Tacoma, Washington, affectionately known as the “City of Destiny” or “Grit City,” is nestled in the stunning Pacific Northwest!
Whether you’re headed there to explore the breathtaking Mount Rainier, indulge in the thriving art and culture scene, or simply enjoy the picturesque waterfront, you can end your day at one of the many fun places to get drinks.
Check out my list of the best bars in Tacoma, Washington, below!
2049 Mildred St W, Tacoma, WA 98466
Phone: (253) 302-4240
Pint Defiance Specialty Beers & Taproom is an easygoing hangout near Fircrest Gold Club.
If you’re as much of a fan of craft beers as I am, you will want to take advantage of this bar’s rotating taps.
I also appreciate that you can buy bottles to go, and the staff is always knowledgeable about the selection, so you know you’re getting the perfect beer for your tastes.
208 St Helens Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402
Phone: (253) 272-7468
Doyle’s Public House, near the Temple Theater Box Office, is a classic pub with modern charm and a warm, inviting environment.
Doyle’s Public House is one of the best places to go if you like variety, as they always have an assortment of domestic and imported beers, plus high-end scotch and whiskey options for a special night.
635 St Helens Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402
Phone: (253) 383-4327
If you like low-lit dive bars with great music and even better people, head to The Mix, a gay bar and nightclub near The Grand Cinema.
The Mix is undoubtedly one of the most fun places to go out in Tacoma to sing along to karaoke, dance your butt off to the live DJ, sip on reasonably priced cocktails like the “Grape Jelly,” or enjoy a rambunctious drag show!
2102 S Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA 98409
Phone: (253) 475-9843
If you’re wondering where to get a drink in the summer in Tacoma, look no further than Bob’s Java Jive, an easygoing watering hole close to The Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County.
I appreciate their summer outdoor space, as it’s a lovely spot to gather with old and new friends to drink a cold beer or cheap rail drink.
Plus, the building is shaped like a coffee pot, and it always stays the same!
313 N I St #1, Tacoma, WA 98403
Phone: (253) 383-8748
Parkway Tavern, near Wright Park, is a high-popular, highly-rated local spot with incredible craft beer options.
You won’t be disappointed if you’re a fan of beer on tap, burgers on the grill, and liquor on ice.
Plus, the pinball and shuffleboard games are a nice touch!
2101 Jefferson Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402
Phone: (253) 572-7770
7 Seas Brewery and Taproom is a lovely brewery near Dock Street that doles out beer samples, vegan eats, and well-loved adult grilled cheese sandwiches.
I think their Double IPA and their Imperial Hazy IPA are both out of this world, but they have plenty of other options if you’re not a fan of the hops.
1102 A St #220, Tacoma, WA 98402
Phone: (253) 223-7184
En Rama is a welcoming, cozy Italian restaurant and bar with a homestyle feel, perhaps thanks to its wooden interior design.
I appreciate En Rama’s extensive array of cocktails and wine, and I like to go for happy hour before seeing a show at the nearby Keys on Main live music venue.
An Old Fashioned is all you need to start a fantastic night!
716 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402
Phone: (253) 327-1680
Odd Otter Brewing Company, close to Old City Hall Tacoma, is a casual taproom with a local feel.
They specialize in making small-batch brew on-site, so it’s a fantastic choice if you want to see what Tacoma is all about!
Live music and karaoke nights here are always fun as well.
3529 McKinley Ave, Tacoma, WA 98404
Phone: (253) 272-1502
If you’re hoping to visit a bar that’s lively until late at night, draws in a huge and welcoming crowd, and provides happy hour not once but twice a day, you have to visit Top of Tacoma.
This bar and cafe near McKinley Park is a fan-favorite for its happy hours, delicious brunches, vegan options, Bloody Mary, Taco Tuesdays, hilarious photo booth, and more.
8612 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA 98465
Phone: (253) 564-9984
Beach Tavern, located right behind Titlow Beach and Titlow Park, has a comfortable, cozy lounge feel and serves delicious seafood that pairs well with your pub drink selections.
I like pairing a Bloody Mary or their Elysian Superfuzz Blood Orange drink with just about any of their seafood dishes, like fish & chips, oysters, or clam chowder.
611 S Baker St, Tacoma, WA 98402
Phone: (253) 302-3466
Dystopian State Brewing Co., near The Fabulous Fifties Hall, is a friendly, casual spot that’s perfect if you’re looking for a classic brewery with reliable beers.
I love the spaciousness of the place almost as much as I enjoy their drinks!
3816 N 26th St Suite B, Tacoma, WA 98407
Phone: (253) 328-5621
Peaks & Pints is about a bar and bottle shop specializing in craft beer, and their clever name is almost as impressive as their pours.
This bar, near the Proctor Community Garden, has a no-frills atmosphere, so you can come as you are!
1206 Puyallup Ave, Tacoma, WA 98421
Phone: (253) 248-4265
Do you love soaking up a tasty cold brew while soaking in the sounds of a live band?
If so, head to The Valley next time you’re in Tacoma, located right by the Puyallup bus stop.
I’m obsessed with the excellent band choices, incredible surround sound, and tasty Bloody Marys at this bar.
754 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402
Phone: (253) 627-4156
Dorky’s Arcade, near Pantages Theater, is what it sounds like – a fantastic place to go if you want to nerd out on some vintage arcade games like Pacman and Pinball.
It’s so much fun to go here, whether with your closest friends or on a first date – as long as you don’t take yourself too seriously!
535 Dock St #118, Tacoma, WA 98402
Phone: (253) 272-5004
Rock the Dock is a popular, family-run waterfront pub near Thea’s Park that also makes great selections for live music – typically only on the weekends.
It’s dog friendly if you want to bring your furry friend, and they have open mic nights if you’re feeling performative!
From cozy craft cocktail bars to modern breweries, these are just some of the best bars in Grit City.
With so many bars, I might need to catch up on one of your favorites.
What do you think are the best bars in Tacoma, Washington? Let me know in the comments below!
- Pint Defiance Specialty Beers & Taproom
- Doyle’s Public House
- The Mix
- Bob’s Java Jive
- Parkway Tavern
- 7 Seas Brewery and Taproom
- En Rama
- Odd Otter Brewing Company
- Top of Tacoma Bar & Café
- Beach Tavern
- Dystopian State Brewing Co.
- Peaks & Pints Tacoma Craft Beer Bar, Bottle Shop & Restaurant
- The Valley
- Dorky’s Arcade
- Rock The Dock Pub & Grill