Black Dog Forge Seattle

Image by Eric Magnuson

Black Dog Forge – Pearl Jam was here!

To many people, Seattle’s tantamount to grunge. Although the cradle of grunge has since been largely gentrified, there are still significant remnants of that era to discover around the city, most notably in Belltown, formerly thick with artists and artisans, now landscaped by expensive steel-and-glass high-rises.
Walking northeast on Battery Street, to your right between 2nd and 4th Ave, you’ll encounter a nondescript alley that houses the former blacksmith shop of Black Dog Forge, easily spotted for its colorful graffiti-covered façade mounted with a forged iron-sculpture of a drum-playing skeleton. The Black Dog earned notoriety for one often-recited piece of its history: Starting back in the early 1990s, an all-star roster of bands, including Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Presidents of The United States of America, the side project Temple of the Dog (fronted by Chris Cornell and Eddie Vedder), and many others practiced there for nearly three decades. The 30-by-30-foot underground space with water pipes hanging from ceilings tacked with sheets and blankets for better acoustics is no longer accessible to the public, as the proprietors of The Black Dog were forced out in 2017, when the owners of the building put it up for sale. But rumor has it that it has been bought by Seattle natives who intend to rebuild it with respect to its musical history and a downstairs practice space. 
I learned about the alley and basement on the excellent and highly recommendable Grunge Redux tour led by Eric Magnuson (see his article about The Black Dog).

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Details about this spot



2606 2nd Avenue , Seattle

Opening Times

24 hours daily


Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)