The Tale of Tony’s Tavern
Once a hotel, it was a classic bar owned by same family for 83 years.
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Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Bar Exam, Food & Drink, History
7 thoughts on “Bar Exam: The Tale of Tony’s Tavern”
Bus Route 49 (Freeway Flyer serving Bayshore and Brown Deer) runs elsewhere. Routes 19, 23, and Blue run there.
This was a great place for scenesters like me to duck in and have a quiet drink and shoot a game of pool. Taps were cheap and you could park in the lot as soon as you were hanging out there. Tony was always into telling stories and asking questions and chatting you up. It was a great place that was a good escape from the “cool kids” scene.
Interesting background on the heating history of the early 50’s. Even better is all the bar art and paintings of yesteryear Walker’s Point. Thanks Horne.
Tony loved to sit on the far end of the bar beneath the TV which was always showing WMVS. If something had caught his eye, you would wait until he was good and ready to serve you a beer. Probably the quirkiest bar in the city when it was open.
Tony’s was like no other bar in the city. No gimmick or hook – just a bar, which was quiet and invited conversation. I have a very fond memory of taking my grandparents there not too long before it closed; grandpa was able to talk with Tony about WWII, when all of his friends and war buddies were already long gone. Priceless. Also fondly remember seeing Anne in their kitchen at the end of the bar, passed what seemed to be their dining room. This is certainly a set-up not seen in too many other places these days.
Great choice Mr. Horne! Tony’s was a jewel, and everything you say about it – including the parking, or especially the parking – is true. Many great pool games, conversations, debates, dates and fun little mini-MIAD gatherings there. Ann was so sweet, so fun to chat with and always so humble and I almost forgot her burgers – they were so incredible! Maybe they just paired so well with all Tony’s perfectly poured imbibements, but I know I always left with a warm and fuzzy feeling like with no other place around. And if that jukebox wasn’t the best in the city (state), it was runner-up. Truly just not another smoke filled fun little jewel way back when; it was more like a family gathering.
Wish I’d had a chance to visit this bar (didn’t even know about it)!