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General Contractor Tacoma WA | Wren & Willow, Inc

For the past 16 years Laureen Skrivan created a Woman-Owned local business called Wren & Willow, Inc. Her team as a General Contractor Tacoma WA that feels more like a family. They have been remodeling while beautifying Tacoma and the greater area for years. Driven by Legacy, Laureen has seen what it takes to make a difference within her community.

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“What makes us different is that I did not want to give up on my clients during the process of building their dream home. So, I created a business that allows you to shop the entire process under one roof. This gives you the customer a quicker turn over on projects and less stress on the pockets.”

Laureen, Founder and President of Wren & Willow, Inc, a Philadelphia native, born and raised. Her experience gave her the insights she needed when she moved to Tacoma. Being an advocate for family and the community allowed her to stand out even from the beginning.

Local Biz Hero | Laureen and her Family

Laureen is what we like to call a Local Biz Hero, a self-made entrepreneur who brings true value to her community. High stands of professionalism and strong work ethics of small business owners like Laureen are the infrastructure of small business economy.

Every dollar that Laureen and her family makes goes back to supporting the local business ecosystem and the community as Wren & Willow supports the The Journey Fund charity, as well doing long term volunteer work with Ruston Business District and being the first woman President elected for the Master Builder’s Association of Pierce County in 2014.

A special thank you to Cliff Kendall, who is our General Manager, and helped rename the company Wren & Willow, Inc. “I would not have been able to do what we do without your extraordinary service to me and our mission. Thank you from Laureen.”

Breastplate of Armor Displayed by Wren & Willow, Inc owner

We sat down with Laureen for a quick interview –

Why do you do what you do?

“My grandfather, Giuseppe Miliziano trained to be a brick mason. With a decision to pursue the American dream, he immigrated to the U.S. to become a brick mason in New York during the Great Depression (according to WrenandWillow.com). Now living in my day, I wanted more for my family. After fighting breast cancer twice, I knew I could face anything. I started my business and never looked back.” Her cancer was not a crutch but a Breastplate of Armor that gave her the confidence to live fearlessly.

How did you get into this profession?

“I always loved art and a specific artist named William Morris, designer in England in late 1800s. Evoking nature within his art. So creating the bird (Wren) and tree (Willow) in our name and logo.”

Being a people person, Laureen works directly with many locals, we asked her what’s the most exciting situation that is coming up? “After moving to the Ruston District as a General Contractor in Tacoma, WA, we have been working on our next project. We are building out a 21,000 sq ft building for urban living, retail space, offices and a bakery!”

I would say, Look out Tacoma, things just got better again.

If you could share one tip with the readers for choosing a General Contractor for your next project or remodel, what would it be?

“Understand this is a major investment and you should know the entire process. Ask your potential contractor who they will be using for all parts that they are not servicing themselves. If they cannot come up with reliable businesses, call us. We are your one-stop shop when it comes to serving you and seeing the entire process together. “

General Contractor in Tacoma, WA

For those of you who are looking for a professional general contractor for any type of new home build, remodeling, or general contractor needs, Laureen and the Wren & Willow team should be your first choice. Wren & Willow supports our community on the highest level. Call Laureen or Kyle at 253-338-5545, or visit www.wrenandwillow.com – Seriously Humble Locals.

Local Heroes

The Calm Before the Storm, Perfect Storm Painting

Striving for perfection in Tacoma, WA, find your Professional Painter in Tacoma

For the past 10 years Larry Ulery, a Professional Painter Tacoma, has been gaining the needed knowledge to become a perfectionist in his trade. Now, years into his own business called Perfect Storm Painting. Larry and his team have been painting everything in South Sound area and Seattle. Residential, commercial and cabinetry are all painting services they provide.

“What makes us different is that I take the additional time to make sure the job is done right the first time. You’ll definitely see the difference from a professional painter and a DIY project.”

Larry is the owner of Perfect Storm Painting, a Tacoma native, born and raised, and loves to serve his City of Destiny.

