Capitol Hill sports bar 95 Slide will never see the Mariners make it to the World Series. Born in 2012, the Slide never saw the Mariners even make the postseason.
It will close Saturday with one final party.
Owner Marcus Lalario tells us circumstances around the Harvard and Pike club have changed after he and the property’s developer owners reached an agreement for 95 Slide to leave the building a year before its lease was up. “I wanted to purchase the building, but I’m more than happy to leave,” Lalario tells CHS. “It’s just change.”
More a sports club than a sports bar, 95 Slide emphasized big events like UFC fight nights and borrowed elements like VIP areas and bottle service from the area’s dance club economy. The space was previously Lalario’s HG Lodge and before that the War Room. The game plan for 95 slide was born out of necessity as the club faced thousands of dollars of work required to meet Seattle Fire Department regulations despite the corner’s long and notorious history as a host for Capitol Hill nightlife and shenanigans. And now, it’s the old timers’ turn to tell you about Mr. Paddywacks… UPDATE: This old comment thread about the corner has more names from the memory banks including Blu and the Brass Connection.
Pike Flats would be an awful name for a bar. It’s the plan for what comes next as developers Johnson Carr put together the money and resources to build a seven-story, 90-unit apartment building on the site. The developer plans to entirely demolish the pre-1940 building to make way for the new project and has purchased an extra story of height that went unused from the Melrose Market project, of all things, to do it. “Melrose Market paid for the ability to create an extra floor, they just didn’t,” a representative from neighborhood development watchdog the Pike/Pine Urban Neighborhood Council told CHS earlier this year. The design review board signed off on the plan this summer. The demolition paperwork has been filed but no permit has been issued. Yet.
The loss of 95 Slide won’t make Lalario any less busy. He has opened Ciudad in Georgetown this summer, Fat’s Chicken and Waffles has expanded to serve brunch and lunch, and he’s working on a fourth location for burger joint Li’l Woody’s.
The plan is to send out 95 Slide in a fitting ending with a Saturday “Fade to Black” party. What comes next at the corner? Besides the flat, the project is planned to have around 3,000 square feet of commercial space. Maybe nightlife at Harvard and Pike will make a comeback.