OutWest, West Seattle’s only LGBTQ+ bar, will close after service on Sunday, July 21. The bar has been in business for eight years, building a strong following for its karaoke nights, poker games, drag performances, professional sports viewings, and other theme nights.
OutWest owner Bob Lunke told the West Seattle Blog that several factors led to the decision to close, including rising operating costs and increased competition. Lunke noted the building’s owners also have “other plans” for the site, though those plans aren’t yet specified.
Before the bar (5401 California Avenue SW) shuts down, there are a few events planned to close things out in style. This Saturday, July 20, there’s a “Last Dance” party starting at 9 p.m., with the promise of “blow out specials” and “more surprises to come.” Then, on Sunday, the last day in business, there will be discounted booze to help clear the shelves.