Seattle >Food & Dining > Tia Lou's
2218 1st Ave, Seattle, WA | Directions 9812147.613136 -122.345804
Neighborhoods: Belltown, Downtown
Decent place – I was here Friday night (Nov. 12th). I like the fact that the cover for guys were so cheap; I was in Seattle visiting. I didn't have any problems with the bouncer, and the drinks were good but the music could have been better. I mean who wants to listen to top 40s all night?
Btw, does anyone know how to access the pictures the photographers took? Do they have a website or something?
FRIDAY NIGHT AT TIA LOU's – Something changed about Tia Lou's!!! i've been going out every friday night to Tia lou's and it's been always packed!!!! I loved the DJ and the music they play!!! the Vibe in that place was amazing too!!!!! they've been having happy hour and i was really pleased with their drinks!!! highly recommended and hope you experience the same thing i had at Tia Lou's!!!!!
Yes, thank you, the bouncers SUCK! – I have to say, I obviously don't feel happy, but definitely vindicated, in seeing that the past few reviews have mainly focused on the disgusting individuals they have working the door/security at this place.
I've gone to Tia Lou's on and off for many years; as usual, there seems to be no mid-point in Seattle between too-cool-for-school-hipster and out-and-out-trashfest. it would be nice if they place didn't leave me feeling the need for a 5-hour long shower, but whatever, it is A place in Seattle to dress up, dance it up, and have fun.
Being employed as the person who stands at the door there to take customers' measly $5, however, is NOT what's up. I hate bouncers and doormen who try to pull rank and get on a power trip with you, but at least if a bouncer pulled that trip at an actually DECENT and high-end club, it would make sense. I don't know who the h### these guys think they are or where they think they're working, but you work at Tia Lou's buddy, you don't get to treat people at the door like you're god's gift to the world.
I attempted to go to Tia Lou's on Halloween, with another girlfriend and her guy friend. He would have let us girls in, but told us that our friend was not "dressed in a costume". This, despite the fact that some meathead jock had just walked through the door wearing jeans and a white T-shirt! When I called the doorman on that s@#$, he said "That guy went in with a cowgirl. He's dressed as a cowboy." Cowboy my a@#. No matter how I tried to talk him into letting things slide, he came up with one BS excuse after another as to why our friend couldn't get in.
I have worked at bars and clubs. I know that there was no "rule", there is never a "rule", and that bouncer could have totally let us in, but felt like bullying our guy-friend. And the next time I pass Tia Lou's and see him, I'll bully his 350 pound a@@ right back to Tricities or whatever hicktown he crawled in from.
What a Nightmare! – GO here if your looking to have a HORRIBLE time and get a black eye! The music is some what decent- The bouncers......that's a whole other story! The bouncers gets kicks from beating up of inoccent poeple(in this case, girls), yes, thats right, BEATING girls up! BOUNCERS! The guys who are suppose to stop fights are starting them at this place! We were there a few days ago and that was our last time there, after getting pulled by my hair and my friends getting shoved around you come to realize this place hire's idiots! If you here for a review, change your plans now, get as far as possible from this horrible hole in the wall! The owner of this place should be ashamed to run it with those stupid bouncers- who cant get real jobs so they get hired at this place to push people around, talk about power trips! (doesn't even deserve 1 star)
WORSED NIGHTMARE in seattle. – I've been to bad places but Tia Lou tops them all. The music is horrible. The bouncers ( power trips) earning peanuts have guts to kick people out for no good reasons.The place hardly deserve one star. I was there 2 weeks ago and damn first and last time. If you here for a review, change your plans know. To add to that the club aint all that. Am business minded...and men i feel sorry for the owner while the stupid bouncers/watchmen drive the club to the grave. And WHATS UP WITH BLINDING CUSTOMERS FACES WITH NEON FLASH LIGHTS...ohhhh I forgot its the f***** watchmen. get real jobs losers
Best place for dancing – I made special arrangements for a good friends birthday party and it was a special night out. Tia Lou's is an awesome place for dancing!!! Not so crowded and many platforms to dance on. No cover charge before 10pm. They have okay music mixed to be dancable to. Also fog machines and fans to cool you down. And Bubbles blowing from the ceiling. An entire outside smoking area with a bar!! I will for sure be back for some dancing!!!
