Monday, March 31, 2014

Bar #55 Sidetrack Cafe Prologue



Due to everyone's lives becoming too busy and an avoidance to do the blog on the weekends I have only been puttering towards the final goal of having a beer at every bar in Lakewood and writing about it. Today, I write about a yesterday. It's fall 2005. I have a new 2006 Prius (that why I remember the year) and I am going with some friends to a bar I've never been to.  My memory may not be as accurate as I hope after almost a decade.  Bar #55 will be Sidetrack Cafe, but this is just its prologue to the official visit.


Sidetrack Cafe is known as a biker bar. Not in the flashy, neon fashion of the franchised versions out there or the biker bars seen on the Blah Blah Channel. Sidetrack Cafe is a place where people would sit down hot, stinking and tired after riding the backroads of America. They don't need a dozen specialized beers with spices, fancy names, and fancier price tags; if it was cold and beer, it was probably what they were looking for. A proper biker bar offers only what is needed to get the job done: beer, whiskey, seats and something that produces music. A real biker bar makes every other bar feel like a gimmick.


Sidetrack Cafe was split into three sections. The first section was your standard dive bar. Almost all the seating was along the bar itself and primarily warmed by men that have been riding motorcycles for most of the last half century. Classic rock was coming out of the jukebox and wouldn't stop for the rest of the evening. The bar was run by a pretty woman that had no problem keeping control her bar with just a smile and the ability to see problem coming.


The second room had some tables and chairs and centered on a large screen TV that remembered who shot JR. It had that slight lack in color that is seen in the old giant TVs that have been used a couple years too many. It may be too large to give up on, or might simply be too large to bother moving. My brain tells me everything in the room was a shade of brown.


The third room had plywood walls. There was a pool table taking up the majority of the space. That is everything in the room. The plywood didn't insulate as much as hoped, but we spent the evening in the room hoping the slight bit of shivering would work in our favor or that we'd stop feeling the cold after the next beer. At least we didn't have to worry about our beer getting warm.


Sidetrack Cafe gave me everything I wanted, beer, somewhere to sit and something to do. With all the amazing bars in Lakewood, it's easy to forget what really matters. Going to almost every bar in Lakewood has helped instill in me that it's not always about all the things a bar may offer, but all the things that I want from a bar on a specific evening. One evening I may want amazing food, and beer that tastes like a work of art. Another evening I may way want a dart board, cold ignorable beer and patrons that feel like we've known each other half our lives, even if we've just met. Living in Lakewood means getting exactly what you want, just remember that there's a chance you could find it in any Every Bar in Lakewood.


Sidetrack Cafe, Bar #55, may be completely different than it was 8 years ago. I look forward to seeing it again soon.

13429 Lakewood Heights Blvd
216-688-1498
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Thursday, March 6, 2014

St Patrick's Day Guide 2014

Merry Arts

OUR ANNUAL KIDS ST. PATRICK'S DAY! 
Saturday, March 15th from noon-3 the little ones have their own St. Patrick's Day! Free admission--live Irish dancing from the Brady Campbell school of dance, balloons, face painting, green milkshakes, kid's menu and Slider is coming by! Our new heated patio will be open!

ST. PATRICK'S DAY AT MERRY ARTS
Doors open at 7:30 for our annual $5 all you can eat breakfast buffet! 
Our Great Guinness Glass Giveaway, Irish music, the best corned beef around and much more will be happening all day and night. 
A special performance from the band Hot n' Ready from 4-6 after the parade. So take off work and celebrate one of the greatest days to be a Clevelander!
15607 1/2 Detroit Ave

Mars Bar
They're back tomorrow!!! 3 words... corned beef gyros!!! Mars Bar will be apen at 9am for St. Paddy's Day!!! Green beer, corned beef, corned beef gyros, & regular gyros, our whole staff will be up, and smoking area on our patio!!! Come up and drink with us!!!!!


Harry Buffalo Lakewood opens at 8am!  
Kegs & Eggs!
Jameson Specials!
18605 Detroit Ave

Bonnie and Clydes
Opening 5:30am Breakfast Corned Beef Omelet Corned Beef and Hash Also Serving All Day.. Corned Beef Sandwhiches Reuben Sandwhiches Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinners $1 Jell-O Shots $1.50 Green Beer Pints $2 Leprechaun Shots And Many Different $2 Green Themed Shots. We Also Have Limited Shirts Still Available for $15

Taco Tantos
We've brined and slow cooked the corned beef, today we just have to add potato, sour cream, steamed cabbage and cheese wrap it all up and serve it to you hot and toasty. Sure to to give you staying power whether you're celebrating with green beers or just having a regular Monday.

