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Seattle Weekly: The Top
October 26, 2000
2214 Second Avenue, 206-443-4221
Sun - Wed 3 pm - midnight;
Thu - Sat 3 pm - 2 am
Lunch, dinner $$
There's a certain community of jazz musicians in this townas in
most big townswho've put down their stakes, who are holding down
their jobs, who are never going to New York, and who nightly pour out
their heart, soul, and sweat at whatever smoky den has kindly given them
refuge. In Seattle, that place is Tula's. As welcoming and no-nonsense
as the man who runs itretired Navy bandleader Mack WaldronTula's
has low lights, wooden beams, unfussy furnishings, random memorabilia.
Meat-and-potatoes jazz musicians take to the raised platform in the middle
of the room every night at eight for a crowd that can be wall-to-wall
raucous or sparse and sullen, but is always taking deep solace in the
music. You can get a serviceable meal here, but even the waitstaff will
tell you that "food is not the focus." It's about an easy drink, scruffy
atmosphere, and another chorus on "Stella by Starlight."
UPSHOT: If you don't feel at home at Tula's,
you're obviously an @$$h&!*. M.D.F.