Isn't this an incredible piece? You can see it much better in this photo than we could in the bar last night, because of the flash.
An old dear pal from college is in town and him being a seasoned New Yorker, we had the intimidating challenge of finding somewhere to take him him in "second city". Last night we went to the best bar I've ever been to...okay in the very top of that kind of list at least, and I've been to some major cool bars over the years. Andrew and I met at the University of Victoria. I was writing for the school paper and my first assignment was to take a poll from students, some photos and a blurb about their persepctive on abortion. Andrew was one of my interviews.(I still have a copy of the photo and story somewhere...I wish I could find it right this minute) We became good friends. When I moved to Toronto (for York University) and he moved to New York (for NYU) we took our friendship to these new cities. For example, he took me on the NYC subway when it was covered in graffiti back in the day, we met Keith Harring and Kenny Sharf at their Fun Gallery openings, we partied with an editor from Vanity Fair, and went to every club we could, Danceteria, Mudd Club, Berlin, CBGB's. New York was still a city for artists and philosophers and club bunnies.
The Green Mill has been open since 1907. In the 30's it was redecorated and was one of Al Capone's speakeasy's. Underneath the floor of the bar runs a tunnel for escape going under the street and allowing a getaway. All of the fixtures you see and the paintings are from the 30's and Al Capone's prime. I have been looking forward to visiting this place, but really had no idea of how absolutely cool it was going to be. The band was incredible. Tons of people dancing. Right behind the bar here, is the booth where Al Capone would reside.
Singer and radio host MC, Lou. (I am sorry, I forgot the beautiful singer's name)
The band's table.
Alan Gresik Orchestra! Click the purple text to hear some of their music.
Andrew and Stagg. The Green Mill doesn't serve food, it is a real joint, but they let us pick up tamales and tacos next door, and we had champagne with some of the best Mexican snacks I've had in ages. I cant wait to go back, we can actually walk to the Green Mill! Below-the doorman.