Our History

Since 1991, music fans far and wide have recognized the Crocodile as Seattle’s best live music venue.

There is no other spot in the North West with such a storied and beloved past, and no other rock and roll venue that has earned its right to occupy the hearts of so many.

Countless incredible bands played within the walls of Belltown’s much loved living room including: Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Cheap Trick, R.E.M., Mudhoney, and Yoko Ono.

The venue’s abrupt closure in December 2007 broke many a heart, and it is safe to say that people felt a piece of Seattle had died. But after months of renovations and reconstruction, the mighty Crocodile reopened in March 2009.

Today

We regularly host a vast range of up & coming local, national and international talent. Hip-hop, rock, electronic, folk, singer/songwriters, metal, punk, and avant-garde. We also serve as a venue for showcases, private events and fundraisers.

We’ve been honored to host Beastie Boys, Ben Gibbard, Macklemore,  Zola Jesus, Ben Harper, Alabama Shakes, Jessie Ware, Emile Sandi, Battles, First Aid Kit, Dick Dale, Balkan Beat Box, Gaslight Anthem, Bombay Bicycle Club, Talib Kweli, Gary Clark Jr., The Ting Tings, Alt-J, Cam’Ron, Walking Papers, El Ten Eleven, Toro Y Moi, G-Eazy, Wood Brothers, Death Grips, The Coup, Divine Fits, Ariel Pink, Walking Papers, Hoodie Allen, Tom Morello, Social Distortion, Hadag Nahash, Our Lady Peace, Austra, Black Joe Lewis, Destroyer, Eugene Mirman, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Minus the Bear, Lucero, Black Happy, Thee Oh Sees, Neon Indian, Explosions in the Sky, Grynch, Allen Stone, Wye Oak, The Lonely Forest,  Meat Puppets, The Melvins, Doomtree, The Head and the Heart, Cults, Joy Formidable, Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Tune-Yards, Starfucker, Thee Satisfaction, Nada Surf, Hieroglyphics, Kulture Shock, and so many more incredible artists.

The Back Bar has become a favorite neighborhood spot where we serve hot pizza and cold drinks seven nights a week. There is venue programming seven nights a week as well. When there’s not killer shows in the showroom, we host back bar events including intimate, sweaty local shows at a $5 cover, burlesque, happy hour bingo, DJ nights, and Tuesday night karaoke.

Our online calendar has a full listing of upcoming events as well as more general info on the venue. We’re proud and honored to have been a part of Seattle’s music and nightlife scene for so long and excited about all of the shows to come.

Keep on Rockin in the Free World.