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Sunday, January 29, 2017

#2498 - Parky's, Tacoma, WA - 4/4/2014

Parky's Tavern, Tacoma, WA
While up the block on McKinley Ave the Top of Tacoma provides a fine example of a fresh, new bar that helps rebuild a neighborhood, just one block south, but a world away in culture, Parky's Tavern presents the sort of classic old dive that one prays will never change. Parky's is a legit tavern down to the yellowed jar of pickled eggs, and it hews to the technical definition of a tavern in this state by serving only beer and wine. The crowd here is much older and more blue collar than its neighbor up the street, and has elements of a mid-century diner in features like the sparkle on the tavern sign out front, and inside a checkerboard pattern and red neon wrapping around the ceiling with the bar. It's a bar lovers's bar where nexpensive beer and stories from the locals flow freely. If you like old neighborhood dives, it is not to be missed.

Parky's Tavern, Tacoma, WA
Parky's was celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2014 which of course would date it back to 1939. However, it has been in its current location since 1958, and was in its previous location up the road (3527 McKinley, which later became Nick's Pizza and then part of Top of Tacoma) from when that structure was built in 1945 to 1958. A vestige of the bar first appears in Tacoma city guides and telephone directories only in 1941, under the name of Lloyd Parkins, with the bar a bit further up McKinley Ave, at 3523. If anyone can point me to information to help clarify and confirm an earlier age, I would be very grateful.

3551 McKinley Ave E, Tacoma, WA 98404 - (253) 272-0203
Est. 1939?, 1958 at current location - Building constructed: 1915
Previous bars in this location: None known
Web site: facebook
Reviews: yelp - tripadvisor

#2497 - Top of Tacoma Bar, Tacoma, WA - 4/4/2014

Top of Tacoma, Tacoma, WA
Crammed full of hipsters, the Top of Tacoma bar replaced long-running "Harry's Place," typically described as a "seedy dive," with a lively joint that has helpled revitalize the McKinley neighborhood, The art deco back bar apparently (?) came with Harry's, which had been here from at least the 50s until 2007. Along with Harry's, the owners also acquired Big Nick's Pizza next door and coverted it into a deli that also serves the bar with a solid menu of better than average modern pub food including sandwiches, tacos, salads, and pasta. If I lived in the area, I'm pretty sure this would be a regular stop.

3529 McKinley Ave E, Tacoma, WA 98404 - (253) 272-1502
Est. 2007 - Building constructed: 1945
Previous bars in this location: Harry's Place (1950s - 2007)
Web site: facebook
Articles ranked: movetotacoma - kevinfreitas - northwestmilitary - TNT - tacomaweekly (beer garden crash) - yelp - tripadvisor - instagram - dhomeyer

Saturday, January 28, 2017

#2496 - Flying Boots (Spur Room), Tacoma - 4/4/2014

Flying Boots, Tacoma, WA
After 75 years in business, the Flying Boots Cafe and Spur Room bar closed on July 27, 2013. Thank the bar gods that new owners have snagged it and are trying to revitalize it. The current version has a relatively tiny selection of spirits (one hopes they'll be successful and expand the choices) and they have replaced the old school cafe menu with a typical contemporary bar food menu. The new menu emphasizes the wings (the name of the business is now "Flying Boots & Wings"). They also host live bands, and if this particular night was any indication, probably the worst karaoke singers in the northwest. But it was a fun crowd, and I had a pleasant chat with Dave, who is 71 years old and has been drinking here since 1964. Dave was happy to see the place re-opened and he approved of the night's young female bartender ("I like the whole package").

Flying Boots & Wings, Spur Room, Tacoma, WA
It's great to have any bar operating under that splendid sign, and the new joint is a nice place to have a beer and some wings and chat up some old locals. I like the whole package.

614 S 38th St, Tacoma, WA 98418 - (253) 475-9628
Est. July 1938 - current version reopened April 4, 2014 - Building constructed: 1960
Previous bars in this location: None known
Web site: facebook
Articles: tnt - yelp - tacomaweekly - exit133

#2495 - The Mountain Tavern, Tacoma - 4/4/2014

The Mountain Tavern, Tacoma, WA
The Mountain is an old school, working man's dive that has been here on Pacific Avenue for a long time. Pierce County tax records list this building as having been constructed in 1939. However, city guides show a Mountain Tavern at this address at least as far back as 1935. With the standard Washington suburban bar features -- pulltabs, paraphernalia from the big beer corporations, pool, and characters of virtually all ages, the Mountain serves old school bar food including having Smitty Burgers on the menu for 30 years. I enjoyed chatting with local Rebecca about the bar and neighborhood.

The Mountain Tavern, Tacoma, WA

5520 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98408 - (253) 472-2993                 
Est. 1935 or earlier - Building constructed: 1939
Previous bars in this location: None known
Web site: facebook
Reviews:  yelp

#2494 #S1233 - The Fuse Box Moto Tavern, Seattle - 4/3/2014

Fuse Box Moto Tavern, Seattle, WA
Seattle's smallest biker bar was created in a shack snug by Seattle Used Bikes on Aurora Avenue, just south of the city zoo. Jeremiah Robinson and Sean Westlake (a founder of the Cretins Motorcycle Club) opened the tiny joint with a focus on vintage motorcyles and local beers. It's a nifty, tiny spot for locals and bike lovers.

Fuse Box Moto Tavern, Seattle, WA
4911 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103 - (206) 701-9411              
Est. Oct 9, 2013 - Building constructed: 1936
Previous bars in this location: None known
Web site: - facebook
Reviews: yelp - tripadvisor - thestranger