SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Question of the day - Golden Horseshoe Awards

Wednesday, Dec 5, 2012

* Best bartender goes to Mike at DH Brown’s

Mike is the best bartender in Springfield! He is always watchful for a near empty beer bottle to quickly replenish. Most importantly he knows when a private conversation is taking place, whether it be among multiple lobbyist, legislators, or legislative staff and if he overhears certain aspects that are meant to be confidential, he keeps it confidential! He’s a great and trusted bartender that deserves a Golden Horseshoe after nearly 20 years of service at the best bar in town, D H Browns!

It helped that Steve Schnorf also weighed in with his support for Mike.

* Runner-up

Jamie at Boone’s. She’s got a great personality and is always fun to hang around with after work. Great sense of humor too.

I also like that Jamie started a twitter campaign for herself.

This contest is getting outta hand.

* Best waitress is Annie at Sunrise

I thought I would post here for her because she is so awesome and will stay open late for me so i can get a decent meal after a long session night. Also nice is that Annie is so far removed from the political climate that she will never ever see this until Rich gives her a 24k horseshoe and then she will only be confused.

* Runner-up goes to Jess at Brown’s

She is always smiling and having a good time. Sometimes she even knows when I need another drink before I do, which, in my opinion, is one of the many marks of great service. And when the going gets tough, Jess is always there to make sure we have enough people to have a successful Bear Fight, which isn’t always in the best interest of the bar, the patrons, or the participants…but much appreciated nonetheless.

Congratulations to all. As you may or may not know, there’s no actual physical award. All you get is the recognition.

* OK, on to today’s categories

* Best political bar in Springfield

* Best political restaurant in Springfield

Please provide responses to both categories. Also, remember that it’s not the number of nominations that matter, it’s the intensity of those nominations. So make sure to explain yourself or your vote won’t count.

Have fun.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


30 Comments
  1. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Dec 5, 12 @ 10:58 am:

    Easy choices, since Mike is best bartender at D.H. Browns, Browns is the best bar. Since 1977 it has been a gathering place for all sorts of characters across the political spectrum.

    Spauto’s is still the place to go if you want to run into somebody who thinks they are somebody in this town. Amazing to watch the wannabes slow down as they pass the Speakers table.


  2. - Team Sleep - Wednesday, Dec 5, 12 @ 11:36 am:

    As a Republican, there is no better political bar than D.H. Brown’s. My fave political restaurant is either Saputo’s or Sangamo Club. I do consider the Sangamo a restaurant in the sense that I have been to many a nice meal-based fundraiser there. I don’t like the food but I like the atmosphere an I enjoy the events I attend there immensely.


  3. - Boone's is Back - Wednesday, Dec 5, 12 @ 11:44 am:

    * Best political bar in Springfield-Boone’s for obvious reasons

    * Best political restaurant in Springfield- Saputo’s for fairly obvious reasons as well. You have to give it to the restaurant that reserves the same table for Speaker Madigan to eat there regularly.


  4. - Boone's is Back - Wednesday, Dec 5, 12 @ 11:45 am:

    (despite their ketchupy marinara)


  5. - Fred Manrique - Wednesday, Dec 5, 12 @ 12:07 pm:

    Butternut Hut: It’s been said that after 10 it’s just drinking and nobody goes to Butternut Hut before 10. Whoever is there is there to have a good time and not there to see or be seen.

    Old Lux: Food version of the Butternut Hut


  6. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Dec 5, 12 @ 12:12 pm:

    Norb’s is really picking up steam again as a good place to run into someone or bend an ear. Heck, I saw Congresswoman Cheri Bustos there recently.


  7. - Obamas Puppy - Wednesday, Dec 5, 12 @ 12:24 pm:

    Bar: Globe
    Resteraunt: Ross Isaacs


  8. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Dec 5, 12 @ 12:26 pm:

    You stay at the Hilton, you Drink at “The Globe”.

