Smith Tower is a skyscraper in the Pioneer Square neighborhood of Seattle, Washington, United States. Completed in 1914, the 38-story, 484 ft (148 m) tower is the oldest skyscraper in the city and was among the tallest skyscrapers outside New York City at the time of its completion. It was the tallest building west of the Mississippi River until the completion of the Kansas City Power & Light Building in 1931. It remained the tallest building on the U.S. West Coast for nearly half a century, until the Space Needle overtook it in 1962.
The tower is named after its builder, the firearm and typewriter magnate Lyman Cornelius Smith (unrelated to Horace Smith of Smith & Wesson), but its construction was largely overseen by his son Burns Lyman Smith after his father's 1910 death and would remain under the ownership of the Smith family into the 1940s. It was originally known as the L.C. Smith Building until the Smith Tower became its official name in 1929. It was designated as a Seattle landmark in 1984.
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Pamela Fleming | Mar 2, 2018
I checked out the Smith Tower Observatory for the first time last week with a group of friends. We arrived after 6 so we missed the first floor museum but the lobby had some pretty nice history on its own. The ride up induced some vertigo, but I got over it. We had really great drinks and good food in an upscale environment. I recommend the sazerac and grilled cheese, so good! It's a little pricey so it's great for a date or special night out. Cheers!
Little Byte | Mar 3, 2018
I went here for a fundraiser activity and fell in love. The cocktails are some of the most delicious I've had. Also, you CAN NOT beat this view. You feel like a million bucks snacking and drinking up here. They have a walkway all around the outside to really get a good look at the city. Furthermore, you get to ride an old fashioned elevator (bell hop included) on your way up to the top. This is now a spot I will take out of town visitors! A must see!
DeQuan Watson | Dec 29, 2017
This is a nice place to go for an interesting night out. Though you'll end up spending about $100 all things included for two people. There's parking across the street in two lots, so you'll pay for that. Then you have to pay for access to the upper floors. Then of course your food and drinks. That said, it's real nice up top. It's almost like enjoying a secret bar in a speakeasy or something. You can look out over the city. The drinks were very tasty. The food, while good, was a bit slow. Might have been short-staffed that night from the looks of things though. The menu is small, but reasonable diverse enough for everyone to fine something. The best description is sophisticated, upscale bar food. If you haven't been here and want to try something different, give this place a look.
Florian Verhein | Nov 21, 2017
Great view of Seattle. Nice bar. Lovely old style elevators with friendly (and funny at times) operators to whisk you to the top. Think of this as the non-touristy space Needle, certainly worth visiting more than once, and somewhere you can travel back in time to experience some of Seattle's history. After all, this was the tallest building in the US for a period of time if I recall facts correctly.
Jessie Boyer | Dec 31, 2017
Love the bar at the top - great cocktails and appetizers. Nice views and really unique interior design. A bit pricey but not bad considering the location/tourist attraction aspect.
Daniel Bliley | Mar 30, 2018
An amazing observation deck which gives you a 360 degree view of all of Seattle and Puget sound! Plus if you look straight down 2nd, you can even see the Space Needle in between the buildings! The bar at the top, which I believe is called the Chinese Room, is so nice inside and every seat has a view. The food and drinks are appropriately priced for a nice penthouse style bar, but totally worth it for the service, taste, and experience inside. Enjoy!!!
S.P. Dudley | Mar 11, 2018
The tour through the building is well thought out and put together. Original Otis elevators add to the experience and take you to the lounge in the tower. Wood lined and intimate. A great place to stop by.
Lauren | Apr 30, 2018
Price is cheaper than the space Needle and views are just as good (and you can have the space Needle in your photos). Cute speak easy type bar at the top with food. Service at the restaurant/bar was not great, but food and drinks were good so all in all a good experience. If service had been better I would have given it 5 stars.
Tina Truong | Apr 27, 2018
I had a wonderful experience here. Perhaps the weather was a huge factor to our visit too. We caught the sunset (which I would recommend going during the golden hours) and this place doesn’t have a touristy vibe. People sit, eat, and chat. You can step outside to see the view. There is a bar cage so might not be the best place for selfies. Overall, I love the vibe. Also, the elevator up was a cool experience. Old feel!
Elena Whitaker | Apr 7, 2018
We included Smith Tower in our Spring Break plans last week and it turned out to be one of the highlights. Yes, the view was incredible and the cafe / bar at the top was a cool place to enjoy a break. However, my favorite part was the interactive exhibits. Everyone gets to be a character that was a part of the tower's history, so rather than merely running to the top of the tower, we (adult & kids) read through the various exhibits to learn about our characters. It added some fun historical learning to the trip. I highly recommend it.
Kevin Hines | Jun 2, 2018
I've been trying to convince my wife to check this out and she finally caved and LOVED it. There is so much history to learn about with this building and they did a great job tieing in the modern with the history. Great views of downtown with a perfect view of the Space Needle at a much better price. Great little gift shop in the lobby and a nice, relaxing area on the observatory level to get a drink and some food to enjoy the views.
