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Farewell, Scary Clown Bar

A Seattle rock and roll institution part of our local music scene for many years, both as a live music venue and a favorite spot to get liquored up before shows at Seattle Center, will close it’s doors after tonight’s Halloween party. Located on 5th Avenue in the shadow of The Space Needle, it’s been known as The Funhouse Tavern since the grand opening on Halloween of 2003. Before that, as Tex’s Tavern it’s outdoor patio/basketball court was the scene of a fearsome and extremely drunken 1-on-1 game of full-contact hoops between KZOK’s Scott Vanderpool and Alice In Chains drummer Sean Kinney. As the Funhouse, topped by a large sculpture of “Spike the Clown” which gave it it’s nickname “Scary Clown Bar”, it’s been one of our town’s more consistent venues for live original rock, mostly of the “punk” variety. The building, constructed in the 1930’s, is set to be demolished to give way to a 7-story mixed-use development, but tonight will be one last blowout for Halloween, with a costume contest and bands started by Funhouse employees past and present. Owner Brian Foss told KOMO TV “It’s just really awful to struggle through the worst economy in years, come out of it, and then have something happen that is totally out of your control.” He and partner Bobby Kuckleberg are looking for a new location for the bar, but have so far been unsuccessful. We wish them all the luck in the world.

Check out their website here.

Starting tomorrow, all of the bar’s fixtures, TV’s, and P.A. system go up for sale on Craigslist.

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