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Pioneer Square

 
Pioneer Square, Seattle’s historic district, is at the southern end of downtown Seattle and is borderd on the south by Safeco Field and CenturyLink Field, on the west by the waterfront and on the east by the International District.
 
Seattle was settled at Alki in 1851 by a party led by Arthur Denny, but by the following year, a commercial core began taking shape to the east, across Elliott Bay, in what is now Pioneer Square. A thriving young town grew with the help of a natural deep-water harbor, timber and the Klondike Goldrush.
 
Today, some 20 square blocks that make up Pioneer Square boast beautifully restored buildings designed in the Second Renaissance-Revival, Beaux-Arts Classical, and Richardsonian-Romanesque styles
 
Occidental Park
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 A stroll around this highly walkable area is all it takes to familiarize visitors with the neighborhood. Public parks and art installations are scattered throughout, and the pedestrian-friendly environment means visitors can enjoy the sights on foot — and for free. Highlights include admiring the century-old pergola in Pioneer Square Park, catching views of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains from the Washington Street Boat Landing, challenging a friend to a game of bocce-playing in Occidental Park or enjoying a peaceful lunch at Waterfall Garden Park.
 
 
Much of Pioneer Square's charm and energy are the result of its rich and varied history. The character many visitors enjoy today is largely the result of the Great Fire of 1889, after which most of downtown Seattle was rebuilt. But the Great Fire was just one of the many historic events that helped shape this community: this neighborhood's colorful past is also one of brothels and bureaucrats, corruption and community, artists and Arctic explorers, Skid Road and subterranean sidewalks.
 
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Today that rich history has given way to a lively and diverse community that bustles nearly 24/7. Artists, who helped revitalize this neighborhood in the 1970s, remain an important part of the community, and during the First Thursday Art Walk visitors can enjoy the hundreds of galleries and studios that call Pioneer Square home. Small shops selling one-of-a-kind fashions and antique furnishings fill storefronts, and the holiday season is always a great time to enjoy Pioneer Square's destination shopping.

 
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Eat in Pioneer Square

Quality Athletics
115 S King Street Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 877-2248
Website: http://qualityathletics.com
    

Quality Athletics will be a sports bar that is an anti-sports bar, featuring great food, excellent drinks and a large wood-fired grill and rotisserie. A classic sportsmanship vibe will be present.

The London Plane
300 & 322 Occidental Ave S Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 624-1374
Website: http://thelondonplaneseattle.com
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We are a collaboration between the teams of Marigold & Mint, Sitka & Spruce, The Corson Building, Bar Sajor, and Old Chaser Farm occupying two corners of Pioneer Square’s Occidental Mall. The London Plane is a shop, cafe, bakery, wine bar, and events space.

Henry's Tavern
1518 First Ave S Seattle WA 98134

Website: http://henrystavern.com
    

Whet your appetite with more than 100 local and regional beers on our custom frost top drink rail. Then enjoy innovative tavern fare including urban burgers, wok dishes, fresh salads and sushi.

bar Sajor
323 Occidental Ave S Seattle WA 98104

Website: http://barsajor.com
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Bar Sajor serves a menu that focuses on our wood-fired kitchen and the unparalleled bounty of the Puget Sound region. Our menu changes daily and we do our best to showcase the beauty of our region's food ingredients. The bar features a curated beverage list featuring mostly small production wines, cocktails and sodas.

Jimmy's On First
1046 First Ave S Seattle WA 98134
Phone: 206 204-9700
Website: http://jimmysonfirst.com
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American $$ Upscale casual bar and restaurant featuring American and Northwest flavors in a fun and lively atmosphere. HA

Stay in Pioneer Square

Silver Cloud Hotel - Seattle Stadium
1046 First Ave S Seattle WA 98134
Phone: 206 204-2072
Website: http://silvercloud.com/seattlestadium
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211 rooms, $$-$$$$. Located across from Safeco Field and CenturyLink Field and walking distance to Pioneer Square, featuring fine restaurants, shopping and galleries. HA

Best Western Plus Pioneer Square Hotel
77 Yesler Way Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 340-1234
Website: http://pioneersquare.com
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75 rooms, $$$-$$$$. Elegantly restored turn-of-the-century boutique hotel in the heart of historic downtown Seattle. Close to Safeco Field and CenturyLink Field & Event Center. HA

Courtyard Seattle Downtown Pioneer Square
612 Second Ave Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 676-3711
Website: http://courtyardpioneersquare.com
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262 rooms, $$$. Refreshing adaptive reuse of the historic Alaska Building. 4,600 sq. ft. of meeting space. Walk to CenturyLink and Safeco Fields.

Play in Pioneer Square

Underground Tour, Bill Speidel's
608 First Ave Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 682-4646
Website: http://undergroundtour.com
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Seattle's most unusual attraction, a humorous stroll through subterranean storefronts and sidewalks entombed when the city rebuilt on top of itself after the Great Fire. Get a time-capsule view!

Amtrak
King Street Address Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 784-0241
Website: http://amtrak.com
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Enjoy train travel on Amtrak Cascades, offering Business Class, regional cuisine and frequent departures between Seattle, Portland and Vancouver BC. HA

88 Keys Dueling Piano and Sports Bar
315 Second Ave S Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 839-1300
Website: http://ilove88keys.com
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Live music seven nights! Dinner and Dueling Pianos kick off the weekend, followed by Reggae, Blues, Funk, Soul, Rock, Local Indie bands and Feature Concerts. The BEST sports bar in Pioneer Square.

Smith Tower Observation Deck
506 Second Ave, Ste 1021 Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 622-4004
Website: http://smithtower.com
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Seattle's best view since 1914 from 35th floor outdoor Observation Deck. 360-degree views of downtown, waterfront, mountains and stadiums. Seasonal hours. HA

Seattle Seahawks
800 Occidental Ave S Seattle WA 98134
Phone: 425 203-8000
Website: http://seahawks.com
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The Seahawks play at CenturyLink Field August-January. For Seahawks tickets, call 888-NFL-HAWK. For tours, call (206) 381-7582. HA TDD

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