BIZNOTE: Former Tug Inn site to become a tavern again?

(WSB photo, July 2020, post-Tug closure)

According to a liquor-license application, the former home of the Tug Inn may return to its tavern roots. The tavern-license (beer/wine) application for 2216 SW Orchard is in the name of Deluxe Beer Bar and Grill. We haven’t succeeded in reaching its prospective operators yet, but we did reach the owners of Bee’s Plumbing, which bought the site in 2020 and moved their business in until outgrowing it and moving to the former South West Plumbing location in North Delridge. They tell WSB they’re “in the process of renting the old bar out to a company who is going to open a restaurant.” (They’re already renting part of the site to a towing company.)

18 Replies to "BIZNOTE: Former Tug Inn site to become a tavern again?"

  • BlairJ July 31, 2023 (4:30 pm)

    Tavern and towing company on the same site – great business model.  Folks who have had too much to drink can have their car towed home while they ride in the cab!

  • Cody July 31, 2023 (4:36 pm)

    So exciting!! Desperately need more bars and restaurants right in Delridge 

  • PDiddy July 31, 2023 (4:44 pm)

    Is this the one next to Home Depot? If so I always wondered what the place was like and meant to try it sometime. Anyone been there and does it bode well for the new owners if they do open another tavern? Not sure how long the last one was around but I think it was quite some time.

    • Alki resident July 31, 2023 (6:08 pm)

      You meant to try what? It’s not even put together yet. 

      • Joe July 31, 2023 (6:31 pm)

        He meant to try it when it was the Tug.To answer the OP, probably the best dive bar I’ve ever been to.

        • Curious George July 31, 2023 (8:44 pm)

          Can’t beat The Blew Eagle…

    • Joe Walior July 31, 2023 (8:53 pm)

      The original Tug was there from the early 60’s up until Covid closed its doors permanently. A true West Seattle fixture.

    • george August 1, 2023 (12:19 pm)

      I used to play pool there with  my friends in the 90’s through 2010

  • Jamie July 31, 2023 (5:58 pm)

    Nice! Please bring back the “Bud Light the House IPA” sign.

  • Neighbor July 31, 2023 (6:48 pm)

    Great news!   Please keep or bring back the pool tables and outdoor seating.   

  • Jeepney August 1, 2023 (7:12 am)

    Really hoping this happens, but please keep it a dive bar with regular beers instead of a hipster hangout.

  • Rick August 1, 2023 (9:34 am)

    Bought my first keg there when I was 15. Looked a little older than I was. Must have been the long shaggy hair and Elvis sideburns.

  • helpermonkey August 1, 2023 (10:13 am)

    I wonder if this is the same owners as the Deluxe Bar & Grill up on Capitol Hill? 

    • WSB August 1, 2023 (6:30 pm)


  • The Earl August 1, 2023 (4:32 pm)

    Hope they serve jello shots

  • DRW August 1, 2023 (5:43 pm)

    Mini Pitchers!

  • Craig Threlkeld August 2, 2023 (1:17 pm)

    It was always the “dangerous” bar, which was repeated at the Delridge between overdose deaths.W. Seattle was once VERY gritty.And you could buy a house for less than a million.

  • Sherri S August 4, 2023 (1:28 pm)

    Dog friendly, pull tabs and lots of outdoor seating. It wasn’t pretentious.

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