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2010/06/05 19:16:53 (permalink)

Best Bars In America.......................

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    Davydd
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    Re:Best Bars In America....................... 2010/06/05 20:12:25 (permalink)
    Are you trying to post this?

    Esquire's Best Bars in America
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    Re:Best Bars In America....................... 2010/06/05 20:47:25 (permalink)
    Yes.  Thanks.
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    Re:Best Bars In America....................... 2010/06/05 21:05:30 (permalink)
    I responded to this yesterday, what happened?
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    Re:Best Bars In America....................... 2010/06/05 21:29:20 (permalink)
    This is actually a pretty good list, judging from the ones listed for NY and NJ. Leans  heavily on the old & classic, always a good thing IMHO. They could've done better in PA though, only 4 bars in a great Bar State like PA is way too few. In other nearby states, The Griswold Inn in CT might be in my all time Top 10, and Doyle's Cafe, just outside of Boston, might be my all time #1. Good job, Esquire.
    post edited by ken8038 - 2010/06/05 21:35:00
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    Re:Best Bars In America....................... 2010/06/06 08:38:01 (permalink)
    My reaction:
    Detroit - The Bar at Seldom Blues, CLOSED. Out of business.
    Baltimore - Mt Royal Tavern, missing from this list.
    NOLA - Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop, what were they thinking?
    NOLA - The Carousel Bar at Hotel Monteleone, missing from this list. 
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    Re:Best Bars In America....................... 2010/06/06 10:19:47 (permalink)
    I've been to most of the bars listed for Minnesota. I'm a little bit surprised at the list. But I have to agree the Trail Center Bar currently listed No. 6 nationally could deserve its ranking. It is midway up the 60 mile long dead end Gunflint Trail going to the BWCAW in northern Minnesota. I've been there a couple of times. It is truly unique.
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    Re:Best Bars In America....................... 2010/06/07 00:17:19 (permalink)
    What makes a bar good?  The list doesn't have any criteria.

    The Polo Lounge in Beverly Hills is a wonderful spot to sit and sip.

    Okay, I glug but it's the top of my list for celebrity sighting while imbibing.

    Odd that Brennan's in Marina del Rey is mentioned.  I've spent a few evenings there watching their turtle races and other than the races nothing else seems memorable.  But they have turtle races!

    I've been to a lot of bars in NOLA.  For fun Pat O'Brians is fun.  

    The bar I always talk about is the bar I frequented in the 70's...  Marie Callendar had a full service bar back then.  I would sit at the end of the bar (not alone!) and Jimmy the bartender would take whatever was left in the blender jar after whirling up some kind of drink for an order and fill my glass with what was left...  gratis.

    Now that's a good bar!
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    Re:Best Bars In America....................... 2010/06/07 00:32:14 (permalink)
    Back in the seventies, I used to go to the little bar in Tiny Naylor's. The barkeep looked just like Larry Fine,  and made the most mind-numbing, narcotic-like Long Island iced teas I've ever had, before or since. After a few of those, I'd be calling him Larry, and he didn't seem to mind. Not that I would have noticed.
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    Re:Best Bars In America....................... 2010/06/07 00:45:19 (permalink)
    Same time I had 2 Long Island Ice Teas at Marie Callendars.

    How does someone knock down three bar stools while leaving a place? 

    Jimmy still spoke to me after that episode.

    Speaking of Jimmy...

    I was in a different bar, in a different restaurant (it was the 70's!!!) and this guy comes up to me and my friend and says hello.  We both kind of looked dumbfounded at him.

    Then he said.... "I'm Jimmy"

    Funny how he looked different when not behind the bar.

    Yeah, he still filled my glass after that.
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    Re:Best Bars In America....................... 2010/06/07 00:49:29 (permalink)
    mar52

    How does someone knock down three bar stools while leaving a place? 


    Probably the same way I fell off the bar stool then managed to knock down the hostess stand while they were carrying me out. This was at a small Mexican restaurant in OC back in 1986, and it also happens to be the last time I got drunk. I called it quits after that.

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    Re:Best Bars In America....................... 2010/06/09 12:52:43 (permalink)
    I spent many an evening at the Polo Lounge, great bartenders...saw many stars there...saw George Burns there in the 80's so he had to be in his 90's, 2 babes with him, there till 2am, closing time...my kind of guy!
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    Re:Best Bars In America....................... 2010/06/09 13:29:03 (permalink)
    While my contact with Marie Callandars was usually for the Pie Specials, I did use the local MC bar for my 'safe-place' to meet a date for the first time, when I was interviewing future mates back in the early 1990's. Yes, it was as much a safe place for me as it was for the new date. I think I met about 15 or so candidates at MC over 3 monthes
      However, in all honesty, my first meeting with Janet took place at a Denny's near her home. We shared an order of Nachos and coffee. The rest is now Roadfood History !
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    Re:Best Bars In America....................... 2010/06/10 14:39:54 (permalink)
    Except for the Griswold Inn, I don't think they listed a single bar that is outside of a major metropolitan area. How can every bar they list in the state of NY be inside New York City?
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    Re:Best Bars In America....................... 2010/06/10 14:46:45 (permalink)
    Trail Center on the Gunflint Trail in northern Minnesota is about as remote as you can get on a dead end road a few miles from the Canadian border and 350 miles from a large metro area. It is currently number 4 on the overall list. The Icehouse in Yankton, SD at number 7 is not exactly metro either.
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    Re:Best Bars In America....................... 2010/06/11 09:33:55 (permalink)
    About the Silver Dollar in Madison:

    "On a backstreet where the UW students can't or don't want to find it."

    On Mifflin St. 1 block off the Capitol square and it's a "backstreet"?  Sheesh.

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    Re:Best Bars In America....................... 2010/06/14 13:52:49 (permalink)
      Wow, I have worked at 5 out of the 8 bars listed for Minnesota....Over a period of 26 years. Wow.  " />
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    Re:Best Bars In America....................... 2010/06/15 10:55:36 (permalink)
    AHI MPLS

      Wow, I have worked at 5 out of the 8 bars listed for Minnesota....Over a period of 26 years. Wow.  " />


    I bet I've been to the same 5.  :)
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    Re:Best Bars In America....................... 2010/06/15 14:21:08 (permalink)
    Shimmel's in Jackson, MS, has declared bankruptcy and closed.
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    Re:Best Bars In America....................... 2010/06/15 21:22:23 (permalink)
       Oh dear,  The very thought of our sage & gentle zataar at Ballentine's makes me want to weep....   
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    Re:Best Bars In America....................... 2010/06/23 08:20:15 (permalink)
    Interesting list. We'll be travelling to WI in October, going through Madison - are these the bars we need to stop at, or avoid?  I can't tell, looking at the list for Ohio (Cleveland) and Nevada, the two places I'm familiar with.

    The Cleveland area bars are great dive bars, (the Five O'Clock is a place we go to occasionally, & run into our daughter & son-in-law!) but I have a quibble - Roscoe, the bar dog at Jerman's, only barks at people he doesn't like.
    The Las Vegas list seems to be half dives and half nightclubs.
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