Overzealous security guards and 15-year-old hipsters are par for the course at most of Seattle's music venues, but 2020 Cycle , a bike shop in

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Best Music Venue That Isn't One

2020 Cycle

Overzealous security guards and 15-year-old hipsters are par for the course at most of Seattle's music venues, but 2020 Cycle, a bike shop in the Central District, offers some relief for those in the know. There, amid walls adorned with bike parts and hanging wheels, you can catch up-and-coming bands as well as local institutions like Karl Blau and the Dead Science. Snarky wannabe fashion plates are all but nonexistent here. Best of all, it's OK (well, if you're sneaky about it) to bring in your own booze, thereby saving yourself the five bucks you'd otherwise spend on a watered-down whiskey-ginger. And despite this unheard-of responsibility, no one ever seems to get so plowed they wreck the place, which just proves exactly how effective our draconian liquor laws aren't.—Sara Brickner

 
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