    No matter where everyone heads for the evening, or where everyone had been, at one point or another, there was a stop at “The Globe”. While there are many worthy bars, “The Globe” always seems to be a place you need to get yout ticket punched for an evening out.

    If I want a good meal, I like Saputo’s, but if I am going to eat and work and have it be enjoyable and constructive, “Sangamo Club” is the spot.

    If I am going to Saputo’s, more than likely it is to catch-up, go over the day, etc. If I am going to “The Sangamo Club” its to get something “done” or prepare for action that WILL get done. Different setting, different signal, different results, usually.

    Bar - “The Globe”

    Restaurant - “The Sangamo Club”


  9. - Downtown Lover - Wednesday, Dec 5, 12 @ 12:28 pm:

    Gotta love Sebastian’s for the best Restaurant in Springfield!


  10. - downstate hack - Wednesday, Dec 5, 12 @ 12:37 pm:

    Best Bar D.H.Brown’s, At one time mostly Republican, but in the last few years more Dems have joined the party there which really makes for more interesting and vibrant political commentary. Definitely on the upswing again as a political hang out for both parties. Also great prices for an honest drink.

    Best political restuarant; Saputo’s still the king, but Norm and Andy’s an up and comer. Both have good food and good atmosphere with notable political patrons.


  11. - Pink E. Kent - Wednesday, Dec 5, 12 @ 1:10 pm:

    Seriously, where are you people from, Decatur?
    Boones.
    Saputos.
    Now I will hear no more foolishness.


  12. - Jimmy 87 - Wednesday, Dec 5, 12 @ 1:15 pm:

    Best Political Bar - This was tough, but I have to go with the Sangamo Club this time. J.P. Kelly’s runs a close second, but for when you say “political bar” it has to be the grill room at the Sangamo Club. The place is taken over during session nights by lobbyist, legislators and staff. Most of the wait staff knows your name and Dennis is a fantastic bartender, serving up stiff cocktails and generous wine pours.

    Best Political Restaurant - Again a tough one, but I’m going to have to go with Ross Issac. Reserve a red leather booth in the bar on a session night and you’ll get a first hand look at Illinois politics. The table placement also makes it ideal to wonder from table to table to say hello; which if you’re a lobbyist is much appreciated. (Honorable mention, Fritz’s Wagon Wheel. Dark, warm, inviting…did I mention dark? Outside of Mastros probably one of the mostly dimly lit places you can grab a drink.)


  13. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Wednesday, Dec 5, 12 @ 1:16 pm:

    Globe: Dan Burke, plus, its the only bar where you’ll actually see serious policy discussions take place and resolved between opposing parties.

    Saputo’s: Madigan, plus, Carol Marin says so.


  14. - #thetruth - Wednesday, Dec 5, 12 @ 1:24 pm:

    Lets all be honest both votes go to Sebastain’s.
    The Hide Out stays open late during session. The best bartender in town and she hot. The food is amazing and they open the bar at 4p for half price apps till 5p. That place is amazing cause you can go up stairs and have a very elegant dinner, but then you go down stairs to the Hide Out and its still nice and formal but you can let loose a little. Lets not forget the Chef’s they bend over backwards for their costumers. I asked for a special request and they made it #thetruth ps locally owned By Chris and Vic and those guys are great.


  15. - I wonder... - Wednesday, Dec 5, 12 @ 1:24 pm:

    I’m with you Pink E. Kent, Sangamo club over charges (on top of their member fee) for medium quality food. DH Brown’s has a selection of about 3 beers. I get that those may be the political places to go, but find some better places folks!


  16. - CircularFiringSquad - Wednesday, Dec 5, 12 @ 1:29 pm:

    Good no one is mentioning the really good places so lets push
    Best Bar: The Globe
    Best Restaurant: Houlihan’s@lst floor of the Hilton…pack em in


  17. - Crazy Cooter - Wednesday, Dec 5, 12 @ 1:42 pm:

    I second Karl’s vote for ‘Bees. Classic flavs and a great place for a celebraish after session


  18. - Sweetness - Wednesday, Dec 5, 12 @ 1:43 pm:

    Sebastian’s Hideout for best Political Restaurant Hands down! The food is exquisite, the ambiance is fabulous, and the staff is outstanding,and always friendly. It’s the place to be to network, relax, and have a fun time in the Hideout!