Larry is what we like to call a Local Biz Hero, a self-made entrepreneur who brings true value to his community. High stands of professionalism and strong work ethics of small business owners like Larry are the infrastructure of our business economy.

Overall, every dollar that Larry and his team makes goes back to supporting the local business ecosystem and the community as Perfect Storm Painting supports the military and first responders. Just ask how.

Tacoma Residential Painter

We sat down with Larry for a quick interview –

Why do you do what you do?

“After years of being in the industry, I knew I could stand out with my technique of being perfect. One job at a time.”

How did you get into this profession?

“I’ve always had an artist look at life. Painting became easy to start yet challenging enough to keep me interested.”

Being a painter, Larry works directly with many people, we asked him what’s the most unusual situation that ever happened to you on the job? “I was pressure washing someone’s house one day. Just getting finished up and everything was nicely done. The homeowner complained that the windows were not dry. Though I was happy to help dry them off, I was there to pressure wash the house. It got out of control when she got her ladder out and started drying them herself and showing me how. I learned I could be more perfect in that moment.“

If you could share one tip with the readers for choosing a professional painter, what would it be?

“Ask the painters the process of the entire job. Less experienced painters will not go into detail because they do not know the details it takes to have that professional job done. With Perfect Storm Painting, we walk you through the entire process and prove our perfection in our work. You’ll want to stand back and admire the work. At least that’s what we strive for. “

Residential Painter in the South Sound

For those of you who are looking for a professional painter, Larry and the Perfect Storm Painting team should be your first choice. Call Larry at 253-878-8689 – “Perfect Paint Job, Perfect Storm. Everything PERFECT with Perfect Storm Painting. Perfect Storm Painting

Local Heroes

Professional Steel Tacoma, WA

Kindness, Compassion, and Gratitude | It’s what we work by

For the past 4 months Jason Parnell and his Steeler Inc, Professional Steel Tacoma team of 3 have been turning a 50 year business around. Houses, apartments, even daily screws, all use steel to make them, and we are here to serve you.

“What makes us different is that we have a local manufacturer plant in Seattle. Local allows our quick turnover for our clients to be weeks versus months.”

Jason is the Branch Manager of the Tacoma Branch at Steeler an Oregon native, born and raised, and interesting enough a hockey fan. He cannot wait for the next Seattle Crackin game to start.

Local Hero Tacoma, WA

Jason is what we like to call a Local Biz Hero, a self-made manager who brings true value to his community. High stands of professionalism and strong sense of community. Step into his Tacoma location and ask for Jason, for your best experience.

Every dollar that Jason and his team makes goes back to supporting the local business ecosystem. Steeler as a whole supports all walks of life from major bigwig developers to our locals doing DIY projects.

We sat down with Jason for a quick interview –

Why do you do what you do?

“I’m a people person. I love being able to help solve their problems. My team and I are really good at it.”

How did you get into this profession?

“I wanted a change and I wanted to be dealing with the local community.”

Tacoma Steel Just Got Tougher

Being a Branch Manager at Steeler, he works directly with many people, we asked him what’s the most unusual situation that ever happened to you on the job? “The first day I got started actually. I got bumped up to Branch Manager as the former one resigned and placed her two weeks notice that same day. Big shoes to fill, so I strapped up and got to work. Now our team is strong and we want to hire more so we can break growth records. “

If you could share one tip with the readers for choosing a steel company, what would it be?

“If you need the steel and want it sooner, we provide the fastest turnover rate for your next project. Need help finding what to use steel for? Come down to my shop in Tacoma and let’s talk. “

For those of you who are looking for a Professional Steel Tacoma company for any type of work, Jason and the Steeler team (Keith, Jason and Jordan) should be your first choice. “Special shoutout to my team. I could not have done this job without you. Thank you for all your hard work. This one’s for you! – Jason Parnell”.

Call Jason, and Professional Steel Tacoma team at 253-572-8200, or visit www.steeler.com – my motto for the store – “If you are going to excel in anything, excel in kindness, compassion, and gratitude – Jason, Branch Manager.”

