Tacoma, Washington: Bob's Java Jive: Giant Coffee Pot

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2102 S. Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA
I-5 to the 38th St. exit. Head west. Turn right at S. Pine St. (Guitar Center), then right at S. Tacoma Way. Bob's Java Jive is on right.
Always visible; open 8pm-2am. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Java Jive Coffee Pot.

Bob's Java Jive: Giant Coffee Pot

Inside this giant coffee pot-shaped building you might get a coffee, but the beverage of choice is beer. 25-foot-tall Puget sound landmark built in 1927.

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Java Jive.

Bob's Java Jive - Giant Coffee Pot

Bob's Java Jive is only open 8pm-2am if you are trying to go inside.

[Ciara, 07/23/2018]

Bob's Java Jive.

Bob's Java Jive - Giant Coffee Pot

Not a coffee shop in the sense that you can stop in during the day and get coffee. Would probably be cool at night though.

[Liz & Adam, 07/21/2011]

Bobs Java Jive sign.

Java Jive - Chimps Java and Jive

"The Jive," as it was affectionately known, used to be a little something to all people. In the '80s, when the chimps Java and Jive were still around, the crowd varied between preppy students from nearby private universities to bikers, all having a great time playing pool or the great jukebox.

When "Sexy Stevie on the sticks" played drums and "Bobby Floyd" played keyboard, the audience would call out theme songs from TV and movies, and the guys could NEVER be stumped. Maybe they could only play a few bars before Stevie would belch into the mic and head off for a beer, but they could ALWAYS play a few bars. Amazing place.

[tk, 02/25/2009]
Bob's Java Jive - Coffee Pot Building

When I drove into Tacoma, I asked around, and sure enough, one of the world's largest buildings in the shape of a coffee pot (more like a percolator) is in Tacoma! It's called Bob's Java Jive and can be found on

It is , unfortunately' closed on Sundays, which is when I went there. A note on the door of this coffee pot says that "Bob's Java Jive has been voted Tacoma's Best Dive".

[Mary Dolan, 09/23/2000]

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