Photo Courtesy of South Sound Magazine

For a tiny Hilltop bar with no branding anywhere and no neon signs, Tacoma’s 1022 South sure has been getting a lot of attention lately.  In addition to the Tacoma press, jaded restaurant critics from both the Seattle Weekly and The New York Times have been gushing about their hand crafted libations.  What’s all the fuss about?

1022 South is not the kind of place you go for a blowout night or a bachelorette party. It’s dimly lit with dangling edison bulbs, manned by knowledgable and attentive bartenders, and boasts one of the most unique bar menus in the country.  This is the kind of place you can go by yourself and read, take a girl you want to impress,  catch up with a couple of girlfriends for a long deep talk, or hang with a small group. Blenders are banned and the low key atmosphere is half the fun.

Check out the menu here to see their delicious food made on the spot as well as their famous hand crafted drinks- such as the “Under The Volcano,” a drink that features cinnemon infused tequila, agave, bitters, and something they call “Hellfire tincture.” 

1022 South is located in Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood.  Hilltop is an older neighborhood just above Downtown Tacoma. The Hilltop neighborhood has been quietly adding one amazing locale after another  and emerging from it’s crime filled reputation of days long past.  Do yourself a favor and take a 15 minute drive down I-5 to check out 1022.


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