The Smith Tower Reinvented

The newly rebranded Smith Tower, complete with ‘speakeasy,’ opens today,
August 25!

Inspired by the roaring 20s, the 35th floor Smith Tower Observatory includes the Temperance Cafe and Bar.  Now you can have a cocktail and a banh mi sandwich while appreciating that stunning view.  The finger-food menu includes local oysters, salmon poke, and pork potstickers.  And here’s a critical bit of advice to those simply looking for post-work drinks and views: Get there early, since the Observatory and Temperance close at six.

To visit the observation deck and bar, buy a “Straight Up” ticket – “For those who know exactly where they’re going and why.”  A Straight Up ticket is $10, though no snacks or drinks are included in the price.

Check out “The Legends of the Smith Tower” interactive tour for 40 minutes of self-guided immersion in history. The tour runs $19.14 for adults (a nod to the year the tower was completed), $14 for children ages 5 to 12, and $17 for seniors over 65 and military with ID.

Another tour option, called “The Bootleg King,” will launch this winter.  For more information on tours, go to Smith Tower tickets and tours.

Don’t want to see the view? Smith Tower Provisions General Store is open to the public and stocked with local gifts, grocery staples, and soda fountain featuring Full Tilt Ice Cream.

Provisions General Store via The Smith Tower Instagram

Recently in the DJC:

Unico shows off Smith Tower redo

  • Unico is unveiling the Smith Tower’s refreshed lobby and observatory today.

Smith Tower will have general store in lobby

  • Smith Tower is preparing to reopen on Aug. 25 and Unico Properties is selling tickets now for a new tour and “visitor experience” at the 1914 landmark.

Smith Tower’s 35th floor will be speakeasy, cafe

  • How do you put the crowning touch on one of Seattle’s iconic buildings? If it’s the Smith Tower, you start with a new general store on the ground floor and then renovate the 35th floor observatory into a Prohibition era-inspired cafe and bar.
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Progress on 4th and Columbia

The glass is in progress at The Mark. Looks great so far!  Here’s the view from 4th and Columbia.

The building is on schedule to finish construction in late spring of 2017.

Check out more views at The Mark in Progress.

Photo: Sera Mattson / DJC

Photo: Sera Mattson / DJC

Recently in the DJC:  
Glass goes up on The Mark tower

  • – Some big projects in downtown Seattle appear to have dodged a strike by about 700 members of the Glaziers, Architectural Metal and Glassworkers Local 188.  One of them is Kevin Daniels’ office and hotel tower at Fifth and Columbia called The Mark.
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Ice cream pop-up anyone?

Little pop-up shops are the hot new thing this summer… So how about some ice cream?

Trinity Nightclub at 111 Yesler Way is making use of its prime Pioneer Square location by opening a pop-up ice cream stand at the building’s north entrance. The little stand looks directly into Pioneer Square Park, and sees a lot of daytime foot traffic from tourist.

Ashley Burton works the pop-up ice cream stand on the north side of Trinity Nightclub. Photo by Sera Mattson / DJC

Ashley Burton works the pop-up ice cream stand on the north side of Trinity Nightclub.
Photo by Sera Mattson / DJC

The shop sells a handful of flavors of Full Tilt ice cream – like strawberry guava sorbet and Mexican chocolate – and has special offers for people with Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour wristbands.

Recently in the DJC:
Pop-ups popping up all over these days

  • In Boston alone this summer, there’s been a pop-up beach, bike lane, track and field competition, beer garden and yoga classes.

For more Seattle pop-up events, check out
Including, the upcoming Urban Air Market: Seattle on Saturday, September 10.

Urban Air Market A Curated Marketplace for Sustainable Design
Urban Air Market A Curated Marketplace for Sustainable Design


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