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I'm grateful for my Thurman's memories, even if some are a bit hazy.
I'm grateful for my Thurman's memories, even if some are a bit hazy.

Thurman's can't be dead

According to an employee, Thurman’s 15, 1731 N. Arlington Pl., is closed for repairs. The bar, he says, will reopen in the future but was unsure when. I really hope this is true.

I started going to Thurman’s in the early ‘90s, when I lived on Warren Avenue during college. It was a small, two bedroom apartment, and there were three of us, so Matt had to sleep in a closet.

We spent a lot of time at Thurman’s, drinking $3 pitchers, playing shuffleboard and listening to Grateful Dead tapes of shows during the famous Thursday evening "Tape Nights."

The fact that Thurman’s reminds me of a very carefree time of my life is only part of the reason why I really want to see the bar reopen. It’s such a strange brew of vintage sports memorabilia and jam band culture that, despite what anyone thinks about either of these things, it contributes to Milwaukee’s urban individuality.

Sure, I like many of the trends in new bars: micro beers served in to-go growlers and creatively concocted cocktails infused with homemade bitters.

But there’s also a place in my heart for cheap taps, bad dreadlocks, potlucks during Packers’ game and a dazed dog walking around with a bandana around his neck – as was the way of Thurman’s.


Midwest | April 18, 2013 at 8:37 p.m. (report)

Best air conditioning in the city (not sure why I remember that) and shuffleboard before any bars really had shuffleboard. A great place.

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