FOLLOWUP: OutWest Bar sets final night

When we reported a week ago that OutWest Bar (5401 California SW) would be closing, proprietor Bob Lunke hadn’t yet decided on the final night. Today, we got word that he has – this Sunday (July 21st), 4-10 pm. The big farewell party is still on for this Friday (July 19th), as previously announced. Lunke cited a variety of factors in his decision to close West Seattle’s only LGBTQ+-focused nightlife venue after 8 years.

7 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: OutWest Bar sets final night"

  • West Seattle Hipster July 16, 2019 (6:43 am)

    This is a sad loss to the West Seattle community, as Outwest has a friendly and welcoming vibe.   Non pretentious bars and restaurants are becoming a thing of the past in West Seattle, and I will miss Outwest.

    • Jort July 16, 2019 (10:02 am)

      Can you help me identify the pretentious restaurants in West Seattle? I’m curious. Do they have a sign out front that says, “WE ARE PRETENTIOUS!!!!!!” Just wondering.

      • Westie July 17, 2019 (9:48 am)

        The menus are usually a giveaway:- Papyrus font- Unnecessary French words- Foams- Name dropping the farm- Deconstructed anything- Pomme

  • dianeseattle July 16, 2019 (8:29 am)

    This is really sad news. I only went to the Outwest a dozen times or so but everyone was so nice every time I went. It’s rare to be able to go to a bar alone these days and feel completely okay about it. I’m very sad that Outwest will no longer exist.

  • Vanessa July 17, 2019 (12:53 pm)

    It is and was a lot of folks version of “Cheers”,  like the old TV show.   So sad to lose another place to the developers….

    • RCS July 18, 2019 (10:12 am)

      How do you know that the bar is closing because of developers? Nowhere in the article does it mention development. Bob decided to close the bar. 

  • West Seattlelite July 17, 2019 (8:41 pm)

    Another developer? Wow. I remember Guadalajara Mexican restaurant, best refried ever, and those cool old Craftsman houses in the 59 hundred block of California Ave. All gone to make way for those awful townhomes. I will say that the tear down of the Charmain Apartments was an improvement, but the lot is just sitting there, overgrown. At least C & P Coffee was able to buy the property and building to buy that gem that they are in. But, the log cabin on the corner of Findley and California is gone. Just keep tearing down our history. Even with all of the development, California seems to be looking a little more sad and seedier. 

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