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    Your favorite bar

    The thread on college drinking games got me thinking about this as well.

    What is your favorite bar / drinking establishment? It probably depends on the mood and the company but what the heck name one or some.

    As an Aggie I'll have to say The Dixie Chicken in College Station, Texas.

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    It's not around anymore, but I have fond memories of The Chug in the Village at Ball State.
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    Re: Your favorite bar

    Originally posted by Runner
    The thread on college drinking games got me thinking about this as well.

    What is your favorite bar / drinking establishment? It probably depends on the mood and the company but what the heck name one or some.

    As an Aggie I'll have to say The Dixie Chicken in College Station, Texas.

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    Ah- the Chicken- I remember going there a few times. I went to the Crooked Path a few times- Carney's and the Tarmagin(sp?) too.I was rather fond of Cedar Door in Austin. Usually found at Resevoir or Shuck and Jive in Dallas. Out here, we've gone to Bar Louie a few times, but haven't really found anything with great atmosphere.. maybe The Vine, but a little too much on the college side (drunk and rowdy).
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    The Eightball in Ann Arbor. A locals dive beneath the Blind Pig. Low ceiling, cramped pool table area, and $3.50 pitchers.

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    The Revolution vodka bar in Newcastle-under-Lyme. They're a chain in the NW of Englnd, too, IIRC, so Prudence should be able to find one in Manchester...

    And the Traveller's Rest - allegedly the highest (top of mountain not drug related) pub in the Pennines.
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    I think I've been to the eightball, but that day in ann arbour after a football game is pretty blurry .

    My favorite bars are / were in no particular order

    1) Sneaky Dees in Toronto, loved going there and getting cheap pitchers of beer and build your own nachos. Also a great people watching place.

    2) The Dominion House Tavern, Windsor, also known as the DH/Ditch. Tavern running nearly continuously since 1800. Acted as the town hall for a while and was used during the war of 1812 as a headquarters for attacks on detroit. My roommate in second year did a paper on the history of the bar for our urban history class.

    3) The Bridge, Windsor. A dive where the carpet is older then most of us. Missed a few afternoons of school there playing shuffle board and drinking pitchers.

    4) The Trasheteria, Guelph. Great music, freak show of people lots of university girls.

    5) Lorretto tavern, a bar in the middle of no where ontario, Highway 50 and Hockley Valley Road. Friday nights in Grade 13.

    6) The Costigan, Edmundston, NB. A weird old movie theatre with a pub on one side of the projectionists booth / balconies and the theatre portion is a giant dance bar. you can sit up stairs and watch the show below.

    7) the opera House, Miramichi, don't go very often, but it is a legend around NB. Friday nights everyone from 18 year olds to 80 year olds is there drinking and whooping it up. The bar is 5 stories tall and has movie memorabilia everywhere. including an alien in a tube. Not always the best place to go really drunk.
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    Originally posted by donk
    My favorite bars are / were in no particular order
    What not the Bo??

    My current favorite is the Library pub in Wolfville, VERY small but cozy.

    In the past I have enjoyed Scoundrels and the Seahorse Tavern in Halifax. And, of course, the university pub in Sackville, NB.

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    There is nothing more disgusting than the smell of a bar at 6 am. Ever notice how fabulous they look at night, all glittery, and lit up. But the morning after.....

    It's because they deal in poison...poison I tell you!!

    Obviously, I have no favorite bar.

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    I find that when I go to bars that don't allow smoking I am less hungover the next day. I think most of the hangover is actually carbon monoxide/second had smoke poisoning and not from the booze.
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    A couple of Random one's from the places I have lived/played:

    1. The Sea Grape, Fairfield CT
    2. The Black Rose, Boston
    3. McSorleys, NYC
    4. The Spigot, Hartford CT
    5. Nick's, Clemson SC
    6. County Cork, (Atlanta GA )I heard it may have closed...
    7. Irish Times, DC

    Not too Irish now, is it?

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    Can't really say a favorite stands out. There are so many...

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    The gone but not forgotten Walter's Cafe, North Water Street, Kent, Ohio.
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    Originally posted by bturk
    Can't really say a favorite stands out. There are so many...
    Yeah, here in Milwaukee we have one on every corner. Depends on my mood I guess.

    In Milwaukee, I would say Paddy's Irish Pub, The Milwaukee Ale House, Mad Planet and Harry's Bar and Grill (the reason I am so tired this morning).