  19. - Dirty Red - Wednesday, Dec 5, 12 @ 1:45 pm:

    I think JP Kelly deserves it this year. There has always business whenever I go in there. Young staffers and seasoned vets. I’ve also seen more Springfield political types there than anywhere else.

    Saputos because it’s where the Sweet Baby Ray’s is delivered.


  20. - Keyser Soze - Wednesday, Dec 5, 12 @ 1:45 pm:

    What, no mention of J.P. Kelly’s? It splits the session night crowd with Brown’s. Mostly Dems.


  21. - Rich Miller - Wednesday, Dec 5, 12 @ 1:47 pm:

    Only someone who’s never been outside Soringfield would think the Sangamo overcharges. It’s my personal favorite spot. I prefer to eat in the bar because the dining room is a bit stuffy. Wednesday fried chicken is outta this world and there are plenty of heavy hitters to talk to, including MJM.

    Butternut Hut for favorite bar because where else can u talk to legislators and listen to live music?


  22. - Fred - Wednesday, Dec 5, 12 @ 1:56 pm:

    What a coincidence that the best bar in town also happens to be in your hotel. The hotel you choose to stay in because you like to earn honors points. Lots of other tourists agree. The pros know better.


  23. - Former Bartender - Wednesday, Dec 5, 12 @ 2:21 pm:

    Best restaurant: Norb’s. Really starting to get back into the swing of things. Good menu and nice beer selection.

    Best bar: Browns. Still a great place to actually have a meaningful conversation during session and be seen.


  24. - Newbie - Wednesday, Dec 5, 12 @ 3:22 pm:

    Best Bar: Boone’s! Great music, great beer garden, cheap drinks

    Best Restaurant: Sebastian’s. Awesome food, love the atmosphere especially in the lower level, and the servers there rock


  25. - Give Me A Break - Wednesday, Dec 5, 12 @ 5:21 pm:

    Have to go with Sebastians. The lower level bar is great for watching the lawmaking process and the best food choices are not always on the menu. As for something special and they will bend over backwards to help. Don’t tell anyone, but they have a Mac and Cheese that will make you happy to be alive.


  26. - steve schnorf - Wednesday, Dec 5, 12 @ 6:00 pm:

    I think a lot are missing a point here; “great food, great music, marinara sauce, etc”. You aren’t going for a great meal, a great band, a great DJ, or to pick someone up. Rich said “political” bar and restaurant.

    That makes bar easy-Brown’s, with Boone’s second. They have been alternating the title back and forth for a long time, and they and Bob’s and the Globe are really the only ones in the race.

    As to restaurant, Saputo’s, with the Sangamo a close second, and there ain’t no third.


  27. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Dec 5, 12 @ 7:52 pm:

    Grerat point, - steve schnorf -.

    I can get a meal or a drink anywhere, and I bet I can get ones anywhere too, however, the “politcal” bar and the “politcal” restaurant are far different.

    Also agree on restaurant observation, but I have Sangamo 1st, then Saputos, but that is me.

    Those two, and THAT is the list.


  28. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Dec 5, 12 @ 8:17 pm:

    ===…I bet I can get ones anywhere too,…===

    Should read …

    “I bet I can get good ones anywhere too,”

    Dope!


  29. - Anonymous - Thursday, Dec 6, 12 @ 12:16 am:

    While I love Springfield, I hardly get a chance to go there anymore, so I’ll have to vote for Boone’s because I like the pictures of their food…and they asked for my vote on facebook today.


