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Food scene, bars, concerts, event space
There are several fun and tasty bars and restaurants located inside this hotel/event space. My personal favorite is the The Old Hangout on the lower level. Also try finding the hidden bar! Also check their events calendar; they have lots of fun shows and events in the Spanish Ballroom.
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McMenamins Elks Temple
565 Broadway
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There are several fun and tasty bars and restaurants located inside this hotel/event space. My personal favorite is the The Old Hangout on the lower level. Also try finding the hidden bar! Also check their events calendar; they have lots of fun shows and events in the Spanish Ballroom.
The Historic Tacoma Dome is a fabulous place to see some of the area's largest shows. Recently remodeled, this is a piece of Tacoma and Washington State history.
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Tacoma Dome
2727 East D Street
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The Historic Tacoma Dome is a fabulous place to see some of the area's largest shows. Recently remodeled, this is a piece of Tacoma and Washington State history.
Local family friendly brewery. Also has a restaurant and coffee shop inside so there are options for everyone.
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7 Seas Brewery and Taproom
2101 Jefferson Ave
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Local family friendly brewery. Also has a restaurant and coffee shop inside so there are options for everyone.
Fun LGBTQ friendly dance club in downtown Tacoma
Club Silverstone
739 Saint Helens Avenue
Fun LGBTQ friendly dance club in downtown Tacoma
Good food and lots of entertainment options. They usually have bands on the weekends.
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The Swiss Restaurant & Pub
1904 Jefferson Avenue
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Good food and lots of entertainment options. They usually have bands on the weekends.
Check out some big comedy names (or just a local up-and-comer)! 2 purchase minimum required when seeing a show (can be drinks or food).
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Tacoma Comedy Club
933 Market Street
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Check out some big comedy names (or just a local up-and-comer)! 2 purchase minimum required when seeing a show (can be drinks or food).
Country music bar. They have line dancing a bull you can ride and good American grub. Their steaks are fabulous!
Steel Creek American Whiskey Co.
1114 Broadway
Country music bar. They have line dancing a bull you can ride and good American grub. Their steaks are fabulous!
Fun local brewery on the waterfront overlooking the Puget Sound and the Narrows Bridge
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Narrows Brewing Company
9007 South 19th Street
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Fun local brewery on the waterfront overlooking the Puget Sound and the Narrows Bridge
This local event space has shows of all sorts. Check out their lineup while you're in town. Or visit Matriarch (restaurant and lounge) or Honey (coffee shop and bakery) in the same building.
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Alma Mater Tacoma
1322 Fawcett Ave
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This local event space has shows of all sorts. Check out their lineup while you're in town. Or visit Matriarch (restaurant and lounge) or Honey (coffee shop and bakery) in the same building.
Event space that often has concerts and shows.
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Jazzbones
2803 6th Avenue
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Event space that often has concerts and shows.
Family-friendly brewery, restaurant and event space.
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Engine House No. 9
611 N Pine St
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Family-friendly brewery, restaurant and event space.
Sightseeing
The Tacoma Art Museum is a local favorite. Check out their exhibit while you're in town.
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Tacoma Art Museum
1701 Pacific Avenue
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The Tacoma Art Museum is a local favorite. Check out their exhibit while you're in town.
Point Defiance is a local favorite. With walking trails all throughout and access to the beach this is a beautiful place to spend the day or just a couple hours. There are views of the Puget Sound, Mount Rainier and tons of nature sightings all throughout the park. Also check out the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium for an additional fee.
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Point Defiance Park
5400 North Pearl Street
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Point Defiance is a local favorite. With walking trails all throughout and access to the beach this is a beautiful place to spend the day or just a couple hours. There are views of the Puget Sound, Mount Rainier and tons of nature sightings all throughout the park. Also check out the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium for an additional fee.
Worth the drive! Mount Rainier is our region's pride and joy! There are hiking trails all throughout, lakes, waterfalls, and lots of cute towns along the way to stop and grab a bit to eat.
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Mount Rainier
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Worth the drive! Mount Rainier is our region's pride and joy! There are hiking trails all throughout, lakes, waterfalls, and lots of cute towns along the way to stop and grab a bit to eat.
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Museum of Glass
1801 Dock St
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If you like classic cars this is a great place to go! They also occasionally have concerts!
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LeMay - America’s Car Museum
2702 East D Street
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If you like classic cars this is a great place to go! They also occasionally have concerts!
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Washington State History Museum
1911 Pacific Avenue
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Family Friendly Entertainment
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Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
5400 North Pearl Street
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Check out the golf course or there is a beautiful walking trail around the course where locals like to walk, run or take their dogs. Set on the bluff above the Puget Sound you will see stunning views here! There is also a kids playground at the far end of the park.
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Chambers Bay Golf Course
6320 Grandview Drive West
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Check out the golf course or there is a beautiful walking trail around the course where locals like to walk, run or take their dogs. Set on the bluff above the Puget Sound you will see stunning views here! There is also a kids playground at the far end of the park.
Fun indoor family-friendly option when the weather is not cooperating.
