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Toledo watering holes, past and present

I'm a 53 year old Toledo man. I remember my dad taking me to Mike's Bar on South St, South Aire Lounge and Lenny's Garden Plaza to name a few. Does anybody recall these etablishments? I realize they are all gone now however I had some great memories.

created by tgarvin on Jun 26, 2014 at 04:41:29 pm     Comments: 45

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My folks used to take me to the SouthAire for Chinese food. Once, as we were walking in, there was a puddle of vomit on the ground next to the door.

I can't believe we still ate there that day.

posted by Anniecski on Jun 26, 2014 at 04:50:51 pm     #  

We all were a little tougher back then.

posted by a_fan on Jun 26, 2014 at 08:02:12 pm     #   1 person liked this

You mean you were sensetividly challenged at least im sure that is what its called now, I bet you played cowboys and indians in ignorance too, made your hand into a gun and went pow pow at your neighborhood friends. All of which I think might even be illegal today.

posted by MIJeff on Jun 26, 2014 at 09:24:09 pm     #  

My favorite watering hole back in the day was the Carriage House at Cricket West. Good entertainment, nice crowd. Same thing for the original Ottawa Tavern.

posted by Anniecski on Jun 27, 2014 at 09:11:39 am     #  

Pier 12 on north summit

posted by MIJeff on Jun 27, 2014 at 11:01:32 am     #  

The Carriage House was great. And I frequented the Ottawa Tavern back in the day, too. Others that spring to mind:

The Faba
The Firehouse (I think that's what it was called. It was in an old Firehouse on Secor)
The Agora

posted by hippiechick on Jun 27, 2014 at 11:52:23 am     #   1 person liked this

Where on Secor was the Firehouse? I used to work on Executive Parkway and used to frequent places around Westgate and the mall and am curious about where these places were located. I'm sure they were well before my time, though...

posted by clt212 on Jun 27, 2014 at 02:26:26 pm     #  

The Firehouse was on the west side of Secor just north of Alexis. It was a Rosie's before being torn down.

posted by Mike21 on Jun 27, 2014 at 02:39:31 pm     #  

Ok, I remember the Rosie's. I haven't been in that area much since I moved away, but the last time I was at Whitmer for a basketball game a couple years ago, I think there was a CVS or Walgreen's or Rite Aid (shocking, I know) in that spot. Is that correct?

posted by clt212 on Jun 27, 2014 at 03:00:20 pm     #  

Was the Carriage House actually the Coach House?

posted by justread on Jun 27, 2014 at 03:12:26 pm     #  

Yes they tore down the old firehouse/Rosie's to put up the drug store.

posted by Mike21 on Jun 27, 2014 at 03:19:55 pm     #  

MC5 played the Firehouse several times. Mountain was there too before it was "Leslie West and Mountain". There was another venue on the corner of Philips & Haverhill where Bob Seger played before he was Thee Bob Seger. Don't remember the name of the place and it didn't last long.

posted by justareviewer on Jun 27, 2014 at 08:18:52 pm     #  

I wish I had the sign to Charlies Blind Pig

posted by dino on Jun 27, 2014 at 09:47:34 pm     #   1 person liked this

I remember all the old watering holes on Bancroft in the 80s when the drinking age for beer was 19. Charlie's Blind Pig, The Pub University and the Stein and Pitcher and I think there may have been one other one. Not sure where the students go to now that there are no bars by the university but I am sure with the drinking age being 21 now there aren't many students living on campus that are of drinking age anymore.

AFAIK Jake's parttime saloon on Door is still open. I use to go there sometimes with a friend that loved to shoot pool

posted by jamesteroh on Jun 28, 2014 at 10:10:04 pm     #  

Oops, yes, Coach House. My bad.

posted by Anniecski on Jun 30, 2014 at 09:43:20 am     #  

I thought maybe it had been the Carriage House previously.
I spent a fair amount of time at the Coach House when Val and Suzanne Harvey were there.

posted by justread on Jun 30, 2014 at 10:39:31 am     #  

Just remembered a great bar called The Beaver Club on the river. That place rocked.

posted by tgarvin on Jun 30, 2014 at 01:14:49 pm     #  

The Beaver Club was infamous!!! And always a great, great time. That was the place with piranha in the aquarium behind the bar, wasn't it?

