After months of uncertainty, Queen Anne's venerable bar Tini Bigs along with its neighboring tiki-themed lounge, Hula Hula, will close their doors on March 18. Which will mark the end of an era for the cocktail lounge that arrived in 1996 to help fill the then-void in Seattle's cocktail culture.
Owner Keith Robbins is relieved that Tini Bigs lived to see its 20th anniversary on December 3 of last year, a major feat for a guy who prides his bar on having weathered many storms of the past two decades—including the World Trade Organization protests of 1999—without closing a single day. Robbins expects the bar to fill with loyal patrons on its last days who'll likely join Robbins in "crying into his martini" and toasting to a good run and "good friends on both sides of the bar."
And what will become of the 1920s-era brick building? It's slated to make way for a six-story, 160-unit apartment building complete with ground-floor retail and parking. As for Robbins, after saying his permanent goodbyes to Tini Bigs, he'll reopen the tiki-themed Hula Hula at its new Capitol Hill location come April, reportedly with refreshed cocktail and food menus and decor that's even more tikirific than before—think tiki huts and a black light room complete with velvet mural. Follow its progress here for updates on when to expect a full revamp of Polynesian kitsch and karaoke.