Your Favorite Watering Hole... And Its Food.

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2008/02/29 20:26:46 (permalink)

Your Favorite Watering Hole... And Its Food.

Dearfolk,
The motivation to create this thread came from the opening in December of a new bar here in Athens. That in and of itself is not surprising; downtown Athens has something like 72 bars, not including restaurants that parenthetically sell beer and/or have a bar as a convenience rather than the prime aspect of business.
The place I'm mentioning here has no food as of yet (they're busy building a kitchen), but it does have 200 bottles of beer, 30 taps (many of which rotate due to in-and-out availability of brews), and "no swill" (as their ad states). (They also have wine and a full bar, but the thrust of their mission is microbrewery and import beers, especially those of higher than 6% alcohol. In spite of this, it is a most civilized place; the career drunks tend to stagger into other establishments.)
The name of the place is Trappeze, and it's at 269 West Washington Street. If you make it to Athens, I'll either take you there or to Copper Creek Brewing Co. -- or both, if time and space permit. You'll thank me.
Y'all can Google up your own information; until their kitchen is operating, I've written all here that I'm going to.
Now -- all y'all... what eatery/drinkery do you especially love to go to, and why? -- Put it right here.
Toastingly, Ort. Carlton in Above-Average Athens, Georgia.
P. S. Trappeze ain't got no Bud Light. But they got Terrapin Big Hoppy Monster!
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    leethebard
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    RE: Your Favorite Watering Hole... And Its Food. 2008/02/29 20:39:19 (permalink)
    In Brick, NJ, we have a fairly new place called the Hidden Cubbard....great bar,lots of TV's and some of the BEST food you'd ever eat...whole dinners,sandwiches,great Italian food...even HOMEMADE potato chips!!!If you're anywhere in Central Jersey near the shore,it's worth the trip.
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    RE: Your Favorite Watering Hole... And Its Food. 2008/02/29 21:50:47 (permalink)
    It's long gone now, but years ago I used to hang out at a place called the Arena Grille in New Haven. Tuesdays the special was corned beef and cabbage and Thursdays it was lasagna. And whenever I hd a cold the mother of one of the co-owners would make me drink tea with honey and vodka. If I had a sore throat it was coffee with anisette. Nowadays, I don't have any watering hole, favorite or othwerwise.
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    RE: Your Favorite Watering Hole... And Its Food. 2008/03/01 08:37:15 (permalink)

    I will mimick Michael and describe one of the 'watering holes' from a little over a decade back...In the High Desert town that I taught in, in SoCal. It is/was a Mexican Restaurant/Cantina in the center of town. Domingo's by name. Out front it had a family-style Mexican food area, and in the rear, with a separate entrance, if you preferred not to pass thru the dining area, was a full bar and small dance floor and enough tables to handle 50 or so people on a crowded nite.
    From 3 to 5 pm they had a Happy Hours (Twofers) that provided motivation for keeping the draft beer or whatever flowing rather quickly...Standard and Mexican Brands were the main sellers as were the fairly thin Margaritas.
    Many of the single teachers (male) (me included at the time) would head there directly after school to settle the nerves of a busy school day! Domingo had a large Lunch Buffet in the Dining area that shut down at 2:30 PM, He would then have it moved to the Bar area where it became free Snack time for Bar patrons. Several of us would skip lunch, or go light on the noon food to then scarf a bunch of hot wings and taquitos etc from the hand-me-downs from Domingo's Lunch. It was a money-saver for us single guys... twofer beers and free food is hard to beat! Quality was NOT an issue!
    Then along came JANET, and my cost-of-living took a jump! I will give credit to my sweetie. When we first met she was very concerned that my friends would not 'like' her. Wrong, They all welcomed her to the group quickly. She became 'one of the gang'and would hit the wing-tray quickly upon entering. The rest is domestic bliss! That's how we became a real 'couple'. Hard to believe that was 15 years ago !

