Guide to Pioneer Square

Things to Do in Pioneer Square

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Pioneer Square is Seattle’s original downtown and began development shortly after the founders settled Alki Point across the bay in 1851. The 20 square block region takes its name from a small triangular plaza found in its center.

The Great Seattle Fire of 1889 destroyed most of the area’s wooden structures. Shortly thereafter, buildings of stone and brick in the Romanesque Revival style of architecture were constructed. To this day, many of these late 19th century buildings are still standing, giving the neighborhood its distinctive old-fashioned feel.

Bill Speidel’s Underground tour takes visitors on a leisurely walk through the subterranean passages that were once the main roadways and storefronts of downtown Seattle. Beginning in a restored 1890’s saloon, the tour consists of guides telling stories of Seattle’s seedy past while taking in the historic sites.

If you’re looking for an evening experience here, start with dinner. Pioneer Square is known as one of the best food neighborhoods in America. The nearly 20 sports bars in the area host enthusiastic fans who cheer on the Seahawks, Mariners and Sounders FC. You’ll find an assortment of nightlife options from craft cocktail lounges to hip dance clubs to edgy rock n’ roll bars.

Artists and galleries began occupying the neighborhood in the early 60s, and today the community is the center of Seattle’s art scene. The famous First Thursday art walk showcases works by hundreds of artists every month.

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