8:06 PM FRIDAY: Announced today – a chance to help The Admiral District‘s beverage businesses stay afloat:

These last few weeks have been really tough for a lot of local businesses in the Admiral Junction. Here is your chance to help out. This Sunday, March 15th, join us for a bar crawl to support your favorite local businesses. Each of these businesses will be running drink specials and food specials.

5 pm – The Nook
5:30 pm – Yen Wor (in the bar in the back)
6 pm – Admiral Pub
6:30 pm – Arthur’s
7 pm – Mission Cantina
7:30 pm – Copper Coin
8 pm – Parliament Tavern
8:30 pm – Circa

If you can’t join us for the bar crawl, please try and stop by on Sunday to one of these businesses, and if you can’t stay, you can always buy gift cards. Any amount of support would be greatly appreciated from all your favorite bartenders, servers, cooks, dishwashers, and barbacks in the Admiral Junction.

Starting point The Nook is at 2206 California SW.

ADDED 11:15 AM SATURDAY: The proprietors have just told us this is off, after they discussed further and agreed the “social distancing” recommendations might be tough to meet.

28 Replies to "ADMIRAL DISTRICT: Bar crawl on Sunday - CANCELED"

  • Jethro Marx March 13, 2020 (8:11 pm)

    So many awesome t-shirt ideas spring to mind, yet there’s not nearly enough time to make them.#covidstrong

  • ACG March 13, 2020 (8:36 pm)

    I just had a quick image in my mind of a line of people crawling to the Yen Wor, spaced exactly 6 feet apart, complying with the social distancing guidelines. 

    • Rick March 14, 2020 (9:07 am)

  • Anonymous March 13, 2020 (10:05 pm)

    We should not be promoting community contact. This is the opposite of what health authorities are asking the population of Washington to do. I get buying a gift card, but hoping around drunk from bar to bar does not sound like a good idea. The priority should be  the health of our most vulnerable population.

  • Karl Tull March 13, 2020 (10:21 pm)

    Sounds like a great way to help struggling local businesses and ramp up the spread of a dangerous and deadly virus amongst our West Seattle community, no ⸮

  • WSB March 13, 2020 (10:28 pm)

    Public Health has NOT told food/drink businesses to shut down. The guidelines are here:

    • Matt P March 13, 2020 (10:35 pm)

      Yes, but it has told everyone to practice social distancing – doing a bar crawl is the opposite of that. 

    • Na March 13, 2020 (10:49 pm)

      According to guidelines an event “is an organized, orchestrated or sponsored gathering on non-tribal lands that people are invited to attend or encouraged to attend through advertising.” Given this is orchestrated/organized and people are being encouraged to attend through advertising, does this not constitute an event?  What is being done to ensure social distancing recommendations are be met (I.e., limiting contact of people within 6 feet from each other for 10 minutes or longer)?

    • JES March 14, 2020 (7:13 am)

      According to the link WSB posted there are strict requirements for any ‘event’ under 250- are they meeting those requirements for social distancing and health screenings, etc? If not, why? These (temporary) disruptions in our social lives are inconvenient but NECESSARY. of the bigger picture here, individuals need to follow recommendations and do what’s right for our community. 

  • John March 13, 2020 (11:43 pm)

    I wonder how many of these establishments have followed the requirements for all workers during scheduled work time, 

    “Worker Training

    Train all workers with reasonably anticipated occupational exposure to COVID-19 (as described in this document) about the sources of exposure to the virus, the hazards associated with that exposure, and appropriate workplace protocols in place to prevent or reduce the likelihood of exposure. Training should include information about how to isolate individuals with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 or other infectious diseases, and how to report possible cases. Training must be offered during scheduled work times and at no cost to the employee.” —- Although these bars are the heart of Admiral food services, it seems more questionable by the hour to host groups or encourage bar hopping.  I try to reduce the risk for the seniors like myself and others at risk by getting ahead of the curve.  I try to support our local business by visiting during off-peak hours.  Yesterday, I had a thoroughly enjoyable experience as the sole customer watching the staff prepare as they opened Box Bar.  I enjoyed their cocktails and left as customers streamed in.  

  • ForYourHealth March 13, 2020 (11:44 pm)

    This seems horribly foolish regardless of whether Public Health has shut down restaurants or not. We are on Step 10 of a 13 step “strategy to contain an infectious disease outbreak” as per The New York Times. Schools were closed today for the next six weeks. Step 11 is closing workplaces and Step 12 is prohibiting any “non emergency travel outside of the home.” Step 13 involves the National Guard. This is extremely serious and while I understand that local businesses may be suffering, this Pub Crawl is irresponsible and short sighted. We are incredibly close to to the end of the precautionary actions, guys. PLEASE stay home. And PLEASE cancel this crawl.  

    • KM March 14, 2020 (9:47 am)

      We skipped a couple steps in that list, namely the ones that involve involuntary actions (I think 8 and 9), so while this is serious, we aren’t going in order and haven’t actually executed 10 steps.

      • CAM March 14, 2020 (12:27 pm)

        Can you share a link to the full list of steps? I’ve been looking for it but haven’t had any luck. 

