Thursday, October 11, 2007

Taverns past: The Pub

Help me remember. I was driving down Spring Street going south from the Capitol Complex over the weekend when I suddenly recalled The Pub. If memory serves me, it was on the west side of Spring between Edwards and Cook. Or, possibly, between Cook and Lawrence. All traces of The Pub are gone now. Instead, there are several vacant/parking lots on that side of the street.

The place basically consisted of a large square bar five or six steps inside the front door. Off to the left was a large room with some pinball machines, dart boards, maybe a juke box, and a few tables. The Pub was best known for its free peanuts and people would throw the discarded shells on the floor. They were free, right?

I obviously wasn't a regular. And I can't even remember who I would have gone there with. I was probably last there in about 1979. Who were the regulars? State workers? Did anyone else go to the Pub? What happened to The Pub? And, where are the free peanuts these days?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe it was on the northwest corner of Spring & Cook, and was called The Midway Pub if I remember correctly. They tore it down in the early eighties for the nondescript parking lot that is there now. I think they did have free peanuts as well as popcorn in those plastic red baskets. Not sure if Boone's was open then, but they probably took the business that the Midway Pub handled.

Bill Green

11:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Midway Pub was on the northwest corner of Spring and Cook. They offered free peanuts. It was always really dark in there. That was still a time when state workers would sneak off and drink thier lunch away. People would often travel back and forth between the Warehouse (Bauer, Remmy's Ect) for cocktails. One could also get a drink at the Ideal Lounge and there was one more joint on the west side of Spring between Cook and Lawrance. There was a Taft drive in dairy right next to Midway Pub.

An old beer drinker from the '70s.

1:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What was the name of the tavern on Spring between Lawrence and cook. It burned down n the 80's and was on the west side of the street next to what at one point was the office supply store?

10:16 PM  
Blogger Thomas said...

Hey y'all from Seattle.

1:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was Herrons tavern,it had a map painted on the front window with the slogan,"All routes lead to Herrons"

4:44 PM  
Anonymous Yvonne said...

There is or was a tavern in this general area, on the northwest corner of Edwards and College. It was an old store building that may have been the location of the "Dairy Rose" ice cream parlor. If anybody knows this to be true, please respond

12:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes it was the Midway Pub. Across teh street from Idela lounge and drug store. Beer was .29 and peanuts were free. I played foozeball there all of the time. Gret times. 1974 thru 1978 was when I hung out there. It was always crowded.

4:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was there a lot in 73-75. Ray was the owner. Jan, Sandy, Elaine were waitresses and Milton Pantazopoulos was a bartender. Clearly I was there too much, but had a great time.

1:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My dad would take us to the Midway Pub for burgers every now and then. I had forgotten about it until recently when my dad passed away. I couldn't remember the name of it for the longest time.

3:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember the Pub very well, was in there with my date and her evil girlfriends along with her best friend who I hated and she hated me and we later fell in love and married....go figure. It was a golden time to be a kid, 1979. We were young and there was so much to do. Now all there is are shopping malls....

9:39 PM  
Anonymous Kelly said...

I remember the Midway Pub very well and often had lunch and a few after work cocktails. The Pub was closed down for a short time because of those peanut shells. State employees and local business people hung out there. I worked at OGR at the time which was only a block away. Many a memorable times were had at the Pub.


9:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Before The Midway Pub, it used to be a grocery store/ dairy. The name escapes me but it was the coldest place in town to go on a hot summer day back in the '60s.

Scott W.

9:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good times were had in that place

9:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It still stands and I Boones Saloon for the second time

9:47 PM  
Blogger lee winkler said...

Any information about the Lincoln Square Tavern 112 N 6th Springfield Il. I am Really interested in any exterior or interior photos. I believe the business shut down in 1997.Especially interested in a photo of the bar and backbar

5:12 PM  
Blogger Carol Ann said...

Carol Kolaz and I worked there from 1972-1973. I was known as Carrie. It was known for 29 cent (light or dark) beer and peanuts. It was a fun place to work before fights started breaking out the summer of 1973. Met lots of great people there.

3:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used to work there Famous for Horseshoe sandwiches Hamburger coleslaw and fries 99 cents in the 70s

1:33 AM  
Blogger Annie Smith said...

Did they serve pizza?

4:53 PM  
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6:01 PM  
Blogger cubbycat1 said...

Any information ona tavern called The Cabin- later turned into The Butternut Hut?

4:59 PM  

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