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The Worst Bar n Madison

Postby benfury » Sun Apr 11, 2010 9:31 pm

What is the worst bar in Madison?

Please take the following into consideration:
Location
Staff friendliness
Atmosphere
Drink selection


I'm just wondering cause I wanna go there.
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Re: The Worst Bar n Madison

Postby benfury » Mon Apr 12, 2010 10:04 am

121 views and no opinions? i thought this was the daily page!
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Re: The Worst Bar n Madison

Postby fisticuffs » Mon Apr 12, 2010 10:21 am

Badger Bowl. Weak, over priced drinks. They pay their bands but treat them like crap. Surly crappy bar tenders. They kick every one out well before bar time.
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Re: The Worst Bar n Madison

Postby Stebben84 » Mon Apr 12, 2010 12:08 pm

Monkeyshines. I think it's still in Madison and not Fitchburg.
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Re: The Worst Bar n Madison

Postby fisticuffs » Mon Apr 12, 2010 12:09 pm

Actually I think it's "Town Of Madison" It's not City, It's not Fitchburg (you can still smoke at the 'Shines). Monkeyshines has a certain irony that makes me end up there at 1AM some nights out. It's good for people watching.
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Re: The Worst Bar n Madison

Postby anyportinastorm » Mon Apr 12, 2010 1:15 pm

Bourbon Street Grille...although it's in Monona...the place was a lot more fun when it was the Muskie Lounge..now it's poor service, bad food and outside it smells of the sewage pumping station right next door when the wind blows at you! The Come Back Inn has been on a steady decline since the last decade...now you have me thinking...!
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Re: The Worst Bar n Madison

Postby HeyZeus » Mon Apr 12, 2010 4:59 pm

Antlers across from South Towne.
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Re: The Worst Bar n Madison

Postby jman111 » Mon Apr 12, 2010 6:10 pm

HeyZeus wrote:Antlers across from South Towne.

Any particular reason?
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Re: The Worst Bar n Madison

Postby gargantua » Mon Apr 12, 2010 6:57 pm

I'll nominate Essen Haus/Come Back In. Especially since they started the practice of taking a credit card and opening a $50 tab if you want to have a boot. My friends and I have been stein club members for over 15 years without incident, and now this. Agree with an earlier poster that it seems to be going downhill.

I had a hard time with the question because I like most Madison bars.
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Re: The Worst Bar n Madison

Postby holyghost » Mon Apr 12, 2010 7:55 pm

I nominate Brothers.
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Re: The Worst Bar n Madison

Postby Thusnelda » Mon Apr 12, 2010 11:28 pm

I haaaaate the Essen Haus and the CBI. Staff drunker than the patrons; drunken tourist businessmen falling off their stools ten times in a row because they did it once and the other drunks thought it was funny; stale popcorn; sticky floors; amateur night EVERY NIGHT.

At least they have immediate seatnig.
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Re: The Worst Bar n Madison

Postby narcoleptish » Tue Apr 13, 2010 10:10 am

Currently I don't have a "worst" bar but the last time I was in the Horseshoe, a few years ago, it sucked. I'm not a fan of the Laurel but that's probably based on one visit and some smug lower Monroe st. denizens.

Any stadium area bar on a football saturday.

Any bar with live bluegrass.

Historically:
Moguls and Parisi's. Opposite sides of town with the same type of clientele.

HeyZeus wrote:Antlers across from South Towne.


Old friend of mine got shot there years ago.
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Re: The Worst Bar n Madison

Postby eriedasch » Tue Apr 13, 2010 10:18 am

benfury wrote:121 views and no opinions? i thought this was the daily page!

Where is your opinion?

I agree with Bourbon St. Grill and Badger Bowl.

Just from playing in bands at these places I would never choose to go there again.
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Re: The Worst Bar n Madison

Postby wallrock » Tue Apr 13, 2010 10:58 am

I have a long-standing bitter grudge against the Dry Bean and I consider it the worst in the area because of it.

I don't particularly like the Badger Bowl but I don't hate it like I do the Bean. Same deal with 'Shines, though I haven't been there since a friend moved from that area of Fitchburg several years ago.

I used to hate most of the bars on lower State when I was in college, mainly since my friends always went to these establishments and never got east of Monday's.
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Re: The Worst Bar n Madison

Postby Thusnelda » Tue Apr 13, 2010 9:26 pm

Actually, I don't know how I forgot the Bean, especially since I regularly go there for trivia. One server for two full rooms of people eating full meals. Yikes.

And, of course, the KK, although it's in a KINGDOM by itself -- never mind class. I love how its day clientele is almost totally made of ancient emeriti eating a soup and salad special. I went there once many years ago as the last stop on a birthday bar crawl, asked for a White Russian, and was told I had to buy milk separately in its own wee carton. So I did, and after draining that drink I asked for another. They were out of the milk. It was 10 PM on a Friday.
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