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Cool off: Drinks and patios for enjoying that giant orb in the sky

Post by Sue Kidd / The News Tribune on Aug. 6, 2012 at 1:38 pm | No Comments »
August 6, 2012 1:38 pm
A cucumber rickey from Lobster Shop.

Some people take air conditioned cover when temperatures hover in the 80s. Some people head to a deck for a drink. I’m not sure where I’ll be this week, but it’s a safe bet that I won’t be eating much soup. Unless it’s chilled.


Here are drinks paired with decks and patios for summer sipping:

The Harmon Taproom has a lovely side patio with a garden.

Harmon Taproom
Where: 204 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma, 253-212-2725,
The drink: Beer. They’ve got loads of it.
The patio: It’s a beer garden with picnic benches surrounded by greenery. The water view is peek-a-boo, but there if you look for it. I appreciate how secluded the side garden feels. Go for lunch when it’s less busy.


A dark and stormy at Social Bar and Grill.

Social Bar & Grill
Where: 1715 Dock St., Tacoma, 253-301-3835,
The drink: Dark and stormy ($8), the classic rum and ginger ale drink gets a makeover here with dark rum, ginger liqueur, a ginger-sour  and the orange soda, aranciata.
The patio: I can’t think of a better waterfront restaurant for viewing Tacoma’s icons. The restaurant has a back-door view of the Museum of Glass and the Tacoma Dome and LeMay are in view, too.

A cucumber rickey from Lobster Shop.

Lobster Shop
Where: 4015 Ruston Way, Tacoma, 253-759-2165,
The drink: The cucumber lime rickey ($8.50), a classic rickey made with Hendricks gin, a splash of lime and soda and muddled with cucumbers.
The deck: A Ruston view with comfortable deck seating.


The Cadillac margarita at Blue Agave.

Blue Agave Mexican Grill
Where: 4729 Point Fosdick Drive N.W., Gig Harbor, 253-857-5001,
The drink: Agave Cadillac margarita ($9). It’s not too sweet – agave stands in for the typical sugary mixer – and comes with a hefty hit of orange liqueur.
The patio: Casual with a come-as-you-are vibe. The patio also has one of the best vantage points for people watching in Gig Harbor Uptown.


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