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5 Places In Seattle You Need To Visit If You’re A Nirvana Fan

By Emma Colosia

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Here we are now, entertain us!

This tour through Seattle will give you an intimate look into the untold story of the iconic grunge band, Nirvana. Local or tourist, you’ll want to stop by these historic corners that reek of talent and music chords.

1. Kurt Cobain’s house in the Denny-Blaine neighbourhood

Where: 171 Lake Washington Blvd, Seattle

In 1994, Kurt Cobain decided to settle down in a surprisingly normal and elegant residence in the affluent neighborhood of Denny-Blaine in east central Seattle. This is the place where the singer spent his last months and where he ultimately took his life. The house has been completely remodeled since and is not open to the public. However, you can take a selfie from the sidewalk for your social media.

 

2. Viretta Park

Where: 151 Lake Washington Blvd E, Seattle

Make a quick visit to Viretta Park, just south of the Cobain’s former residence, where you’ll find a lonely bench covered in messages and flowers for the singer. The haunting memorial overlooks Washington Lake.

 

3. Pop Culture Museum

Where: 325 5th Avenue N, Seattle

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Don’t miss the exhibit “Nirvana: Taking Punk To The Masses”. It includes more than 200 rare artifacts and photographs of the band.  Take a look at Kurt Cobain’s Fender Stratocaster, Dave Grohl’s drum kit and even a casting call flyer for the Smells Like Teen Spirit music video.

 

4. Re-bar

Where: 1114 Howell St

Re-bar originally opened in 1990 and has become a notorious party spot for the LGBTQ+ community. Considered one of the oldest nightclubs in the city, it’s specially remembered for being the chosen venue for the release party of Nevermind, Nirvana’s second studio album. Rumor has it, they were kicked out that night for starting a drunken cake fight.

 

5. Screw-Driver Bar

Where: 23201st Ave

Also known as the “Rock N Roll Utopia”, Screw-Driver Bar was once a rehearsal space for the band, specifically between the release of Bleach and Nevermind. After they decided not to renew the lease, the space sat empty until a group of friends rented it with the intention of turning it into a bar where people could drink and enjoy music, which is occasionally live. They are open until this day!

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