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Experience the Park Safeco Field Fan Guide
After the Game : SoDo, ChinaTown and Pioneer Square
Though the baseball game’s the big draw, there’s a lot to see and do in and around Safeco Field. The stadium is on the north edge of the Sodo district, so named because it’s south of downtown. Though the neighborhood is historically industrial, it is emerging into a mixed-use area, with more restaurants and residences and a burgeoning nightlife.
If beer is on your agenda, head for the Pyramid Alehouse, immediately west of the ballpark. Brewed-on-site beer flows inside on two levels and out in the parking lot beer garden. Just a couple blocks up 1st Avenue is the aptly named Triangle Pub. You’ll usually find some good deals on beer, and if the landmark could talk, its angular walls would tell you a brothel used to operate upstairs.
If you’re looking for team gear or more beer, stroll Occidental Avenue, just north of Safeco and bordering Qwest Field, home of the Seahawks. You’ll find stores hawking Mariners and other Seattle team wear and souvenirs, and food vendors’ tents (outside food is permitted in the ballpark). There’s a spirited sports bar (Sluggers), a fantastic brew pub (Elysian Fields) and at the end of the avenue, the baseball awnings of F.X. McRory’s (great food and bar) beckon.
Puget Sound is just a few blocks west of Safeco Field, and a 1.3 mile stretch along the waterfront is lined with interesting stores (Ye Olde Curiosity Shop is a must see) and restaurants ranging from fast food to fine dining. The Seattle Aquarium and the Olympic Sculpture Park are at the north end of the walk. Go here for a long list of attractions.
Seattle’s colorful International District is just a few blocks northeast of the stadium. There are dozens of restaurants offering a world of flavors, including Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Hawaiian, Cambodian, Thai and Vietnamese. The district is bordered by Fourth Avenue S. on the west and Interstate 5 on the east, Yesler Way to the north and S. Dearborn at the south. (Check out the Chinatown/International District online.
It’s party central in Pioneer Square, the neighborhood just to the north of the stadiums. A collection of taverns, bars and clubs are found within the 20 blocks of Victorian Romanesque architecture between Alaskan Way and Fourth Avenue S. on the west and east, stretching up to Cherry on the north. You can find live music every night of the week, and several places participate in a program where paying a single cover charge gets you into multiple clubs. The neighborhood also has lots of cool shops and coffee spots. (Learn more on the official Pioneer Square site).