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Edible Birthdays (or, is the Nitty Gritty worth my time?)

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Edible Birthdays (or, is the Nitty Gritty worth my time?)

Postby Rosemary » Mon May 04, 2009 12:14 pm

My birthday's coming up soon, and in my nearly three years in Madison, I have not yet spent a birthday drinking for free at the Nitty. (Perhaps it's because I'm not a college student?) So, forons, should I go? or are there better only-in-Madison places that have a little special something for those celebrating a birthday?

p.s. I have already printed out my coupon for free ice cream at Cold Stone. Sure, I prefer the Chocolate Shoppe, but I also like free ice cream. And I have a soft spot for the place, given that I once spent a few months singing for my supper at another location.
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Re: Edible Birthdays (or, is the Nitty Gritty worth my time?)

Postby MeLurkyLongTime » Mon May 04, 2009 12:53 pm

No. Or I guess not unless you are under 25
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Re: Edible Birthdays (or, is the Nitty Gritty worth my time?)

Postby fisticuffs » Mon May 04, 2009 12:57 pm

You're not missing anything. Popping in for your mug and a couple of free beers is fine but I don't know too many who make the Gritty as the final destination of the evening. If you want to avoid the college crowd there's a location on North Gammon road. Go get your mug then bolt for something more fun.
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Re: Edible Birthdays (or, is the Nitty Gritty worth my time?)

Postby blunt » Mon May 04, 2009 2:29 pm

You can drink for free all day and night of your birthday.
Besides that?
Not much.
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Re: Edible Birthdays (or, is the Nitty Gritty worth my time?)

Postby Ducatista » Mon May 04, 2009 2:39 pm

Offer your friends this deal: "Buy me a cheap mug and pay for my drinks all night long, and I won't drag you to a theme bar on my birthday."

You'll drink free, and nobody will have to go to the Gritty.
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Re: Edible Birthdays (or, is the Nitty Gritty worth my time?)

Postby fisticuffs » Mon May 04, 2009 2:41 pm

You'll drink free, and nobody will have to go to the Gritty.


Synergy at its best.
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Re: Edible Birthdays (or, is the Nitty Gritty worth my time?)

Postby ilikebeans » Mon May 04, 2009 3:02 pm

Haven't been there in a while, but as of a couple years ago, they were still announcing hourly or so (over a blaringly loud and distorted PA) the names of everyone with birthdays in the place, followed by some birthday-themed song, also loud and distorted enough as to be nearly unrecognizable.

I guess I would pick that over having the entire waitstaff come over and sing and clap a birthday greeting, but not by much.

Then again, to take a business approach to it, I'm not their target demographic.
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Re: Edible Birthdays (or, is the Nitty Gritty worth my time?)

Postby psforsberg » Tue May 05, 2009 3:51 pm

I have a friend who insists on going to the Gritty for his birthday every year for the free drinks. After doing this for 10 years or so, he still doesn't get that if you go out with your friends on your birthday, your friends will buy you drinks (and hopefully drive you home).

We reluctantly still show up every December (it always seems to be the coldest day of the month) and try to convince him to go elsewhere. The "atmosphere" at the Gritty is horrible and the food is bad and overpriced. The only positive is that they have a decent beer selection, but you have to bring ear plugs to drown out that awful birthday song they play.
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