couple other links

mynorthwest.com/646/345960/Grunge-lovers-gui…

seattlestravels.com/come-as-you-are-5-sites-…

I don't generally endorse books unless I have read them or tours unless I have taken them but here are a couple things I came across:

king5.com/on-tv/evening-magazine/Seattles-gr…

http://www.stalkingseattle.com/

Came across this some time ago. Pretty extensive info, poster scans etc. for lots and lots of Nirvana shows.

http://www.nirvanaguide.com/

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5. Re: Grunge, foodie trip and a baby!

How will the OP manage going to clubs with an 11 month old?

Ray, you mentioned food. What kind of food are you looking for? Klsalas is very knowledgeable about Seattle restaurants.

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6. Re: Grunge, foodie trip and a baby!

I'll chime in and reiterate the Crocodile suggestion. I'll also suggest checking out the Comet Tavern in Capitol Hill-very divey, filthy and you may not hear much else about it, but it was a popular hang-out for all the big Seattle bands in the late 80's-early 90's and virtually unchanged for decades. In the same neighborhood, Linda's Tavern is legendary and famous as the last place Cobain was ever seen alive.

As for touring with an 11-month old-someone might come along and recommend a sitter?

And someone mentioned the Moore Theatre earlier...the Moore Hotel is easily one of the better cheap options for lodging right in the heart of the city-check out reviews on tripadvisor and yelp.com...

Lastly-if you do go to the Croc, check out Bedlam Coffee right across the street-in my mind, it's the ultimate, prototypical indie Seattle coffee shop and the owners would probably be happy to give you additional tips.

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7. Re: Grunge, foodie trip and a baby!

The Comet! It is virtually unchanged, and #6 is right, it's probably the only place that hasn't changed. The Crocodile now has marble in the bathrooms, fake potted plants and a wood fired pizza oven--it's nothing like it used to be.

I guess I didn't think the OP would actually be seeing shows in these clubs, because of the baby, but just driving by them or taking photos of the front or whatnot.

I also think you'd like Capitol Hill as a place to stay.

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8. Re: Grunge, foodie trip and a baby!

PS, are your dates set? The reason I ask is that on Labor Day weekend (August 31st to September 2nd) Seattle has a large music fest, Bumbershoot, on the Seattle Center grounds. They have about 100 bands (plus other arts) and over 100,000 people during the three days of the festival. I don't know of doing a day of the festival would be something you would be interested in. As big music festivals go the cost is average to low and mixes bigger name headliners with a whole host of local, national and international bands. They feature a lot of NW rock and occasionally bands from the grunge era. Last year Mudhoney performed. I noticed that the The Breeders are performing this year. While not grunge, fresh off their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction Heart are performing as are 90's indie/punk rockers Superchunk. However I see a LOT to like this year.

http://bumbershoot.org/

I also forgot to attach this to my last post.

http://grungebook.tumblr.com/

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9. Re: Grunge, foodie trip and a baby!

Sorry to people whose material I duplicated. I started this post yesterday before there were any other posts and forgot to post it. When I posted this morning I immediately hit "reply" to my own post to add the "pS" above... Only then did I see the other posts.

The Crocodile is all ages for most shows but I wouldn't necessarily recommend going to a club show with a baby (although I have seen people bring babies with earmuffs). Like Christy I thought they would just be interested in seeing the venues. You can go to the Crocodile early for all ages happy hour. Minors are welcome in the Central Saloon as well until 8pm. At Neumos most shows are 21+. I am not sure about MoeBar.

Actually this is important for people travelling with babies. Some places have a tavern license only and are 21+. Depending on the license type though other places welcome underage children and babies except perhaps in a designated bar area.

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10. Re: Grunge, foodie trip and a baby!

I'm glad Klsalas brought up the licensing issue for bars.