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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (April 16, 1987)
Thursday, April 16, 1987
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Arrow Inn Supper Club, 1339 VV. O St.
Quintessential Nebraska, We're talking
real Americana here.
The Arrow has the ambiance of those little
roadhouses you find when you go to places
like Deshler or Osceola, only the Arrow is
cleaner. 1 mean it's like one of those rural
bars that also functions as the finest (only)
restaurant in town and, generally, the social
center of the universe.
But don't conjure up images of drunken
rednecks; the Arrow is a quiet, homey kind of
place. The regulars don't freak if you prefer to
wear clothes other than standard hick uniform.
The live country music on weekends is a
little on the mellow side, but it's fun and you
can hold a conversation without having to yell
One good thing about the Arrow is it's a
supper club, so you can bring your underage
actors on stage, but, in a way, become your
own audience, reflected in the mirrors as you
Shakespeare once said all the world is a
stage. People perform all the time and con
stantly try to make the best impression while
sometimes hiding their true selves. But, in
Barrymore's, the stage, the intimate lighting
(and perhaps, the contemporary jazz being
played) encourage you to become at ease, be
yourself and enjoy being with your companion.
At the expense of prompt and available
service, the waitresses (who always smell
nice) sometimes intervene on this romantic
intimacy. The couples, who have their elbows
on the tables and their eyes locked in love (or
is it lust?), don't always hear the waitress the
"Is everything all right here?" she asks.
No response. "Can I get you anything
atmosphere in which virtually anyone is
accepted. Punkers and intellectuals rub shoul
ders and sensibilities with business people
and frat boys and nobody seems to mind.
This blend of attitudes helps the place
cater to almost anyone who is willing to sit at
glossy wood tables and gaze at numerous
novelties on the walls. And if you get a bit too
caught up in your pitcher of beer or your
cocktail, there's a great menu full of the best
hamburgers in town to bring your soused
stomach back to sobriety.
The third best thing about the place is the
music. If you get sick of listening to oldies at
O'Rourke's and top-40 schlock at other bars,
you can go to Chesterfields and drink to the
sounds of the Talking Heads, Grace Jones, old
Bowie and maybe some Lene Lovich (if you tip
What do you want from a bar? Guacamole
burgers, cheap drinks, Grace Jones and a
trivia video game they're all waiting at
Chesty's. One word of advice, though: If
you've never been to the place, don't decide
to visit it for the first time when Suicidal
save time and moneyjust by going to 15th and
Dodge in Omaha.
No, when I think of going to a bar, I think of
going to a BAR. Action. Noise. A real band.
Smoke. I don't know why the smoke. I hate
. smoke. But good bars always have some. The
key to remembering how much fun you had
last night is by how much smoke you can
smell in your clothes. Mmm boy, it almost
feels like being there.
In Lincoln, only one place has all that; The
Drumstick. Sure, other bars can try, but when
I say a real band, I don't mean Suzuki Guitar
Method renditions of someone else's Top-40
and heavy-metal songs. The best bands in
reach play at The Drumstick before they get
famous and play Pershing where you're three
blocks from the stage. Nope, at the 'Stick, you
have to lean against the stage to keep from
being shoved onto it.
Autographed posters of these bands adorn
the walls, and some of Lincoln's better graf
fiti adorns the bathroom.
As if that weren't enough, during the day
The Drumstick serves up a mean chicken
dinner. There's other food, but the main
attraction is the chicken. Hence the term
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Prices are very reasonable. The tall beers
are the best buy. I haven't tried the food yet,
but I hear great things about the prime rib.
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"Uhh, no. We're just fine."
For the most part, the service is good. And
prices at Barrymore's aren't outrageous. Well
drinks range from $1.65 to $1.75; domestic
beers are $1.35 and imports are $2.10. Pop
corn is free.
From 1 1:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Barrymore's sells
sandwiches for $3.25 to $4.
Barrymore's, 124 N. 13th St.
Enter the alley between 0 and N streets on
1 3th. Then go in the first doorway on your left.
And there it is: Barrymore's, the most elegant
bar I've ever seen in an alley.
But it has more than elegance. Romance,
perhaps? Maybe this is due to being on the
stage of the original Stuart Theatre, or the
stage lighting panel in the foyer or perhaps
the 1 10-foot ceiling from which the curtains
and stage ropes hang down the brick walls so
If those curtains could speak, they would
tell countless stories about the many actors
and musicians who performed there from
1927, at the height of the jazz age and on to
the progressive '60s.
Whatever it is about Barrymore's, the
atmosphere has always attracted couples
who want to pat a few moments of romance in
The old theatre's audience used to sit
behind the north wall. Now that the wall is
covered with mirrors, you not only are the
get slightly hungry in the course of a discus
sion, Dinsale's has a satisfactory choice of
appetizers that are nice accouterments to a
A host or hostess invariably greets you as
you enter (even later in the evening when I
typically arrive), and the bartenders are cour
teous and don't obnoxiously try to ply you
with drinks. All in all the bar is nicely under
stated so customers may do their own stating.
Dinsdale's is a welcome relief for the more
mature crowd that does not need a bar to do
the entertaining for them they can do it
Chesterfield, Bottomsley and Potts,
245 N. 13th St.
Chesterfields in the lower level of the
Gunny's building is one of the only places in
town that is both a bar and a restaurant. And
in the evening, it turns into a nightclub as
well. Local bands like the Finnsters play on
the small Chesty's stage often, but the owners
have announced that they want to expand
their music schedule and start booking
national acts like the hardcore punk band
I like Chesty's for three reasons. One: It
has the spacious, dimly lit aura of cafe bars in
cities like New York and San Francisco.
Two: It is a perfect cross between bohem
ian hangouts like O'Rourke's and yuppie
meccas such as Celebration. Chesterfield's is
large enough to give you room to feel comfor
table, but it also boasts a cozy, nonchalant
Drumstick, 547 N. 48th St
Lincoln has many pleasant places. Comfor
table little hangouts where people can get
together to sit around and chat. Personally,
though, if I wanted to sit around and chat
pleasantly I'd get a case of Black Label, go to
a boring person's house and save about five
But what about the opposite sex, you ask?
As well you should. However, if .300 is a good
batting average, and an average bar night
costs 8 to 10 bucks, you'd have to spend $80 to
$100 and endure seven horrible nights of
boredom, frustration and wretched music
just for three nights of getting lucky enough
so your friends can make fun of you. You'd
juice and $6 for a call drink. Tuesday nights
are special with 50 cents off fish bowls.
McMeen and co-owner Alan Hummel deci
ded to make every night special. Monday
night is penny pitcher night. Buy the first
pitcher for $3.49 and the second is only a
penny. Tuesday is for you fishes. Wednesday
they feature 65-cent long-necks. Thursday
night is Buck Night (bottle beers, well shots
and wine coolers for $1). Friday is the traditi
nal FAC with specials on every drink. Satur
day is Silver Screen night. Bring in your ticket
stubs from the local theatres and you can
extend FAC prices for an extra day. Finally,
Sunday is Comedy Night.
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