I, too, got the name of the Coach House wrong. Glad someone caught that.

Was Bennie's the other UT area bar along with Charlie's Blind Pig, etc?

posted by hippiechick on Jun 30, 2014 at 04:23:02 pm     #  

The PUB was my all time favorite in college.

posted by Molsonator on Jun 30, 2014 at 07:12:50 pm     #   2 people liked this

Me too.
Kay in the daytime, Whiskey Bob at night.

posted by justread on Jun 30, 2014 at 07:20:45 pm     #  

Ship N Shore and Seaway on Front Street; Our Place on Bennett Road across from Spicer; Old Oaks on Hill Avenue; Parkway (Park?) Lounge; Town and Country; Spigot; And the place on Western that had about a million Beers on tap... Jabby's on Stickney Avenue...

And... CPSA Club above the Drug Store at Erie and Bush...

posted by rch101 on Jun 30, 2014 at 09:32:21 pm     #  

Downtown Toledo had a few bars...The States Bar on Monroe near Superior; they had delicious chili. Dutch Lunch on Monroe and Huron, The Courthouse Bar on Adams near Erie. Jimmy Feaks on Superior near Jefferson. The Town Club on Jefferson near Huron.

posted by flinty on Jun 30, 2014 at 10:58:27 pm     #  

tgarvin posted at 01:14:49 PM on Jun 30, 2014:

Just remembered a great bar called The Beaver Club on the river. That place rocked.

Where on the river was the Beaver Club??

posted by clt212 on Jun 30, 2014 at 11:33:33 pm     #  

Near the curve of Broadway, across from Alden. Near where there used to be a service station, and the River's Edge Marina.

posted by justread on Jul 01, 2014 at 06:24:01 am     #  

Ah the days before excessive marine law enforcement when men were men, the livin' was easy(and so were the ladies) Here's to swimmin' with bull-legged women. The Beaver and the Club Turtel.

posted by Mariner on Jul 01, 2014 at 07:56:50 am     #  

I still have charts that show the Turtle Club on the Ottawa.

posted by justread on Jul 01, 2014 at 09:20:02 am     #  

Gunner's Bar on Upton, Bier Stube when it was at Laskey/Secor,
Ditto on the Beaver Club, Arnie's when they had the side room to watch sports, and Player's Club

posted by Hoops on Jul 01, 2014 at 09:45:38 am     #  

Try to explain to someone who never heard of The Turtle Club... The Turtle Club.

posted by Molsonator on Jul 01, 2014 at 09:53:49 am     #  

Molsonator posted at 09:53:49 AM on Jul 01, 2014:

Try to explain to someone who never heard of The Turtle Club... The Turtle Club.

A tiny dump on a barge that was once tied to the eastern shore of the Ottawa River, semi-floating in the mud with with a gas grill for a kitchen and picnic tables for seating; specializing in plastic cups full of cheap rum slightly tainted with flat coke.

posted by justread on Jul 01, 2014 at 11:34:00 am     #  

Yup that was turtle club, only went there once.

posted by MIJeff on Jul 01, 2014 at 12:56:44 pm     #  

And after a couple on a hot evening the cheeseburgers tasted like the BEST in the world. Wonder what they really tasted like.

posted by Mariner on Jul 01, 2014 at 12:58:56 pm     #  

justread posted at 06:24:01 AM on Jul 01, 2014:

Near the curve of Broadway, across from Alden. Near where there used to be a service station, and the River's Edge Marina.

I know exactly where that is; not far from where I grew up. We would stop at that Mobil station frequently, on our way to and from downtown. Was the bar down the hill, closer to the river?

posted by clt212 on Jul 01, 2014 at 01:59:13 pm     #  

Yes. Incidentally, the guy who ran the Mobil station is still alive and living in south Toledo.

posted by justread on Jul 01, 2014 at 02:45:27 pm     #  

justread posted at 11:34:00 AM on Jul 01, 2014:
Molsonator posted at 09:53:49 AM on Jul 01, 2014:

Try to explain to someone who never heard of The Turtle Club... The Turtle Club.

