Category Archives: Pioneer Square

Summer Dating in Seattle

Summer in the Puget Sound brings all of us out hibernation. Whether we’re married, in a relationship or enjoying the single life, it’s our time to grab a partner and entertain ourselves with an unending array of interesting experiences.

So let’s forget about dinners, movies and bars for a little while and go find something a little more experimental. Here are a few “less conventional” and localicious ideas for fun dates around downtown.

Seattle Art Museum Olympic Sculpture Park
2901 Western Ave | Yelp Review

What could be better on a Thursday night than looking cultured, being downtown, and getting free entertainment? Take a nice long stroll down the waterfront to the Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park. Each Thursday evening from 6–9 pm, you’ll get views of the Sound, live music, and art activities like “Take an Art Hit Tour” and “SAM Creates.” If you want to add dinner to the experience, stop by one of the delicious food trucks. And you can even enjoy a glass of wine at Taste. If you need a daytime date, head over on Saturday from 10:30 am to 3 pm, where you can join in with some yoga and Zumba, or just learn from artists.

Via Astrid S on Yelp.

Via Astrid S on Yelp.

Pioneer Square Art Walk
Pioneer Square | Yelp Review

Now that you’ve moved into your brand new place, would you like to add some original Seattle art to the walls? Well a good place to start is the First Thursday Art Walk, which goes on right outside your front door in Pioneer Square. Grab a date and act like art aficionados on this free & self-guided walk around the neighborhood. It happens the very first Thursday of the month from 5 pm to 8 pm. When it’s over, you two can get dinner and Google all the artists you just saw.


Smith Tower Observation Deck
506 2nd Ave | Yelp Review

Longtime Seattleites know that the Smith Tower was once the tallest building on the West Coast. For over 100 years it has offered some of Seattle’s best views (second only maybe to The Wave…) One unique aspect is the bank of old-fashioned copper and brass elevators, where real elevator operators take you to the 35th floor. In addition to the Observation Deck, check out the historic Chinese Room, and read newspaper headlines from the early 1900’s. After enjoying a beautiful view, head downstairs for dinner and drinks.

Smith Tower

The Seattle Great Wheel
1301 Alaskan Way | Yelp Review

If you are going round and round trying to come up with a fun idea, maybe round and round is your answer. Head over to Pier 57 on the Waterfront and take a ride on the Seattle Great Wheel. If you make it a romantic nighttime date, you’ll be “de-lighted” with elegant white gondola lights. On special occasions, or any University of Washington or Seattle Seahawks home football games, you may catch special LED light shows on the wheel.

Seattle Great Wheel

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Getting In Summer Shape

Summer is here, and that means shorts, swimsuits and other outfits we want to look fit in. There’s still time to sculpt our way into athletic shape, so we pulled together a couple of recommendations across a few different types of endeavors – all within walking distance of Stadium Place.

Salt Room Yoga
214 First Ave S, Ste G-7 | Yelp Profile

Himalayan Rock Salt is known extensively in Eastern European folklore culture to purify and ionize the air and absorb excess moisture. Harvested from the Himalayan mountains, rock salt bricks bring a healing, nurturing vibe to the practice space.

I would happily drive across town to take classes there because I love it so much. The instructors are approachable and just the right balance of “yogi” and exercise motivator. I highly recommend Saltroom if you are seeking a true, but down to earth, yoga experience. – Katrina S

This is a gorgeous yoga studio – the salt mural is beautiful! I’ve only been to one class so far and my instructor was really knowledgable. This is my favorite yoga studio and I will definitely be back! – Kristin C

Seattle Fitness
83 S King St, Ste 100 | Yelp Profile

At Seattle Fitness, their mission Is to provide members the opportunity to experience fitness at its finest. The goal is to share knowledge and experience in a professional and friendly manner, contributing to overall health and well-being. Initial instruction is included with full membership.

“Best gym I’ve ever belonged to. Super clean, really friendly staff and great classes. Tija runs a great business, and for a smaller operation, the monthly fee is really affordable”. – Tiffany B

“This gym is great. Seattle Fitness was extremely low pressure, friendly, genuine, knowledgeable and helpful. I didn’t get a sales pitch during my week long trial, just the information I asked for, with no spin. Tried it out for a week and fell in love with the place. It’s clean, absolutely everyone is friendly and helpful, including the club members, and it’s just a warm, supportive atmosphere.” – Brian Y.

