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The Swiss Pub


address  1904 S. Jefferson Ave.
 Tacoma, WA  98403
phone (253) 572-2821
parking Street-side parking available
ages all ages until 8:30; 21 & over after
$ range $0-$14
cuisine American,Seafood,Hamburgers,Pub Food,Fish and Chips
attire Casual
atmosphere Kid Friendly,Fun
reservations Not required
tags live music,downtown,kid friendly,microbrew
www.theswisspub.com/
The Swiss Pub features a great menu and a decor that boasts Dale Chihuly's glasswork and accordions.

Upcoming Events

Open Mic Night at The Swiss!

Open Mic/Music
Come check out our Open Mic Night hosted by Chuck Gay! Sign-ups start at 6p with the performances starting at 7p. It is a family-friendly event until 8:30p. So, grab a beer or the mic (or, better yet, both) and enjoy some great local talent! *Please note: There will be no Open Mic on Monday, May 27th.
open mic
Event Info: (253) 572-2821
Ages: All ages until 8:30 pm
Price: Free
Free
Event Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/400149064154326/
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Schedule
 • Mon 8/19/19 at 7pm-10pm 
 • Mon 8/26/19 at 7pm-10pm 

Geeks Who Drink

General
Geeks Who Drink Trivia is always on Tuesdays....What is this, you ask? Here's the short version: Geeks Who Drink is a homegrown Pub Trivia Quiz modeled after those in Ireland and the UK. The quizzes cover everything from celebrities in trouble to wordplay to bad television. It's played in teams but don't worry if you don't have one; we can put you on one when you come in. Winning teams receive street cred, and $15 and $20 gift cards. And remember: this isn't Final Jeopardy, so no pressure!
Geeks Who Drink;Pub Trivia
Event Info: (253) 572-2821
Ages: 21+
Price: Free
Free
Event Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/400149064154326/
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Schedule
 • Tue 8/20/19 at 8pm-10pm 
 • Tue 8/27/19 at 8pm-10pm 

Tacoma Themed Paint & Drank with the Fabulous Laura Ecklund

Painting
Join us Thursdays in August for a Tacoma themed canvas and acrylic paint project under the skilled guidance of our very own Laura Eklund. The specific weekly assignments: You'll like Tacoma, Octopus under the narrows, Tacoma dome in Space, Tacoma Mermaid and Rainier Narrows Sunset. Guests will be provided a 16*20 inch canvas, paint, brushes, and professional encouragement. Cost is $20. Food and drinks not included.
paint & drank
Event Info: (253) 572-2821
Price: $20
Event Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/441169246437501/
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Schedule
 • Thu 8/22/19 at 7pm-9pm 
 • Thu 8/29/19 at 7pm-9pm 

Rupaul's Rejects: Summer Sizzle

Experimental/Perf. Art
WE'RE BAAAAAAACK! And its gonna be a scorcher! It's time for Rupaul's Rejects: Summer Sizzle. Last May we infiltrated Tacoma and brought all drag and gags! We set the Gritty City on fire and we're back to do it again. Rupaul's Rejects gave it to Mutha Ru on Mother's Day and showed you why all drag is valid. Now this merry band of misfits is going to rock your socks and destroy everything you thought you knew about drag. Our Queens have been slow roasting all summer and they're ready to serve you something juicier than your Uncle Earl's homemade brisket. Smell that? No it's not tofurkey bacon! It's the Rupaul's Rejects getting preheated to give you all the tasty morsels (and I don't mean gluten free). Featuring performances by: Sir Killer Bunny. BABY. Leilan C. Glamazon. Honey Bunz. Peach Haze. and D'Monica Leone. Hosted by: Lavish and D'Monica Leone. Find a hot seat and a cold drink because you're not going to want to miss the beauty buffet we're serving at Tacoma's own historic landmark The Swiss Restaurant and Pub. Rupaul's Rejects: Summer Sizzle. 8/18/2019. Doors at 8:30pm, Show at 9:00pm. general admission $10/ VIP $15 (@ the door only). This is an all inclusive venue and we take the safety of our performers and guests seriously. Inappropriate, threatening, violent, hateful, or intimidating behavior will not be tolerated.
live music;drag show
Event Info: (253) 572-2821
Ages: 21+
Price: $10.00
Event Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/870141736694686/
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Schedule
 • Sun 8/18/19 at 9pm-11pm 

