According to an employee, Thurmanâ€™s 15, 1731 N. Arlington Pl., is closed for repairs. The bar, he says, will reopen in the future but was unsure when. I really hope this is true.
I started going to Thurmanâ€™s in the early â€˜90s, when I lived on Warren Avenue during college. It was a small, two bedroom apartment, and there were three of us, so Matt had to sleep in a closet.
We spent a lot of time at Thurmanâ€™s, drinking $3 pitchers, playing shuffleboard and listening to Grateful Dead tapes of shows during the famous Thursday evening "Tape Nights."
The fact that Thurmanâ€™s reminds me of a very carefree time of my life is only part of the reason why I really want to see the bar reopen. Itâ€™s such a strange brew of vintage sports memorabilia and jam band culture that, despite what anyone thinks about either of these things, it contributes to Milwaukeeâ€™s urban individuality.
Sure, I like many of the trends in new bars: micro beers served in to-go growlers and creatively concocted cocktails infused with homemade bitters.
But thereâ€™s also a place in my heart for cheap taps, bad dreadlocks, potlucks during Packersâ€™ game and a dazed dog walking around with a bandana around his neck â€“ as was the way of Thurmanâ€™s.
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