  30. - Anonymous - Thursday, Dec 6, 12 @ 9:40 am:

    Got to vote for Boone’s for best bar. Good bar food and good drink selection.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* "Once it goes, it’s virtually impossible to rebuild"
* Graduated income tax backers predict bipartisan support
* More bad news for Exelon
* Civic Federation rips Rauner budget proposal
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

  
* OnePlus 3 with 4GB RAM expected to cost less than OnePlus 2 with 3 gigs
* Deal: A lifetime of Celo VPN protection is 91 percent off
* Men’s Huawei Watch models discounted across the board by as much as $150
* Here are three more promotional videos for Samsung’s Galaxy S7
* Sprint’s quarterly results are in, revenue down due to big discounts
* Lenovo rolls out Marshmallow to Vibe S1 in India
* Samsung’s Galaxy A3 and A5 to launch in the UK on May 5th

* White Sox to celebrate Honorary Bat Girl on Sunday
* Hit in 57 games, win $5.6 million
* Inbox: Latos the White Sox biggest surprise?
* South Side Sox Mock MLB Draft - First Edition
* Following up: No explanation yet for triple play that wasn't
* Podcast: Are these White Sox destined for greatness?
* Battle of Sox to begin with Quintana-Wright

...............


Main Menu
Home
Illinois
YouTube
Pundit rankings
Obama
Subscriber Content
Durbin
Burris
Blagojevich Trial
Advertising
Updated Posts
Polls

Archives
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005

Syndication

RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0
WordPress

Loading


* Editorial: Local govts. need more control over .....
* April 25 is Illinois REALTORS® Day - RealEstate.....
* APRIL CHICAGO crime numbers taper — AIRBNB make.....
* As Rauner Hunts For A Grand Bargain, He's Leavi.....
* Civic Federation rips Rauner budget, declares I.....
* Deadline Looms to Change Income Tax Law, Legisl.....
* Morning Spin: Illinois graduated income tax bac.....
* Illinois Medical Cannabis Board Approves New He.....


* 3 shooting incidents leave 2 teens, man dead in Chicago
* Man pleads guilty in drunken driving death of Muncie teen
* EXCHANGE: Club introduces skills for high-tech future
* Illinois Democrats propose higher taxes for the wealthy
* Weber makes sweet investment in Champaign custard shop
* Marion police to 29 get new squad car cameras
* U of Illinois-Springfield to build first student union
* Chicago light pole falls on 3 girls, injuring 1
* 9 years after Chief's end, U of Illinois looks for mascot
* Illinois panel again urges medical marijuana expansion

* Price, demand driving Illinois' hog farm expansion
* Medicaid policy may deny access to HIV medication
* Rauner: Graduated tax would be bad for the state
* Suit: Illinois law restricting child sex offenders too vague
* Medical marijuana panel meets to evaluate 15 new conditions
* National Wrestling Hall of Fame revokes Hastert's awards
* For some, Chicago State University offers hope
* For some, Chicago State a flawed but final shot at a degree
* Constitutional amendments face a deadline this week
* Local groups counting on stopgap funding plan

* Amazon bringing same-day delivery to Chicago after outcry
* McDonald's breakfast push sets off scramble in fast food
* Tribune Publishing's No. 2 shareholder supports a sale
* Civic Federation rips Rauner budget, declares Illinois finances at "new low"
* Execs bolt from Choose Chicago as CEO search continues


* Tony nominations rich in Chicago connections
* Illinois woman shot in Wisconsin hours after cops wounded suspect
* 4 charged with selling cocaine in Lake in the Hills
* Person pulled from Chicago River on North Side
* Obama guidance, press schedule May 3, 2016. John Kerry, Teachers
* Obama guidance, press schedule May 3, 2016. John Kerry, Teachers
* Man killed, wife injured in McHenry crash
* Police: Man tried to abduct boy in Des Plaines
* Police: 4 dead, 6 wounded in Monday shootings across Chicago
* Man charged with DUI, reckless homicide for fatal hit-and-run


