Take me out to the ballgame! Whether it’s game day and you need a place to stop pre-game, or it’s an away game and you need a place for good food and drink, Pioneer Square has plenty of options. Here are a few we frequent.
1. FX McCrory’s
Location: 419 Occidental St, Seattle, WA 98104
Summary: It’s the classic pre-game Mariners bar going back to the days of the Kingdome. Owner Mick McHugh is a Seattle legend, and you’ll often see him at the front desk greeting patrons. Vegetarians are the only people who don’t like their Prime Rib sandwich, and if you can’t find a scotch on the menu that you like, then you just aren’t trying.
What Are Locals Saying? “We enjoyed the happy hour menu a lot before the Mariners game. Clam chowder was outstanding, Seattle garlic fries on point, and hummus delicious.” – Via Richard K on Yelp.com.
Location: 164 Washington St, Seattle, WA 98104
Summary: You may know Fuel as that really loud and crazy place you walk by before Sounders games. Yes, it’s the official home of the Emerald City Supporters, but with tons of TV’s it’s also a place to watch all sports. Don’t let the soccer crazies scare you off.
What Are Locals Saying? “Awesome sports bar with tv’s everywhere and great drink specials!” Via Kelly T on Yelp.com.
3. Henry’s 1st Ave Tavern
Location: 1518 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134
Summary: A newer entry to the Pioneer Square / SoDo scene, Henry’s is the closest bar to the Home Plate gate at Safeco. It’s a step upscale from your typical ballgame sports bars, and with plenty of TV’s and great food, it’s worth a visit for sure.
Photo via Rona L on Yelp.com
What Are Locals Saying? “I am still in love with Henry’s! Even though it say tavern they are super family friendly!!” – Via Alvean M on Yelp.com.
4. Sluggers Sports Bar
Location: 539 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
Summary: If you are looking for a diverse group of casual fans attending a game for the first time, Sluggers is not the place to go. The super skinny spot has booths that face more TV’s than you can count over the bar – all showing different games. If you are the kind of person who likes to watch eight games at once, Sluggers is your choice.
What Are Locals Saying? “This is THE place to be before, (during if you don’t have tix), and after any Seattle home game.” Via Nathan B on Yelp.com.
5. Temple Billiards
Location: 126 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104
Summary: It’s a little hidden, but those in the know appreciate Temple Billiards for it’s pre-game pizzas and pool tables. It’s not a classic sports bar in that you will not be overloaded with LED’s. And while there’s always the chance for chaos and enthusiasm in the center of the bar, there are plenty of spots to sneak away and enjoy conversation.
What the Locals are Saying: “Great pool hall and sports bar right in the heart of Pioneer Square. I’d suggest coming here to watch a game and shoot some stick.” Via Michael C
Where is your favorite spot to watch the Mariners in Pioneer Square? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.