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Pioneer Square’s Underground Art Deco Bar Is ‘Events Only’ Now

The Sovereign has closed to the public after almost two years in business, but it can still be booked for private events

The Sovereign, an underground Art Deco-inspired bar, has closed in Pioneer Square.
Suzi Pratt for Eater

Pioneer Square’s charming, tropical Art Deco bar, the Sovereign, has shuttered for public consumption. The underground establishment, opened in September 2016, has moved to a private-events-only format, as indicated by a sign on the door reading “open by appointment only.”

At press time, the Sovereign’s contacts didn’t further clarify the details surrounding special events bookings, or the reasoning behind the decision. The bar’s website and Facebook pages don’t provide much information beyond the website’s private events page, which says the space can be booked in full or in part for gatherings like “corporate parties, large gatherings, and private events.”

The Sovereign sits in the basement of the historic Maynard Building. The well-received, beautifully appointed bar served food and original cocktails inspired by French-American and Afro-Caribbean flavors (Jamaican bean and bacon dip, jerk chicken nachos, and tacos), alongside beer sourced from Northwest breweries. It all matched a tropically leaning decor with Art Deco furniture and light fixtures.

The Sovereign

119 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

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