506 2nd Ave, Ste 1400 | Yelp Profile

The mission at GymRats is to remove the inconvenience that comes along with traditional gyms and traditional training programs. The company has created a solution that is Accessible, Attainable, and Affordable.

“I love GymRats Seattle! Everyone there is knowledgeable, always having fun and make it easy to achieve positive lifestyle changes.” – Jennifer M

Don’t forget, you can always use the exercise facility at Stadium Place. It’s a great way to make sure you fit in your favorite daily workout.

What You Need to Know About the Sounders and Timbers Rivalry

There’s a huge soccer game on Sunday. ESPN will be covering it. It’s a colossal affair.

No, we’re not talking about Germany vs Argentina in the World Cup Final in Brazil. We’re talking about Sounders vs Timbers in Seattle.

Some residents of The Wave and Nolo will be hosting BBQ’s and pre-game parties filled with rave green decor. But for those of you surprised by how may people will be walking past your front door, we have a few tidbits you can digest.


Q1: What’s with the crowd?
A1: A few nights per year, the Sounders open the stadium to full capacity. The Portland game is one of those days where the whole city wants to come out and root for the home side.

Q2: Why is the Seattle vs Portland rivalry so strong?
A2: It goes back 40 years, literally. Yes, the MLS Sounders only stared in 2009 and yes the MLS Timbers stared in 2011. But through multiple leagues (both major and minor) these two cities have competed in soccer for decades. The hardest of the hardcore fans can remember names, stats and stories from years ago. It’s arguably the best rivalry in sports that the rest of the country is unaware of.

Q3: What should I expect?
A3: After 17 games, the Sounders are the top of the Western Conference with 35 points (11 wins, 2 ties, 4 losses). After 18 games, Portland is in 7th place in the Western Conference with 21 points (4 wins, 9 ties and 5 losses). Portland is unique in that they have given up the most goals in the Conference (30), but also scored the 2nd most (30). Seattle has given up its share of goals (24) but leads the league in goals scored (33). It seems likely that these teams will score some goals.

Q4: No, I mean what should I expect in terms of crowd behavior?
A4: The fans of these two teams do not like each other at all. However, they respect each other enough to adhere to the rules of general soccer fan behavior. So expect a lot of singing, cheering and taunting, but nothing violent. For example, one song you may hear goes like this:
“Start a bonfire, start a bonfire,
Put the Timbers at the top.
Put Vancouver in the middle,
And we’ll burn the (stinking) lot.”

Now of course no Sounders fan wants to light another person on fire, but you can see how the rivalry goes.

Q5: What’s a tifo?
A5: For important games, the Sounders’ Supporters Group, the Emerald City Supporters, create a large banner to show off before the game. The ones from the last 3 years are quite impressive.
If you don’t go to the game, you might be able to see this year’s from your window.

Q6: This sound fun. Can I go to the game?
A6: Yes. It will be close to a packed house, but you can still get tickets from Ticketmaster, or if you want better seats you can go to StubHub. It should be a great evening.

Happy 4th of July from Stadium Place

Happy Independence Day, or as the British call it, “Traitor’s Day.” Before we share a few localicious ideas about how to spend the holiday, here are a few fun facts about the Declaration of Independence you can use to wow your friends.

  • No one who signed the Declaration of Independence was born in the United States of America. The United States didn’t exist until after the Declaration was signed! However, all but eight of the signers were born in colonies that would become the United States.
  • Although August 2, 1776, was the date of the official signing ceremony, there were several people who signed on later dates. Some of these late signers included Elbridge Gerry, Oliver Wolcott, Lewis Morris, Thomas McKean and Matthew Thornton.


Now, on to the festivities. Here are a few things going on around the city.

1) Residents of Pioneer Square may have the easiest way to get to Lake Union to see the Fireworks at the Seafair Summer Fourth. Simply head over to the International District stop in the Bus Tunnel. Get off at the Westlake stop and you will be pretty close to the fun and frivolity. If you don’t feel like walking the rest of the way, jump on the South Lake Union Street Car at Westlake and hitch a ride all the way up to the Lake. There are tons of great restaurants and bars in South Lake Union, so jump off early, find a spot you like, and make a whole evening out of it.

2) If crowds aren’t your thing, here’s something we suggest for NEXT YEAR. Argosy has a number of Fourth of July Cruises that head out from Pier 55 and 56. These sell out early, so you may want to book your 2015 reservations soon.