Shamrock will be carrying on with St. Patrick's Day pride: 
Open at 9AM for a pre-parade Corned Beef Hash & Poached Eggs Breakfast. Delicious Corned Beef Sandwiches and Corned Beef Dinners for as long as they last, plus a partial "regular" menu from Kim & Lu's Kitchen (for those who like alternative food choices.) 
Loud tunes, lots of beer and booze at fair prices, a visiting bagpiper, etc. 
If trolling West Side Irish bars with friends is your idea of fun, the Shamrock is a traditional stop.
11922 Madison Ave

Quaker Steak & Lube

15312 Detroit Ave


Spitfire
We will open at 5:30am, we will have free corn beef and cabbage in the morning. We will have $1 cans all day and night.
1539 W 117th St

Brew 133
We open at 8AM for kegs, eggs, and corned beef hash until 1pm. 

We have drinks specials and a DJ all day! 
The drink specials are; $4 Bloody Marys, $3 Guinness Pints, $3 Irish Whiskey (any kind), $2 Fireball, $3 pints, and $2 Throwback Tallboy 16 oz. Miller Lite Cans! 

We have Corned Beef Sandwiches and Chips for $6 as well! 

Bagpipes will be played by Cleveland Police Department and sheriff's office around 6:30.
13368 Madison Ave



McGinty's Pub
We will open the doors at 8. 
From 8-10 we will have $2 Guinness and Breakfast sandwiches. 

Starting at 11 we will have $6 corned beef sandwiches for sale. 

Also you can grab your very own 2014 McGinty's St. Patrick's Day T-shirt.  

The Guinness Bill Band will play Live starting at 6:30 and we will have bagpipes stop by during the day.
13751 Madison Ave


Waterbury Coach House
Corn Beef Dinner: (Corn Beef, Cabbage, Redskin Potatoes, Carrots) $10
Reuben Sandwich $8
Corn Beef Sandwich $7.50
Sandwiches include soup and choice of potato salad or fries.
Guinness bottles $4
We will have live music as well!
13333 Madison Ave

Lakewood Village Tavern


We are opening at 9am happy hour until 7, select $2 drinks at night. Corned beef hash, Reuben with fries, corned beef dinner, corned beef sandwich with shirts will be available for purchase as well.

13437 Madison Ave

Corky's
We open at noon
Karaokes at 4
Ruben pizzas for 6 bucks and $2 lucky leprechaun shots.. 

Now Guinness cans are 3 bucks and shamrock shake shots are two bucks these two specials all month long.
13302 Detroit Ave



Irish Kevin's

13601 Detroit Ave

Patio Tavern
Once again, we're looking forward to seeing all our friends, as well as new faces looking for some inexpensive drinks this Saint Patrick's Day! 
Miller Lite Drafts will be $1.25...all Domestic Bottles are $2.00...Jameson, Powers, Tullamore Dew, and Bushmills are $3.00...and we're fully stocked with Guinness, Conway's Irish Ale, as well as 8 other Craft beers on tap! 
Happy Saint Patrick's Day; we look forward to seeing you soon!
15615 Madison Ave

Pacers
14600 Detroit Ave

The Corner Pub
Were gonna do $3 green long islands, $5 irish car bombs, and $2 irish flag shots...there will be other surprise specials $3 and under.
12301 Madison Ave

Tarrymorre Inn will open at noon with $3 shots of Jameson and $2, 24oz drafts of Budweiser and Genesee!
13356 Madison Ave


World of Beer
9AM - 2:30AM 
This St. Patricks Day Drink Good Beer NOT Green Beer 

5 Irish Beers on Draft  
Guinness - Smithwicks - Bass - Harp - Great Lakes Conway's Irish Ale  
First 48 guest to order a Great Lakes Conways Irish Ale keep the Great Lakes St. Patricks Day Glass !!!!!  
Jameson and Irish Car Bomb Specials  

Doors open at 9AM w/ Breakfast for $6 by Somethin's Smokin Smoked Corned Beef Hash and Scrambled Eggs from 9AM-11AM  
$7.99 Smoked Corned Beef Sandwich starting at 11AM  

Live Band from 4-7PM 
Black Bear Caledonia Pipes and Drums at 7PM 
Irish Music ALL DAY Long
14701 Detroit Ave

