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Seattle's 4 favorite music venues (that won't break the bank)

Seattle's 4 favorite music venues (that won't break the bank)
The Sunset. | Photo: Ramzey S./Yelp
By Hoodline - Published on February 12, 2020.

Looking to try the best music venues in town?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable music venues in Seattle, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to satisfy your cravings.

1. The Sunset

photo: ben j./yelp

Topping the list is The Sunset. Located at 5433 Ballard Ave. NW (between Market Street and North 22nd Avenue.) in Ballard, the dive bar and music venue is the highest-rated low-priced music venue in Seattle, boasting four stars out of 93 reviews on Yelp. 

We looked there to learn more about The Sunset.

"Live music and cocktails in the heart of Ballard," it states on Yelp in the section explaining specialties.

According to the venue's website, there is live music scheduled for every day of the week. 

2. Tim's Tavern

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Next up is Bitter Lake's Tim's Tavern, situated at 602 N. 105th St. (between North Fremont and North Evanston avenues). With 4.5 stars out of 57 reviews on Yelp, the music venue, dive bar and traditional American spot has proven to be a local favorite for those looking for an affordable option. 

The site has lots more information on Tim's Tavern.

"Tim's Tavern started in 1937 as Jack's Tavern, Mackey's and others, then later becoming the 105th Street Tavern in 1956, and finally Rose's 105 and Van's 105," according to the history section of the business's Yelp profile. "In 2012, it was expanded with cocktails, a stage and patio added. Tim's Tavern follows the tradition of a friendly neighborhood pub in the day and a live music venue at night."

3. Seamonster Lounge

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Wallingford's Seamonster Lounge, located at 2202 N. 45th St. (between North Corliss and North Bagley avenues), is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the affordable lounge, music venue and jazz and blues spot four stars out of 124 reviews. 

Concerning signature items, "We feature the very best in Seattle live funk, soul and jazz music Tuesday through Saturday," it notes on Yelp in the section explaining specialties. "We have free shows Tuesday through Thursday and a covered outdoor patio! It's also a famous spot for musicians getting off gigs elsewhere and wanting to drop in late for a jam session (and some liquor)."

4. Clock-Out Lounge

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Clock-Out Lounge, a bar and music venue that offers pizza and more in Beacon Hill, is another budget-friendly go-to, with four stars out of 34 Yelp reviews. Head over to 4864 Beacon Ave. South (between Columbian Way and Ferdinand Street) to see for yourself. 

"The Clock-Out Lounge takes pride in catering to all communities, welcoming people from every walk of life in as our family," it writes on Yelp in the section explaining specialties. "We are kid-friendly until 8 p.m. daily, and host very diverse events showcasing the best talent—local and abroad—at night. We support and serve drinks produced by the best local breweries and cutting-edge distilleries, while Breezy Town paves the way in up and coming pizza trends with all natural and local ingredients."


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