West Seattle businesses: OutWest Bar to celebrate 1st anniversary

(Pride Parade 2012 photo by Seattle Gay News, republished with permission)
August 11th will mark exactly one year since OutWest Bar opened its doors in the former pharmacy storefront at 5401 California SW. Its owners and staff plan a two-day anniversary celebration on August 10th and 11th, and are publicly thanking the community now:

This achievement is not necessarily due to the great business acumen of her two owners, but more importantly to the marvelous work of the tireless team of Joe, Josh, Holly, Nich, Rich, and Shannon, and most entirely to our unfailing patrons who believe in the OutWest Bar as the “LGBTQA community center with adult beverages” in West Seattle. When we marched in the Pride parade this year (our second year, as we also marched last year two months before opening) we were thrilled with the cheering reception of supporters from all over the city and region and knew we’d done a good thing.

We feel very welcome in West Seattle (especially as many of us have personally lived here more than a decade or so) and feel warmly accepted into the larger community. We believe our presence has encouraged a healthy conversation about difference and tolerance in our age and area. We truly are the gay frontier, and as good neighbors we embrace our dual responsibility of honest communication and to advance businesses and provide jobs in West Seattle by continuing to promote local stores and restaurants to our LGBTQA patrons and beyond.

In seeking to create a “small, local, comfortable, neighborhood LGBTQA focused but straight friendly bar”, and although there is no shortage of great ideas and plenty more to do, we believe we’ve attained this fundamental promise. It is no small accomplishment to have survived this year during the Great Recession, and Chad and Bob wholeheartedly and humbly thank our terrific team and our very loyal friends and customers: we are here entirely for and because of you. Please come by to celebrate with us on August 10th and 11th, we open at 4 pm and will have drink specials, our favorite video DJ, Andy, and a sparkling wine toast at midnight on the 11th. And please keep coming by to meet your friends at OutWest Bar and have a drink or two.
Thank you so much,

Bob, Chad, Joe, Holly, Nich, Rich, and Petey
OutWest Bar

9 Replies to "West Seattle businesses: OutWest Bar to celebrate 1st anniversary"

  • Megan August 2, 2012 (1:09 pm)

    I keep meaning to drop by; they’re right around the corner from where I live – just haven’t had time in my schedule. Will have to remedy that! :)

  • datamuse August 2, 2012 (1:20 pm)

    Happy birthday, OutWest!

  • a August 2, 2012 (1:30 pm)

    Barry Joseph will be there celebrating loud and proud!

  • Rachelle August 2, 2012 (1:30 pm)

    Have not made it in to Outwest yet, but that’s just because I don’t get out much anymore with two little ones at home:)

    However, this post from Outwest warmed my heart and made my pride for being life-long 3rd generation West Seattlelite burst out of me.

    I’m so happy Outwest is feeling the love on the WS and I’m so happy Outwest is sharing the wonderfulness that is West Seattle with the LGBTQA community!!!

    Congrats on hitting the 1 year mark.

  • RarelyEver August 2, 2012 (1:40 pm)

    We’re thrilled to have you! My husband and I have had drinks there a few times and always felt welcome, which is awesome. :)

  • Cheryl August 2, 2012 (5:01 pm)

    A year gone already? Congrats guys! We’re so glad to have you & wish you many more years of success ahead.

  • Patrick August 2, 2012 (8:25 pm)

    Happy Birthday OutWest…Hey Bob and Chad, good boy Pete.

  • shed22 August 3, 2012 (12:06 am)

    Yeeeeehaaw!! I remember when you were just a baby! Now look at you! Keep growing strong.

  • Brontosaurus August 3, 2012 (11:02 pm)

    Congrats OutWest! So happy business is going well for you. You’re a great addition to our neighborhood!

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