3) But don’t forget, The Wave is one of the tallest apartment communities in Seattle. You can also go up on the roof and take a 360 degree view and try to catch all the fireworks shows at once. Depending on how clear the sky is, you may see one or more of these displays from afar. Here’s a list of directions to look:

  • North: Seattle – Gas Works Park 10:10 pm.| Edmonds – Civic Stadium 10 pm. | Everett – Port Gardner Bay 10:20 pm.| Kenmore – Log Boom Park 10 pm.
  • East:  Bellevue – Downtown Park 10:05 pm. | Kirkland – Marina Park 10:15 pm. | Renton – Coulon Park 10 pm.
  • South: Federal Way – Celebration Park 10:15 pm. | Kent – Lake Meridian Park 10 pm. | Lakewood – Joint Base Lewis-McChord at dark | SeaTac – Angle Lake Park 10:15 pm. | Tacoma – Ruston Way 10:10 pm.
  • West: Bainbridge Island 10:20 pm.

Have a safe and fabulous 4th of July!

Enjoying Nature in Pioneer Square

During the long, cold winter, we take refuge in the bars and restaurants that exist within an umbrella’s length of Stadium Place.

But now spring is here. It’s time to climb out from our warm, safe blankets and take a look at some of the nature nestled into our little concrete jungle.

Within a short walk of Stadium Place, is Waterfront Park. Comprising the area from Pier 57 to Pier 59, this park provides excellent chances to fill your Instagram account with photos of Puget Sound, birds, seals, islands and, even the Olympic Mountains. If you forget your binoculars, four coin-operated telescopes are available for your convenience. Once you are done enjoying the nature view, use the benches or picnic tables to enjoy lunch in the shade of the trees. Or just relax and lay on the grass to take in the sunshine.

Waterfront Park

Image Source: Yelp | Address: 1301 Alaskan Way, 98101

But Maybe you are one who likes to be a little more “one with nature.” There’s almost no better way to spend a Seattle evening than cruising around on a sailboat in the middle of Puget Sound.

Emerald City Charters provides 2 voyages a day. Enjoy the 1.5 hourr cruise starting at 4pm for just $33 per person. Or take the longer 2.5 hour sunset cruise that launches at 6:30 for $49 per person. Feel the wind in your hair, smell the crisp sea air, and bring along your own bottle of wine to make the tour that much more lovely.

Elliott Bay Cruise

Address: 1001 Alaskan Way Pier 54, Seattle, WA 98104

Do you you have your own favorite nature walks in Pioneer Square? Let us know below.

Mother’s Day: Hit the High Seas!

Consider this a friendly reminder, in case you forgot. This Sunday is Mother’s Day! Have you gotten her anything yet? No?

Uh oh.

Don’t panic.

Take a deep breath.

We’ll get through this.

Here’s an idea for Mother’s Day adventure that’s guaranteed to please those seafaring Moms out there. You live right by the places where cruise ships live: why not head over to Pier 56 and take a cruise? (If your mom’s not a boat person and you want to go the simple flowers route, this florist is right on 2nd and James) Argosy Cruises offers a couple of options for taking your mom out on the water and guaranteeing a special day.

There’s a brunch option, which runs from 12:00–2:00, and features a delicious buffet, live music, a free gift, and a complimentary champagne greeting.

If dinner’s more your style, hit up the 5:00-7:30 pm dinner cruise, where you’ll get some great city and mountain views to compliment your Northwest-inspired buffet.

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But if your mom’s looking for laughs and intrigue on the high seas, you can’t go wrong with the Mother’s Day Murder Mystery Dinner Cruise, also from 5:00 – 7:30. It promises to be a murderously fun evening, so why not take a stab at something unique this year?

You can easily walk down to Pier 56, but heads up- the city’s offering tons of free parking at select locations if driving is more your style.

We hope you have a Happy Mother’s Day.

Nature in the City: Go Chasing Waterfalls

Sure, we get it. There’s a reason you live where you do. You’re a city person now.  An urban aficionado. You love tall buildings, ample mass transit, and having a coffee shop on every corner. You’re powered by the hustle and bustle that comes with living in a densely populated area.

But hey, even the most hardened city-dwellers among us need a little nature fix every now and then. Why not use this year’s Earth Day as an excuse to spend some time in the great outdoors?

