Happening now: Rocksport Bar & Grill auction draws a crowd

Where just 10 nights ago, there had been partying – this morning, there’s bidding. The auctioneers of James G. Murphy Co. are presiding as the now-closed Rocksport Bar and Grill sells off everything from kitchen equipment …

… to sports memorabilia:

(Here’s the online catalog.) The Rocksport closed for good a week and a half ago, with a looming July 31st deadline to clear out of one of the two buildings that will be demolished starting as soon as August 10th (here’s our most recent report on the project) to make way for two seven-story mixed-use buildings along 42nd/Alaska/California. The auction is on right now, till everything (or most of it) goes. More photos ahead:

The crowd’s mood, of course, is much different than the nights of July 13th and 14th, the Rocksport’s final two nights of being open, with Hell’s Belles rocking the fans:

Now, even the card tables await a new home:

As do the expressions of gratitude:

We noticed would-be bidders there from other West Seattle restaurant/bars – and some there who are simply fans looking for something to remember it by. It’s one week now till what remains of the one dozen businesses on the development site must be out, per its ownership’s orders; many already are – we’ve been covering their moves and plans, with recent stories here and here.

8 Replies to "Happening now: Rocksport Bar & Grill auction draws a crowd"

  • eyeThink July 24, 2012 (11:43 am)

    Too bad. It leaves West Settle without a true sports bar. A place where they actually play the sound.

  • Ronnie Applewhite July 24, 2012 (12:34 pm)

    I thought I would probably end up going down there today, but now that it’s really happening I just don’t have the heart. Too depressing. I hope whatever art-deco monstrosity they are going to build there is plagued with code violations and cost overruns. OK, not really, but still, it is depressing. :-(

  • Carol July 24, 2012 (1:13 pm)

    Looks like they have a lot of cool stuff. I wish I could take part in this auction.

  • Mike in the Junction July 24, 2012 (2:26 pm)

    Sad- West Seattle is losing its charm.

  • Jiggers July 24, 2012 (2:34 pm)

    Are they serving beer? Its already lost its charm Mike. West Seattle used to be a happy hardcore crowd years ago. Now its nothing more than a bunch of wannabees from out of town.

  • Jiggers July 24, 2012 (2:40 pm)

    eyethink… very good point. Other bars have those nice big screens, but its a no no to put on the sound to hear the game. So, then why have fancy big screens?

  • Mr. FN J July 24, 2012 (4:17 pm)

    Sorry if West Seattle crawled out of the 1970’s Jiggers. Sure that has to be painful to watch Seattle try and catch up the rest of the world.

  • Jiggers July 25, 2012 (8:56 am)

    A lot of out-dated items. There should have been cheap deals.

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