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Children's Museum of Tacoma
1501 Pacific Avenue
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Fun indoor family-friendly option when the weather is not cooperating.
Check out a Rainiers (minor league Basemball) game while you're in town!
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Cheney Stadium
2502 South Tyler Street
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Check out a Rainiers (minor league Basemball) game while you're in town!
A beautiful park in the middle of the city. Playground, spray park and trail all the way around and throughout the park makes this a fabulous space to spend some family time.
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Wright Park
501 South I Street
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A beautiful park in the middle of the city. Playground, spray park and trail all the way around and throughout the park makes this a fabulous space to spend some family time.
Coffee Shops
This is my favorite Tacoma Coffee Shop and roaster! They have 2 locations; check out their downtown Tacoma spot inside 7 Seas Brewery or their flagship location on 6th Ave.
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Valhalla Coffee Co.
3918 6th Avenue
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This is my favorite Tacoma Coffee Shop and roaster! They have 2 locations; check out their downtown Tacoma spot inside 7 Seas Brewery or their flagship location on 6th Ave.
A great kid-friendly coffee shop. They also have tasty food options for a light breakfast or lunch.
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Red Elm Cafe
1114 M.L.K. Jr Way
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A great kid-friendly coffee shop. They also have tasty food options for a light breakfast or lunch.
One of our local's favorites! Large open space. There is also State Street Beer Company attached if you need a little local beer after your coffee.
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Bluebeard Coffee Roasters
2201 6th Avenue
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One of our local's favorites! Large open space. There is also State Street Beer Company attached if you need a little local beer after your coffee.
Food scene
Check out their All Day Happy Hour!
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Pacific Grill
1502 Pacific Avenue
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Check out their All Day Happy Hour!
This is one of my favorite Happy Hours in Tacoma!
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Primo Grill
2701 6th Avenue
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This is one of my favorite Happy Hours in Tacoma!
Delicious Asian dining lounge. There are 2 locations to choose from.
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Indochine Asian Dining Lounge
1924 Pacific Avenue
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Delicious Asian dining lounge. There are 2 locations to choose from.
Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives! Try the Parmesan Tots!
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Dirty Oscar's Annex
2309 6th Avenue
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Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives! Try the Parmesan Tots!
This is my favorite breakfast spot in Tacoma. The wait can be intense on the weekends though so make sure you are prepared for the line!
The Original Pancake House
601 S Pine St
This is my favorite breakfast spot in Tacoma. The wait can be intense on the weekends though so make sure you are prepared for the line!
This is one of my favorite restaurants in Tacoma. They change up their menu quarterly to a new region so you will always have something new to try when visiting!
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Cooks Tavern
3201 N 26th St
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This is one of my favorite restaurants in Tacoma. They change up their menu quarterly to a new region so you will always have something new to try when visiting!
This place is a fabulous "build your own salad" (or bowls) place. Very health conscious but tasty! And you can take your salad to-go next door to Beer Star tap house (family friendly) to have a fresh brew.
Crisp Greens
4312 6th Ave
This place is a fabulous "build your own salad" (or bowls) place. Very health conscious but tasty! And you can take your salad to-go next door to Beer Star tap house (family friendly) to have a fresh brew.
Neighborhoods
There are so many cute eclectic neighborhoods in Tacoma. Here are a few of my favorites.
One of the hippest spots in Tacoma! You can find all sorts of fabulous bars and restaurants, shopping and events.
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6th Avenue
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One of the hippest spots in Tacoma! You can find all sorts of fabulous bars and restaurants, shopping and events.
A newer neighborhood boasting fabulous restaurants and bars, shopping and a weekend Farmers Market.
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Proctor District
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A newer neighborhood boasting fabulous restaurants and bars, shopping and a weekend Farmers Market.
Ruston Way is a beautiful boardwalk along the Puget Sound. The paved walking trail is very popular in the warmer months. Lots of bars and restaurants along here as well. Walk all the way to the end and check out Point Ruston or the brand new Dune Peninsula Park. You can also access Point Defiance from here!
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Ruston Way
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Ruston Way is a beautiful boardwalk along the Puget Sound. The paved walking trail is very popular in the warmer months. Lots of bars and restaurants along here as well. Walk all the way to the end and check out Point Ruston or the brand new Dune Peninsula Park. You can also access Point Defiance from here!
Grocery Stores
Local specialty grocery store.
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Stadium Thriftway
618 North 1st Street
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Local specialty grocery store.
Our local organic grocer. Lots of natural options here for everyone. They also have a fabulous salad bar and deli for lunch grab and go.
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Marlene's Market & Deli
2951 South 38th Street
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Our local organic grocer. Lots of natural options here for everyone. They also have a fabulous salad bar and deli for lunch grab and go.
Local specialty grocer. High end but lots of excellent food choices here. They have an amazing bakery and deli as well!
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Metropolitan Market Tacoma (Proctor)
2420 North Proctor Street
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Local specialty grocer. High end but lots of excellent food choices here. They have an amazing bakery and deli as well!
Variety shopping; find everything you could possibly need while in town.
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Fred Meyer
4505 S 19th St
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Variety shopping; find everything you could possibly need while in town.