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June 16, 2008

What is Silks?

I drove by a place called Silks on Hudson Street the other day and wondered what it was.

It kind of looks like a sports bar.

But I tried to find it the other night when we were out and about and didn't see any lit signs.

That makes me think it's a sports apparel store that's not open late.

Anybody know?

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 8:05 AM | | Comments (14)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


You're kind of right, Sam--it WAS a sports bar but I don't think it has been open in quite some time. I grew up in that area and can remember when they painted that place and being underage and wishing I could go there. I am surprised they can afford to just leave the building empty like that. You'd think someone would want to try to open a business there.

It is a small neighborhood bar with a sports theme. The owner is a friend of mine. His hours are really irregular and infrequent.

it IS a sports bar. When my wife and I lived in Canton and used to walk to the the Safeway and we'd pass by Silks all the time.

I haven't been there in ten years, but I know people that have and I think I met one of the owners recently. It was a place run by a few guys who want to keep it their hangout and are open when they feel like it. You have to be buzzed in, so if they don't know you or like the looks of you, forget it. Silks refers to horse racing gear. And they don't like nosy bearded people.

The owner(s) apparent must be comfortable finanically to basicly be able to keep a bar a personal activity room, assuming the above is true. It can't be a money making proposition or even break even, if hours are as described.

I've known people who went there regularly, or at least as regularly as it was open. You do have to be buzzed in, and have to be on personal terms with the owner.

the first rule of Silks is you don't talk about Silks.

"the first rule of Silks is you don't talk about Silks"

Then why the attention getting mural on the side of the building

if someone has an operation such as this, do you even need a liquor license? if the guy is only catering to his friends, then i wouldn't think a license would be warranted.

Please don't hate on Mr. Silk... As Chris says, he first rule of Silks is you don't talk about Silks.

i don't know what your talking about, never heard of it.

i go to silks quite regularly. it may be the last plain old good "bar" in canton. but what they say is true... what happens at silks, stays at silks!

I've never once seen this place open, and living in Canton I pass by it fairly often. Seems odd to me, but to each his own!

Silks is still open! Irregular and infrequent hours these days as there is one owner/operator. You don't get buzzed in, you simply knock on the door. The charm of the bar is feeling like you are special being invited in - like to someone's home for the drinks & the game.

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