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Bab’s Underground Lounge

March 22, 2009

Well its been a while but I’m not sure there is a better place to start than with Bab’s Underground Lounge. At first glance we were moderately confused as Bab’s entrance is well….underground. You first walk into a little lobby of what looks like a commercial building of some sort.

However it is only moments after the first impression of “what the heck, wheres the bar?” that you notice the long stair case going down to Bab’s Underground Lounge. I thought that in itself was very cool – had a speakeasy feeling about it. Well enough with the externals appearances, lets get to the meat and potatoes.

When we entered the bar it was packed full of fellow bar enthusiasts. The floor layout is very cool, when you walk into the bar there are a couple pool tables lined up and next to them a few very nice leather chairs and couches. This area had a ‘chill’ ambiance to it. Walking further you walk down a few more stairs (duplex esque) and are put into the main bar room. The bar room was also packed, and a little bit less classy if that makes sense. The main bar room had some sports on fancy televisions that were see through but it didn’t appear that Bab’s attracted the sports bar type.  Also in the bar room they had a large amour of exquisite cigars that could be purchased to go along with that gin and tonic or brandy.

Overall the Bab’s Underground was very interesting. I know the majority of the people at the tour such as myself and Elmer liked it. The overall ambiance was dark, but as I said earlier it seemed to have two moods going depending on what section of the bar you were in (bar room v. the lounge area). The drinks were a little on the steep end as my Gin and Tonic was about $6 and Elmer’s White Russian   beverage was close to $5, but we agreed that for the atmosphere it was well worth it.


List of bars since the last post

March 22, 2009

So I think I’ll just list the bars we’ve gone to while we catch up the blog.

2009.02.28 • Monkey Bar, Bab’s Underground Lounge, Mélange
2009.03.07 • Heidelberg & Vinology
2009.03.14 • Heidelberg, Black Pearl, Old Town
2009.03.21 • Blue Tractor & Black Pearl

3 Weeks of Bar Tour

March 17, 2009

So it’s been a really busy 3 weeks, but we’ve kept up with our bar tour and visiting a new bar every week. I will slowly catch us up this week.

We’ve decided to split up the reviews so there could be various viewpoints about the different bars.

February 22, 2009

Just checking in after our most recent tour night. Elmer and Elson pretty much summed up the night. I would say the best part of the night besides the free peanuts at Old Town was the addition of Fleetwood’s to our agenda.


Ann Arbor Bar Tour 2009 – Inception

February 22, 2009

Hello! Welcome to the Ann Arbor Bar Tour Blog.  

So since is the first post, I suppose I can spare some space for an introduction and a little background; though I’m sure some of it will also end up on the “About” page.

So I’m Elmer and I guess I am the mastermind behind the whole event/activity. Nothing really that creative or original, but it was senior year and there’s a lot of bars in Ann Arbor and I wanted to go to them all before I left for greener pastures. Kasey, who will hopefully also be posting, was the one with the bright idea to document our progress in a blog, thus sharing our insight about the various bars here with anyone who cares to venture out for more variety in the bar scene here in Ann Arbor. Everyone just ends up going to Good Time Charley’s, Ashley’s, or Little Brown Jug mostly because of their proximity to campus. There are so many great bars in Ann Arbor if your willing to make the slightly longer trek with some companions. And so in January 2009 I started a facebook group to gather some friends to go out together, but that hasn’t gone too well. People don’t seem to like the cold, or walking but luckily there’s a couple of us that have been going every week and also visiting one new bar every week. I hope this blog is helpful to those who are looking for something more novel than the usual fare you find on South University and State street, and I encourage you to share it all with your friends. 

Now on to the good stuff, the bars! Read more…

Conor O’Neill’s – Alley Bar – Old Town – Fleetwood

February 22, 2009

Welcome to this week’s installment of the 2009 Ann Arbor Bar Tour! This week, we went to Conor O’Neill’s, Alley Bar, Old Town, and Fleetwood.

The evening started at Conor O’Neill’s (318 S Main St). There was a live band (Michael May & The Messarounds) playing, and it has the classic Irish pub ambience, even if the beers were a bit pricey ($5.50 for a pint of Guinness).

The next stop was Alley Bar (112 W Liberty St). We sat at the bar, watched the B-movie (Alien vs. Hunter, a very bad, very low-budget Alien vs. Predator ripoff) that was playing on the SciFi channel, and listened to parts of the Radiohead – Pablo Honey album and the Nirvana – In Utero album, which were playing overhead.

Next up was Old Town (122 W Liberty St), which has free roasted peanuts and has generic Red Bull on tap–how cool is that?! 🙂

We ended the night with food at the Fleetwood Diner (300 S Ashley St), an Ann Arbor institution with her own MySpace page.