Seattle's oldest neighborhood has enjoyed a resurgence in the past several years. Once a grimy part of town (homeless are still a common site in its small parks), the revitalization has filled its historic brick buildings with popular restaurants and art galleries.
Pioneer Square has one of the highest concentration of bars in the city. The neighborhood is packed with singles, so the nightlife here has a meat market feel. Wamu Theater hosts major musical acts throughout the year.
Directly south of Pioneer Square are the two stadiums where Seattle's professional football, soccer, and baseball teams play so on game days you'll get fans coming through.
Downtown Seattle: 0.7 miles / 5-10 minutes by car / 5 minutes by transit / 5-10 minutes by foot / 5 minutes by bike
Bellevue: 10.6 miles / 20-40 minutes by car / 35 minutes by transit
Redmond: 17 miles / 25-55 minutes by car / 40-50 minutes by transit
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