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E. Smith Mercantile Doubles Capacity at Its Tiny Cocktail Bar

Tearing down walls

Pioneer Square’s quaintest combination of general store and watering hole just got a little more elbow room, as 12-seat E. Smith Mercantile busted through the wall adjoining the former home of Arundel Books last month.

Thankfully, E. Smith’s tiny size wasn’t its only cozy draw, as more patrons are likely to find out now that about twice the number can squeeze into the back bar for thoughtful cocktails, deviled eggs, and even a recently launched all-day Sunday brunch (currently residing on Eater’s guide to Seattle’s hottest brunches).

A view of part of the new expansion at E. Smith Mercantile.
Courtesy of Jessie Poole/E. Smith Mercantile

Arundel Books’ short move from the Occidental Square side of the building to the 1st Ave side gave E. Smith the chance to expand, which also allowed for an update to its workshop and event space, The Heritage Room.

“It is our priority to continue to offer you an intimate, welcoming and customer service forward atmosphere... but now with room for more buddies,” an invitation to a reveal of the new space said. The event, a dance party on March 18, helped the company raise money for new paint, flooring, additional staff, restroom updates, furniture, and equipment.

Co-owner Jessie Poole said the new space is “now rockin’ and open for business,” so stop in soon to see the latest developments, browse the baby succulents, and try a seasonal punch with rye, fernet, blackberry syrup, lemon, cardamom bitters, and mint.

E. Smith Mercantile

208 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104 (206) 641-7250 Visit Website

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