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Thu Oct 31, 2019, 02:04 PM

Three bars in Pioneer Square claim 'oldest in Seattle.' Now, one is closed indefinitely

Three bars in Pioneer Square fashion themselves as "Seattle's oldest" watering hole in some way.

But the future of one looked uncertain again.

A visit to the J&M Cafe and Cardroom's website is greeted by the message, "Welcome back to Seattle's Oldest Bar" but a trip this past week to 201 1st Ave. S reveals "CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE" signs.


The bar's claim to "Seattle's oldest bar," could have been true. According to its website, the bar was established in 1889, the year the building was built, but didn't settle on the name J&M until 1892. And while it has history of changing ownership hands over the past few decades, the bar's facade has held the name "J&M Cafe and Cardroom" throughout the years.

The year 1892 clashes with another of "Seattle's oldest," The Central Saloon, just two doors down from J&M. It advertises itself as "Seattle's oldest saloon" with a neon sign on the front window.

But another bar in Pioneer Square shares a similar sentiment to both bars. Merchant's Cafe and Saloon bills itself on the front of its building as "Seattle's oldest restaurant."


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Thu Oct 31, 2019, 02:12 PM

1. I'm still in mourning over the loss of the Icon Grill and now this? So sad. nt

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