Central Saloon


in Pioneer Square, International District & SoDo

It may be two years younger than the official 'Oldest Bar in Seattle' (Georgetown's Jules Maes), but the Central isn’t exactly modern. More of a locals’ hangout than an object of historical interest, this long, narrow joint makes grotty bathrooms and blah food seem charming, by virtue of cheap suds, friendly barkeeps and a comfortable, unfussy vibe.

Nirvana, Soundgarden and most of the grunge nobility have played here, and live music still happens regularly.