A new drinks destination is about to land in Pioneer Square. On Wednesday, Pacifica — a cozy tavern in the same family as critically-acclaimed London Plane — will open on Occidental Avenue, featuring Latin American beer (including Salva Vida and Famosa), cocktails, and small bites such as tamales and chorizo sandwiches. Star London Plane chef Matt Dillon is a silent partner for the new venture, with chef Taber Turpin of the popular Pioneer Square taqueria Copal running the kitchen and Archer Brown (veteran of Jazz Alley, Tavern Law, and other boozy dens) in charge of the bar. Patrons should expect a drinks menu heavy on agaves, with perhaps a rum-horchata slushy in the mix as well, and pickled watermelon rinds for garnishes. Those looking for non-alcoholic options will be able to order freshly squeezed juices.
Pacifica takes over the location formerly occupied by Little London Plane, which was mainly used as an events space for the restaurant. The small, plant-filled interior gives off laid-back tropical bungalow vibes in a neighborhood where the bars often skew toward a sports dive atmosphere, with CenturyLink Field and T-Mobile Park blocks away. “Basically, we want to be approachable and warm,” says Dillon’s partner Eric Fisher, who has been setting up the space in anticipation for this week’s opening. “It’s where you can get a shot and a beer before the game or get to know your bartender and let them make you something special.” Pacifica will be open Tuesday through Saturday, 4 p.m. - 1 a.m.