Local Heroes

Nurse-Owned in-home Care with Vibrant Health Home | Pierce County

Every Local Deserves a Vibrant Life

For the past 3 years Annet Asio-pasquali and the Vibrant Health Home team of “the BEST caregivers” have been serving the Pierce County area. In-home care services are what we provide, and a Vibrant Life is what they receive.

“What makes us different is that we are a Nurse-Owned company which means my background allows me to give Social and Medical advice to the patients. Most of the time this consulting comes at a cost in hospital settings. It is a standard with us.”

Annet is the owner of Vibrant Health Home, a Uganda native, born and raised. Her love for serving the local community came when she moved to Tacoma in 2010, so she instantly went into nursing school. Her passion reignited! As a brand new nurse, she started her career at Tacoma General. Annet wanted to do more than what the hospital could provide at that time, and that was giving the patient capability of in-home care. This is where she now has stepped into her purpose full speed ahead.

Local Biz Hero Makes a Difference in Pierce County

Annet is what we like to call a Local Biz Hero, a self-made entrepreneur who brings true value to her community. High stands of professionalism and strong work ethics of small business owners like Annet are the infrastructure of the home care economy. Annet and her team Makes a Difference in their community.

Every dollar that Annet and her 16 FULL Time employees and 8 ON-CALL employees make goes back to supporting the local business ecosystem and the community as Vibrant Health Home supports the Pierce County area through shopping small and building community.

Making A Global Difference here Locally

We sat down with Annet for a quick interview –

Why do you do what you do?

“I wanted to make A Global Difference here Locally. And we are doing just that.”

How did you get into this profession?

“I started as a nurse. After seeing how I could make a difference in the way patients are being cared for, I leaped out in faith and started my own business.”

We Are Here to Serve Them

Being a caregiver and business owner, Annet works directly with many people. We asked her what’s the most unusual situation that has ever happened to you on the job? “Due to HIPPA , we cannot say much. Some awkward moments for our patients come shortly after using the restroom. Our patients are too prideful, but that’s why we are there. We Are Here to Serve Them. To give them a Vibrant LIFE that they cannot give to themselves any longer. “

If you could share one tip with the readers for choosing home care, what would it be?

“It’s never too early to start learning about the options. If I had a choice between a local business and a franchise, I would choose local. Shopping local means that money is going to locals that live here. I know that care is provided by someone who has the training expected and needed for our locals. Have Vibrant Health Home on that list.“

For those of you who are looking for a professional in home health care, Annet and the Vibrant Health Home team should be your first choice, and if you did not know Vibrant Health Home supports DSHS. Call Annet at 253-355-3087, or visit www.vibranthealthhomecare.com for a Vibrant LIFE.

Local Heroes

All Season Construction | Any Weather. Anytime. Anywhere.

For the past few years Valerie Acosta and her husband, a POWER team from All Season Construction of “20 years EXPERIENCE” have been remodeling and beautifying everything between Seattle to Olympia. Residential homes to big commercial buildings.

“What makes us different is that my husband has over 20 years experience. So when speaking to our next client, we ensure our steps follow in line with the outcome of the project.”

Valerie is the co-owner of All Season Construction LLC painting, a Longview native, born and raised, and of course since living in Tacoma, WA giving her city it’s rightful spot.

Self-made Local Hero

Valerie is what we like to call a Local Biz Hero, a Self-made Local Hero and entrepreneur who brings true value to her community. High stands of professionalism and strong work ethics of small business owners like Valerie and her husband are the infrastructure of the Tacoma and greater area’s economy.

Every dollar that Valerie makes goes back to supporting the local business ecosystem and the community as All Season Construction supports their family through teaching the next generation how to swing a hammer. We sat down with Valerie for a quick interview –

Why do you do what you do?

“We wanted to create generational wealth for our family. After years in the industry, we knew we could do it better with more integrity.”

How did you get into this profession?

“ It has become easier for my husband. He is such a fast learner that we decided to start our own business” with those same skills.

