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Belly Up

By Jared Curtis

 

Hull Avenue Tavern

Classic neighborhood bar gets metal twist


Heavy metal music may not have existed in the 1890s, but the building that is now home to a bar that specializes in that sound did.

Known as the oldest bar in town, the Hull Avenue Tavern has a long and storied history. The building officially became the Hull Avenue Tavern in 1910, but the newest owners have traced the history and discovered the building was around a couple decades prior.

“This place has a lot of history and was originally built for the local mining community,” said Will Kellogg, who co-owns the bar with Tom Morris. “It’s a great bar, and who else can say their bar has been here for almost 100 years?”

The bar is a home away from home for any metal fan. The walls are covered in memorabilia, the tunes are cranked up to 11, and every Friday and Saturday night the bar hosts local and regional hard rock and heavy metal bands.

“The place had live music before, but we have upped the scale of the bands. And there is never a cover on weekend nights,” Kellogg said.

The weekend shows are not the only heavy musical draw for fans. On Monday nights, the bar hosts “Metal Monday.” The bar plays metal music and videos throughout the night. Also enjoy $2.50 import bottles and Bacardi and Coke.

“We have a great crowd on Monday. It’s really for anyone who is a metal geek. We play stuff you’re not going to hear on Lazer,” he said. “There has never really been a place where you could go and listen to this type of music and not get booed off the jukebox after a few songs.”

If you like music and performing, but “Metal Monday” isn’t your thing, the bar offers karaoke Tuesday through Thursday starting at 9:30 p.m. Happy Hour runs Monday through Friday from open until 7 p.m. and all day/night on Sunday. Specials include: $2.25 bottles, $2.50 wells, $3 mini pitchers and $6 pitchers.

The bar also offers a great mix of nightly specials. Stop in Tuesday for $2 tallboys and $2.50 Captain and Cokes. Wednesday is “Grand View Night,” with great drink specials for the college crowd including $1.50 draws, $1.50 wells and $2 domestic bottles. On Thursday, stop in for $3 Jagermeister, $4 bombs and $2 tallboys. On Sunday, enjoy $3 Jack and Coke and Happy Hour specials all day.

“We’re a great bar for Grand View students because we are in the neighborhood and they can walk here, instead of driving downtown,” Kellogg said.

The bar will host its annual “Jagerfest” on Oct. 24 with live music and “cheap shots of Jager.” On Oct. 31, ghoul it up at the annual “Hulloween Party,” with a costume contest, prize giveaways and live music. Also, look out for next year’s 100th anniversary party.

“The bar has so much character, and we have generations of customers who stop in,” Kellogg said. “We offer very reasonable drink prices in a relaxing neighborhood bar atmosphere, with a metal edge.” CV

 

Caption: Co-owner Tom Morris shows his dedication along with the most popular drinks at the Hull Avenue Tavern, 834 Hull Ave. Hours are 1 p.m. to 2 a.m., Monday through Friday, noon to 2 a.m., Saturday and Sunday. For a listing of upcoming shows, visit www.myspace.com/hullave.



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