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Proctor District: time for a Knapp\'s

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There’s one particular establishment in Proctor that I’ve visited more than all of the rest as your very own nightlife hunter and gatherer: Knapp’s.

But whenever I roll into Knapp’s, it’s not to be seen or heard. Knapp’s is my social sniper spot.

Whenever I want to get away from my usual congeal, I tiptoe into Knapp’s for their cirque 1970s decorum, the darker lighting, and the fact that it’s Christmas every day there with the icicle lights hanging from the bar.

Also in sniper fashion, my friends and I have been known to roll there quickly to snag one last drink before last call. It seems to me that Knapp’s is one of the only bars that operates on real time, not bar time. This isn’t fool-proof, though. My homeboy Aaron and I once drove there as fast as Tool’s Opiate would take us. We parked and ran in, but we just missed our chance to order that last nightcap. It was totally worth a shot, though, because their little drinkies pack a powerful punch.

Every time I’ve been, the bartenders have been more than happy to see me, and the long-time regulars could really give a rip if I’m around.

That creates the perfect opportunity to take over one of their mafia booths with all of your friends to review your plot to take over the world. Sketches and flashlights are recommended.

People also tend to hit up Knapp’s to watch sporting events. I’ve caught a Seahawk’s game there.

Knapp’s has been around forever, I mean FOREVER, since the 1930s. Another one of their amenities is the fact that they’re open every single day except Christmas.

However, I know that there are a couple of you who aren’t so down with running around for one last beverage at 1:50 a.m. With that, when the sun comes up for you early risers, on the other side of Knapp’s lounge is their full-service restaurant that features American-style breakfast.

People often drop in for items such as their French dip, and then they take a leisurely stroll around to all of Proctor’s fancy shops and treats. Knapp’s rocks soups, sandwiches, salads, burgers, pasta and dinner specials that are affordable from $7 to $14. I’d be willing to bet that there are regulars who have enjoyed Knapp’s homemade turkey, mashed potatoes and dressing for 50-plus years.

As for me, I’ve had many a weekend hangover helper there, rolling in at noon for the standard breakfast of bacon, eggs, hashies and toast, which always helps me power through.

So I guess what I’m really trying to say is that Knapp’s is for everyone, from the respectable peace keepers to the nightlife ninjas like you and me.

[Knapp’s Restaurant & Lounge, 2707 N. Proctor St., Tacoma, 253.759.9009]

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