i like this place - its a fav stop for happy hour, or a killer lunch.
Tuesday 20, October, 2009
I had the great pleasure of visintg this ecelectic Reataurant/Bar/Gathering Place/Live Music venue/wonderful Food/ Incredible Ribs/marvelous Service especially from a psuedo Organic fantacis whom I nicknamed ORGI, for over 2 years. Kent, the owner of ARTS is simply put, one of the top 5 bar owners Ihave known in my 57 years, of which 52 of them have been invested in time in bars,taverns, and pubs. If oyu are someone who thinks you simply have to go to Market 225 and such GO ON , GO AHEAD, then night cap out at ARTS. Free horse de overs Monday through Friday all the way through this damn Recession. Kent could have pulled them to save $$. But he didn't. Outdoor patio built in part by a tremendous carpenter talent named RONNIE is where you can smoke and be as damn loud as you want..Come to think of it you do all that 'cept smoke INSIDE. Thank God for the legilsature passing laws to protect me from myself PUH FREAKING TWO EE. So my unknown readers. Ya gotta stop at ARTS.
My distant second recommendation for a great locals place is BIG JOHNS ON E BAY You can get a bumper sticker there reading "I LOVE BJ's then when oyu look at the fine print it reads "I mean Big Johns you pervert" Great burgers and tater tots in BJs.
I miss ARTS very much and BJ's a lot.
Francis The Art Model
Tell Orgi I still love her and tellmy Steve my English friend ""ello mate"
Wings is a great bar and on every tuesday they have this live singer named Chris Sullivan who is amazing. He has a soulful sound that I can only relate as Cash meets Springsteen, but he is an awesome act to say the least.
I Wish I had more than two thumbs to put up. If you are looking for a quiet place to relax...maybe you should try somewhere else. However, if you're looking for the north area's best kept secret, look no further. The entire bar staff is outstanding! Josh, Marcus, Mandy, Starr, and April, along with the rest of the staff, owners, and bands that play there are what gives this little bar such amazing character. Black chalkboard walls that constantly change, a selection of music that rivals most radio stations, and food that is out of this world...what more could you ask for? Now, if you're not coherent enough to remember to pay your tab and get your card back at the end of the night...you might just have to accept the consequences the following day. Wings is hands-down the best local bar with true attitude!!
I live in Columbia, but visit my sons in Charleston frequently. Being of Irish descent, I always make a bee-line for Madra Rua. Their service and food are always excellent. Their food and drink are priced right.
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