Hal and Al's in Merion Village in new 614 magazine
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July 1, 2009 9:10 pm at 9:10 pm #76976
614 Magazine wrote:Quote:Hot New Dives – Hal and Al’s Parsons Project
By Kate Liebers & Steve Croyle
Alt rock, alt location, alt bar…alt kinds of stuff. The main obstacle for this newly opened bar is the location, yet instead of considering the rough neighborhood a worry, Hal and Al’s made it the punch line.
Bar manager Dan Ores, 37, refers to Hal and Al’s as The Parsons Challenge. And he is even making promotional t-shirts with the motto.
Hal and Al’s
1297 Parsons Ave.
Columbus, 43205July 1, 2009 9:45 pm at 9:45 pm #284483
oresdan wrote >>
“It’s an alternative rock bar,” said Ores. “You’re never going to come in here and hear Steely Dan.”
Unless, of course, you put him on your Wednesday night playlist.
C’mon, who doesn’t like listening to good ol’ Mr. Dan? LOLJuly 1, 2009 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm #284484
michaelcoyoteParticipantJuly 2, 2009 1:58 am at 1:58 am #284485
I had a really good time there a few weeks ago during the Beat Oracle set. It’s nice to go to a bar and be able to talk to people while still enjoying the music. And a big cheers to this place having the guts to locate on Parsons. Hope it’s the start of better things to come for that street.July 2, 2009 2:12 am at 2:12 am #284486
Well, perfect timing then for this:
:DJuly 2, 2009 2:57 am at 2:57 am #284487
I’m so in. I’ve heard a rumor that I’ve walked there many times, but I forget walking home because of the $2 Dortmunder drafts (limited to Happy Hours).July 17, 2009 5:00 pm at 5:00 pm #284488
Oh yes, I love the article, and encourage people to go every night except Mondays, because they are closed then. Sunday nights I host open mic comedy, and just like every other day, there is no cover, cheap drinks, and even cheaper thrills!!!July 17, 2009 5:58 pm at 5:58 pm #284489
Will be heading back here soon. Yes, I am glad they had the guts to open up shop on Parsons and bring some culture. Here’s the before and after. Not to get too far off topic, but I hope that other entrepreneurs will take notice. The Short North “suffers” from too many destinations resulting the in “problem” of “not enough parking”. Why not go where that isn’t an issue and where it’s harder to be overlooked? If a handful of other quality destinations were to open up nearby, then Parsons (south of Livingston) would actually be an interesting place (in a good way).
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