My Husband, the Superhero

Being a mom, wife, and business owner, Valerie works directly with many people. We asked her what’s the most unusual situation that ever happened to you on the job? “Being in the construction industry there was a long wait the last 18 months on a lot of items needed. We had a client wanting new trusses to be placed as their infrastructure and roof. We called the truss company and they were backlogged for months. My Husband, the Superhero built the truss needed for the project in a weekend. He saved the client thousands of dollars and learned a new trade.“

If you could share one tip with the readers for choosing All Season Construction, what would it be?

Ask for Blueprints

“When looking to remodel your home or business, ask detailed questions of the process from the constructor before agreeing. You will learn quickly whether they know what they are doing or not. Ask for Blueprints. That’s our standard.“

For those of you who are looking for a professional remodeling company for most jobs, Valerie and the All Season Construction team should be your first choice. All Season Construction supports our community with fair prices and the best work for your dollar. Call Valerie at 360.431.8534, or visit www.allseasoncllc.com – “Any Weather. Anytime. Anywhere. All Season Construction! “

Featured Tacoma Travel

Travel in the PNW

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You are a travel enthusiast and are looking forward to exploring local places and become intimate with its culture. The United States of America has a plethora of places, cuisines, and cultures to offer, much to the delight of food connoisseurs and wanderlust lovers. In this article, we will have you covered about various places to visit in Tacoma, the delights in store for you in Olympia and possible places to explore in Seattle.

The name Tacoma itself tells a lot of stories. The port covers an impressive stretch of land that extends for over 2400 acres which makes it the 6th biggest port in North America. The skyline of Seattle is a vision to behold. It is a sacred place for all the coffee lovers as Starbucks was born there. The glamour of Seattle attracts ambitious people from all over the world and it has a string of restaurants to cater to different tastes and cultures. Olympia is also known as the cultural hub. It houses the Old State Capitol Building and derived its name from the fact that it provides a majestic view of the Olympic Mountains.

We will be your travel guide and take you to the right place and right eateries so that you can make the most out of your visit in Tacoma, Seattle or Olympia.

Things You Would Want To Do In Tacoma

We will give you a macroscopic view of Tacoma and also help you with the local events quotes Tacoma. There are some beatific hotels in this splendid place where you can check-in, relax and then go sightseeing. Some of the top-notch Tacoma hotels are Silver Cloud Inn, The Villa Bed and Breakfast, Hotel Murano, to name a few. Here we would like to take over as your professional travel guide Tacoma.

APicnic in Point Defiance Park – The beauty of this 700-acres park, nestled amidst the lap of nature will captivate you to no end. A picnic with your family in the woodlands, away from the chaos, in the presence of lakes and forests can be an enthralling experience. Here you will get a chance to discover nature like never before.

A Day Out In Point Defiance Zoo – Animal lovers are in for a visual treat of penguins, sea horses, polar bears to name a few in Point Defiance Zoo. Right from its opening time at 9:30 a.m. every day, the zoo witnesses a stream of visitors to marvel at the array of various exotic zoo inhabitants present. We assure you that you will have a marvelous time in the zoo surrounded by the view of the Olympic Mountains and Mount Rainer.

Trip To Chihuly Bridge – A trip to the Chihuly Bridge will be like a walk through the marvels of glass. The ocular treat offered by this place together with the splash of colors can enrapture any visitor.

Local events and Activities That Can Be Done in Tacoma

5 Mile Drive and Trails offer amazing hiking experience to the visitors. A nature walk amidst the mountainous views and sight of the waterfront can give a beautiful experience to the visitors. There is a Tacoma Scavenger Hunt which makes for quite an adventure for the participants to find out the hidden treasures of Tacoma. This scavenger hunt might cost around $8-$10. You can also go for local shopping in Tacoma and Pacific Northwest region to experience the variety of lifestyles in that place. Tacoma offers a wide array of products and the shop local pricing Tacoma varies between $5 and $100.

Tacoma also witnesses Annual Puget Sound Green Infrastructure Summit every year which focuses on strategies to improve the environment. The tickets cost anywhere between $85 and $100.