Stingshark & Laborer

Live Music in Bar/Club
The Swiss Restaurant & Pub and Smile Movement Presents, LLC are excited to welcome back, from Seattle, Washington, Stingshark. Joining them for the night is #Hometown favorite, Tacoma, Washington's own, Laborer Reggae. Grab your #dancingshoes, #smilewarriors, and come on out for this Friday night #danceparty. $8. 21+. Doors at 8:00pm. Music at 9:00pm. From the mountains to the sea, the Pacific Northwest waters have given rise to Stingshark. First sighted in the Seattle club scene in 2002, Stingshark sightings are now common in the region and beyond. Led by long time Phat Sidy guitarist Brian "Stingshark" Ray, the group features some of Seattle's top, power-house musicians and a new sound that is electrifying dance floors to a frenzy. Visit Stingshark here: https://stingshark.net/. https://www.facebook.com/SSFan/. The band is currently booking shows and supporting their third release, "Immatereality." https://open.spotify.com/album/6Dejd3pBa0afrVKEizwTsy?si=hl6yhhz_TUacOigF0NuCQA. For booking inquiries: rachell.smilemovementpresents@gmail.com. https://www.thesmilemvmnt.net/ https://theswisspub.com
live music
Event Info: (253) 572-2821
Ages: 21+
Price: $8.00
Event Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/1379161092234553/
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Schedule
 • Fri 8/23/19 at 9pm-1am 

Grit City Think&Drink: Race and Pedagogy

Talks/Lectures
The Race and Pedagogy Institute (RPI), which was founded at University of Puget Sound in 2003, is a collaboration of the University of Puget Sound and the South Sound community—or, as our Native American partners say, the Salish Sea community—that integrates academic assets of the campus into reciprocal partnerships with local community knowledge and experience to educate students and teachers at all levels to think critically about race, to cultivate terms and practices for societal transformation, and to act to eliminate racism. To achieve this the Institute examines the question of how should education address race, and connects campus and community as mutual partners committed to advancing equity and excellence in education. Dexter Gordon is the founding director of this Institute which has hosted four quadrennial Race and Pedagogy National Conferences since 2006. One key feature of the Institute is its Community Partners Forum, which has met monthly since 2005. This forum, exemplifies the Institute’s critical and innovative educational commitments. Dexter B. Gordon is a Distinguished Professor at University of Puget Sound. He is also the director both the Race and Pedagogy Institute (RPI), and the African American Studies Program (AFAM). Dr. Gordon teaches and does research in media, culture, race and pedagogy, and Caribbean and African American studies. In his book, Black Identity: Rhetoric, Ideology, and Nineteenth-Century Black Nationalism (2003), he advocates for a critical reconstruction of historical memory to elucidate black identity and help initiate redemption and repair. He is the founding director of the Race and Pedagogy Institute (RPI) at University of Puget Sound which has hosted four quadrennial Race and Pedagogy National Conferences since 2006. He also heads up the university’s African American Studies Program (AFAM). Dr. Gordon has led both entities from their beginnings to their present award winning status as exemplary programs recognized
grit city;think&drink;equity;race;pedagogy;education;
Event Info: (253) 692-4598
Ages: Kid-Friendly
Price: Free
Free
Event Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/2277660725604078/
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 • Tue 9/10/19 at 6:30pm-8pm 

Grit City Think&Drink | Take These Blues Away: A Sing-Talk Presentation from two Scholars of the South

