Fab Five Friday
Voila*: My list of the five best bar namesakes:
1. Larry Gross (pictured) of Captain Larry's, 601 E. Fort Ave.
Dude is an ex-cop who used to pierce people's ears in the bar (after sterilizing them in a shot of vodka, of course). There are bullet holes in the ceiling. Enough said.
2. Kooper of Kooper's Tavern, 1702 Thames St.
Kooper was bar owner Patrick Russell's yellow lab who used to hang out in the bar. Kooper is rumored to have saved at least one life in his day. He passed away last May.
3. Liam Flynn of Liam's Pint-Sized Pub, 911 N. Charles St.
Flynn has an apartment just across Charles Street, but he lives at the bar. That's one of the reasons why I love the place. But Liam's has been popping up on too many of these lists. So I'm retiring him after this one.
4. Roland Muir, Muir's Tavern, 36 E. Fort Ave.
It's all in the family at Muir's, and I like that. Old man Muir opened his bar back in 1944. His son, Roland Jr., still runs the place.
5. Bertha E. Bartholomew of Bertha's, 734 S. Broadway
Back in the day, Bertha's owner Tony Norris found a stained glass window dedicated to the memory of Bartholomew. No one knows who she was, but Norris named the place after her and hung the window above the bar.
(Photo by Nanine Hartzenbusch/Sun Photogapher)
*Voila is French for 'There it is.'