This place is packed with festivities throughout the year. It celebrates ip & Stroll’, Daffodil Festival, Gig Harbour Beer Festival, Car shows, and Oktoberfest Northwest Festival to name a few. The festivities are replete with dance, music, parades, beverages, good food and many more. The entry fee of getting into any of these festivals lies between $12 and $200.

Best Local Restaurants in Tacoma

Mexican Restaurant Tacoma

Here we will guide you about some of the best restaurants in Tacoma and also help you with the best local restaurants cost Tacoma.

Olive Branch Cafe- The ambiance, the amazing food, and the hospitality are the talk of the town and would cost approximately $30 for 2 people.

Over The Moon Cafe- This is another popular cafe under the ambit of Tacoma which offers mouth-watering food at an average cost of $50 for 2 people.

Dirty Oscar’s Annex – One of the best breakfast eateries of Tacoma is DOA which flaunts of offering stuffed waffles, pancakes, toasts with melted cheese. Serving for 2 people would cost approximately around $30. Other breakfast eateries in Tacoma include Viva, Shakabrah Java, to name a few.

Cliff House Restaurant- This amazing restaurant in the Pacific Northwest region is a delight for steak lovers. This Pacific Northwest price Tacoma ranges from $31 to $50. It costs approximately $100 for 2 people when drinks are included.

There are other restaurants in Tacoma like Marzano’s, Pacific Grill, Harvest Buffet, to name a few and these best local restaurants cost Tacoma ranges from $30 to $100.

Things You Would Want To Do In Seattle

Experience Boeing – Seattle can give you the experience to witness the factory of the airplane giant which flies millions of passengers all over the world. It is a thrilling experience in itself to observe the making of Boeing as well as get a glimpse of what the future of the aviation industry has in store for us.

A Stroll through the Pike Place Market – This area is the ultimate place for coffee lovers. If you want to see the local culture of Seattle up, close and personal, a trip to the Pike Place Market will suffice. This is the place where Starbucks was born and the world got a taste of heavenly coffee. You can get a glimpse of the public market which attracts 20,000 to 30,000 visitors every day

Local Life – You can go pay a visit to the Capitol Hill and experience the vibrant entertainment and night clubs that can make you fall for Seattle. It also has a lot of stories in store for music lovers. You can visit the house of the iconic musician, Kurt Cobain and also get a glimpse of the school attended by music giants Jimi Hendrix and Quincy Jones.

Amazing Eateries – Seattle can flaunt to have some of the best restaurants which can get your taste buds tingling.

1. Dacha Diner- This restaurant in Capitol Hill is an ultimate bliss for the food lovers who can get hooked to the aroma of Georgian pizza and pork dumplings. The variety and vibe make it one of the best in Seattle.

2. L’Oursin- This restaurant is a delight for all the wine lovers with its amazing collection together with mouth-watering food.

Now that you have mentally experienced Tacoma and Seattle, some of the quick things to do in Olympia would be to visit Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, Washington State Capitol, Hands On Children’s Museum and the Farmers Market.

We have got you covered on the activities you can treat yourself to in Tacoma, Seattle and Olympia together with the best eateries where you can indulge your taste buds. We have also got you covered on the best local restaurants cost Tacoma. We hope you have the time of your life when you visit these places and we would be very happy to have guided you in this endeavor.

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8 Iconic Movies Filmed in Tacoma

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Are you a film buff living in Tacoma?

Whether you enjoy watching the latest flicks at a local South Sound movie theater or classic movies at home, you might be curious to learn how many movies were filmed in and around Tacoma.

When you’re not busy enjoying all the fabulous outdoor activities Tacoma has to offer, check out one of these iconic movies that were filmed in the area.

1. 10 Things I Hate About You

Perhaps the most iconic movie filmed in Tacoma (at least for kids of the 90s) was the 1999 hit romantic comedy 10 Things I Hate About You.

A modern-day retelling of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, the film is best known as Heath Ledger’s breakout role. Funnily enough, he went from an unknown in Hollywood to landing the role after seeing the script from a friend-of-a-friend.

