These days my wife and I don't get out of the house much on weekends. Busy being parents and all that. Recently, my wife was kind enough to allow me to meet a couple of friends for a beer and a show (Destroyer) at the Crocodile Cafe. We chose the Lava Lounge in Seattle's Belltown neighborhood for its proximity to the Croc and the laid back scene. In fact, the thing I like about the Lava Lounge is that there isn't a scene. Punks (the musically inspired kind) mix with slackers, mix with working stiffs, mix with what passes for glitterati in Seattle. Zero pretense, solid spinning, and a terrific range of beers on tap. It's also really, really dark inside which is neither here nor there but is something distinctive about the place. Anyway, the Lava Lounge is one of my favorite casual watering holes in the city.