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Duffy’s Tavern, 1412 0St.
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Sunday: Ruth Buzzi, Drive By Honky, The
Duggan’s Pub, 440 S. 11th St.
Friday and Saturday: The Wrex
Sunday: Dexter Groves
First Plymouth, 20th and D streets
Sunday: “Revelation - 1000 to 2000”
Kimball Hall, 11th and R streets
Sunday: Clark Potter
Knickerbocker’s, 901 OSt.
Saturday: The Mediums, Miss Ogyny, W.T.
Lied Center for Performing Arts, 310 N.
Saturday: “Broadway Classics”
O’Donnell Auditorium, 50th and
Sunday: Symphonic Band Concert (after
noon performance), All-City High School
Orchestra Night (evening performance)
The Ranch Bowl Entertainment Center,
1600 S. 72nd St., Omaha
Saturday: Afta Lyfe, Lo-Key, Cristyles,
Angel, Lady Rosha, M.O. Caiaus, the
Mayhem family, Trump Thight, DJ
Tirlskillz, James Flames
Royal Grove, 340 W. Comhusker
Saturday: Black Light Sunshine
The Zoo Bar, 136 N. 14th St.
All weekend: Lil’ Slim and the Back Alley
Auld Pavilion, in Antelope Park, 3140
Saturday: Irish Ceili Dance with
Lincoln Community Playhouse, 2500 S.
All weekend: “Three Little Pigs Out West”
Mary Riepma Ross Film Theater,
12th and R streets
Friday and Saturday: “Tumbleweeds”
Sunday: “Same Old Song”
McDonald Theatre, 51st and Huntington
Friday: “Dona Rosita’s Jalapeno Kitchen”
Burkholder Project, 719 P St.
All weekend: John Nollendorfs, Avery
Woods, Richard Terrell
Haydon Gallery, 335 N. Eighth St.
All weekend: Nancy Palmeri
Noyes Gallery, 119 S. Ninth St.
All weekend: Nebraska Mothers
Association Annual Creative Arts
Exhibition, Tony Guido, Jeanette Nakada
Rotunda Gallery, Nebraska Union, 14th
and R streets
All weekend: Undergraduate Studio Art
The Sheldon Memorial Art
Gallery, 12th and R streets
All weekend: UNL MFA Faculty
Biennial, MFA Portfolio: “Past and
Present,” “Parallel Perspectives: Early 20th
Century American Art”
The Venue, 1247 S. 11th St.
All weekend: “Taste of Kansas City:” Barb
Wishnow Jacobs, Jane Booth, Tera Dawley
Duffy’s Fishbowls, Shithook
keep students coming back
DUFFY’S from page 9
group of older people who came in dur
ing the afternoons but turned into a col
lege hangout in the evenings.
“Thursday night was tremendous
for us,” she said.
She said the bartenders consisted of
a lot of college students, mainly frater
nity guys. ‘
“It was a great place for the time,”
she said. “We had a bunch of younger
waitresses, and Hank.”
Henrietta Ogg, nicknamed “Hank,”
worked at%b^$pm l^ljmtflj&bput
a year ago.
During Cole’s ownership, there was
a pizza place next door, where Duffy’s
band room is now.
Cole bought out the lease from the
pizza place - he wanted people to be
able to eat pizza and also to have drinks
if they so chose.
Eventually, the pizza place was
turned into a restaurant that served
In 1985, Cole decided to sell
Reg McMeen and his partner were
bartenders at the time. The bar they
worked at, Alexandria 2112, was strug
gling, which gave them the motivation
to get out and start their own business.
Not being familiar with the bar,
McMeen said he and his partner went
to check it out one day.
cally in love with the place,” McMeen
said. “It was filthy and dark and half the
lights didn’t work.”
The two made their decision when
they sat down at the bar.
“We had a couple of Hank’s
Kamikazes and decided that we had to
do it,” he said. “It’s going to be a great
The two scraped up some money
and a few business partners, and their
liquor license was obtained on Nov. 1,
It was then that Duffy’s began to be
molded into what it is today.
McMeen said one of the new own
ers’ inspirations came from a bar he
hung out at when he was a graduate stu
dent at the University of Nebraska
Lincoln called Horse Feathers.
