Best fish & chips: The Spar
2121 N 30th St
Just a few steps from the waterfront, the Spar has everything a saltwater-adjacent pub should have: a warm welcome, plenty of beer on tap, a great view, and a killer fish & chips.
Best bar for pretending you’re on vacation: Tacoma Cabana
728 Pacific Ave
Classic Tiki drinks are the star, but the whole place is warmed to beach-vacation temperatures by the love of all things faux Polynesian. The surfboard décor, pupu platters, and island-themed soundtrack are beautifully absurd without being overly kitschy.