West Seattle scene: Seafair Pirates’ post-parade Alki Tavern visit

March 16, 2013 at 8:18 pm | In West Seattle history, West Seattle news | 7 Comments

After sailing their landlubbing vessel Moby Duck right behind the West Seattle High School Marching Band in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade downtown (as shown in our parade coverage), the Seafair Pirates brought it to this side of the bay for a visit to the Alki Tavern. Thanks to Don Brubeck for catching the scene as the Pirates reboarded and prepared to sail away before sunset. Tomorrow, as announced in January, is the tavern’s final day; the farewell festivities this past week have included a memorabilia auction Wednesday night (photos here) and the final Taco Thursday, motorcycle lineup and all (photos here). The site including the tavern and neighboring parcels has been sold and is expected to be redeveloped, though no formal proposal is filed with the city so far.

ADDED 9:32 PM: WSB contributing photojournalist Nick Adams was inside the tavern with the Pirates:

(added) … and outside:

(Pirates Lance English, left, and Shane Faucher)
Six more scenes of revelry – ahead:

If anyone was feeling morose about the tavern’s impending demise, the Pirates were a jovial distraction.

Musical, too:

And mellow, on occasion:

(Damian Terrell, talking with Raychill)
But not for long:

Well, there’s always an exception …

Though the Alki Tavern closes after Sunday night, for the Seafair Pirates, the show goes on … They’ll be back on Alki July 6th (if not sooner) for the annual Pirates Landing extravaganza.

7 Comments

  1. I was there for opening day and I’ll be there for the closing party. So many stories to be told and some not repeatable. Thank God there was an Alki Tavern.

    Comment by let them swim — 9:53 am March 17, 2013 #

  2. Once again the 1% wins they get more condos and a long established business gets kicked out! SO SAD!

    Comment by LJ — 1:47 pm March 17, 2013 #

  3. are they selling anymore stuff from there

    Comment by w.s. maverick — 3:42 pm March 17, 2013 #

  4. Don’t know but tonight would be the last chance!

    Comment by WSB — 3:44 pm March 17, 2013 #

  5. The image of Pirates Lance English and Shane Faucher, with them in their pirate garb, and Lance leaning on the rustic looking lower Dutch Door, almost has a Medieval feel to it, like a Shopkeep chatting with a passerby. :-)

    .

    Mike

    Comment by miws — 4:26 pm March 17, 2013 #

  6. Alki will never be the same without the Alki Tavern. A truly unique and remarkable place with the most friendly and diverse crowd. I and many others smourn the loss but will always hold the memeories close. Their motto ” a million dollar view, the rest will have to do.” In the end that is what sealed their fate – that view.

    Comment by Patrick Dedmore — 6:57 pm March 17, 2013 #

  7. Definitely missing Jerry……..

    Comment by Lucy — 12:27 pm March 19, 2013 #

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