Ballard’s Fu Kun Wu and Thaiku Will Close December 23

Farewell to the offbeat cocktail bar beloved by Esquire magazine.

By Allecia Vermillion December 13, 2011

The owners are busy scouting new locations; meanwhile the jazz performances will move to Copper Gate. Photo courtesy of Thaiku/Fu Kun Wu

As My Ballard noted yesterday, Thai restaurant Thaiku is closing after 10 years in the neighborhood. Shuttering along with it is tucked-in-back bar Fu Kun Wu, which Esquire magazine previously named one of its “Best Bars in America” back in 2006. Earlier this year Fu Kun Wu fell victim to a strange editing error in the magazine that also affected Zig Zag Café.

A bit of a sleeper favorite with an apothecary theme, Fu Kun Wu specializes in both live jazz and cocktails infused with herbs—a heady combination indeed. The last day for both Thaiku and Fu Kun Wu will be December 23; the bar is going out in style with an all-night happy hour that kicks in at 5pm, while Thaiku will continue serving lunch and dinner until the bitter end. The shuttering is reportedly due to unresolved disputes with the landlord.

According to the release from the Thaiku folk, the owners plan to “reincarnate in another form” elsewhere, and do so within the next year. Meanwhile the weekly jazz nights are heading over to sibling bar Copper Gate.

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