St. Patricks Day West End Tavern A west side landmark 30 years. ---featuring--- Guinness. Harp. Jameson. Powers. -and- Corned beef/Irish coffee -and- Bag pipers all day
11:00 AM "Late breakfast/lunch-dinner
Also starring: Leading craft beers such as founders dirty bastard, new Belgium fat tire, Oskar blues dales pale ale, southern tier 2x IPA, and bell's two hearted!
18514 Detroit Ave 

Sloan
Green pudding shots for $1.00 AND Corned Beef Pizza! What more could you ask for?
18196 Sloane Ave

Buckeye Beer Engine
It's pretty standard that we open early and feature corned beef type stuff, and will most probably run a pint special on Buckeye REDHEAD.
15315 Madison Ave

Melt

14718 Detroit Ave

The Red Rose Cafe celebrates St. Patrick's Day All Day with 
$6.50 Corned Beef Sandwich, 
$7.00 Reuben, 
$9.50 Corned Beef Dinner Includes Carrots, Cabbage, Red Skin Potatoes.  
40 Cent Wings as always! (dine in only).

$6 Pitchers of Miller Lite or Labatt, 
$8.50 Yuengling Pitchers, 
$2 Shot of the Month - The Shamrock Shot, 
$2.50 Domestic Bottles All Day & Night!
14810 Madison Ave


Pug Mahone's
March 17th open at 8am. Free Breakfast 9am-10 am Noon -1:30 Live Bag pipers 4pm-7pm Jim Tigue & Eroc corned beef dinner and sandwich specials. $4 shot specials - Irish breakfast, Leprechaun Kiss, Nutty Irishman Beer of the month Dundee $1.25 (all day-every day) Domestic pints $1.25 domestic bottle $1.50 (open to 8pm everyday)
17625 Detroit Ave

Around the Corner
18616 Detroit Ave



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Saturday, March 1, 2014

The Best of Cleveland is Lakewood



Every year, Scene Magazine has us vote for who we think are the best at what they do at, well at this point, just about everything, in the greater Cleveland area. It's easy to get overwhelmed while trying to make it through the nomination list. This year Every Bar in Lakewood is going to try and help out with a Lakewood voting list.
One of the key missions of this blog has been to help promote this great city. In the voting this year I would like to see a stronger presence of our community felt.
It's time to show the rest of our area, that the best of Cleveland is Lakewood. If your business, self or favorite is from Lakewood and should be nominated, let me know. Comment on this blog, tweet me, email me at samlakewood@gmail.com, or just comment on my Facebook page, then I'll list it on this blog. The more entrees included will create a stronger presence for the list on Google's search engine helping others support our great city. If you'd rather someone different than I've listed, let me know. Some of these have simply been big supporters of the blog. I also wouldn't mind your votes for Every Bar in Lakewood as the best Blog and Food Blog.


Use this link to get to get to the voting page.
http://posting.clevescene.com/cleveland/Survey


Art event?
Lakewood Arts Festival

Performing Arts Theater
Beck Center
Place for free fun
Lakewood Park
School District
Lakewood 
Local Neighborhood
Lakewood
Suburb
Lakewood
Restaurant
Deagans
New Restaurant
Humble Wine Bar
Romantic Restaurant
Humble Wine Bar
Brunch
Deagans
Buffet
India Garden
Patio Dining
Humble Wine Bar
Patio for Drinking
Humble Wine Bar
Wine Bar
Humble Wine Bar
Beer List
Buckeye Beer Engine
Vegan
Root Cafe
Burger
Deagans
Fries
Deagans
Seafood
Pier W
Pizza

Dewey's
Greek
Greek Village
Indian
India Garden
Taco
Barrio
Bloody Mary
Deagans
Taco Tuesday
Merry Arts
Dessert Menu
Humble Wine Bar
Place to Buy Music
My Minds Eye
Thrift Store
Avalon Exchange
Antique Shop

Lakewood Antique Mall
Consignment Shop
Curvy Consignment
Best Chocolate

Fears Confections
Deli
TJ's Butcher Block
Wine Shop
Rozi's
Beer Store
Simone's
Eco-Friendly
Root Cafe
Hair Salon
Crazy Mullets
Barbershop/Men's Cut
Reagle Beagle
New Store
Re/Dress
Jazz Club
Vosh
Blues Club
Winchester
Hipster Bar
Mahall's 20 Lanes
Karaoke Bar
Corky's Place or Eddy & Iggy's
Neighborhood Bar
Merry Arts or Plank Road Tavern
Industry Night
Mahall's, Deagans, or Harry Buffalo (We do Industry night well!)
Bowling Alley
Mahall's 20 Lanes
Darts
Bobby O's