good food, good fun, friendly staff – Each time I have visited Seattle, I make a point to stop into Tia Lou's for great food, and a welcome back attitude. The bartenders are pleasant, efficient, and generous. The staff here work long hard days and put up with a bunch of cr*p from none other than the nay-sayers who make a point to bad mouth them on this website. So sorry, cry-babies, that your drunken over-the-top evening was ruined by the bouncers whose job is to promote safety and keep things under control. So GET OFF THE STAIRS, move out of the way when asked the first time! Use a little common sense and understand that people are doing their jobs not out to make you miserable. ITS NOT ABOUT YOU...it's about the well-being of not only the patrons but the safety and accountability of the staff. The only problems I have ever encountered in Tia Lou's are the rude, young, drunks who welcome themselves into your personal space and into your evening. Hint, gentlemen, if a woman doesn't look your way and smile, you're not welcome. Believe it or not, people still go out these days to spend time with friends, not hook up with the first hard body, self-involved idiot who thinks he has a chance. Go to Tia Lou's with friends and if the crowd seems strange and obnoxious as it can at times, stick together, ignore the drunks and follow staff directions, it will be a better night for all. Most of all, respect the staff and they will respect you...here or anywhere. Remember, they are providing you with a SERVICE, NOT there TO SERVE you! Overall...take the time for dinner and drinks at Tia Lou's. Enjoy the deck in warm weather and enjoy good service and good food all year 'round...cheers!
Thank you for the comments on Tia Lou's – I recently flew into Seattle this last week and was glad to see not everything in Seattle has been a loss. Yet this nightclub was an extreme disappointment . I started in clubs and owned a few in the years past (DaVinci's etc.) but this has an all time low. I'm actually embarrassed to think that Belltown has adopted this type of un-classed atmosphere and pseudo dance club erotique'. Every restaurateur/nightclub owner should have the general basics on club enjoyment, mis-managed staff, security, and high school'esque patrons are not a part of it. From Seattle to Vegas to New York, have I ever been that embarrassed as in my home town. Shame on Tia Lou's for lowering the standards Belltown had to offer. At least Axis had sub decent staff, security, and it's patrons weren't the myspace wanna be's looking like South Tacoma white trash. And what's up with the fake photographers? Please....devote a little something more than the daddy rich kids with a camera for Xmas......
Tia Lou's: Where every greaseball in Seattle goes after 10:00pm. – DO: Hang out at Tia Lou's from whenever they open to 10pm - on a nice warm night, up on the deck.
DON'T: Stay there after 10pm, get out of there as fast as you can.
Target Market: Young greaseball guys from all over Seattle Metro. There were so many guys there that had two hoops, necklaces, shirts wide open, greasy hair - it was a joke and to all you girls who actually are quality, stay away after 10 pm.
My Story? Well, I went out on the dance floor with my wife and her two friends and I couldn't believe how many guys swarmed onto all 3 of them. I had a russian drunk dude grinding on my wife and I had two african guys grinding on the other two girls. It was as if these three girls (all married by the way) were going to turn around and respond positively to some international drunk guy helping himself to an uninvited american girl grind.?. And I get it that this happens but when the girls communicated they weren't into it, no guy stepped away and then that's when I had to sort scoop each of them closer to me, one at a time.
All we wanted to do was get a few songs in and we didn't even get one in before I had to escort all of the girls off the dancefloor meanwhile keeping my head on a swivel for the drunk russian guy who thought he could follow me off the dancefloor and sucker-punch me in the back of the head (IF I had taken my eyes off him). I literally walked away only watching him as he left one person between us as we moved through the crowd. I'm not a fighter and I'm not big but it would have gotten ugly.
You know who was the saving grace in all of this? The bouncers, and yeah that is a shocker, but they actually deserve some serious props because 10 minutes later when eastern block guy came upstairs and was bothering the girls again, I found a security guy and told him I didn't want to start any trouble but this guy was a problem. He immediately grabbed 4 guys and kicked that a-hole right out of the club & we thoroughly enjoyed it! Thanks guys.
Don't go here – On Saturday night I was at Tia Lou?s night club in Seattle, it was a horrible place. I was there for a bachelorette party for one of my great friends. I was helping plan and get everyone safely to and from the bar so I was not drinking. When 12:30 came around two of us were ready to leave, I was trying to find the third friend and the bar was so packed you could not see anything. I went up the stair just to see if I could see her. The bouncer there yelled at me for being on the stairs. I went to the bottom of the stairs and reached over to tap my friend when I did that I got pushed by that bouncer, and he began to yelling at me get away from the stairs. He then got into get in my face put his chest against me pushing me into the crowd. I of course tried to stand up to him and told him to get out of my face and as soon as I didn?t think he kicked my out the bar. I am not saying I was completely right about being near the stairs I realize there is fire issue, but the way I was handled was so extreme. I just feel like there is nothing I can do about this cause it is a bar and most of the time people are drinking and these things happen. So I feel by telling as many people as I can about this maybe it can be resolved by shutting down such a terrible club.
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