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Parkway Tavern

Not Rated.
Parkway TavernParkway Tavern

19 Ratings
Ratings: 19
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.17%
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

313 N I St
Ste 1
Tacoma, Washington, 98403-3905
United States
phone: (253) 383-8748

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Reviews by djeucalyptus:
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

figured a recent and non-washintonian viewpoint might be a good thing. Swung by the Parkway on a recent visit to tacoma.

atmosphere: awesome traditional pub-style place... dark wood, nice grand bar, high ceilings, tap handles all over the cross-beams. interesting mix of people, which was cool to see. didn't really have a specific 'vibe' other than an awesome place to enjoy some solid brews.

quality seemed top-notch. everything as I'd expect, nothing that made me question any quality.

service was friendly, prompt, and succinct. just how I enjoy it. The few things I asked for had just been finished off and the list hadn't been updated yet, which kinda irked me, but more because I had got my mind set on somethin' and then it was gone. but it's okay, because the selection was impressive, with a wide variety of local oregon, washington, and california brews, including some harder to find oregon stuff that I can't even find in oregon! Selection is top notch.

Food was pretty decent given everything. solid pub food. I don't usually eat red meat, of which there was a pretty tasty sounding selection, so I opted for the salmon patty burger (which I was a tad cautious about) but it was awesome.

all in all, this is pretty much a must-stop, whether in Tacoma or just passing by. I feel like for the quality, tap selection, and value, I should have heard more about it. all around awesome experience.

djeucalyptus, Jul 09, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of Braz
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Outstanding beer selection that's always changing. Must try for any beer geek in the south sound. Always busy anytime I've gone. Nice servers. Kind of has an old lodge feel to it. Simple menu but done very well. They have celebratory days like barley wine day with a bunch of them to try but haven't been able to attend one yet.

Braz, Aug 30, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

Phi_Psi_OR_Beta, Aug 07, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

llschommer, Jun 16, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

kmahe, Apr 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

paul_db, Apr 23, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Erik-P, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of bundtcake
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%

Parkway is one of the standard places to hang out, once in awhile, in Tacoma for myself and pretty much everyone I know. The tap list is large, and it's typical for them to have some really, really good kegs. The staff is always nice, and ordinarily very attentive but they can get really busy.

It can get to the point when the mob trying to order is backed from the bar to the front door, particularly during events like brewer's nights. The huge crowd is more or less the only bad part about going to the Parkway. But usually it isn't a problem; usually there's not a huge mob.

The events like the Stone showcase and Barleywine Fest are the best things about Parkway in my mind. Barleywine Fest is the only annual event I look forward to (its better than Christmas and a birthday combined). This year, the standouts for me were the Big Al barleywine and a small wooden keg from the local Wingman brewery, but of course they always have stuff from the big breweries that everyone loves. For Barleywine fest they also have a tent out back with music and a few different selections. Everyone should go to Barleywine fest. Stone Brewers night was also cool, but the coolest part was that it took awhile for them to get to the bottom of all the kegs so there was delicious beer there all weekend.

The food at Parkway is real tasty. The guys I know all recommend the Philly cheese steak. It is good. Its hard to do better than Parkway.

bundtcake, May 11, 2013
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.45/5  rDev -22.8%

A: It depends. Been here about 100k times. If you go on a weekend, Friday and Saturday night you might find elbow to elbow and tough to grab a brew. It is very much of a social spot. Many times its not to bad and I can usually grab a seat at the bar. Some good beer talk most of the time w/ some cool people but it seems to be a hub for wannabe beer know it alls which is annoying as heck.

Q: Always good.

S: Service is average to good, the place is run by the locals, some of the servers are slow and the majority of them could not tell you the differene between a hop and barley. One server is a true brewer and industry guy who is phenom! Glassware is usually a fail as everything is served in a pint glass or schooner.

S: Very hop heavy with some not so good mainstays to please the masses. However, they have great brewers nights and a rotate really ood barleywines on throughout the year plus really nice gems on a whim. They are missing the Belgian edge. Lots of WA, OR and CA beers. Even have many, many CO and East coast beers.

I cannot take this place seriously as a beer mecca like most tout this place. If you let uneducated/unqualified beer bloggers and your other buddies judge your "legit" beer contests you're not professional and do not belong in the big leagues. Some swear by it and think this place is the best thing since sliced bread. If you've ever been to true beer bars of the world you will know this place is just another local bar with a very good beer selection

barleywinefiend, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of mfavoino
4.78/5  rDev +6.9%

Been here a handful of times and am always able to try something new that you wouldn't see on tap at most places.

Atmostphere: Nice space with darts, shuffle board, and not a TV overload like some bars. Tall ceilings and appropriate lighting make it a comfortable place. I've done everything from go with a group of people on a busy night, to stopping by in the afternoon to read a book while I down a pint.

Quality: Top notch. Kegs are switched out with new ones all the time. Always fresh.

Service: Usually good, although it can get a bit slower if you're trying to order food and there is any semblance of a crowd. Most employees are friendly and knowledgeable about their beer.

Selection: Best in Tacoma in regards to quality/quantity of taps.

Food: Nothing to write home about, but still good. Quesadillas and Thai Chicken sandwich are solid choices.

mfavoino, Feb 12, 2012
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Parkway Tavern in Tacoma, WA
96 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.