Ledger wooed every teenage girl that year with his song-and-dance routine filmed at Stadium High School’s Stadium Bowl. The school was the backdrop for a majority of the movie, along with a private residence on North Junett Street.

The film launched not only Heath Ledger’s career, but also the careers of Julia Stiles, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Gabrielle Union. Talk about being cast in the right film at the right time!

2. Enough

In 2002, the Tacoma area became the filming location for an unconventional thriller: Enough.

Starring Jennifer Lopez and Billy Campbell, the film follows the story of an abused wife who takes her young daughter and flees for their lives. After changing her identity and trying to start over, she soon learns her husband won’t let them go.

Although the film received mixed reviews from critics, most viewers love the final scene of the movie. Jennifer Lopez, after studying a rigorous self-defense course, is able to hold her own in a very physical fight with her vicious ex.

How does the story end? You’ll have to watch it and find out.

3. The Hand That Rocks the Cradle

Another twisted thriller filmed in Tacoma was 1992’s The Hand That Rocks the Cradle.

Starring Rebecca De Mornay and Annabella Sciorra, the story follows a psychopathic nanny hellbent on destroying the family she works for. Suspenseful with plenty of action (and a few well-placed murders), this movie is sure to send a few shivers down your spine.

Most of the movie was filmed in a private home on North Yakima Avenue and nearby Wright Park. Interestingly, the character Michael Bartell gives the home’s real address during a phone call scene in the movie.

4. Stephen King’s Rose Red

Originally scripted as a feature film, Stephen King’s Rose Red was instead turned into a TV miniseries in 2002.

As you’d expect of anything written by Stephen King, the story is an intense supernatural thriller. Set in a haunted mansion called Rose Red, a team of psychics is invited to stay in the house to study its “activity.”

Most of the film was shot in the historic Thornewood Castle on Thorne Lane. Far from a reproduction, the “castle” is actually a 500-year old English manor that was disassembled and shipped to Washington in 1908.

5. I Love You to Death

This little-known 1990 film featured a huge ensemble cast that later went on to bigger (and more famous) productions.

I Love You to Death is a dark comedy starring Kevin Kline, Tracey Ullman, River Phoenix, and Keanu Reeves. It’s loosely based on a real-life attempted murder that occurred in 1983 when a betrayed wife repeatedly tried to kill her womanizing husband.

The film features many iconic scenes around Tacoma, including the historic Bostwick Building on Antique Row. Bob’s Java Jive, Stadium Bowl, and Holy Rosary Church also make appearances in the film.

6. Prefontaine

Even the most devout Jared Leto fans may have missed his 1997 biopic film about long-distance runner Steve Prefontaine.

The story follows the athlete’s rise to fame in the 1972 Olympics held in Munich, Germany. History fans will appreciate the film’s portrayal of the Munich Massacre terrorist attacks that occurred that same year.

Interestingly, Prefontaine became a track star while attending the University of Oregon in Eugene. The filming location for the movie, however, was Tacoma’s own Peyton Field, at the University of Puget Sound.

To make it resemble Hayward Field in the 1970s, Hollywood set designers worked their magic. Even those who have visited the original setting couldn’t tell the difference on film.

7. Say Anything

Cameron Crowe fans will remember his directorial debut film Say Anything from 1989. What they might not remember is that part of the movie was filmed in Tacoma.

The iconic high school romance movie starred a young John Cusack and Ione Skye. Critics and moviegoers alike love it for its realistic dialogue and believable portrayal of high school teens falling in love.

In fact, the film won the #1 spot in Entertainment Weekly’s vote for the greatest modern movie romance.

When you watch it, keep an eye out for Bob’s Java Jive as John Cusack drives his car down South Tacoma Way.

8. Three Fugitives

If you like old-school crime comedies, you’ll love this 1989 flick starring Nick Nolte, Martin Short, and James Earl Jones.

In a comedy of errors, a man just released from prison for armed robbery gets taken hostage by a bumbling bank robber. Throw in a few goofy chase scenes, an accidental shooting, and a vet who thinks he’s a dog, and you’ve got a hilarious take on an untraditional heist flick.

