Kent >Vibe Bar And Gril... No Longer Traxx
HEY ALL, SWANKS IS NOW CLOSED!. i just got an email about 45 mins ago, 1:45am july 2nd, 2011, that it's shut up! so vibes, do your thing and work it to your advantage!!!!
Not the old Vibe--NEW!. This place was great. I went in last Friday and was treated to a great time with good people. The DJ was playing fine tunes and the drinks were rockin'. This is definitely a fine place to meet new people and have a good time.
Revamped...best Friday Nights ever. I came here five years ago and was totally let down... But last Friday was great!! We had burgers, drank Blue Moon beer, sang Karaoke then danced in the 2nd room after!! We loved it... Go VIBE
Best gay bar around!!. My husband and I just loved this bar and we are a straight couple.So sorry to hear Trax closed up....It was such a fun place and the people were wonderful!!!
A Slow Sad Retreat From Glory.
I have been a customer of this bar for years off and on. It's rennaissance was during the initial refurbishing by the prior owners (Mark & Rachelle Madrigal, who owned it and upgraded it for years). When it was bought by the present owners, there were high expectations of it becoming even better. Unfortunately, this did not turn out to be true.
I have watched as it's prior vivacious and lively staff have been replaced by a staff that can barely get you a beer even when the place is almost empty, which is usually the case even on weekends of late. The bar is divided into three bars; a dance floor with DJ at the main bar, a drag show at the center bar, and an end bar that used to be western themed, but who knows what you would call it now. The drag show has become as old and tired as most of the performers, the newly hired DJ (who replaced the prior DJ with a large following) plays what he wants when he wants, doesn't take requests, and mainly plays hardcore gangsta and house music that no one cares about, and the only thing western about the (empty) end bar is the tumbleweeds blowing by and the sounds of crickets like you would hear if someone told a bad joke..
This even more abrupt downturn in business followed by faithful customers like me leaving has been caused by a distant oversight by the new owners, followed by the hiring of an inept management that has cleared out the prior personnel and replaced them with unknown faces. The customers unfortunately left with the prior personnel. The last few weekends have been empty and dismal. This makes me sad, as this bar used to be a real jewel in the area. I will not be returning, and will join the rest of the crowd that has disseminated into Seattle and even Tacoma bars in favor of watching the slow pathetic death of this once great enterprise.......Someone should buy it and bring it back to it's former glory before the owner's get kicked out of their lease due to a lack of customers and income!....How sad.
Amazing!!!!. My vote might not count since I use to be a drag king at Trax but if I do say so myself I loved the place!! It was amazing every time you walked in there, not to mention a great staff and fun atmosphere...plus the best damn drag show in Wa...*wink*...If I do say so myself!!!
Great Place. I like Trax it's a great place. It's different then other bar's around anywhere I've been, lay back and fun.
Queer Nirvana in KENT? YES!. If urban cool, trendy ambiance or cruisy man-meat market is your kind of destination, Trax isn't for you. What you do get at Trax is the friendliest service on the planet, damn decent drinks, your most basic bar food and a weekend Cabaret styled Drag Show that rivals any you've ever seen. The mood is "neighborhood hang out" and the crowd is a fun, friendly mix of folks from all walks of life - both gay and straight. Hit the packed dance floor in the main bar, shoot a game of pool in the rustic, cowboy bar or take a seat stage-side for the best drag show going in the Puget Sound area. We only wish we lived closer so we could go there more often!
Great clientele helps make up for lousy service.
Tonight was my first visit to Trax. The drag show was awesome, enough high energy to knock your socks off.
There was one server for the entire room (which served as the venue for the show). Despite a friendly demeanor, (from my end), and generous tipping, I had to ask repeated for my drink order, finally when it did arrive, it wasnt what I had ordered. Trying to buy a cola for a friend at our table proved to be an impossibility. I finally gave up and just walked to the bar to order beverages directly.
On the other hand the clientele were warm, fun and friendly, to the extent that this fact more than made up for dealing with an inept and inattentive wait-person
PS: Dancing after the show was great and ordering directly from the bartender insured the prompt and accurate dispensing of beverages as ordered.
Best Bar Ever. I have been going to Trax regularly (1 to 2 times a week) for over 4 years and I love it every time I go there. The employees are exemplorary. The pricing is excellent. Basically this is my Cheers and I love it.
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