Now in its 11th year, the Crocodile Cafe buzzes five or six nights a week from its colorful corner in Belltown. The music fortress hosts the hottest up-and-coming national and local music acts in its main room, occasionally removing the walls to open up for larger shows. The back bar allows an escape from the music, and its rustic decor and cutting-edge art installations create a separate scene altogether. Established as an intricate part of Seattle's rock history, the Croc continues to thrive, serving as a launching pad for promising musical talent. 2200 Second Ave. , 206-441-5611.