“It was kind of a hole in the wall
you could get lost in for a couple of
hours and really enjoy yourself,” he
said. “The experiences in that bar led
me to believe that a little tavern like this
is perfect for the kind of clientele that
doesn’t want to be at a dance club or
“I wanted the kind of place that
challenges one a little bit intellectually
in the arts, yet at the same time is a nice,
quiet place to kind of get away from the
world for a while.”
Shortly after McMeen and his part
ners purchased the bar, the restaurant
serving truck-stop food next door
^ I wanted the kind of place that
challenges one a little bit intellectually
in the arts, yet at the same time is a
nice quiet place to kind of get away
from the world for a while.”
owner, Duffy’s Tavern
The Duffy’s owners decided to turn
that area into an entertainment room,
and still have a kitchen.
The kitchen didn’t go over well, but
McMeen said the weekend bar crowd
was exploding, and they needed the
extra space for the overflow of people.
The special then was an $.85
Corona Special on Thursdays, which
was a crowd-pleaser, McMeen said.
The Fishbowl also was bom around this
He said they got the idea from some
friends who had seen it on an air force
base in North or South Dakota.
The Fishbowl is any mixed drink a
person may want served in a fishbowl
with a bunch of straws sticking out.
Duffy’s has invented a few recipes,
the Red Snapper being one of the
Aside from the intoxicants,
McMeen said the bar began to work to
promote local performers, as well as to
bring in bands passing through town to
play in their new entertainment room.
The bar has featured many artists
who were unknown at the time but went
on to stardom.
Nirvana, the Mighty Mighty
Bosstones, the Flaming Lips, Henry
Rollins, the Screaming Trees, Helmet
and many others have graced the stage
McMeen said in looking for acts,
he tries to stay one step ahead of what is
He brought in groups like Nirvana
before grunge exploded on the national
scene, and the Mighty Mighty
Bosstones played before ska music hit
“You bend and change with the
changing alternative scene,” McMeen
Duffy’s comedy workshop has fea
tured such comedians as Tim Allen, star
of “Home Improvement,” and Pat
Hazell, who wrote for and made
appearances on “Seinfeld.”
“Duffy’s comedy workshop came
into play because we knew there was
local talent, and it gave the people an
opportunity to have a stage,” he said.
Memories McMeen recalled from
the past 14 years include a doorman
turning down R.E.M. at the door
because they were accompanied by
He also tells the story of being fea
tured in USA Today after capturing a
police officer on tape robbing money
from the bar’s safe.
He also remembers being pushed
and pushed to call and book an
unknown group called Pearl Jam.
When he finally contacted the
band, they had already scheduled a tour.
The agent told him maybe next time
“Well, the next time they came
around, they were huge!” McMeen
said. “We just missed them.”
Amidst the stories and claims to
fame, Duffy’s still remains a low-key,
alternative bar that thrives on its regu
Brad Boyd, who has tended bar at
Duffy’s for four years, said overall, the
bar has a comfortable, neighborhood
feel where the bartenders and patrons
don’t need to put up a front when talk
ing to one another.
“You can go to Applebee’s where
everyone will kiss your butt, but that’s
not what we do,” Boyd said.
Kris Scott, who also has worked at
Duffy’s for about four years, said the
bar does have its regular crowd, yet on
the weekends gets a ton of new faces.
“The glaring thing is, you can be
anybody in the world and have a great
time at Duffy’s,” she said. “There’s
great music, cheap drinks and you
couldn’t feel anymore comfortable at
Dan Kaspari, whose band, Broken
Crown, has performed at Duffy’s, said
he hangs out at the bar because of the
“It has always been a musician’s bar
with a lot of regulars,” he said. “It’s a
Despite the many changes and
adjustments through four owners and
changing times spanning more than
half a decade, Duffy’s Tavern has
retained one characteristic: It’s cozy.
If one hasn’t been inside the fluo
rescent beer-sign-filled windows of
Duffy’s Tavern, the people inside can’t
Scott summed it up in one sentence.
“People are missing out if they Ve
not coming to Duffy’s.”
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