A tiny dump on a barge that was once tied to the eastern shore of the Ottawa River, semi-floating in the mud with with a gas grill for a kitchen and picnic tables for seating; specializing in plastic cups full of cheap rum slightly tainted with flat coke.

I managed a 9.5 score on judges' scorecards after tumbling down those god-forsaken steps about 30 years ago.

posted by McCaskey on Jul 02, 2014 at 10:22:08 pm     #  

McCaskey

LMAO!!! 1980 just before Christmas went there for a big celebration with a bunch of friends. OOPS was playing. It was freezing cold and ice covered. I did a bobsled run down those suckers minus the sled. That was before the beer.

posted by Wydowmaker on Jul 03, 2014 at 11:36:24 am     #  

O.T for me, until I hit my Bukowski stage and started hanging at the Library Lounge downtown. Both locations. After a few years of closing that place down I decided to take some time off drinking.

posted by SavageFred on Jul 03, 2014 at 02:49:51 pm     #  

Wydowmaker posted at 11:36:24 AM on Jul 03, 2014:

McCaskey

LMAO!!! 1980 just before Christmas went there for a big celebration with a bunch of friends. OOPS was playing. It was freezing cold and ice covered. I did a bobsled run down those suckers minus the sled. That was before the beer.

I consider the night of my pratfall among the proudest moments in my usually-laughable 'swinging singles' life.
Egged on by buddies, I later walked up to the most attractive woman in the joint, and, scrapes and all on elbows and knees, point-blank asked her out. Think Chevy Chase in the Lampoon 'Vacation' flicks.
To my drop-dead amazement, she said yes and we had some fun throughout that fall, 1983.

posted by McCaskey on Jul 03, 2014 at 04:23:05 pm     #  

"to the most attractive woman in the joint"

posted by Molsonator on Jul 03, 2014 at 05:20:49 pm     #  

Who remembers the "Gigilo" on Dorr near Byrne? It was on the North side of Dorr. The cigarette smoke in the place was ungodly! LOL

posted by RockChick on Jul 04, 2014 at 01:44:59 pm     #  

Ahh yeah cant have that smoke now ruining your lungs while you ruin your liver can we.

posted by MIJeff on Jul 04, 2014 at 02:45:05 pm     #  

^^the gigilo was on w. central where a Wendy's now stands. You're thinking the old draught house, aka the Agora.

posted by justareviewer on Jul 04, 2014 at 08:34:46 pm     #   1 person liked this

The Distillery before it was the Distillery.

posted by Molsonator on Jul 04, 2014 at 08:37:31 pm     #  

Wait - what was the place on Airport Hwy near Byrne?
Carlos and Charlies?

posted by Molsonator on Jul 04, 2014 at 08:40:53 pm     #  

^^^^@rockchick - actually it was the Tabard that you were thinking of, per this...
"Include The Tabard as a late sixties venue which later became a medical supply store on Dorr St.
The Cave on Sylvania Ave. west of Secor was initially the Almond Cookie run my Marty and Kathy Baez in 67-68.
local bands like Kraak and regional acts like The MC5 and The Pack minus Terry Knight "

posted by justareviewer on Jul 05, 2014 at 10:05:49 am     #  

justareviewer posted at 08:34:46 PM on Jul 04, 2014:

^^the gigilo was on w. central where a Wendy's now stands. You're thinking the old draught house, aka the Agora.

The Agora...

June, 1974. Me: 'student' (use of term lightly) at UT.

Posters appeared in the Union and elsewhere on campus of a rock act coming to Agora. Lead singer looked rather silly and had a ridiculous-sounding last name, hardly the name of a performer anyone would care about. People would point at said posters and snicker..."who the hell would go watch this guy with a name like that?"...

And so, for what maybe was a five-buck cover charge, neither me nor anyone I knew went to see Bruce Springsteen at the Toledo Agora, June, 1974.

posted by McCaskey on Jul 05, 2014 at 12:53:54 pm     #