    In Madison, Gennas, overlooking the capitol and the Great Dane brewpub, which has an awesome beer garden.
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    The Chicken. . .ah the memories. . .

    Another Aggie here and The Dixie Chicken holds a lot of memories. Never had to go upstairs to 'talk' to Mr. Ganner about underage drinking, but I did have the. . .ahem. . pleasure of "working" with him when I was a planner for College Station. eek. He was known for cussing out city employees and he would get so flustered talking to me because he would try to watch his language. . ."Look here. . .ah. . .little lady." hee.

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    Bell's Eccentric Cafe located within the Bell's Brewery in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

    GREAT beer, comfortable atmosphere, smoke free and a diverse crowd.

    It was however much cooler back in the early 1990's when it was a dirty hole in the wall and it got all fancy.

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    Re: Your favorite bar

    Originally posted by Runner
    What is your favorite bar / drinking establishment?
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    My favorite bar(s) is/are in the Kennedy School in Portland. It is a converted school that is on the National Register of Historic Places... various classrooms and boarding rooms are now hotel rooms, restaurants and bars. It's great because if you don't like the feel of one bar you can go to another without going into the rain. There is also a small movie theatre where you can eat pizza and drink a microbrew in your seat. If you are ever in Portland, check it out...

    Oh yeah... I bounce between the honors bar and the detention bar... how appropriate.

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    The Candlelight, in DeKalb, Illinois started me on a career of drinking. It was a great dive, serving Stroh's Dark in a frosted mug and Tombstone pizzas heated in a toaster oven. Nothing on the jukebox was more recent than ten or twenty years old. Unfortunately, it is gone and a bank drive-through stands in its place.

    I now like the Great Dane and the Essen Haus in Madison.

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    Donk, I know the Loretto, I used to stop there on my way from U of W to my home in Huntsville when I was a student. Good choice. You forgot the Bullring in Guelph!

    Another Ontario favourite is the Rockcliffe in Minden, the Empire Hotel (Joanie Mitchell) in Huntsville, the Sprucedale in ..., the Bayview in Huntsville, the Brunswick in TO, the Spotted Dick in TO and the Ceeps in London.

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    Ah the Brunswick House, the rumours of reused beer still abound. I heard that they recently renovated, no more picnic tables.

    Only ever been to the Ceeps once it was ok.

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    Yeah, the Brunnie ain't what it used to be. Sounds like Donk, Lenze and I frequented some of the same watering holes - Rockcliffe (my parents cottage is near Kinmount), The Trash, and the Bullring in Guelph, and the Brunswick House. I usually stuck to the Bombshelter and "Dead" (Fed) Hall on Campus at UW.

    Now, I like the Rex (jazz bar in T.O.), but I don't get there hardly enough. These days, the only bar I seem to frequent is "Mayday Malones" - only 'cuz it's the closest bar to the arena where I play hockey... I wouldn't recommend it, although they do have Creemore on tap.

    A friend of mine and I were talking about the Hotel Lafayette, in Ottawa the other day. Now there was a hole!

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    I'm a big afficionado of irish pubs:
    Syracuse, NY - Kitty Hoyne's - whenever I'm home visiting my parents, Pat Kane, one of my favorite irish singers often seems to be playing - plus, its where all the piper bands go after gigs, and after a couple rounds will play in the bar

    Saratoga Springs, NY - The Parting Glass

    Anderson, SC - Corbett McGees

    Non-Irish Favorites:
    Geneseo, NY - The Idle Hour - Wheel night, maybe on wednesdays? - every hour they spin the wheel and that's the drink special - 10 cent drafts, 1/2 well drinks, etc.

    Clemson, SC - Nicks -Same as George - where all the grad students hang

    Meridian, NY (my home town) - The Colonial - total hole in the wall, but they have shuffle board! and lots and lots of local color.

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    Originally posted by KMateja
    I'm a big afficionado of irish pubs:
    I'm looking forward to the Irish Pubs in New Orleans tomorrow.

    Oh, who am I kidding. I'm just looking forward to the pubs in New Orleans tomorrow.

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    Originally posted by bturk


    I'm looking forward to the Irish Pubs in New Orleans tomorrow.

    Oh, who am I kidding. I'm just looking forward to the pubs in New Orleans tomorrow.
    F*** you.
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    The Deer Park in Newark, Delaware has a lot going for it.
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