Some of the very best drinks I’ve ever had were at Bryant’s. You had to know how to get there, if you weren’t familiar with that part of town (hint: turn left at Tony’s House of Columbian Hair) and it looks just like a house in the neighborhood, but then you walked in, and sat at a round naugahyde booth, and ordered a drink.
If it was during the week, Shirley’d bring you a bowl of cheese popcorn too. And you didn’t just order a drink, you’d order a flavor or a combination of flavors, and no matter what you came up with, Shirley would tell you its name.
It was so dark in there, when you’d go outside at 1 a.m., you’d cringe a bit because the light was so bright outside. Truthfully.
Shirley used to serve Brian’s parents when they were our age, and after we “discovered” it, they were very amused that we went there, and pleased to hear that Shirley still worked there.
A good number of drinks would arrive at the table lit on fire, which helped you see the people you were with. All of them were awesome, and at the time, only $5, so you knew how to plan for your drink budget.
I just heard they closed for a while, I’m actually happy I didn’t know that before they re-opened under new ownership. Usually when I hear that someone has bought a place I loved, I am certain that it won’t be the same or they’ll ruin it. Reading the article, my heart was sinking a bit as I continued to think about it. However, it sounds like the new owner gets why Bryant’s was so cool. And it looks like he’s going to keep all its mystique. Here’s to people doing stuff right, and oh, if any of you in the Milwaukee area go, can you let me know how much a Black Magic costs now?