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Bar #54 Humble Wine Bar



When a bar does really well, it tends to lead it to make new baby bars. Sometimes this creates clones of the original bar leading to a franchise by the same name. Other times these baby bars are created as unique new versions or concepts of the original bar, possibly even being completely different. A number of our newest bars to open in Lakewood over the past year were the offspring of other successful bars. Congratulations Lakewood, it's a wine bar! Bar #54 is Humble Wine Bar to be exact.


OK, let's get it out of the way: yes there aren't beers on tap and it's expensive. But a cheap wine bar with Coors on tap is hardly a recipe for success.

On this wintery February evening parking was not readily available in the giant shopping plaza parking lot. There were mountains of snow waiting to melt taking up a 5th of the lot and the neighboring bar was having their all you can eat buffet. The bar's back entrance was a long hallway with a sign to point the way to enjoy ourselves on National Wine Day.
facebook.com/humblewinebar
Humble Bar has a classy look of an older pub with a very clean and comfortable feel. There was a long bar you could sit at with a great view of their flaming pizza oven. The bar was busy but with no wait. As with Deagan's, the staff is encouraged to show off their tattoos. The waitress was friendly and encouraged questions. Our friends slowly arrived over the next hour keeping our waitress on her toes and even leading us to require an extra table. The Humble Bar staff never had a problem taking care of us.
Humble Bar carries a variety of food. They are primarily appetizers, including a cheese board, antipasti and salads, and small pizzas. The most noticeable characteristic of their food is they are fresh, light and of a higher quality ingredients. The brussels sprouts weren't in stock, which we didn't find out till we ordered them a half hour into our visit. I started off with their Prosciutto Caprese, which consisted of alternating slices of spiraled mozzarella and prosciutto, and heirloom tomatoes. It was a great combination that I inhaled and recommend. Kelly went with a single cheese on their board. It had a selection of bread and crackers along with her chosen humboldt fog goat cheese out of California. I thought it had a nice combination of sweet, creamy, farts and mold...but in a good way. The margherita and spicy sopressata pizzas were both excellent. The margherita had the edge, with the delicious heirloom tomatoes to the spicy sopressata, which wasn't spicy.
Obviously they had lots of good wine. We went with their weaker options. I started off with a bottle of Chimay Red. It was a refreshing red ale that relies more on fizz than on its subtle taste. I followed it with their BFF Old Fashioned. It's a normal old fashioned with a splash of breakfast. Bacon bourbon, maple syrup and even piece of bacon on the tooth pick make it a great drink option. There was also an olive instead of a cherry on the tooth pick for unexplained reasons. Kelly had Cleveland sunset mead. I thought it tasted like a sour wine mixed with pear juice. Kelly said it tasted like a liquified version of Jennie's Ice Cream's Cherry Goat Cheese.
There were two small TVs in the far corners of the bar. I only bring it up because the one by us played Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 2 and, I think Ben Hur.

I had a nice time at Humble Wine Bar. It's an easy environment to talk to your friends. The light foods allow you, not to feel burdened down by what's in your belly, without loosing out on quality and taste. Their drink list gives everyone something they can really enjoy. Other than apparently running out of brussels sprouts and cherries we didn't have any bumps during our time there. If you are on a budget, plan around their happy hour; this was my largest bill of the blog. Overall, the apple hasn't fallen far from the tree. For those who want a higher level of wine bar that also allows one to be relaxed and actually enjoy your food, drink and company, Bar #54, Humble Wine Bar is for you.

