Tacoma Urbanist

Nov. 25, 2007 at 12:14am

Urbanist Visits Tacoma's Monsoon Room

Rather than attempt to choke down a slurry of Kool Aid and bulk vodka at TGIF, tonight I visted the Monsoon Room on Hilltop.

Here, they have a slew of fresh herbs that they "muddle" into your drink as well as limes, lemons and whatever else is needed to craft your drink.  No bottled Rosie's Lime here or other bulk "mixers." The music, light, and drinks set the scene.

Each drink on the menu is unique with a managerie of freshly made ingredients. 
Here's the latest (more than a rumor, less than confirmed) I heard : within two weeks, construction will start on a unique breakfast vista in space behind the Monsoon Room named "Santuary" with a completely unique breakfast fare.  Exciting. 

Monsoon Room
1022 S. J Street

Hilltop Map of Businesses

(If you have more up to date news in the upcoming restaurant, please post)

comments [13]  |  posted under monsoon room, Tacoma, washington


by intacoma on 11/25/2007 @ 7:43am
what time were you there? They usually have a DJ later at night

by Erik on 11/25/2007 @ 10:30am
what time were you there? They usually have a DJ later at night

Early. Around 5:30 p.m. I believe. They usually open at 3:00 p.m.

I will leave it to you to show a short clip of a more lively scene there when the DJ is working.

by KevinFreitas on 11/25/2007 @ 3:46pm
Still haven't been to the Monsoon room but thanks for sharing Erik. I'll have to make it soon!

by ensie on 11/26/2007 @ 11:44am
My dog trainer told me this was a lesbian bar?

by Jake on 11/26/2007 @ 12:20pm
It is an everyone bar like every bar/club in Tacoma.

by ensie on 11/26/2007 @ 12:36pm
Is every bar/club in Tacoma an "everyone bar"? I don't think so.

I'm not saying that every bar or club can't be used or frequented by everyone, I'm just noting that some bars or clubs may be frequented more often by a particular group of people.

I know that some clubs or bars tend to attract a certain crowd and are known for it. Sometimes that makes them more or less popular with other groups. I know I love a good gay bar specifically because it's known as a gay bar.

As someone who used to date women exclusively, if I'm looking for a lesbian bar, I want to know where they are, or at least where the lesbians hang out. It's not offensive to call someplace a lesbian bar. It's just a descriptive term.

by Erik on 11/26/2007 @ 12:50pm
People have their different impressions of different bars.

I didn't get the impression that the Monsoon Room is marketing to a particular niche. Pretty representative of the downtown Tacoma urban crowd from what I could see. From the few times I have been in there, around 60 percent of the patrons were men.

by ensie on 11/26/2007 @ 12:55pm
Cool. I was just addressing the "everyone bar like every bar/club in Tacoma" comment from Jake.

by Jake on 11/26/2007 @ 1:07pm
Tempest Lounge is Lesbian owned/gay friendly with a very mixed crowd

Monsoon Room is gay friendly another mixed crowd. There you will get old Hilltop residents, new Hilltop residents, gays, lesbians, straight, and everything in between.

Silverstone - is actually straight owned but is mostly gay clients but I think straight people have the most fun there.

A lot of straight people go to see the drag shows at Lacosta but I don't think any of my gay friends have.

I have even heard Top of Tacoma on Mckinley has a mixed crowd.

I have been to lounges in high-end restaurants DT where the gay tables out-numbered the straight tables.

I think almost anywhere you go in or around Downtown is going to be a mixed crowd and everyone is welcome.

by ensie on 11/26/2007 @ 1:33pm
Thanks Jake!

by intacoma on 11/26/2007 @ 4:04pm
Monsoon Room has a great crowd. The crowd ranges from people drinking $10 cocktails to $2 millers, getting a seat can be hard if you show up after 9 since it can only hold like 25 people (crammed)

by Erik on 11/27/2007 @ 12:25am
I love their $1.00 appitizers.

by Erik on 8/13/2008 @ 12:12am
Looks like the Monsoon Room lost their URL.