      • FactCheck March 14, 2020 (2:00 pm)


  • #CancelTheCrawl March 14, 2020 (12:44 am)

    Could these bars start a GoFundMe instead of creating an opportunity to potentially spread/catch Coronavirus? Encouraging West Seattleites to do the exact opposite of what we are being asked to do so we can take the “chance to help out” is selfish. Maybe these businesses should be asking themselves how they can best support the loyal community which keeps them open. I can’t believe this is a thing right now. Such poor taste. Admiral Bars- Help us help ourselves and the rest of the world by supporting self care. Ugh. #CancelTheCrawl

  • MM March 14, 2020 (12:59 am)

    Please think about buying gift cards to support these wonderful establishments instead of a pub crawl and use the gift cards after the virus is under control.   The spread of the virus is rapidly increasing and I’m sure West Seattleites would appreciate keeping West Seattle area, grocery stores and critical establishments as safe as possible to shop for necessities during more critical times coming up. Let’s think of ways to help businesses without the potential spread of the virus during social pub crawls. 

  • lg March 14, 2020 (6:11 am)

    if social distancing is followed people can patronize bars and restaurants. congregating all attendees at determined times is actually the opposite of that. as someone who intends to visit local bars and restaurants this weekend in order to help community businesses, quite frankly these will certainly not be it as they are announcing themselves as irresponsible. these businesses need to announce an update and demonstrate 6 ft distance between patrons or close. it is indeed unfortunate and there will be severe impacts to our economy, which will be felt by all. but the alternative is more fatalities and worse economic impacts, period. WS blog, please play a role in communicating and gatekeeping on these standards and do not post any events that don’t meet social distancing protocols.

  • JES March 14, 2020 (7:03 am)

    This goes against public health recommendations. I’m sorry businesses are struggling, but they’re going to struggle a lot longer if we don’t contain the spread of this virus. It is selfish and shortsighted of the planners and promoting this event is irresponsible of the WSB.

  • M March 14, 2020 (7:08 am)

    Agreed. This event is a really bad idea, especially with confirmed cases in our community. I will be supporting this businesses by ordering food to go and eat at home. 

  • Gladys Kravitz II March 14, 2020 (8:32 am)

    That much alcohol may possibly kill the virus…just be sure to crawl, not walk home!

  • Admiral Dad March 14, 2020 (9:00 am)

    This is a great idea and is a step towards taking some responsibility, for both yourself and your family, during this outbreak while trying to help out the community.  If you are sick or worried about coming in contact with someone who is sick, DON’T GO. If you have been in contact with someone who has a degree or two of separation from a diagnosed case, DON’T GO.I doubt any of you who are jumping on the panic bandwagon and calling this effort wrong will actually purchase gift cards to help these types of local businesses.   As someone who still heads into downtown everyday on the bus, I can see the ghost town cafes, restaurants and bars have become due to this crisis.  And in talking with a lot of those workers and owners, the city, state and national governments aren’t doing enough to help the problems they have caused with their panic proclamations.  Not only to the businesses themselves but also to all of the hourly workers whose work hours are being cut in a half, or more, because there are no customers.

    • ResponsibleMe March 14, 2020 (2:28 pm) a press briefing at the White House on Saturday, the administration’s coronavirus response coordinator, Dr. Deborah Birx, seemed to strike a somewhat different note on asymptomatic transmission.She said they’re trying to understand people under the age of 20 who don’t have “significant symptoms” — “Are they a group that are potentially asymptomatic and spreading the virus?” she asked.”Until you really understand how many people are asymptomatic and asymptomatically passing the virus on, we think it’s better for the entire American public to know that the risk of serious illness may be low, but they could be potentially spreading the virus to others. “That’s why we’re asking every American to take personal responsibility to prevent that spread.”

  • John March 14, 2020 (10:52 am)

    If Admiral Dad somehow addressed the community  transmission of those who are asymptomatic,  he would have a strong case.   However,  at this time  without massive testing for everyone, there is no certainty that any of us, young or old, we may be harboring the virus  and transmitting it unknowingly. Alas, it is becoming ever more clear that the restaurants won’t be the only casualties.  The shops in the Junction closed. The Stranger just laid off 18 of its staff.  Canlis closed the restaurant!The continuing spread accompanied by the ever increasing restrictions recommended by authorities suggest they are behind the curve and reactive.  As individuals we can each be proactive  of  this rapidly escalating unique  challenge.

  • Jethro Marx March 14, 2020 (11:01 am)

    This is turning into an unfortunate game of, “Who can be the most condemnatory?” Do you remember McCarthy? “Prove you’re not a communist!” Some of you need to turn off the news and take a walk. “I saw Admiral Pub consorting with the Devil!”

  • KJ March 14, 2020 (11:07 am)

    Why do it en masse? Ditch the schedule, challenge each person to hit each location on their own schedule that evening. The only herd mentality we should promote right now is herd immunity.  That said, I  do applaud the desire to support local businesses . 

    • songstorm March 14, 2020 (2:24 pm)

      Absolutely agree – we are making plans to do our best to safely support our local businesses (primarily via takeout/delivery orders) but the last thing anyone should be doing is encouraging people to congregate in the same space at the same time — especially smaller spaces like The Nook.I also have seen several suggestions that people buy gift certificates for local businesses, which I would love to do especially for restaurants, but preferably without having to drive around and go in everywhere.  Are there any plans to begin offering gift certificates online and/or is anyone aware of local business that sell gift cards online? 

  • WSB March 14, 2020 (11:14 am)

    KJ’s idea is great. At any rate, this is now off. Updating above.

  • Kim March 14, 2020 (11:44 am)

    I couldn’t help but think, here I am–a teacher–my 150 students left adrift, and we’re promoting an evening of convivial drinking in a group situation?  Of course it’s off–should never have been on the table (no pun intended).  We all have to do what we can…

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