15400 Detroit Ave
216-767-5977
contact@humblewinebar.com
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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Bar #53 The Avenue Tap House



I've been to more bars in Lakewood than there are weeks in the year. The majority have been good for one reason or another. This blog isn't about that. We now begin the bars that I chose not to go to 52 times. Each one for a reason. This week, I go to a bar who's known for cheap booze, cheap women, and the worst wings I've ever had. Every bar deserves a chance to prove itself and tonight was bar #53, The Avenue Tap House's chance to show that I've waited too long.
This Tuesday evening I showed up to a mostly empty Avenue. The bar was half full; the large room behind it was empty. I was meeting my friend Jon tonight. Disappointment came quickly. First Jon wasn't there, then I was told they don't have food till 9 (it was 7). So, I ordered a beer (½ off) and waited. My disappointments took a turn for the better a half hour later, when both Jon and the cook showed up.
The Avenue Tap House has a bar on their left and right side sandwiching tables and stools in between. There's a raised seating area on the far left side with VIP style seating. A DJ station is set up above the primary bar on the left side. The back wall is basically just a wall with a big curtain over the entrance to where the bowling alley used to be. The bowling alley materials were sold to Mahall's a year or two ago.
My beer of the night was New Castle. It tastes like beer. That's basically it with this one. They eliminated the cheap qualities that plague beers like PBR and Budweiser and then stopped. Their beer options included a couple local craft beers, but mainly consisted of the normal domestics.
If you are coming to the Avenue for food check the schedule first. The cook comes in late for karaoke on Tuesdays and may not even be there on other days. If their kitchen isn't open, then you can order food to be brought over from The Kenilworth Tavern next door. We were able to get our food by 8. We went with the Taco Tuesday option but it lacked a vegetarian choice. The kitchen made this an option for Jonn anyway. The tacos were surprisingly good. Jon ranked them in his top three favorites in the greater Cleveland area. They are definitely worth checking out, the chicken more so than the beef. Avenue Tap House has jalapenos poppers (cheese version.) They taste like everyone's.

The story I was able to get on the two previous food providers to the Avenue is that both businesses didn't have enough variety to be successful in a bar that serves some food, as opposed to a restaurant with a bar. Basically, you need a variety of different (bar) foods to get people to impulse buy. The Avenue isn't a location to come for a specific food, except on Tuesdays. Beyond that, the wings I got from Guys Pizza at the wing crawl two years ago were so bad, we couldn't tell if they were undercooked or horribly frost burnt. I had liked their pizza. So, I don't miss them. I was also told by people that the following business, The Red Rooster, whose chicken I used to buy back when they were located by my dog daycare, was too expensive. I thought the chicken was good previous to moving to the Avenue. It looks like the newest option is the best one.


The music of the night was famous rock songs of the 70s and 80s. I assume this was to get everyone ready for karaoke. This brought up the conversation of, are these songs actually good, or are they only good because of the memories attached to them. Do I like Hotel California, which some people may argue is dreadful, because it's great or because my parents thought it was great and it was ingrained into me? Is The Eye of the Tiger amazing or does it feel that way in my head because I ran listening to it in cross country in high school and saw a montage in a movie containing it? The song, I'll Be Watching You, sticks out in many people's heads as a love ballad, especially after hearing it at so many weddings to the setting of people in new love. Is a song about Sting going mildly insane and stalking his Ex-wife a love song because our experiences dictate it? This effect of the events of our lives defining our perceived quality of music becomes apparent when we think to our favorite type of music and the bands that really stick out. Theses tend to be the music from our teenage years, which is always better than the music of today. The alternative rock of the 90s sticks out to me but perhaps it's only because that's what I left my childhood listening to. Our teenage genre of music becomes ingrained in our foundations of who we are as a person. Wonderwall probably does suck but it carries a lot of good memories with it, so it's good to me. Luckily, during karaoke, you can fake the effect of the songs sounding good with proper amounts of alcohol.
The service was good from both my bartenders Nicky and Mark.. They were friendly and put in the extra work to make sure that we were happy. Nicky tried to get us to stay for karaoke but wouldn't stay herself. She only sings if she's if she's drunk or if it's early and just her friends are around and she's singing Rainbow Connection. They were both open to chatting with us and not being just glorified drink pourers.
The Avenue Tap House's primary goal is to get people drinking. They offer good service at great prices. There are different activities and deals going on throughout the week. I have talked to people that leave the bar they are eating at to go drink for a bit at the Avenue to save money. Food is not their priority and isn't available as often one might like. However, if it is available, then I suggest you give it a try. Since. this is their third food provider, I'm glad I left it till Bar #53 skipping the first two. The Avenue Tap House was worth the wait.

18206 Detroit Ave.
216-228-1442t

Monday, January 13, 2014

Bar #52 Pug Mahones

Taken by Pug Mahones

There are many important parts to creating a successful bar. Selection, value, food, entertainment, and atmosphere are some obvious pieces to the puzzle of building a bar that will survive. This week's bar did well in many respects but excelled in one in particular, service. Bar #52, is Pug Mahones, home to one of our newest favorite bartenders.

