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Jan 18, 2008 07:17 AM

Farewell, Maddie's. You Were One Of My Favorites.

For those who haven't heard, Maddie's Sail Loft in Marblehead is closing its doors for good tonight.

I have so many memories of Maddie's, from rather crazy nights during college to after-work gatherings to lazy weekend afternoons enjoying a beer before dinner. I'm really going to miss the place.

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  1. Say it ain't so! We'll I guess the number of DWI,s in the area will decrease considerably. Their drinks were STIFF, and for some reason the laws of physics did not apply there as they hit hard. I tried never to drive there, because I usually stumbled out. Even after those type of nights were somewhat in my fpst, Maddie's would pull me back into the mode. End of an era for sure, very sad.

    1. I am so sad as well! I was there last night and boy am I going to miss it! Lets hope someone buys the place and brings it back to its former glory!

      1. Funny, I used to live walking distance to Maddies and never saw the attraction. Always was too loud and too crowded with too many obnoxious preppy types for me.

        This was years ago, i preffered going to the landing or to see one of the blues bands that used to play free at the Rio Grande (also now gone). Decent free chips/salsa , great blues, horrible food.

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        1. re: hargau

          I used to live about 3 blocks away from the place and never really cared much for it either. I like a stong drink as much as anyone, but to me it seemed like unless you were townie regular you were treated a little like a second class customer, and to lesser extent, this was sort of the unspoken vibe at the other waterfront bars in town. As far as the Riptide, I walked in the front door once with a friend out of curiosity. All the heads turned around. We acted casual and ordered a beer. I sat down at an empty bar stool and was told by a guy behind me (who hadn't been sitting) that it was "his" stool. It was too weird a scene, so we paid and got the hell out.

        2. OH MY DOG!
          this is truly tragic. i don't even want to try to remember all the good times that i've forgotten about this place. all the times leaving legless and happy.
          i'm so sad.

          so, how busy do you think it will be tonight?

          1. Oh, those huge sours w/blue Curacao! We fondly referred to them as the Esther Williams' swimming pool drinks.