Lava Lounge

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2226 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA
Opened in the mid-'90s
Daily 3pm-2am
(206) 441-5660

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Lava Lounge



by 26 people



Everyone You
Decor 6.2
Drink Quality 3.8
Drink Selection 2.5
Mood 6
Music 2.3
Service 6.3
Tikiness 5.7
Tilt 5.1
Vibe 4.7

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Humuhumu’s description

The Lava Lounge is not truly a tiki baróit's mainly a beer joint, after allóbut those who are into such places will dig the dim lighting, booths and music. I visited Lava Lounge probably a good half-dozen times before I realized that it does actually have some tiki to offer. The barback is supported by two carved tiki posts, and there are a few great old tiki mugs among the collection of jetsam & flotsam behind the bar.
From the late '70s through the '80s, this space was occupied by a bar called Hawaii West.


Monster A GoGo
Monster A GoGo has visited Lava Lounge.
March 22, 2018, 11:48 PM
The Lava Lounge is your basic bar. There is a long bar on one side of the narrow but deep space and a bunch of small booths lining the opposite wall. It was dark but had a fair amount of tikiness mixed in with a quasi-nautical theme. It looks like beer is mainly served, but they do have a limited tiki menu, too.

Not the most tiki place ever but better anything I have in my home town (NOTHING)...but there was one aspect of it I hadn't seen coming based on what I had read here on Critiki. When I walked up to the door, I noticed two older guys sitting together at a little table to the right of the door. Two younger guys were emerging and sitting at a table to the left of the door. There was absolutely nothing wrong with that, but the thought "gay couples?" did run through my mind briefly. I didn't think it likely since there was a very obvious gay bar (complete with a ginormous rainbow flag flying in the breeze) right across the street. Whatever.

A friend of mine was texting me as I went in. He had wanted to know how the Giant Shoe Museum at Pike Place Market--which I had visited not long before-- was. I had told him about it and about my visit to nearby Ohana afterwards.

"What's on your agenda for the rest of the day?" he asked.

By then I was talking to the Lava Lounge bartender, who was a regular "Chatty Cathy". I couldn't really text my friend back, so I just sent a few of the photos of Lava Lounge that I had already taken. I was the only customer in the place at the moment. The bartender seemed nice enough, but he also seemed rather flustered and nervous for some reason and...was he flirting with me?

While he made my drink (a Monkey Punch), I texted my friend back: "At Lava Lounge? Lava Lava? Something like that. I think it might be bar?"

He responded: "Doesn't look very busy." He had obviously seem the photos I had forwarded him. "What makes you think it's a gay bar?"

That's when I saw it... The place across the street wasn't the only place that had a rainbow flag in it. There was one in Lava Lounge as well above the door. I took a photo and sent it on with the following text:

"Oh,,, Duh," I said.

It wasn't a big deal. It would have just been nice to know I was walking into a gay bar beforehand. Ha!

The Monkey Punch was good (but not nearly as good as the Monkey-something-or-other at the Purple Orchid in El Segundo.... Mmmm.) and the place was okay. Would I go back? Maybe--why not? If I was in the area and wanted food too, I'd hit Ohana. But for just a tiki drink? This place would do in a tiki minute. (Besides, I had someone hit on me. Ha! When was the last time THAT happened? Too funny.

Twitt has visited Lava Lounge.
January 16, 2018, 2:17 PM
Don't let the cool tiki on the entrance fool you. If you want a good tiki drink, and bartenders who know about tiki, go down the street to Navy Strength.
tikiwithray is a semi-regular at Lava Lounge.
April 30, 2016, 11:13 PM
The Lava Lounge is what I like to consider a "punk rock Tiki bar" It's pretty much a punk bar that happens to have a Tiki decor. I'll be honest, I don't really think they serve any Tiki cocktails but the bar is very dark and people that frequent the Lava Lounge are usually laid back.
As I said before, the Lava Lounge is a punk rock bar so punk rock is what your going to hear. That is totally cool with me because I'm a punker myself!
I have to give props to the Lava Lounge just for being around still! Seattle is growing and changing right before my eyes. I'm glad to see that a bar that I loved going to over a decade ago (when I first moved to Seattle) is still here!

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