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July 20, 2009

How about another Midnight Sun get-together?

It's been a while since we did the Midnight Sun Shindig. I feel like it's time for another get-together. How does August or early September look for you, maybe on a Friday night? We could hand out the Midnight Sun Commenter's Choice Awards (best neighborhood bar, etc.) ...

What should we call this get-together? The Midnight Sun Social? Each event has to have its own name, you know.

And where should we do it? I think we should probably invade one of the bars that won a Midnight Sun Commenter's Choice Award. But maybe we should do it on neutral ground.


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Posted by Sam Sessa at 11:01 AM | | Comments (41)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


I'm up for another one.

I'd recommend The Hamilton Tavern or Racers.

I would say hold it in Federal Hill, but judging from the previous contest I doubt we could agree on what exactly is Federal Hill! :-)

We've done Fed Hill and Mt. Vernon, let's have the next one at Bad Decisions whenever works best for you.

I vote for Silks!

This one should be a soirée or a hoot-nanny.

JD, we've already had a soiree

I like social because it sticks with the theme of "words that mean party that start with the letter S" -- namely Sam and Sessa, but also Shindig, Soiree and Social


I'm all for having it in NE. Hamilton Tavern is a little small for a shindig or soiree, but it may be able to manage a social. The Parkside or Racer's would work too.

If it's in Fells obviously it will need to be at Bad Decisions.

I'm in... I say Fed Hill!

Fed Hill, eh, ecommerce? Is that because you live there and dont want to have to ask innocent bystanders like eeyore to haul you back home from another neighborhood? Hee hee.

In all seriousness, I kind of don't want to do Fed Hill, because we had one at Idle Hour. I want to spread the love a little bit.

Another vote for NE.

Of course I'd be more then happy to host one Sam. If it ends up in my neck of the woods.


Nothing against Bad Decisions, but if that's the venue can we make sure it's on a non-roller derby post party night? Gets a little crowded with everyone watching video recaps of the previous derby on the tv.

Frazier's! Or Bartenders! That has a good amount of space upstairs.

Chris -- I agree. Also a night where there are not guest bartenders.

Yeah, I'm partial to Bad Decisions, but I'll be happy to attend the social wherever it lands. (I was disappointed to miss the last one.)

Roller derby afterparties and webcasts generally only happen at Bad Decisions on Saturday nights, so I don't think it'd be a problem to avoid that issue.

I think Bartenders would be a great host.

if you decide on Fed Hill Larry's would be more than happy to host!

If you decide to do it in the county then definitely Racer's. They have a big outside area and we can checkout the new bar that they have been building for 8 years right next door. The new extension looks great. Racer's is definetly unpretentious and just a good place to hangout. I'll drive eCommerce.

I'm in. No thoughts on the name, although it's kinda limiting, I think the "S" theme should remain...

Bad Decisions sounds like a winner to me. I'm also down with NE, since that's my new 'hood. (I think? I'm still not really sure where I live now. There are trees here, that's all I've got.)

z & e, yall flyin', I'm buyin!

parkside, if only to find a way to help me finish my roster for the B.A.L.

i vote for canton!

fraizers wouldn't be a bad choice. they deff. have the space for it.

You pick the Social date and I'll be there to record the action. I've only heard good things about Racers.


Enough space + great beer selection... and and it's fairly close to where I live :)

Withdrawing my vote for NE. Turns out that although there are probably trees there too, that's not where I live now. Charles Village/Hampden get my vote for proximity and Bad Decisions gets it for awesomeness.

Yes, The Parkside is also very nice. Although it's more of a restaurant, I think they would be very accomodating to a large group of revelers.

Then again, Racers has free peanuts and an incredible beer selection.

Isn't it awesome that we live in a city where it's so difficult to choose between all of the excellent places to host a get-together?

Racer's has parking across the street, great beer. Maybe Sam can reserve a keg of Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale that they probably are going to use this week for Christmas in July.

The county would be a big move for Midnight Sun. Bigtime Sam!

I got the first round at Racer's and I got the second round if it is somewhere else!

I never see EL having a gathering;)

Racers does have a nice beer selection, but Parkside's isn't too shabby either:

But... no free peanuts.

If we do it on a Friday, those of us in the industry may have difficulty attending. If that's your goal, Friday is a winner.

John, we'll just go to whatever bar you're working at and you can hook us up with free drinks.



Not sure Friday would be best.

Previous "Tweet ups" have been held on a Tuesday night and are wildly successful.

Pickled Parrot!

Lagers.... ;)

x2 on Lager's. It is not only getting sexy in there, but they are requesting outside seating to compliment their excellent food!!!

That being said, Silks would be neutral and would include parking. Those that wouldn't get buzzed in could drink at the nearby Stackhouse or Mahaffey's.

Definitely not a Friday/Saturday for those of us actually in the industry. A Sunday/Funday might accommodate all, or a Tuesday/Wednesday.

Let's have it at Harry's American Bar.

I'm in!

My vote is for Bad Decisions.

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