I still don’t have a scooter, but I vowed earlier this year to go to T-Town Flotilla III’s Friday meetup because it would take place at the Parkway Tavern, a place I’ve wanted to visit darn near forever. Well, at least since the scooter scene in Tacoma picked up.
The Parkway (John, the manager, said one word is the preferred writing, even though the sign shows two words) has been the Friday-evening meetup spot for Tacoma scooterists for about seven years.
The Parkway is located in Tacoma’s Stadium neighborhood, on a leafy boulevard among big old Craftsman and Victorian homes. The place was once a house itself, as you can see from the outside. And the inside.
There are 29 beers on tap, some of which are the Parkway’s own brews; the tap list changes regularly and often, so there’s always something new. Online reviews contain lots of stars, and the atmosphere is friendly and relaxed. A neighborhood pub par excellence.
The members of the Firkin SC had gathered in the back room for beer, food and socializing. I was hungry.
Bacon cheeseburger, $8.50; substitute salad for chips, 50 cents. Quite good. The Parkway serves up tasty pub grub to accompany those 29 beers on tap.
The meetup was followed by an evening ride around north Tacoma, which ended at the nearby Harmon Tap Room for a show including The Dignitaries, a band whose members include several Tacoma scooter peeps. Saturday, a bigger group rode from Tacoma to the Kitsap Peninsula for camping and other activities. Next year, I hope.