We’re not suggesting any grueling nature hikes or anything (believe us, that’s the last thing we’d recommend). It’s possible for you to bond with nature within city limits- in fact, there’s a great place that’s just a short walk out your door.

Two blocks north of the Nolo, on 2nd and Main, you’ll find a patch of nature tucked right into the city: the Waterfall Garden Park. You’ll walk right past it if you aren’t looking for it, so keep your eyes open for the sign, and your ears open for the sound of rushing water.

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Seriously, we aren’t joking. This thing is hidden.

Fair warning: there’s a reason that this historical spot (where UPS- yes, that UPS was founded in 1907) is referred to as a “pocket park.”  It’s not huge. There’s just a few waterfalls, trees, chairs, and tables scattered around. Despite it’s size, it’s a perfect urban oasis. Pop in during your day to just relax, or act like a local and bring a lunch to enjoy.

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Photo via Wendy B.

It’s not a whole lot of nature, but it’s just enough.   

Localicious Menu Highlight: The London Plane

It’s tough to figure out what’s going on inside The London Plane at first. Is it a restaurant? Is it a larder/grocery?  Is it a bakery? Is it a wine shop? Is it a florist? Is it a classroom? The answer is yes. Yes, it is all of these things.


We’d be here for another three days if we dug super deep and explored every single thing that this place does well (hint: it’s basically everything), so instead, we’re going to take a look at a single section of their food menu.

It’s safe to say that Seattle’s right in the middle of egg season (just look in the seasonal aisle at your local grocery store if you don’t believe us), but we aren’t here talk about the Cadbury variety. We want to talk about that old school breakfast staple, and take a look at how The London Plane’s cooking them up right.

Hit this place up for breakfast, and there’s a good chance (no guarantees though, they’re always mixing it up) that a section of the menu is going to look like this:

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All of these are rad. Seriously. You cannot go wrong picking any of these menu items. Our faith in the unwavering awesomeness of this place is so strong that once we ordered the soft boiled one with dukkah and we didn’t even know what dukkah was (FYI, they very politely explained to us that it’s an Egyptian mixture of herbs, nuts, and spices).


So here’s what you do to maximize your time/egg consumption at The London Plane. 1) Go to this place for breakfast and take a friend. 2) You order the eggs. 3) Make your friend order a pastry. 4) Mooch bites from their plate while you fiercely guard your own.

It’s rude, but it’ll be worth it.

Explore the City! It’s Restaurant Week 2014!

For the next few weeks, Seattle’s turning into a food-lover’s paradise. During April 6-10 and April 13-17, it’s Seattle Restaurant week! There’s never been a better time to head out and explore some of the great localicious options within walking distance of your neighborhood.

How does it work, you ask? It’s super simple. Go here and find the closest restaurants to your neighborhood participating. Then, go to that restaurant and select three courses from their special Restaurant Week menu for only $28.

This time around, there’s not a ton of strictly Stadium District options right near you, but don’t worry, there’s a ton just a short walk away. Here’s a few we think you’ll dig:

1. McCormick’s Fish House and Bar:  It doesn’t get more classic Northwest than it does at this venerable Seattle seafood institution.  There’s a reason this place has been around since 1912, and their Restaurant Week menu shows that reason off. 722 Fourth Ave. Seattle, WA 98104

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2. Café Campagne – A quiet little bistro that wouldn’t be out of place on a busy Paris street has found a home in downtown Seattle, serving up classically awesome French cuisine. Check out their special menu and see what all the (well-deserved) fuss is about! 1600 Post Alley Seattle, Washington 98101


3. Lecosho – It’s hearty, it’s unique, and it’s secluded. Hit up this hidden Harbor Steps (it’s about halfway down the stairs) hideout for some of the best full-flavored dishes around. They’ve got some interesting options this Restaurant Week (especially at lunch!), so don’t miss out on your chance to give them a try. 89 University Street Seattle, WA 98101

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Don’t limit yourself to just walking tours of Restaurant Week, either! Check out the full neighborhood list right here, hit the town, and let us know where else you’ve explored.

5 Bars to Catch The Mariners in Pioneer Square

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


2. Fuel

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.

 Via Michael C on

What Are Locals Saying? “Awesome sports bar with tv’s everywhere and great drink specials!” Via Kelly T on


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

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


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.

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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 

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.

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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.