It's Tuesday and despite it all (whatever it may be) you want fun, action, an atmosphere to stimulate your senses, a trivia question to awaken the powers of your mind and memory, cheaper than usual wine, or maybe just a place to drop your kids where they can expend their limitless energy. Visitors, residents, and guests, jokers, entertainers, and geeks, weirdos, class-acts, and those who are just low-key, we have it all here for you, folks; welcome to Tacoma.
For Trivia Geniuses (and those with aspirations)
Presenting (in no particular order) a selection of local watering holes who invite you to join them for an evening of competition, collaboration, community, and most likely some drinks. Enjoy!
1. Geeks Who Drink Pub Quiz at The Swiss - 1904 S Jefferson, 8-10 pm
Challenge your brain at The Swiss Restaurant & Pub, housed in a historic 1913 building tucked right in with the UW Tacoma campus. It's a great spot and a definite Tacoma fixture.
2. Taco, Tequila and Trivia Tuesday at The Forum - 815 Pacific Avenue, 8:30 pm
Grab a friend and head to The Forum for trivia hosted by Geeks Who Drink, along with $5 "Walking Tacos and Margaritas."
3. Trivia Night at Alegre Bakery and Gelato - 3820 N 27th St, 7:30 pm
If you're looking for some house-made gelato, espresso, or Washington wine with your trivia, look no further than Trivia Night at Alegre, hosted by Eric Hover.
4. After School Skate at Rollin' 253 - 2101 W Mildred St, 3-6 pm, $5
Roll (glide, stumble, shuffle) around the rink with your kid at Rollin' 253 Skate & Community Center during their public skate session on Tuesdays ($5 per person, includes skates). Tip: your throwback exercise experience will be enhanced by leg-warmers, sweatbands, and oversized graphic t-shirts.
5. Special Needs Play Day at The Children's Museum of Tacoma, 1501 Pacific Ave, 10-11:30 am
Get out of the house and into the beautiful Children's Museum downtown with your special needs child for this weekly hour and a half playtime. Admission is "pay as you will."
For Divas, Entertainers, & Wallflowers Waiting to Emerge
Tuesday is a prime night in our city for singing out! Pick your song, brush up on those guitar chords, or get your ground-breaking comedy set ready. We're waiting for you!
6. Open Mic at the Antique Sandwich Company - 5102 N Pearl, 6-6:30 sign up, 7-10 music
Sign up to sing, or come out to listen at the Antique, a wholesome, homemade, granola, cinnamon roll, quiche kind of spot. You'll find the Antique in the heart of Ruston where they've been doing business since 1973.
7. Open Mic at Metronome Coffee - 6th & Union, 6:45 sign up, 7 pm music
Serving Victrola Coffee, Mad Hat tea, and Corina Bakery pastries, this joint likes to keep it local, so bring in your homegrown voice and handmade applause.
8. Karaoke Tuesdays at Odd Otter Brewing - 716 Pacific Ave, 9 pm - 1 am
If you're gifted, come on out. If you sound a little croaky, pitchy, with a wandering tune, Odd Otter welcomes you too! Drink some craft beer, sing a little song, do a little dance.
9. New Talent Tuesday at Tacoma Comedy Club - 933 Market St, 7 pm doors, 8 pm show
Recently The (Comedy) Voice jumped in as a new event every 1st and 3rd Tuesday (think The Voice meets Last Comic Standing) to mix it up with the usual New Talent Tuesday night. The current session of The (Comedy) Voice ended January 2nd, so keep an eye out for another round. New Talent Tuesday lives on; if you want to stand up, make sure to sign-up ahead.
For Those Who Just Want to Chill
10. $4 Movie at the Blue Mouse Theatre - 2611 N Proctor, 7 pm
Your friendly, historic movie theater beckons with cheap tickets on Tuesdays. Follow the smell of popcorn and the lure of a good story. They're showing Wonder (PG) with Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson through Thursday, January 11th, with Murder on the Orient Express (PG-13) opening on Friday, January 12th. Go warm up a seat, travel from your chair.
11. Half Off Wine & Sherry at en Rama - 1102 A St Suite 220, 4 - 10 pm
Last, but most certainly not least. Easily one of our favorite places in Tacoma to eat, drink, and have a quiet conversation. Every Tuesday en Rama offers half-price wine and - their specialty - sherry. Tuesday is a perfect evening to settle in for picked veggies, a nice beverage, handmade pasta with thoughtfully selected, seasonal sauces, and some of the most delicious dessert in town.
See, even Tuesdays can be a good time here in the City of Destiny.
If you're feeling socially ambitious, looking for more to do, or have a New Year's resolution involving fewer Netflix nights, take a look at our Tacoma Mondays feature.
See you out there!