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Mahar's to close; space being taken over by neighbor

Discussion in 'US - Mid-Atlantic' started by Todd, Jan 1, 2013.

  1. Todd

    Todd Founder (1,440) Colorado Aug 23, 1996 Staff Member

    http://blog.timesunion.com/tablehopping/35145/mahars-to-close-space-being-taken-over-by-neighbor/
  2. dap325

    dap325 Aficionado (190) New York Apr 2, 2009

    Sad news. Mahars was always a great place to grab a beer. I hope it retains a little bit of its character with the new ownership. I'd love to see a simple yet updated pub remain (especially those bathrooms..lol). I'm just hoping it won't be a "Juniors Jr.". I love Juniors, not knocking it at alll, but keep the flashy jukebox and 50 TV's a few doors down and keep this a quiet spot where you can grab a few good beers and carry on a conversation without yelling.
  3. VonZipper

    VonZipper Savant (450) New York Feb 9, 2011

    That sucks.
  4. slander

    slander Site Editor (580) New York Nov 5, 2001 Staff Member

    Understatement.
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  5. ejeffer11

    ejeffer11 Savant (285) New York Feb 15, 2008

    Sad to see this - first place I had cask ale.
  6. darknova306

    darknova306 Initiate (0) New York Jan 13, 2005

    Dang, that's a big letdown. Mahar's was where I first started drinking better beer at the end of my college days. It was the social focal point for my main group of friends, and the biggest contributor to my beer education. Lots of great memories.
  7. shueyy

    shueyy Aficionado (170) New York Nov 28, 2010

    One of the originals 24 years strong was a great beer bar before there were "beer bars" like there are now at least in upstate NY. At least they still have the place in Castelton, NY which is a nice quite beer bar worth the visit if you haven't been yet.
  8. Flashy

    Flashy Advocate (525) Vermont Oct 22, 2003

    24 years is a long time to run a business like that.
  9. That sucks, Marhar's is right up there on my all time favorite bars list.
  10. VonZipper

    VonZipper Savant (450) New York Feb 9, 2011

    Are they already closed or is there time to make one last trip?
  11. slander

    slander Site Editor (580) New York Nov 5, 2001 Staff Member

    the article up atop from 12/31 says it will close soon...
  12. VonZipper

    VonZipper Savant (450) New York Feb 9, 2011

    Yeah, I read the article. I was just wondering if anyone who lived locally had driven by or stopped in since the news. I was thinking about going up this weekend and visiting a few friends who still live in the area.
  13. give 'em a call and find out. Drink one for me (from the beer engine) while you're there!
  14. slander

    slander Site Editor (580) New York Nov 5, 2001 Staff Member

    what he said!
  15. dap325

    dap325 Aficionado (190) New York Apr 2, 2009

    I went there on Wednesday night with a buddy so he can pick up his mug to take home. Staff did not know when their last day would be. It was pretty busy.. I'm sure a lot of people will be heading down for their last pint in the next week or 2. Draft list was very slim. Guinness, Weinstephaner, Hoegaarden. 4 Wandering Star casks (IPA, Rye, USSR and Mild)... thats it. New owners can't evict until at least the end of Feburary, so they potentially can stay open a while longer, but I'm not sure if they will. Looks like they started packing up.. bunch of tap handles have been taken down.

    On a side note, as of Wednesday night Juniors had Goose Island BCS on tap ($8 for around a 10oz ish pour).. Damn that stuff is good.
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  16. DaveLikesAle

    DaveLikesAle Savant (255) Ohio Jan 24, 2006

    Been there a couple of times. Way up on my list. Sad to hear that they are closing.
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  17. emerge077

    emerge077 Champion (950) Illinois Apr 16, 2005

    Sad news, Mahar's is legendary in some circles, sad I'll never make it there.
  18. Was planning on making the trip up there one last time this Saturday, but I think it's officially closed.

    Can anyone confirm?
  19. You have plenty of time. They're not closing until after February 14.
  20. Mag00n

    Mag00n Savant (380) New York Nov 21, 2008

    Very sad to hear but let's face it, they burned one too many bridges with the distributors in the area. Their selection the last 2 yrs has been paltry at best and a shadow of what it once was. Not to mention the service at times was extremely lackluster, bill grew on me but I had many friends who weren't as into beer as I was who flat out refused to go to mahars because of the service.
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  21. Went Saturday night for one last pint before the doors close. Lots of fun times in that place.
  22. darknova306

    darknova306 Initiate (0) New York Jan 13, 2005

    So many great times, I'll have to get back there for one more pint soon. Thanks for confirming they're not closed yet. Mahar's was an integral part of life during grad school in the area, and Bill was great to shoot the shit with after hours there.
  23. Flashy

    Flashy Advocate (525) Vermont Oct 22, 2003

    How long do you think places like this can last? Running your own business is a nightmare and despite the opinion of our current president (and political climate)- it can be a living hell. 20 or 25 years of worrying about making a living, meeting a payroll, freezing pipes, getting robbed, stuffed toilets- get's to you. Plus, I think the owner was behind the bar all the time- someone else will carry the torch (hopefully for nearly that long).
  24. Juniors is the shit......I wonder who is running that place?!
  25. JRSD

    JRSD Aficionado (160) California Oct 27, 2006

    Mahars was my most influential beer bar. First place I would regularly get something better than 40's or whatever was cheapest. Created my aversion to wit/weiss beers. Albany, 1995.

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