Tacoma filming locations include the McNeil Island Prison, Old City Hall, and the ferry dock at Steilacoom.

Iconic Movies at South Sound Cinema

So, how many of these iconic movies filmed in Tacoma have you seen?

If you missed a few, why not skip a night out and catch up on some of these classic films instead?

Wondering what else is happening in and around Tacoma? Click here for our latest posts about what’s going on in town. 


Good Food, Good Drinks, Good People: The Real Tacoma Nightlife

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Tacoma was recently named one of the best places to live in the US. If you’re a local you already know this. If you’re a visitor, you’re about to find out why.

If you’re planning a trip to Tacoma and wondering what the local population gets up to when the sun sinks below the horizon, here’s a heads up. 

These are some of the best places to lap up the Tacoma nightlife whether you’re from out of town or not.

Sundowners Set the Scene for Tacoma Nightlife

Starting off with a couple of cocktails is one of the best things to do in Tacoma tonight or any night. 

If there’s one thing that goes with a sundowner, it’s a sea view. Get your scenic fix at Rock the Dock while sipping on the Captain’s rum punch and vodka cocktails.

What’s in a name? The Beach Tavern near Narrow’s Bridge may not have the best view in town but it makes up for that with a wonderful friendly atmosphere and awesome beers. 

If you aren’t into pub fare, or you want to start your date night right, head to one of Tacoma’s top restaurants instead.

The Best Beats in Town

If you need some of the top tunes around, head for the New Frontier Lounge on E 25th Street 

Meal specials – think crispy tots and burritos – and a happy hour that stretches from 2 pm to 8 pm are some of the daily attractions at this independent music venue.

From flamenco to indie rock and cello music, there’s bound to be something to get your toes tapping at this thumping Tacoma nightspot. It’s all local and it’s all live. 

New Frontier Lounge regularly hosts Tacoma weekend events. Check out what’s up next on their event calendar.  

Tacoma Night Clubs

Whenever you’re in the mood for dancing, Tacoma won’t disappoint.

Club Silverstone ticks all the boxes for a little bump and grind with glittering disco balls, discounted drinks, and a bustling dancefloor.

Technically a gay club, Club Silverstone is a favorite haunt with party people of all persuasions. 

The Bull Market on Pacific Avenue South features high definition screens, dart boards, shuffleboards, and billiard tables. You can also hit the dance floor every weekend when this club pumps up the jam with local rock beats. 

Special Occasions

There’s always something on the go in Tacoma. There are festivals and events to celebrate everything from daffodils to drinks as well as every season of the year.

One of the biggest Tacoma festivals is First Night Tacoma where you can party the night away at a discount.

One ticket gets you in to into all the participating venues at this alcohol-free New Year’s party, which has been rocking the streets of Tacoma for 20 years. 

Dressing Up

Whether you’re a local or just passing through, you’ll love Tacoma’s laid-back evening vibe. Leave the suit and tie at home and get set to enjoy our Tacoma nightlife in relaxed style.

Join our community for updates on the best places to wear it.

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Where You Need to Go During Tacoma Restaurant Week

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If you’re thinking of heading to Tacoma Restaurant Week this October, you may not know where to start. But we’re here to help!

Here are some great restaurants to check out during Tacoma Restaurant Week. Trust us, you won’t be disappointed by any of these eateries.

Let’s dive in!


If you’re after a menu boasting delectable pan-Asian fusion dishes, then Indochine is the place to be.

It never disappoints – you’re always guaranteed a good meal here!

The atmosphere exudes elegance, and the staff provide excellent customer service. Some favorite picks from their menu include:

  • A starter of pulled-pork empanadas
  • A main of garlic prawns
  • A slice of coconut cake for dessert

Indochine is ideal if for enjoying a romantic meal with your better half!

Boathouse 19

Boathouse 19 is the perfect place to eat after spending time at Titlow Beach Park.

The fresh Strawberry Salad starter is always a favorite, as is the Blackened Rockfish; they’re both utterly divine!

