Description: The Crocodile is the legendary Belltown music venue established a couple decades ago, right as the grunge scene was in the midst of shooting its wad. A collection of papier-mâché snakes, devils, and fanciful beehives once decorated the ceiling of the bar in the back, and they were caked in dust, imparting a fun, decaying effect. They vanished during the remodel, though the wrought-iron chandeliers and pastel window panels survived. Today, the space is airy and tidy and lively, and the towering, diamond-tufted black leather booths seem both menacing and luxurious.
What else: They've got a shitload of Charles Peterson's iconic black-and-white photographs, including a Courtney Love portrait, by the bathrooms. She's doubled over, her expression is queasy; she wears banshee-white garments. Her look embodies the ghost of dry heaves past. The north wall's display is spooky because each musician is deceased: Andrew Wood, Mia Zapata, Layne Staley, and Kurt Cobain. (Lightening the tension, the latter is smiling goofily and has a poofy bowl cut.)
Happy hours: Daily 4–7 pm and 11 pm–close.
Happy-hour drink specials: $4 wells; $1 off pints, such as $3 Miller High Life, $3 Local 360 Lager, $4 Blue Moon, $4 Deschutes IPA, $5 Bombshell Blonde.
Happy-hour food specials: The 10-to-12-inch wood-fired pizza is a miraculous bargain at $4.25 (with drink purchase), made with your choice of toppings and sustainable ingredients, including Shepherd's Grain, Vantaggio Cheese, Charlie's Produce, and Zoe's Meats.