Sunday, June 25, 2017 This Week's Paper

Arts & Entertainment: New sports bar opens

Live music is back at 3829 6th Ave., the new home of Triple Play sports bar. 

The space has been home to a number of live music venues over the years: Prosito’s Italian Restaurant, the Central Tavern and the Sixth & Proctor Bar and Grill in the ‘80s and ‘90s, followed by Hell’s Kitchen’s decade-long reign as Tacoma’s premier rock room. The focus shifted to DJs and electronic dance music during the months Gruv Lounge occupied that space. The club was rebranded MetoGruv before closing last year. 

Triple Play owners Rich Langhorn and Kevin and Kim Brown are the latest to set up shop. Their bar opened on June 15 and, as the name implies, the main focus is on sports. The venue features nine TVs for catching marquee sporting events, with a 10-foot projection screen on the way. 

But something that’s sure to generate the most buzz is the return of live entertainment. “Mostly, it's going to be more classic rock, blues,” Langhorn explained. The venue has already hosted Steve Stefanowicz and Too Many Cooks and classic cover band Strike 9. Upcoming shows in the works feature Billy Shew, local blues prodigy Cody Rentas and Tacoma guitar hero Jerry Miller – a member of classic Bay Area rock band Moby Grape.

“We'll get some reggae in, but we're also going to be doing some open jam nights,” Langhorn said. However, they plan to stay away from punk, metal and hip-hop, he said.

Among Triple Play's other attractions is a private karaoke room. The booth – one of two built by Gruv Lounge – is located at the back of the showroom and can comfortably fit about a dozen amateur crooners.

“We haven't figured out exactly what we're gonna do with it long term. We're starting to book it, though,” Langhorn said. “Right now, we're just letting people wander in and use it.”

Triple Play will be open from 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. The venue will eventually open earlier for breakfast and British soccer, owners said.

More information will be available at or by calling (253) 752-2800.