One boot and done at the century-old Mader's.
One boot and done at the century-old Mader's.

Where do you "pre-game?"

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.

But I bet you do. Chime in using the Talkback feature below.


mkeforlife | Aug. 23, 2012 at 12:44 p.m. (report)

Packers=Kroll's West / Brewers=Stenny's (those of you in the know understand why) / Warriors=Goolsby's or Brat House / concerts=house or parking lot

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