Hurry … the sun is out! Hustle down to the Tides Tavern for a pint, some grub and a true Gig Harbor experience. The Tides embodies everything Gig Harbor. For the ultimate experience, boat in/dock at the slip and slip into a cold refreshing beverage on a beautiful, blue day. Recently, however, I have been disappointed with the food and have friends that share my sentiments. That being said, you haven’t experienced Gig Harbor until you’ve ‘experienced’ the Tides Tavern. With its casual atmosphere and incredible location/views, it is one of the most well known watering holes in all of Pierce County. Not sure if it is every Sunday, but they do advertise breakfast accompanied by acoustic guitar. I’ve yet to try that, but on a beautiful day, you couldn’t go wrong!
The site states,” Enjoy the Tides experience” and “Perhaps the secret of The Tides lies in the comfort it affords people; a feeling that, while it may change with the passage of time, it will always be there.”
The building that now houses the Tides Tavern was built by Axel Uddenburg in 1910 and served the area as a general store. Located next to the “People’s Dock”, the town’s only public ferry landing, it was called the West Side Mercantile. The ferry dock provided a steady stream of customers through the first half-century. With the end of prohibition in the 1930s, a tavern was added, and a tradition of good times began. Beer was sold for 10 cents a glass, and 20 cents a bottle. The tavern never made much money, but no one cared.
Through the years, the building has seen a number of colorful owners, not the least of which was “Three Fingered Jack,” a Jerry Garcia look-alike whose tenor voice resonated across the dance floor on Friday and Saturday nights in the late 60s and early 70s.
My favorite experience at the Tides: boating from the Day Island Marina, docking at the Tides and enjoying all that the Tides “experience ” has to offer!2925 Harborview Drive | Gig Harbor, WA 98335 | Call (253) 858-3982 for ordering and reservations