Ride a bull without leaving the bar


Tacoma’s Steel Creek gives customers the opportunity to test their balance and endurance. And it’s not a bull. #k5evening #BadSports

TACOMA, Wash. — Bull riding has often been called the most dangerous eight seconds in sport. At Steel Creek American Whiskey Co. in Tacoma, it may be the most fun.

KING 5 Evening’s Saint Bryan and our resident “Bad Sports” Jim Dever set out to conquer the country music nightclub’s mechanical bull, guided by bull rider and bartender June Kaepimai.

“I learned it’s much better when you do it in shorts,” Kaepimai said and helpfully added, “We have scissors.”

Guys choose to keep their pants on. It makes driving slippery. Eight seconds? Maybe 8/10 of a second.

“It’s one of those sports that looks easier than it really is,” Saint said.

No one gets hurt thanks to the inflatable surface under the bull. But two bruised egos walk away from their short career in the ring.

If you want to try riding mechanical bulls, sample more than 120 varieties of whiskey, or listen to live music from up-and-coming country artists, stop by Steel Creek at 1114 Broadway in Tacoma. Opens at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

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