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July 20, 2017 Comments (4) Views: 367 Bar/Pub Crawl, Bars & Nightclubs, Capitol Hill News, Gay News, News, Nightlife, Queer News, Seattle News, We Love The Nightlife

Purr Closes Up Shop On The Hill; Announces A Move To….Montlake

Purr Cocktail Lounge is is leaving 11th Avenue on Capitol Hill after nearly 12 years to a new home on 24th Avenue East in the quiet Montlake neighborhood. Image: Google Map

Purr Cocktail Lounge is is leaving 11th Avenue on Capitol Hill after nearly 12 years to a new home on 24th Avenue East in the quiet Montlake neighborhood.
Image: Google Map

After nearly a 12 year run on Capitol Hill’s 11th Avenue between Pike and Pine Streets, Purr Cocktail Lounge will be packing up the video screens and vodka bottles for a new location in…Seattle’s Montlake neighborhood.

That was the surprise announcement at Wednesday night’s “Purr Going Away Party” where owner Barbie Roberts thanked her regulars and staff for a great run at the 11th Avenue location but then made the announcement that everyone had been waiting to hear…where was Purr moving to? While most expected that the new location would be either on Capitol Hill, Seattle’s primary LGBTQ neighborhood or at least adjacent to the ‘hood, no one expected to hear “Montlake” as the new location.

Montlake is the sleepy residential neighborhood at the northeast base of Capitol Hill and while it is bisected by busy main thoroughfare 24th Avenue, it is mostly zoned single family residential; there are few apartment buildings and the commercial strip is only one block long. Purr will be moving into the old Montlake Ale House at

The original announcement this spring that Purr was moving after owner Barbie Roberts decided not to sign a new more expensive lease at the 11th Avenue location shocked many and led to much gossip and speculation that Purr would move to any number of unlikely spots on the Hill (the ruins of the old Broadway Grill) and a few that seemed possible like the old Sun Liquor location on Pike Street. No one was thinking that the move would be further away and in an area not known for having much night life or any foot traffic.

Barbie posted the following on Facebook this evening:

As much as I’m sad about tonight, I’m very excited for a great party! What Purr started out as was a safe gathering place for friends and family. A cocktail party in my own living room. Many friendships have blossomed here and lifelong memories. I am excited for our new chapter and look forward to many more cherished moments. CHEERS!

We reached out to her after tonight’s announcement on a timeline for the move and reopening in the new space and she responded:

Hoping only a month!
I’ll let you know as we get started!
More as it develops.

 

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4 Responses to Purr Closes Up Shop On The Hill; Announces A Move To….Montlake

  1. Nathan Wayne says:

    This location is almost as worse as the author.

  2. Michael Strangeways Michael Strangeways says:

    Oh, Nathan….your gift for words is almost equal to your gift for doing interesting drag numbers. Or, changing up your “look”.

    #TimeToWashThatMask #STANKY

  3. Andrew DeYoung says:

    Congrats to Barbie for finding a new home for all her stray kitties! I’m excited to see the unfolding of new memories we will all build at the new Purr location! Barbie’s always been a great addition to our community and I believe success will follow her and her fantastic bar staff, not because of convenience, but because she is revered in the community and does an amazing job at creating an atmosphere people enjoy being a part of! Many blessings to all involved in the move! The new chapter of Purr is exciting! Can’t wait!

  4. Charlotte Vale says:

    Who goes to Montlake to spend an evening in a gay bar? I think this is a terrible location, and I’m sure the neighbors are going to love it!

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