Talks/Lectures
In the era of Trump, it may seem all is lost, but we have been through worse before and come out smiling. Nicole Blair and Michael Honey talk and sing freedom and blues songs of the South that tell the truth of our blighted racist and sexist history, and that also give people courage to resist. Songs and stories help us to remember where we have been, and to take our blues away through persistence, humor, and collective action. Nicole Blair, a UWT literature and writing professor, is a scholar and singer with a deep appreciation of the American South. She recently published Virginia Woolf and the Power of Story: A Literary Darwinist Reading of Six Novels, and is currently writing about the blues women of the South. Nicole has recorded 2 CDs of original Americana music and currently finishing her 3rd. She also holds a Graduate Certificate in Blues Studies from Delta State University. Michael Honey, a founding faculty of UWT, teaches African-American, labor history and oral history. He has published a series of acclaimed histories of southern labor, civil rights, and Martin Luther King, Jr. He is a collector and singer of songs based on his years of organizing in the South and work with Pete Seeger and other singers of the folk.
grit city;think&drink;racism;the blues;freedom songs;the South
Event Info: (253) 692-4598
Ages: Kid-Friendly
Price: Free
Free
Event Website: www.facebook.com/events/2244342432498143/
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 • Tue 10/8/19 at 6:30pm-8pm 

Grit City Think&Drink| You Think You're Tough?: The Trans-Africa Bicycle Expedition of Kazimierz Nowak

Talks/Lectures
So you’ve done RAMROD and STP? Vashon’s Passport to Pain and Bainbridge’s Chilly Hilly? Maybe even RSVP, the Courage Classic or RedSpoke, too? You can handle days, even weeks in the bike saddle, and so you think you’re tough… Well, what about months and years? What about 12,000 miles across deserts and savannahs? Surrounded by droughts and predators, all on a bicycle with only a single gear? Yes, that was the reality of Kazimierz Nowak, a Polish journalist who bicycled alone across Africa in the 1930s, and in this talk, Michael Kula will present his research of Nowak’s journey, as well as readings from his in-progress book about Nowak’s experiences. In the end, it will give us a glimpse into the daily realities of one of the world’s original extreme-adventure-travelers and challenge us all to reconsider exactly how tough we think we are. Michael Kula is Associate Professor of Writing Studies at the University of Washington, Tacoma. His novel The Good Doctor was published in 2017 by Urban Farmhouse Press, and he is currently completing his second book, a nonfiction account of the life and travels of Kazimierz Nowak, a Polish journalist who bicycled across Africa in the 1930s. He lives in Tacoma with his wife and two children, and when he isn’t writing or teaching, you might find him attempting his own bike travels somewhere in the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
grit city;think&drink;bicycle expedition;Africa;extreme adventure;
Event Info: (253) 692-4598
Ages: Kid-Friendly
Price: Free
Free
Event Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/345973029629276/
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 • Tue 11/12/19 at 6:30pm-8pm 

Grit City Think&Drink | Using Sewers to Tell Us About Drug Use

Talks/Lectures
Wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE) is only a decade old technique but has been realized as a powerful complementary tool to traditional epidemiological metrics in Europe, Australia, and Asia, and is growing in North America. This talk will explore the WBE approach, provide results from some wastewater case studies in the U.S., and suggest how wastewater may be useful for addressing current and future challenges related to public health. Dan Burgard is a professor of chemistry at the University of Puget Sound and an affiliate associate professor at UW Tacoma in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. At UPS Dan teaches Analytical Chemistry, Instrumental Analysis, Environmental Analytical Chemistry and The Art and Science of Color. His research is environmentally analytical in nature, measuring gaseous emissions from mobile sources with remote sensing in the Puget Sound region as well as nationally and internationally. However, recently he has changed focus to determine trace levels of drug metabolites in urban wastewater. This field, coined “wastewater-based epidemiology,” determines drug use trends in communities.
grit city;think&drink;wastewater;epidemiology;drug use;environment
Event Info: (253) 692-4598
Ages: Kid-Friendly
Price: Free
Free
Event Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/2686282844735106/
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Schedule
 • Tue 12/10/19 at 6:30pm-8pm