The Answer Man asked me to stitch together the list of Rochester bars that he's been assembling in his column for the past week. (Thanks to Portland Monthly magazine for the atmospheric pic above.)
Here's the initial list -- again, Rochester bars from the Elvis era through the Clinton-Lewinsky era, with some that are still going strong:
Aquarius, Alibi Inn, At the Hop, B.J. Snaps, Bacchus, Baihly's Pub, The Bank Saloon, Barrel Inn, Beltline Tavern, Blueberry Hill, Bob's Club 2, Brass Lantern, Brother's, Brown Derby, Bruiser's Pub/Karl Kasulke's, C.J.'s, Chanticleer Lounge, Char's Country Palace, Chicks, Club 11, Clubhaus Brew Pub, Coconut Joe's, Cowtown, Depot House, Dooley's, Eagles Club, East Side Inn, Edwardo's, Esteban's, Fabe's, Fergies, Goose Stop, Greenhouse, Ground Round, Gullivers, Happy Warrior, Harry's Bar, Heidelburg, Hemisphere Room, Hollywood, Howard Johnson's, In Cahoots, Jim & Joe's, J.J.'s Sports Bar, Kathy's Pub, King's Crossing, The Keg, Labor Club, Lantern Lounge, Louie's Bar, Max's, McCormick's, McMurphy's, Michaels Lounge, Moose Lodge, Mr. Bowser's, Le Bistro, Mugzee's, Murph's, Newt's, Normandy, North Star Bar, On Broadway, Office Bar, Outrigger, Owl Inn, Pappageorge, Peanuts, Peking Lounge, Pfaff's Pla-Mor, Playpen, Point After, Popeye's, The Pub, Queen City, Raspberry Browns, Rendezvous, Riptide, RochesCheer Country Pub, Rookie's, Rosie's, Roxy, Schooner's, Shenanigan's, Smiling Moose, Spur & Saddle Room, 63 Club, Spa Tavern, Sports Page, Tap Room (Rec Lanes), Tinkler's, Top Hat (Town House), Top of the Rock, Valencia, VFW North, VFW South, Viking Lounge, Whaler, Willows, Wooden Nickel.
And readers have chipped in the following:
The Penthouse, atop the Kahler; O'Malley's, where Brothers Bar & Grill is now; Rascal's, on the same block as CJ's; Happy Times, which later became the Wood Box Bar, next door to Louise's Bar; the Green Lantern; the Red Rooster; the Guadalcanal; Someplace Else; the Gardens.
"An old-timer wanted me to let you know there was one that was missed," says reader J. Kelly. "It was the Mogen Bar, located near John Kruesel's (antique shop) and the old City Hall. We've really had a good time remembering many of them."
A caller named Gerald S. listed several others: The Circus Bar on Broadway; Eddie Webster's, also on Broadway; Jerry's, where the U S Bank drive-up is now located; Darst Bar, near the old Eagles Club; and Shea's Bar, near Gillespie Sporting Goods on north Broadway.
Al Horstmann says he and friends came up with these: Hooligans, Golden George's, the Elbow Room (Tropic Bowl) and the Elks and Legion clubs.
And Paul Booth adds these: Perrods (after Le Bistro's), Otto's (after Hollywood) and Ultra Lounge (after RochesCheers).
Keep this going -- we'll make this the comprehensive catalog of places where everyone knew your name, back in the day.