Favorite Things to Do in Pioneer Square

In each edition of The Red Line, we crowdsource recommendations from our team to feature Pacific Northwest favorites, everything from hikes and holiday happenings to road trip destinations. This edition, we’re highlighting our neighbor, Pioneer Square.

Copal

Recommended by: Kelley Sindelar, Civil Engineer

Why I love it: Copal is a quaint, vibrant Latin American dining option in the heart of Pioneer Square. Walking in on a gloomy Seattle afternoon can change your mood as the interior is a tropical oasis! The menu is small, but that doesn’t make deciding what to order any easier. From charred corn quesadillas to Tecate steamed clams, you can’t go wrong. My favorite item on the menu is the pork pabil tacos, the perfect combination of sweet and spicy topped with fresh radishes and cotija cheese – yum! Although the food is amazing, what keeps me coming back to Copal are the adult slushies, a tangy rendition of your typical daiquiri topped with a colorful umbrella that takes you straight to the beach! Less than a ten-minute walk from the office, it’s a favorite Happy Hour spot (Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m.), as well as Margarita Mondays (half off after 3 p.m.).

Pro Tip: If you bring a large group, be prepared for “family style” dining and start out with the guacamole (always a crowd favorite).

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Good Bar

Recommended by: Ben Frizzell, Structural Project Manager

Why I love it: Pioneer Square offers a wide variety of options and though a bit daunting, it’s hard to go wrong. I can’t limit my favorites to just one! I love the Good Bar for an easy lunch, and appreciate that it transitions, so it’s appropriate to return the same afternoon – say, before a football game – for great specials. (I have to second Kelley and give a shout out to Copal, too. Mexican food is my favorite right now, and in my opinion, they have the best. Opt for a seat at the bar and order the guacamole with extra tortillas. You won’t be disappointed!)

Pro tip: Don’t be afraid to try out new spots. Whether it’s Good Bar or Copal, you won’t be disappointed!

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Goats for Good

Recommended by: Kate Rosengren, Marketing Coordinator

Why I love it: Once or twice a year, a herd of goats takes over Occidental Square. If you’re an animal lover like me, an urban petting zoo is everything and more, especially in the midst of a hectic work week! The simple act of petting animals releases an automatic relaxation response and data shows that animals have the ability to relieve stress, anxiety and provide comfort. A project created by Tether and WE, Goats for Good, supports communities around the world by giving them goats, whose endless supply of milk provides a sustainable sources of income. As a goat cheese connoisseur, I’m all for it. Visit goatsforgood.org to learn more about this wonderful cause and the next time you can visit these scruffy friends in Pioneer Square.

Pro Tip: It’s difficult to get a good goat selfie as shown above. Bring a friend and let them bask in the glory of goats with you!

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Flatstick Pub

Recommended by: Peter Agostini, Administrative Assistant and IT Support

Why I love it: Flatstick Pub is the perfect hangout and my favorite place to go to after work with coworkers. The long beer list is a draw, but it’s the activities that are the true selling point. The pub offers a ton of games, everything from indoor mini golf course and shuffleboard, to beer (water) pong, mini basketball, and board games. It’s dog-friendly too, so your best friend can come along!

Pro Tip:I especially recommend Flatstick for sports games as they have several TVs throughout. They also offer free popcorn and there’s a great Mexican restaurant inside (Manu’s Tacos) so come hungry!

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A Few Favorite To-Do’s

We can’t pick just one! More of our team’s Pioneer Square faves:

First Thursday Art Walk
The London Plane Flower Shop
Occidental Square Park
Waterfall Garden Park
Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour
The Comedy Underground
Smith Tower Observatory