Karl R. Josker
The Bars Of Buffalo
> Mulligan's Brick Bar
Karl R. Josker
Mulligan's Brick Bar
229 Allen St. Buffalo
I remember when there always seemed to be a line to get into this place.
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© 2007 by Karl R. Josker
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Went to grad school out of town in the early 1990s. Remember going to the Brick for a return trip for Thanksgiving. They offered a deal - buy a glass for $8 and fill it with anything all night. I went to the bartender and said - "Any drink with tequila." By the end of the night I was outside the bar shaking hands running for Mayor of Buffalo. I think I woke up just in time to eat Thanksgiving dinner. Great time!
The Brick Bar was always the best! You'd better behave or you ended up out the side door in the alley where bad things happened...If memory serves
Mulligans was an experience to remember Ben Kell - also known as lightening was an intricate part of the place as was his brother Kevin and Ben's wife PK (Patricia Kelly-Kell)who was the artist that made so many of the memories possible. Monday nights at Mulligans was a blast and the Nurses night - who could forget that. You had to go to Mulligans during the Art festival it was a must. What an impact on my life it had. Loved the Kell bothers. They were so different and so loved.
In the early 90's I remember the first time I went to the Brick Bar with friends. I was from out of town and had never been to a Buffalo bar before that evening. I was told to wear good shoes but I didn't know why until the night started rolling along, (heard a distant crash) there goes one beer bottle, (little later another crash) one more beer bottle on the floor. I leaned over to my friend who is a local and said, "there are some people getting pretty drunk in here dropping their beer bottles." She laughed and said, "that's why I said where good shoes but it isn't because they are drunk you can chunk your beer bottle on the floor or in the corner when you are done." I was almost finished with my beer and she said, "throw it." Gosh darn it was hard to let it fly but I busted my first beer bottle at the Brick Bar that night and it was great fun! Really enjoyed the Buffalo crowd very much! I'll always remember the Brick Bar and the breaking beer bottles!
Best bar in Buffalo.
Boy oh boy did I tie on a few at the Brick Bar. I used to buy draft pitchers and not bother with a glass. It seems like there was always at least one fight every night there, but we always had a good time at the Brick Bar. Some nights we'd bounce back and forth from the Brick Bar to the Pink next door depending on who was at each at the time.
Late 80's, early 90's... Never had to wait if the "Wall" was on the door... $12 for a case of OV splits... Better be wearing a good pair of shoes... By 11:00PM the mens room was co-ed... Where the heck did we park the car...
It's Spring in 1971. I'm a Buff State College girl who just hitched down to Mulligans to meet some friend and party. There's a long line in front but Kevin Kell is talking to the bouncer and both recognize me and pull me through. I'm just 18 but legal. Inside Michael Militello is talking to a couple of Buffalo Bills about the game. I see my friends in front of and behind the bar. Jaybird, Bobby Hens and Monk are pouring screwdrivers ( 50 on the bar at a time for 50 cents each) like mad and keeping the Rolling Rocks coming. Big Jim yells at me "Hey You et over here" as I stoop down next to the bar and take a toke before I have 3 screwdrivers put in front of me on the bar. Sammy the DJ is in the booth next to the psychedelic wall playing Boz Scaggs "Loan Me A Dime." Hey here comes Joany, Patty and the girls. It's going to be a great night!
Great place. I remember buying cases of OV splits and the bartender would just fill the case with ice and set it up on the bar for us to take as needed. Great way to meet girls, passing those out. Summer memories '77-81 here, Cassidy's (Spin the wheel on Tuesdays) and Locker Room.
Hey everyone, heres a shout ouit from a guy how barteneded at thwe brick bar,m mulligans on hertel, the MUGG and Mother Tuckers, and uncle sams
im now a vp of fashion in NYC
But Damn I miss those days
Remember Boone's Apple Farm wine - 3 little bottles for a buck!
I'm lucky to have survived Mulligan's in the mid-70's. I fell asleep on their floor once...oops. Monday's were oldies night and it paid to date the bouncers.
Yow! they had the first Bose speaker system I heard, It was always packed that was back in the days of Tequila nights 4 shots for a $1 at many places. Jethro Tull and Aqua Lung were blasting, Close up the place go up the street and have a Sub, head for home in North Boston and stay alive for work the next day. Oh youth wasted on the young or
old too soon, young too late