    Since then Domingo's has changed hands , but he still runs another restaurant by the same name and business pattern out in BORON, CA, A little desert town on the north side of Edwards AFB. Famed for being Chuck Yeagers Home during the era of Sonic Booms....and the rail terminal for the 20 mule-team Borax haulers of a century ago!

    Of all the bars I have visited (not all that many!) I would credit the three or four year we enjoyed that Mexican place as being the closest I have experienced to being the "Cheers" of my life.
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    RE: Your Favorite Watering Hole... And Its Food. 2008/03/01 09:18:08 (permalink)
    Been to Cheers in Boston years ago when it still went by its real name. Even the real Cheers didn't have a Cheers feel!
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    RE: Your Favorite Watering Hole... And Its Food. 2008/03/01 09:27:50 (permalink)
    Silver Spring House was a favorite of mine for years.Located above a spring,the history of the buildind says it was a stagecoach stop and a whorehouse.The building is very old and has wonderful charm.Their menu is simple-fish fries, reubans, burgers, chili,etc.But the ambiance of the place makes a great gathering hole for my friends far and wide.I first started going there in 1978,and my last visit was last summer.Except for the age of the crowd(of which we are now the older group)the place is still the same.
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    RE: Your Favorite Watering Hole... And Its Food. 2008/03/01 17:36:24 (permalink)

    Lee,
    I was a Legislative Intern for 2 years in the State House in Boston in the late 60's. We often ate the bar-food at the original downstairs bar that was the model for Cheers. Two years, a couple times a week, is not a long enough time period to be considered a regular in that crowd !! I liked the place, but never got to the point where they had my brew poured and waiting as soon as I came thru the door (Norm-Style!). At the place I mentioned above (Domingo's) they would have two open bottles of Tecate and a shot of Tequila in front of me before I sat down. (My typical Welcome to the bar opener).. It made the place "home" to me!!
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    RE: Your Favorite Watering Hole... And Its Food. 2008/03/01 17:59:36 (permalink)
    This thread brings back a memory when I was a freshman at UT. After fall finals two friends and myself went to have a beer or two. As luck would have it, we got busted for drinking beer underage and they took us to jail. We were there for a couple of hours and then they released us when the owner of the Blue Note Lounge go us out. I had to go to a hearing a few weeks later and they let us go with no fine or whatever.

    What a hassel after barely sipping one beer after tough finals, but that was the law.

    I did not tell my parents about it until many years afterwards. They would have kicked my butte as dad was a deacon in the church and did not imbibe at all. I will bet he did though when he was in college at Lincoln Memorial University at Harrogate , TN

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    Ort. Carlton.
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    RE: Your Favorite Watering Hole... And Its Food. 2008/03/02 23:17:40 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Michael Hoffman
    It's long gone now, but years ago I used to hang out at a place called the Arena Grille in New Haven.


    Michael,
    I'll bet they served Hull's Export Beer on draught. Was it as good as I've been told it was?
    I never got to try the beer fresh, but I do have the can somewhere in my stuff.
    Unexperiencedly, Ort. Carlton in Athens, Georgia (which at least has a Hull Street).
    P. S. A sojourn to 820 Congress Avenue now will bring you to a low-income housing development.
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    RE: Your Favorite Watering Hole... And Its Food. 2008/03/02 23:20:07 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by annpeeples
    Silver Spring House was a favorite of mine for years.Located above a spring


    Ann,
    Do they homebrew their own beer from the spring water?
    Gee, where is it located? I might like to trundle up there sometime.
    Wondersomely, Ort. Carlton in Ever-Athenian Athens.
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    RE: Your Favorite Watering Hole... And Its Food. 2008/03/03 07:18:35 (permalink)
    My favorite local watering hole is JOE'S PIZZA in Northampton, MA ... good food, Guinness and friendly people.

    Nearby Runner Up: RAFTER's in Amherst, MA ... good sports bar, free popcorn and more than viable wings.

