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October 26, 2016



I drank in McHales almost every day in 1977, when I was the Technical Director of the Broadway show 'Beatlemania' at The Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. During intermission we (the stage crew) used to hightail it down 46th to McHales. There was a bartender there named Louie; who knew exactly what time we'd come in, and had shots and beers waiting for us.

A few years later, I was on 8th ave. with a friend and we went into McHales for a beer. As we walked in Louie shouted "It's not intermission for another hour and ten minutes!"


I rarely went to Times Square, so I did not know the magic that was McHale's. One day, probably before or after a Broadway show, I stumbled into McHale's and immediately fell in love. One back another time after.

As stated, I rarely went to Times Square, so one day when I was back in the neighborhood with a friend, I suggested this amazing bar called McHale's. Did not remember the exact location, just that it was on some NE corner on 8th ave. Looked for it, could not find it. Then it dawned on me: the entire goddamn building was gone. Welcome to the new normal.

I had the exact same experience with Cedar Tavern. I know the bar is here somewhere....

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