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We all have our favorite watering hole, where the vibe was right, the prices reasonable, the conversation interesting, the regulars articulate and friendly, the jukebox primo, the bartenders witty, the windows neon-smeared on rainy nights.
click to enlarge Debbie Tragesser Old North - EndElementary teacher - What's your favorite local watering hole? -  My favorite place to go for a beer is Wooglin's. The - people are interesting, it has good food, good beers, - there's always room to sit, and you can actually hear - what your companions say. - Name your favorite bar ever.  Docksiders - in Erie, Pa. It's situated between Buffalo and Cleveland, - so some great bands go through there. It had great - music.  - Relate a memorable tavern experience.  The - night we left a dull bridal shower and went to Laura - Belle's to spice things up a little. That night, we stole a - very ugly, ceramic rooster from behind the bar. We call it - "The Cock," and the tradition now is that whenever - someone in our circle gets married, The Cock passes to - the bride-to-be during her bridal shower. What - type of bar is this town in need of? It needs one - with better music. We need more blues bands that you - can dance to.
  • Debbie Tragesser
    Old North End
    Elementary teacher

    What's your favorite local watering hole? My favorite place to go for a beer is Wooglin's. The people are interesting, it has good food, good beers, there's always room to sit, and you can actually hear what your companions say.

    Name your favorite bar ever. Docksiders in Erie, Pa. It's situated between Buffalo and Cleveland, so some great bands go through there. It had great music.

    Relate a memorable tavern experience. The night we left a dull bridal shower and went to Laura Belle's to spice things up a little. That night, we stole a very ugly, ceramic rooster from behind the bar. We call it "The Cock," and the tradition now is that whenever someone in our circle gets married, The Cock passes to the bride-to-be during her bridal shower.

    What type of bar is this town in need of? It needs one with better music. We need more blues bands that you can dance to.

click to enlarge Bryan Proctor Westminister - Middle school teacher - What quality is key to a truly good bar? -  Cleanliness, and it's quiet enough to socialize and - leisurely talk. What's the best bar you've - patronized? Bull's Tavern in San Luis Obispo, Calif. - It makes real good drinks at a real good price  no - bands, no cover, just a hangout bar. Its slogan is, - "Traditional, not trendy." Name something really - good that happened to you in a bar.  One of the - first places I went with my then-future wife was to a bar - around the corner from where I lived. We were already in - love, probably, but that bar certainly helped things - along.
  • Bryan Proctor
    Westminister

    Middle school teacher
    What quality is key to a truly good bar? Cleanliness, and it's quiet enough to socialize and leisurely talk.

    What's the best bar you've patronized? Bull's Tavern in San Luis Obispo, Calif. It makes real good drinks at a real good price no bands, no cover, just a hangout bar. Its slogan is, "Traditional, not trendy."

    Name something really good that happened to you in a bar. One of the first places I went with my then-future wife was to a bar around the corner from where I lived. We were already in love, probably, but that bar certainly helped things along.

click to enlarge Steve Weller West side - Restaurant maintenance - What qualities are indispensable for you - in a bar? A good jukebox and a pool table. Draft - beer. And two doors  one in, one out  so as to get - out in a hurry if needed. What's your all-time - favorite drinking spot? Mihilo's Tavern in East - Chicago, Ind. I could take my $3,000 paycheck to the - bullet-proof window and cash it, order dollar Jim Beams - at the bar, order a Sicilian pizza and get a date after the - lingerie show  all for under a hundred bucks. - Relate a memorable bar experience.  It's - all been good. What makes for a lousy bar? - No football on Sunday.  Bob Campbell -
  • Steve Weller
    West side

    Restaurant maintenance
    What qualities are indispensable for you in a bar? A good jukebox and a pool table. Draft beer. And two doors one in, one out so as to get out in a hurry if needed.

    What's your all-time favorite drinking spot? Mihilo's Tavern in East Chicago, Ind. I could take my $3,000 paycheck to the bullet-proof window and cash it, order dollar Jim Beams at the bar, order a Sicilian pizza and get a date after the lingerie show all for under a hundred bucks.

    Relate a memorable bar experience. It's all been good.

    What makes for a lousy bar? No football on Sunday. Bob Campbell

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