Round off your meal with a decadent Bailey’s Chocolate Mousse. It’s the perfect dessert for chocoholics, and sweettooths alike!

The best way to describe this restaurant’s vibe is casual, yet comfortable and affordable, yet high-quality. So, it really ticks all the boxes!

Plus, you can enjoy the views of Narrows Bridge and the snow-capped Olympic Mountains as you savor a delicious meal – what could be better?

READ: Things To Do In Tacoma: The Narrows Bridge


If you love seafood, Wildfin is a great spot to visit. Not only do they offer amazing food, but they are located in the heart of Point Ruston, one of best up and coming spots in the Tacoma area. Wildfin’s calamari starter is delicious, and their Parmesan Sole is legendary!

Here you can enjoy a plethora of fresh fish, shellfish, and Northwestern meats. When coupled with a glass of some of the best wine and/or beer this region has to offer, you’re bound to be in for a culinary treat!

Or, if a classic cocktail is more your style, peruse through their delicious menu and sample some of their sweet tasting drinks.

Come inside and marvel at the breathtaking views of Point Defiance, Vashon Island, Commencement Bay, and Mt. Rainier while enjoying a sit-down meal.

Alternatively, you can take away a tasty Fish Taco or a portion of traditional fish and chips from the Fish Bar.

Whatever you opt for, you’ll be in for a delicious dinner!

El Gaucho

Perhaps steak is more your thing? If so, El Gaucho is a high-quality steak restaurant with tons of mouthwatering options for you to chose from.

It features 28-Day Dry-Aged Niman Ranch and Custom-Aged Angus Beef on the menu – you may have never had a steak this tasty before!

This is one of the best places for steak-lovers to congregate in the South Sound. Don’t forget to order some incredible Lobster Medallions with your steak, if you want to take your dinner up a notch.

Both steaks and chops are cooked on a uniquely designed charcoal grill, which you’ll see from their open style kitchen.

They also offer a fabulous wine list and cocktail menu to complement your delicious meal.

The atmosphere in El Gaucho is wonderful. Despite its simple exterior, it really packs a punch. A grand staircase welcomes diners into a restaurant lit by glittering candlelight, setting the tone for a romantic evening.

Enjoy your food while listing to classic songs played on the piano; this place truly has everything you need to enjoy an awesome dining experience!

Bar Bistro

If you’re a fan of New American Cuisine, you won’t be disappointed with what Bar Bistro has to offer. You’ll see all the Northwestern favorites on their menu ready for you to sample!

The food is out of this world, and customer service is excellent.

Be sure to order a beautiful craft cocktail to round off this fabulous culinary experience.

Duke’s Seafood & Chowder

Perched on the piers of Commencement bay, Duke’s Seafood & Chowder offers lovely views from your table. Duke’s is also a stones throw away from a lovely paved path along Ruston Way, which is the perfect way to work up an appetite, or lose some calories.

If you want to try tasty dishes boasting unique combinations, then this is the place to dine. If you’re an adventurous foodie, looking to taste something new, this eclectic menu won’t let you down!

Each dish is lovingly prepared. Hours are spent crafting each particular recipe so that each item is entirely unique. This only adds to the charm of the restaurant.

Plus, if you want a cozy atmosphere to relax and unwind with your loved ones, this eatery is the ideal.

Melting Pot

Sitting in picturesque Downtown Tacoma, just steps away from El Gaucho is a unique dining experience for friends and family.

If you enjoy a more interactive dining experience, you’ll love a meal at the Melting Pot. This gourmet fondue restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy a meal after a fun day exploring the Museums of downtown Tacoma.

You can relish several savory kinds of cheese prepared at your table side, crisp, fresh salads adorned with delicious homemade dressings, tender meats, and scrumptious seafood.

Plus, the creamy chocolate fondue dessert is to die for! Accompanied by plenty of delicious sides to dunk, there’s no better way to round off an incredible meal.

Be sure to order a specialty cocktail, craft beer, or a glass of vino to complement your tasty food.

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