The News Tribune

By Sue Kidd

In my dream scenario, I enjoy sunset dinners on the patio of Social Bar and Grill until summer fades to wind and rain … around December.

Enter reality: The rain will return soon enough as it always does, so you should get down to Social Bar and Grill’s sun-drenched outdoor patio, which has reached its full potential this summer with new chairs and tables inset with fire bowls. The backdrop is the Foss waterway and Tacoma visual icons: the Tacoma Dome, new LeMay-America’s Car Museum and the Museum of Glass next door. It’s the kind of romantic patio setting that earns 50 bonus date points. It’s also a swanky enough place to show off to visitors our yeah-this-is-why-we-live-here views.