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Top Choice Cafe in Pioneer Square, International District & SoDo

Zeitgeist Coffee

Possibly Seattle's best (if also busiest) indie coffee bar, Zeitgeist brews smooth doppio macchiatos to go with its sweet almond croissants and other luscious baked goods. The atmosphere is trendy industrial, with b…
Cafe in Pioneer Square, International District & SoDo

Panama Hotel Tea & Coffee House

The intensely atmospheric teahouse inside the historic Panama Hotel has such a thoroughly back-in-time feel that you'll be reluctant to pull out your laptop (although there is wi-fi). It's in a National Treasure–des…
Cocktail Bar in Pioneer Square, International District & SoDo

E. Smith Mercantile

Tucked away behind a retail storefront on Pioneer Square’s historic 1st Ave, E. Smith Mercantile serves up expertly crafted cocktails in an intimate setting. Dark cornflower blue walls and gold picture frames set a …
Bar in Pioneer Square, International District & SoDo

88 Keys Dueling Piano Bar

Reviving the almost lost art of dueling pianos, this sports bar–jazz haunt has two grands set up facing each other on a raised stage (so, strictly speaking, it's 176 keys). The time to come is Friday or Saturday nig…
Craft Beer in Pioneer Square, International District & SoDo

Pyramid Ale House

In SoDo by Safeco Field, this brewpub has the cleaned-up-industrial feel – all bricks and brass and designer lighting – that defines the Pacific Northwest brewpub. It’s a nice mainstream (but still appreciably Seatt…
Cafe in Pioneer Square, International District & SoDo

Caffè Umbria

Started by an Italian immigrant from Perugia, Umbria has a true Italian flavor with its 8oz cappuccinos, chatty clientele, pretty Italianate tiles and breadsticks so fresh they must have been teleported over from th…
Coffee in Pioneer Square, International District & SoDo

Elm Coffee Roasters

Currently one of Seattle’s freshest coffee ‘freshmen,’ Elm opened in December 2014 in a spacious cafe-cum-roasting room in Pioneer Sq. It’s a good indie option if you’re after a quick sweet snack and a cup of someth…
Pub in Pioneer Square, International District & SoDo

Central Saloon

It may be two years younger than the official 'Oldest Bar in Seattle' (Georgetown's Jules Maes), but the Central isn’t exactly new and shiny. More of a locals’ hangout than an object of historical interest, this lon…
Bar in Pioneer Square, International District & SoDo

J&M Café

In one of Seattle's oldest buildings (1889) sits one of Seattle's oldest bars, trading as J&M's since around 1902. Most of the original furnishings were sold off in 2009 when the owners went out of business, but…
Sports Bar in Pioneer Square, International District & SoDo

Fuel

This TV-filled sports bar is the favored meet-up for Seattle Sounders 'Emerald City Supporters' soccer fans on match days, and also Seahawks fans. Tuck your elbows in and inhale deeply as you enter.