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The Central Saloon

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Address: 207 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104-3460
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+1 206-622-0209
11:00 - 02:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 02:00
Sat - Sun 10:30 - 02:00

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oldie but goodie

Good pints, great food. Atmosphere is old school and interesting. Listen for the server to tell you about the under ground history of the place.

Reviewed 29 September 2016
Gary K
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Market Drayton, United Kingdom
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400 reviews
162 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Located just a 2 minute walk from the Pioneer Square Hotel this pub proved not only convenient for us to visit but was a great place to enjoy a cold beer. Not only that but the chicken pizza proved to be an enjoyable meal bursting with flavour and a bit of a kick to the taste buds. The manager/bar man... More 

Thank walshy1160
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75 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2016

Good pints, great food. Atmosphere is old school and interesting. Listen for the server to tell you about the under ground history of the place.

Thank Gary K
Princeton, New Jersey
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2016 via mobile

The Central Saloon became my go-to place during a trip to Seattle this past fall. It's in a great location within walking distance to the Seahawks and Mariners' stadiums, Pioneer Square and the waterfront. I believe it's Seattle's oldest saloon. The walls are covered in interesting historic images. I had three different burgers, each of them hit the spot. It's... More 

Thank Andrew R
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
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125 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2015

I got to know this place because was one of our stops at the Stalking Seattle Tour and when it finished, I get to The Central to visit one of the places where Nirvana or other bands used to play. Great beers and good atmosphere and decoration (you find some things from Nirvana).

Thank Heytraveller
Brno, Czech Republic
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2015

Seattle's oldest continuously running saloon still keeping the original spirit of Pioneer Square alive. Early home to Pearl Jam, Nirvana and Soundgarden, among others. Great mix of all ages, surprisingly good food, and the coolest, friendliest bartenders you could ever meet.

Thank CZProf
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24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2015

This place is much more than a bar or a place to listen to some live music. This place is where Hard Rock takes place in Seattle. Lots of history with Nirvana/Alice in Chains/Pearl Jam/etc. A must go for Rock fans. Besides that the burger was great and I had a nice local Seattle draft beer.

Thank Pedro R
A small town in Northwest Washington
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250 reviews
86 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2015 via mobile

We have come here an average of ten times a year- mainly before Seahawks games. Food, beverages, and service have all dropped. Breakfast and their burgers went from pretty good- to poor- the fries were cold, quality of all down over the last year. They don't serve a Hefeweizen , their Ceasers look different each round- even had a plastic... More 

Thank chumsockeyesalmon
Bend, Oregon
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2013

In town for a Timbers, Sounds game. We went in search of a bar within walking distance of the stadium. Even though we were supporting the Timbers we we're greeted with open arms and friendly banter. Sitting on the patio, we were warmly engaged by the staff, including the bouncer who even though he was sporting a "Rave Green" Mohawk... More 

Thank Lavabear60
Vancouver, Canada
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19 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2012

time marches on and is very evident in this rustic old place. It is nice to see that the place is still running and doing well.

Thank Michael C
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69 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 July 2012

Stopped by Central the other night for a burger and some brews. I was on a business trip and sat at the bar. The bar stools and bar top are proof this is the oldest saloon in Seattle - keep one foot on the floor for balance! A very good beer election (try the Ninkasa IPA) and typical bar menu.... More 

Thank Jeepyg

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