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Brawl at Green Lake's Little Red Hen

What do you think? (6 Comments) October 2, 2009 at 1:25AM

Yup, there was a full-on brawl in Green Lake last night (Wednesday, September 30). The smack-down took place outside The Little Red Hen, one of Green Lake’s oldest bars and home to “Seattle’s Biggest Karaoke Party”, a.k.a. “Frat-Karaoke,” which begins at 9 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday night.

The fight broke out around midnight last night, the first night of Fall Quarter at the U.

Neighbors up to three blocks away were woken up by the sounds of fighting. While a 9-1-1 dispatcher told one caller that fifteen people were involved, eyewitness @enept estimated that there were more than twenty.

Karaoke host Dan McKay explained that the situation was moved outside the bar by the Little Red Hen security guards:

Copyright Dan McKay | Used with permission

Copyright Dan McKay | Used with permission

We always have 2 big strapping security guys on Wednesdays who are expert in diffusing situations, or at least taking it outside the bar. Actually, I had no idea this happened until our staff meeting at the end of the night.

I’ve been working in nightclubs for 20+ years and very few are immune to the occasional drunk idiot who wants to start a fight. I was in a Tacoma club last week where I actually got wanded with a metal detector before I could go in…yikes!

The key is having an alert and responsive security staff, which I feel confident the Hen has for these rare events.



Karaoke Night at The Little Red Hen (or, as those in the know apparently say, The Hen), was recently heralded by Karaoke & Live Entertainment as “controlled chaos”:

Beautiful college-aged people by the hundreds, young, excited, shoulder to shoulder, sharing an evening of random serendipitous splendor and steroidal socializing.

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Apparently, the entire UW student body was on some kind of party-quest week. And there they were, lined up down the block, to get into the Little Red Hen on a Wednesday.

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I’m tellin’ ya, the Little Red Hen is a hotbed for young party action.

[Karaoke & Live Entertainment, Sept 2009 Vol 7 Issue 9]

You know, rambunctious frat-types, there’s really no reason to get all riled up.  Witness Chad, sexy Seattle hipster, keeping it mellow … watch and learn, and keep those brawls to a minimum, please:

6 Responses to “Brawl at Green Lake's Little Red Hen”

  1. Dan McKay says:

    A little more on the incident. It was started by 2 guys who were denied entry because several weeks ago they became belligerent in the bar and were 86ed. When they started getting physical with security demanding to come in, some of the bar's regulars pitched in to help. Many of those 20 people on the street were just bystanders; they were not participating in the altercation.

  2. lola says:

    The one time I went the median age was around 70!

  3. Dan McKay says:

    A little more on the incident. It was started by 2 guys who were denied entry because several weeks ago they became belligerent in the bar and were 86ed. When they started getting physical with security demanding to come in, some of the bar's regulars pitched in to help. Many of those 20 people on the street were just bystanders; they were not participating in the altercation.

  4. lola says:

    The one time I went the median age was around 70!