* "Hamilton" lands record 16 nominations in Tonys with many Chicago ties
* Two boys, 14 and 16, killed and another boy, 14, wounded over 3 hours in Chicago
* Thunder hold on beat Spurs 98-97, even series at 1-1
* LINDA C. BLACK HOROSCOPES for 5/3/16
* Teacher sick-outs close most Detroit schools for a second consecutive day
* Clinton walks back coal remarks after confrontation in West Virginia
* Mother of slain rapper Tupac Shakur dies at 69
* Concealed carry gun-wielder intervenes in domestic dispute and shot dead in Texas
* Man charged in fatal Southwest Side hit-and-run
* Injuries to Jason Heyward, Matt Szczur test Cubs' depth


* Price, demand driving Illinois' hog farm expansion
* Their View: A sigh of relief that Chicago didn't get Olympics
* Their View: Be aware of commuters on two wheels
* Medicaid policy may deny access to HIV medication
* Kathleen Parker: Trump, in his own words
* Rauner: Graduated tax would be bad for the state
* Bernard Schoenburg: Speaker Madigan on phone for Sangamon County Democrats fundraiser
* Suit: Illinois law restricting child sex offenders too vague
* Medical marijuana panel meets to evaluate 15 new conditions
* National Wrestling Hall of Fame revokes Hastert's awards


* Podcast: State Treasurer Mike Frerichs 5-3-16
* To Your Health: Summer meals program provides important service
* This day in history, May 3, 2016
* Board didn't arise out of distrust
* Two more swastikas found drawn in UI Armory
* Campus disgrace
* UI senate OKs adding courses on non-Western, minority cultures to required list
* Clock runs out on grid scandal
* Urbana detectives turn to state crime lab for leads in 1988 stabbing
* Galloping Ghost new symbol for UI


* Bassist: Prince found 'real happiness' as Jehovah's Witness
* Kate Upton announces engagement to Tigers' Justin Verlander
* Dawn Patrol: Retired vice admiral named new COD president
* Israel demolishes home of Palestinian who killed 2 Israelis
* More Arlington Hts. restaurants can offer outdoor eating

* House lawmakers overcome hurdle on key tra...
* Rodney Davis talks funding with Bloomingto...
* The agency that fought Illiana gets a new ...
* Rep. Dold takes educational cruise down Ch...
* Lawmakers decry high turnover rate of VA h...
* CBD Oil, and politics
* Simon considering state Senate bid
* Killer Congressman Tom MacArthur trying to...
* Shutdown? State may not notice
* Rep. Bob Dold

* Sen. Dick Durbin to visit southern Illinoi......
* Sen. Durbin sees Cairo public housing negl......

* Rep. Lang Calls On Sen. Kirk To Act - FOX ......

* Washington Post: The divided American dream
* Thorner: E-Cigarettes a Healthy Way to Quit Smoking, Heartland Institute panel says
* Q&A about the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund.
* West Virginia coal worker confronts Clinton over anti-coal comments
* A bigger threat than Friedrichs ever was.
* Zo-Nation to appear Thursday night at College of DuPage
* Muslims Offended by National Anthem
* Teachers (W.E.B. Du Bois).
* Teacher Appreciation Week? Again, huh?
* Planned Parenthood pro-abortion meme backfires


* Emergency Management Officials, National Weather Service Encourage Winter Preparedness - November is Winter Weather Preparedness Month in Illinois
* Keep Your Family Safe This Winter - November through February are leading months for carbon monoxide related incidents
* Governor Takes Bill Action
* Illinois Department of Labor Director Hugo Chaviano Awards Governor’s Award for Contributions in Health and Safety to the Illinois Refining Division of Marathon Petroleum Company LP
* State Regulator Elected Treasurer of Interstate Medical Licensure Compact




Hosted by MCS -- CapitolFax.com Privacy Policy -- SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax -- Advertise Here -- Mobile Version -- Contact Rich Miller