Bennett Cowie | May 17, 2018
A great landmark in Seattle and an epic old-school bar at the top. Well worth the cost of admission. Art deco style throughout the building, particularly the lobby area, and can't beat the views and drinks up top. Really fun to walk around the observation deck too. Had great drinks including the best Irish coffee i've ever tasted. Go here!!
Renuka C | May 26, 2018
Nice view of the city. Lovely building. After taking the beautiful antique elevator up 30+ floors, get ready to climb up the last 2 flights of stairs to get to the observation deck. There’s a bar up there to quench your thirst, if necessary. ( :
Derek Reaves | Jul 5, 2018
This Smith tower takes you back in time to the 1920's and 30s. It was the 3rd tallest building in the world when it was built. They've done a great job of keeping a lot of original decor and putting signs up that told how it was originally. The bar at the top has great cocktails and takes you back to the prohibition era. It's a great place to catch sunset and has great views of the city. You can walk around on the viewing deck and then have a drink. They also have a small good menu as well. I'd definitely recommend on your visit yup Seattle.
Julia Veir | Jun 27, 2018
This was a pretty good experience. They've turned the top floor into a bar (prohibition era theme: attractive interior) and it's surrounded by an outdoor walkway. In addition they have small informational stations on your way up with interactive exhibits regarding the history of the building: it was interesting and kids would likely enjoy it. The first floor/entrance has an old fashioned soda fountain: I'm not sure if the hours but it was very attractive designed and would be fun to visit by itself. The day we were visiting you had to walk several additional flights of stairs after the elevator to reach the top observation level: I'm not sure if an elevator was out of order or if that's standard. The drinks were standard offerings but executed very well and quite reasonably priced considering it's a tourist attraction in downtown Seattle. The views are great and it seemed less busy than the Space Needle. I would definitely consider this a great alternative to the Space Needle as a general attraction and if you're looking for a bar with great views, well, it would be hard to beat this one n Seattle.
jinxed angel | Jun 21, 2018
Had an amazing time here! Such a beautiful building and so much history! We'll have tooi go back for a guided tour but the self guiding was fun for the later day visit, gave us more room to be flexible with our time. The happy hour at the top is reasonable, especially for a tourist attraction and the prices include tax so you know exactly what you're paying for. Drinks were delicious, still definitely have to try the food. If you're looking for beautiful sights, a history lesson, architecture, and ambiance, this is a perfect destination.
Gemma Dutton | Jul 11, 2018
Happy with our decision to go up Smith Tower rather than Space Needle or the other huge tower in Seattle. This place has an interesting back story which is shown in a museum exhibition on the ground level. The elevator is still the original, manual operation (for now). Sweet 360 views of the city.
Patrick Kenger | Jun 20, 2018
An amazing experience and view. Had a drink at the bar and looked over a good chunk of Seattle. The highlight of the trip was actually the elevator ride up. Joe is a wealth of knowledge and keeps things very entertaining. You can tell he has a passion for the Smith tower and Seattle itself. Very impressed.
Peter Pixie | Aug 17, 2018
Like walking into history, the exhibits of the Smith Tower give you a chance to explore the 1920s in a way unlike anywhere else in Seattle. Take your time and explore opening every drawer you can and every door that's available you'll never know what you'll find as the exhibit has plenty of surprises! The view from The Observatory is 80 feet lower than that of the Space Needle, but being outdoors it gives a terrific feeling.
Julia Veir | Jul 18, 2018
This was a pretty good experience. They've turned the top floor into a bar (prohibition era theme: attractive interior) and it is surrounded by an outdoor walkway. In addition they have small informational stations on your way up with interactive exhibits regarding the history of the building: it was interesting and kids would likely enjoy it. The first floor/entrance has an old fashioned soda fountain: I'm not sure of the hours but it was very attractively designed and would be fun to visit by itself. The day we were visiting you had to walk several additional flights of stairs after the elevator to reach the top observation level: I'm not sure if an elevator was out of order or if that's standard. The drinks were standard offerings but executed very well and quite reasonably priced considering it's a tourist attraction in downtown Seattle. The views are great and it seemed less busy than the Space Needle. I would definitely consider this a great alternative to the Space Needle as a general attraction and if you're looking for a bar with great views, well, it would be hard to beat this one n Seattle.
Lori Aspenleiter | Jul 26, 2018
Such a historical interesting place with beautiful ambience, good food & drinks. Great service and reasonable prices and the sunset view is stunning! Highly recommend! Fabulous place for a Wedding proposal or special date night! Dress casual or dressy!
Jordan Quisenberry | Jul 20, 2018
Great prohibition era speakeasy vibe. Take a tour of the balcony to see all of Seattle and order a Manhattan to really feel like you've stepped back in time. Elevator has an operator dressed in 1930's attire that will drop some knowledge on you about the building. Ours was pretty funny as well, making jokes on the ride up. I can't recall what we paid to go up, but it wasn't much different than what the space needle cost. Space is limited at the bar due to the fire code, so expect to have a wait to get up and back down, but that also means you can find a seat easily. We didn't try any of the food, but it looked good from where we were sitting. Really though just go for the view and the vibe. The lobby also has a bunch of facts about the building if you want to tour around it and read everything.
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