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    RE: Your Favorite Watering Hole... And Its Food. 2008/03/03 09:30:50 (permalink)
    Ort,They dont brew their own, but serve plenty of locally made beer.Come on up!
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    RE: Your Favorite Watering Hole... And Its Food. 2008/03/03 11:17:25 (permalink)
    Boston Beanery here in Morgantown, WV. It's one of the only places left where you can get tipsy, eat some good bar food, AND smoke cigarettes (sorry non-smokers...I am really enraged at the smoking ban messing with my dining and social experiences).
    Best sandwich there: turkey, bacon, and cheddar. It comes on thick Italian bread, grilled, and stuffed with thick slices of turkey, slabs of bacon, melted cheese, and gobs of their delicious homemade Russian dressing. I love this sandwich since I can't stand sauerkraut and this is the only sandwich with Russian dressing not tainted with that crap.
    They also have good crispy hot wings and the best freaking seasoned curly fries with blue cheese.
    The WV Brewpub is great, too...it's a college hangout with a microbrewery inside. They have great blueberry ale and other seasonal beers. Foodwise, they are not somewhere you would go JUST for the food, but they have great steak fries and a couple really great menu items if you know what you're doing.
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    RE: Your Favorite Watering Hole... And Its Food. 2008/03/03 11:36:18 (permalink)
    Eli Canon's Main Street Middletown CT. Great rotating beer selection, good food, decent prices and a nice outdoor beer garden in the summertime. In the winter though it can be quite cramped inside.

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    RE: Your Favorite Watering Hole... And Its Food. 2008/03/04 07:33:07 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by wheregreggeats.com

    My favorite local watering hole is JOE'S PIZZA in Northampton, MA ... good food, Guinness and friendly people.

    Nearby Runner Up: RAFTER's in Amherst, MA ... good sports bar, free popcorn and more than viable wings.




    Rafter's is a great place. Great wings and an okay selection of beer. Too bad The Moan and Dove doesn't serve food as that's my favorite bar in the US. They will let you bring in whatever you want.

    My favorite bar with food in the US is the Waterfront Ale House in NYC at 30th and 2nd. Great selection of beer and all the food is homemade with a board of specials everyday.

    I forgot to add that they make their own hot sauce and that's what the wings are made with...also served with homemade bleu cheese dressing. Egg nog around xmas is incredible.
    http://www.waterfrontalehouse.com/
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    RE: Your Favorite Watering Hole... And Its Food. 2008/03/04 14:05:18 (permalink)
    Right now, my favorite watering-hole is The Dubliner, an Irish restaurant and bar near Union Station in Washington, DC. The owner is the son of the man who opened Coleman's, another Irish restaurant and bar, in Syracuse, NY. The fare at the Dubliner is fantastic, with Irish and local favorites, I've never had a disappointing meal. http://dublinerdc.com

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    RE: Your Favorite Watering Hole... And Its Food. 2008/03/05 13:13:46 (permalink)
    When I lived in South Jersey, I used to love going to Monk's in Philadelphia, with hundreds of beers, many Belgians on tap, and great pommes frites, tavern burgers, and mussels. I really miss that place.
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    RE: Your Favorite Watering Hole... And Its Food. 2008/03/05 13:36:39 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Ort. Carlton.

    quote:
    Originally posted by Michael Hoffman
    It's long gone now, but years ago I used to hang out at a place called the Arena Grille in New Haven.


    Michael,
    I'll bet they served Hull's Export Beer on draught. Was it as good as I've been told it was?
    I never got to try the beer fresh, but I do have the can somewhere in my stuff.
    Unexperiencedly, Ort. Carlton in Athens, Georgia (which at least has a Hull Street).
    P. S. A sojourn to 820 Congress Avenue now will bring you to a low-income housing development.

