22 years ago Tacoma's largest and longest-running independent music festival debuted. We call it 'MAWP', and it's been a solid community favorite ever since. (facebook)
Expect an uncannily relaxed atmosphere with Rock, Metal, Punk and more on stage, and get ready to meet the artists, independent vendors and down-home community kind of people that make our city the amazing place it is.
Listed below are city-wide sponsors well worth your attention and your time. Consider trying something new: Mention Tacoma Rocks, and tell them you're there because of MAWP. .
Sponsors Make it Happen - Support the Supporters
Give 'em a Shot, & Mention MAWP
“Best Bar in Tacoma” according to popular opinion via the Volcano Readers’ Poll, the Top is arguably our city’s most characteristically Tacoman bar. Food here is quality, it’s true, and the wide range of eclectic clientele and community faithfuls will vouch for it. The staff here is all star bullet-proof and are no BS, real people. Young and fun they serve it strong, so you best be ready to feel it. There’s a covered beer garden, one of the best jukeboxes in town, a pool table, pinball, Big Buck Hunter Safari Edition, and old school video games to boot. Great food.
The Red Hot boasts one of the most complete stocks of local, regional and world class beers on tap anywhere in town, and servers will happily offer tasters of beers you're not familiar with.
NOTE: It's very cool for you to up your tip when you've been treated to a taste or three - tipping your bartender here goes a long way. Also: Rock a dog.
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The Parkway (website)
313 N I St Tacoma, WA 98403-3905 (map)
A favorite Tacoma watering hole, experience some of the best beers our region has to offer. Located in our historic Stadium neighborhood, The Parkway is this neighborhood's go-to place for a good pint of beer with friends. Pool table at back, Shuffle Board and Big Buck Shoot Out for those inclined, there are always good people here. Safe to take visiting family members.
A fine bar, 1111 has some of the best reputed sandwiches anywhere around. The Cuban, French Dip & Turkey Bacon Melt are certainly worth the experience, and an ever changing array of quality beers on tap are also available, along with a full bar.
For something out of the ordinary, try Vimana Culture Kombucha mixed with a favorite Vodka - if you like the fermentation, this is extraordinary.