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Tini Bigs ‘Closing Time’ 20th Anniversary Party

December 7, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - December 8, 2016 @ 2:00 am

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SEATTLE — Celebrate 20 years in Seattle for Tini Bigs Lounge and enjoy 50 percent off all food, wine and spirits all night Dec. 7!

With its tenancy expiring just after New Year’s Eve and the building it occupies slated to be razed for construction of a six-story, mixed-use building, the end of the Tini Bigs Lounge era at the corner of First and Denny is near. But always up for a celebration, owner Keith Robbins and general manager Joe Zara are toasting one big milestone before the final call: Tini Bigs’ all-day-long 20th Anniversary party on Wednesday, Dec. 7.

Staying open (and successful) more consecutive days in a row than any other independent bar west of the Mississippi calls for a celebration. Tini Bigs invites wine and martini lovers new and old to toast what will be 7,311 consecutive days of shaking and stirring on Dec. 7, with 50 percent off ALL food, wine and spirits from 4 p.m. to the wee hours.

Opened on Dec. 2, 1996, this lower Queen Anne classic cocktail lounge was years ahead of simple beer-and-wine-slinging bars in town. It was pouring up craft cocktails at a time when today’s bearded lumbersexuals and man-bun-sporting mixologists were likely graduating preschool.

Twenty years of not closing even a single day marks a vault of treasured memories, including:

  • 1996- Getting dumped with eight inches of snow just weeks after opening, during one of Seattle’s biggest snows in a single day.
  • 1999 – Being on the chaotic perimeter of the “Battle of Seattle” World Trade Center protests
  • 1999 – Loungers “partied like it’s 1999,” because it WAS 1999.
  • 2001 – Grieving and grappling with the tragedy of the 9/11 attacks as televised at the bar.
  • 2005 – Keith Robbins and Patrick Haight release their hardcover cocktail recipe book, Tini Bigs Big Martinis hosting a lively release party at the lounge, of course.
  • 2005 — The “Smoking in Public Places” law (RCW 70.160) went into effect, making it illegal to smoke in all indoor public places and workplaces in Washington. Tini Bigs’ popular cigar lounge was immediately made obsolete. Revenue dropped more than 40% overnight.
  • 2006 – The Hanukkah Eve Wind Storm of 2006 leaves one million people in Western Washington without power and some of Tini Bigs’ picture windows broken. And still open for business…
  • 2007 – News breaks of the Seattle SuperSonics becoming “The Thunder” in the 2008-09 season. Many doubles were poured that day. Tini Bigs was a popular pregame watering hole. being near Key Arena.
  • 2014 – Streets were packed for miles with 700,000 “12th Men” in Seattle, following the Seahawks’ defeat of the Broncos in the big game, marking Seattle’s biggest pro football win. Jubilant fans flooded into Tini Bigs in jerseys and team colors. There were martinis to match.

As Tini Bigs readies for its final day just after New Year’s Eve, Robbins reports that the search for a new home for the lounge has produced only “soul-less” locations. After 20 years occupying its charming 1929-constructed building, also home to Robbins’ neighboring Tiki lounge, Hula Hula’s, time will tell if Tini Bigs reemerges elsewhere in the city.

In the meantime, Robbins said he hopes this will be Tini Bigs’ party to top all parties. Join the fun! Tini Bigs is at 100 Denny Way. Phone is 206-284-0931. Learn more at www.tinibigs.com.


December 7, 2016 @ 4:00 pm
December 8, 2016 @ 2:00 am
No cover
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Heidi Witherspoon


Tini Bigs Lounge
100 Denny Way
Seattle, WA 98109 United States
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