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Postby christopher_robin » Sat Mar 15, 2008 10:26 am

Opening soon in the space where JT Friendly's darkened the neighborhood at East Wash and Baldwin: Pug Mahones.

Is this a chain? Will this be another fake Irish bar? Will it attract the same strange and grungy element? Who has the dirt?

http://www.pugmahones.com/
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Postby meowzamusic » Sat Mar 15, 2008 10:52 am

I checked out their myspace page:
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Looks like a real winner to me.
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Postby christopher_robin » Sat Mar 15, 2008 12:39 pm

There's also a band with the same name. It's all a bit confusing and potentially disturbing.
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Postby Henry Vilas » Sat Mar 15, 2008 12:46 pm

christopher_robin wrote:There's also a band with the same name. It's all a bit confusing and potentially disturbing.

Either the bar or the band could change their name to Pug Cajones.
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Re: Pug Mahones

Postby Kenneth Burns » Sat Mar 15, 2008 1:11 pm

The folks who run the Old Town Pub are putting that together. It's not a chain. Pug Mahone is Gaelic for kiss my ass, roughly speaking, which is why the Pogues are called the Pogues (and presumably why the Kissers, originally a Pogues cover band, are called the Kissers).

I'm told.
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Postby doppel » Sat Mar 15, 2008 1:19 pm

Póg mo thóin.
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Postby christopher_robin » Sat Mar 15, 2008 3:14 pm

Thanks, Kenneth. I had a feeling you would have the intel.
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Postby christopher_robin » Tue Apr 22, 2008 11:56 am

Open for one week today, I believe. My take on it:

"Pug Mahones aims to cut through the gentrification of the Willy Street area and provide a clean and hospitable bar where you can watch the game on a big-screen TV, order a Bud on tap, eat a bacon sandwich or a burger, and unwind a little bit after a hard day at work."

Full article here

http://www.madison.com/post/entries/282607
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Postby boston_jeff » Tue Apr 22, 2008 12:06 pm

Couple of the players at our poker game went on Friday night, liked the cheap beer scene. Is the food any good?
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Postby christopher_robin » Tue Apr 22, 2008 12:53 pm

boston_jeff wrote:Couple of the players at our poker game went on Friday night, liked the cheap beer scene. Is the food any good?


It's bar food, very deliberately straightforward. It's almost beyond comment, really--these are not the greatest burgers and BLTs the world has ever seen, but the price is right and the kitchen is clean.
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Postby mean machine » Mon May 12, 2008 10:48 am

You may want to do a little fact checking before you spew B.S. about JT's Friendly...JT's Friendly was a great neighborhood bar that the current owners of Pug Mahones frequented quite often! JT's customers I'm sure take offense to you saying that it darkened the neighborhood! Customers were treated to great food and great people when visiting JT's and for you to state otherwise proves you are completely clueless!
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Postby Kenneth Burns » Mon May 12, 2008 11:07 am

I was sorry to see JT's go, and also the barber shop.
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Postby Marvell » Mon May 12, 2008 12:36 pm

Kenneth Burns wrote:I was sorry to see JT's go, and also the barber shop.


Ken and Shirley were awesome.

I went in there to get my haircut, and commented to Ken about the signed picture of Garbage he had up on the wall.

Ken got really excited. "Oh, that Shirley Manson is a real nice girl," he said. "I know people think she's all wild and everything, but every time I've met her she's been a real lady."
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Postby joey » Tue Jun 03, 2008 12:32 pm

Some friends and I went there the other night and we were throughly not impressed. We were charged anywhere from 3.50 to 4.00 for pints of island wheat and shandy (which there wasnt consistancy in pricing when one person and another ordered.)
It does look nicer in there and has potential. The drink specials are ok, but there was something about it that seemed off... Maybe I was still hung up on the old JTs and couldnt let go...
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Postby Doctress Julia » Sat Sep 06, 2008 12:33 am

JT Friendly's sucked, and Pug Mahones sucks, too. Sleazy atmosphere, rude bartenders, trashy clientele. Icky. I gave them a shot, though... :lol:
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