In the growing trend of sleazy Belltown nightclubs Tia Lou's establishes the low bar, hands down. The filthy tables and floors, filthy bathrooms, rude staff, unsavory drunken crowd (don't get me wrong, I like drunken crowds - when they're fun - nothing fun about the crowd here) all add up to a must-miss experience.
The only high point is they have stopped serving their own food. You can now order takeout from the very good Lemongrass Vietnamese restaurant down the street. This markedly reduces your chance of food poisioning.
Sadly, Tia Lou's was a quite good Mexican kitchen back in the day. The new emphasis on a bad-booze experience makes it more aptly named TiaJauna's - but that would be insulting to a Mexican border town.