Call it youthful exuberance, but I got to Turner Hall a little too early on Friday.
Along with the two friends who joined me so I could review the Brian Jonestown Massacre show, we were so excited that we arrived just after the doors opened. Obviously, it was a long time before the band went on stage.
Three guys standing around in a concert venue before any music is played is, well, boring. So we walked around the block to Mader's for a beer.
Mader's is a funny place to grab a pre-game beer. The historic Milwaukee German restaurant is over 100 years old, but I don't hear a whole lot of people talking about it as a bar.
Which for our purposes, was great. So close to Turner Hall, yet barely crowded, we grabbed a seat at the bar, drank one fancy German beer in a boot, then headed back to the venue just in time. This is a tradition I can sink my teeth into.
Where, if at all, do you pre-game? For Brewers games, it's usually Fourth Base. For a show at Cactus Club, it's probably at Palomino or Club Garibaldi. At the Pabst Theater, it's the Newsroom Pub. Beyond that, I don't really have any hard-and-fast pre-gaming rules.
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