    They did, indeed have Hull's -- both bottled and on tap. A short beer and a shot of Wilson's was the normal libation. Hull's was a pretty good beer. I had a cousin or an uncle who worked there and he'd bring cases of the stuff to everyone in the family.
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    RE: Your Favorite Watering Hole... And Its Food. 2008/03/07 12:59:50 (permalink)
    Hello All,
    Ort, thank you so much for this thread.
    Once again you prod our minds to honour
    and search for a "temple" that provides
    good food, good drinks, and good times.
    You have a gift, my friend.
    When I first read, "watering hole," I thought
    of the Long Branch Saloon from the T.V. show,
    "Gunsmoke. I thank you for that memory, especially
    when I recalled Miss Kitty. As a boy, I thought
    she was sexy.
    In my checkered past, I've had many watering holes
    that unfortunately no longer exist. They were
    owned by locals, and the city fathers of Harrisonburg, Va.
    made their lives so miserable that they went out of business.
    The bars now in my area are like Fast Food places, and
    are owned by corporations. They are too pretty, too expensive,
    and the food is re-heated frozen, zombie corporate tasting material.
    I am older now and rarely seek a watering hole, so perhaps there
    are places that defy my opinion.
    We have a place, "The Little Grill" which many go to. It is a
    co-op restaurant/bar. It promotes vegetarian food and socialist
    politics, with a bit of beer on the side.
    "Cally's" is a restaurant/brewery, which has good beer, but is
    so yuppie that my old soul can't call it my watering hole.
    "Luigi's Pizza Company," is a great place to have good pizza and
    cheap beer.
    But the day of going to a bar and finding good food, good drinks,
    and becoming part of a community is past my interest level now.
    And the day of a bar wanting to make you feel a part of their
    community is past...it is just making a quick buck around here.
    It was not always that way, at least in my experience. But I
    have always tried to find "family" wherever I go, and perhaps
    I am just too simple and naive.
    Let me end with the memory of the best watering hole I have
    known..."The Elbow Room."
    The beer was good and cheap.
    The food was good and you could tell they
    hand-made the burger patties themselves because
    they weren't uniform; the salads, fries, and whatever
    were just great.
    They had wonderful pin-ball machines.
    They had local road-house bands that played music
    that everyone grew to love as the night went on and
    more beer was consumed.
    They had sticky, beer-soaked carpet that was clean by
    the next day.
    There was always long lines to the restrooms, (both sexes,)
    where you could meet the most interesting people.
    The beer-tenders were rude with style.
    There were no social-class distinctions. I drank and talked
    to college students, rummies, government workers, even a judge,
    professionals, blue collar workers, etc.. It was humanity as
    far as jobs and humanity as far as religions, lack of religions,
    but always full of points of views. All enjoyed and expressed
    themselves with civility, humour, and a shade of "what an as-hole"
    he or she is.
    Ort, thank you for reminding me of what I loved. The only way
    I could search and find a watering hole again is if I got divorced,
    and went looking for a new woman.
    Ort, thank you for reminding me that I have a watering hole...
    it is with my wife and family, which is pretty much like the
    Elbow room.
    Take Care,
    Fieldthistle


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    RE: Your Favorite Watering Hole... And Its Food. 2008/03/07 13:13:58 (permalink)
    Nice job,Fieldthistle!
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    RE: Your Favorite Watering Hole... And Its Food. 2008/03/07 13:32:29 (permalink)
    This place is still around, used to go there about 20 years ago after a club, real lower east side dive, no food, and no place like it.
    Mars Bar
    25 1st Street (between 2nd ave and Bowery)
    http://newyork.citysearch.com/review/11350042

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    RE: Your Favorite Watering Hole... And Its Food. 2008/03/13 16:33:41 (permalink)
    There is an Irish Pub called Fenian's at the corner of Jefferson and Fortification in Jackson, MS. This is really a local hang out. Many of us could walk home, should the need arise.

    There are two distinct crowds... after work and til about seven o'clock we older ones hold forth. Most of us sit at the same tables every time and usually with the same crowd. Later, a younger louder, more boisterous crowd arrives. We rarely cross paths.

    The food, although much maligned by all of us regulars, is actually ok. The hamburger is good, as are a couple of other dishes.

    The best part is the friendly neighborhood feel... yes, very "Cheers".
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