This week's Every Bar in Lakewood's trip came on the heels of the Winter Vortex. A two day siege of wind chills reaching -40 degrees, bypassing the frigid temperatures of the North Pole. As the temperatures raised back up to a balmy fucky cold again, cabin fever screamed out that I needed to see people, and numb the memories of the being numb, via beer. So, we set off into the new, pretty, and less painful snowfall. The snow did prevent me from getting a picture of the front sign.

Upon entering the bar, 10 minutes late, to a mildly busy Pug Mahones I had to preform the always awkward, walking around the bar looking for friends that haven't arrived. It is a mixture of your eyes darting around wildly and walking slowly in random directions like a ghost from Pacman. It turned out I was there first. I immediately sent out the customary text messages to everyone else making them feel bad for showing up late. At least until they realized they arrived only a couple minutes after I did. This included Jon who was almost standing behind me as I hit send.

Pug Mahones looks like your standard bar (wood booths, big TVs, an assortment of beer items on the walls) but with a lot of extras. The booths all come equipped with their own small flat screen TVs. There are a couple video games including a Pacman machine with a bunch of Atari games included. You've also got foosball, skee ball, and a punching bag machine.

Pug Mahones has a level assortment of beer options with as many domestic favorites as interesting craft beers that you may not have tried before. I went with, what may be the only pumpkin beer still on tap in Lakewood, Crooked River's Eerie Nights Pumpkin Ale. It was a good beer that embraced its pumpkin side without hiding it with too many spices. Eerie Nights was little on head but big on aroma. Looking online for this brewery you would think they were out of business. Make sure you try their beers while you can. They may not be long for this world, but if the rest of their beers are this good I hope they stick around.

We were greeted by Chrissy the bartender, once we had come to terms with both being late but almost the exact same amount of late. She was both friendly and engaging, the type of bartender that feels like your friend by the time your first beer is paid for. She was enthusiastic and knowledgeable about craft beer and the bar she worked in. Also, even though she was working a full bar plus our table, she never left us waiting. This is one of the major ingredients that allows bars to be successful.

Having a bartender that one's customers will want to keep visiting means repeat customers and creates a bar that survives for the long haul. When it comes down to it, a bar's personnel is the real difference between different bars. There are always multiple bars with the combination of good food, types of beers, prices, entertainment and so forth that you're looking for, but having a staff you get along with and does their job well is always the game changer.


Pug Mahones is currently having menu issues. They didn't have enough for the 6 of us; they only had two to spare. There were also misprints throughout it. If you are bored you can play find the baccon! This is probably due to it being designed for free. As a person that's done a lot over the years for nonprofits it always annoys me when volunteers slack off because they aren't actually getting paid. If you want to do something, do it right because, it's still a reflection on you. I'll assume I've been holding up with this ideal on the blog because the internet is rarely kind to any kind of weakness or failure. On a positive note, the menu did have lots of options and a new menu should be coming out soon.

I was told by a random patron that the burgers, which were also on special, were good. I got the bacon cheddar burger with homemade fries. It was better than average. Everyone was happy with their food with one exception. The cook forgot our pregnant friend's BLT. Perhaps, he is a thrill seeker that enjoys tempting painful death. We gave it more time than we should have since all of her ingredients were included on my burger that I received 15 minutes previous. I told Chrissy and she practically ran into the back and made sure that it was done at the maximum speed possible.

We made sure that we cashed out when the shift change was happening; so that we could tip Chrissy for her service. Remember, if your bartender/waitress takes care of you then you need to take care of her or him.
The patrons of Pug Mahones all seemed fairly random, not falling into any type or age bracket. They were neither angry nor rowdy. They were just people content to concentrate on their drinking and talking to their immediate neighbors. Classic rock was played all night on the juke box by a single person and his wife...or daughter, we weren't able to figure that one out...People watching is fun!

Pug Mahones is a pretty cool bar. It's a good place to watch the game. I love having the option of the little personal TVs in case you just wanted to watch curling this winter. They have a lot of games you can play. I was happy enough with the food and beer options, as most people will be. On occasions, in the past, I've had to say that I don't know if the service is always bad or if this was just a bad night. This time I have the opposite to say, I had great service but can't guarantee that it's always in the running for best service in town. Especially, when one considers their menu situation. Bar #52 has a lot to offer and great service offering it. It's time you accept their offer.

17625 Detroit Rd
216-228-8874
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