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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.

            1. WOW - Marblehead is going dry (not seriously).

              Soon the only place left will be the Rip Tide!

              1. looks like they were bought by BRG which is currently listing the place for $325K and the reason for sale as 'owner retiring.'

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                1. re: ScubaSteve

                  Maybe the Quiet Man Pub can move in there.

                  I know, I know, that's nothing but kooky talk. But hey, I can dream, can't I?

                2. I once lived within crawling distance of Maddie's. If I stopped in for lunch on a weekday, I could wager 50-50 that the day (or I) would be wasted before long. We would either decide to take the afternoon off and go for a sail, or stay for maybe "just one more" drink after lunch. Saturday lunch and cocktail hour were rituals for us, when it seemed we saw just about everyone we knew. Those were the days when Kenny Duncan, the original and long-term owner, was still around. Topside upstairs was for a while a pretty good place for moderately priced steaks or seafood.

                  I had moved out of town and was pretty much long gone when the place was sold the first time about five or six years ago, and I've only been back a few times. It seemed to remain popular with tourists. Not too long ago, Coastal Living Magazine named Maddie's one of the 'top ten sailors' hangouts". I guess if it is not reopened by late Spring, we can all pull up beach chairs on thesidewalk and watch the tourists' confusion as they walk around State Street looking for "that place they heard so much about" or "that place they went to years ago". It's good that the "Ripper" is stll open.

                  1. heard yesterday that a bit ago two of the long time bartenders (Chip+???) opened their own place in M-Head. anyone know the name/location?

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                    1. re: ScubaSteve

                      Steve: Chip's new place in MHead is the Three Cod Tavern on Pleasant Street (inbound) on the left-hand side just past Village Plaza. Hope this helps. Page.

                    2. R.I.P., Maddie's. I had some good times there. It had a pretty high rowdiness-of-place / quietness-of-town ratio. But there was a certain kind of drinker there -- prosperous, preppy, pickled in gin almost daily -- that kind of scared me. I'd hope if my complexion ever took on that ruddy tone that a friend would have a word with me.

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                      1. re: MC Slim JB

                        i loved the gin-blossomed equipped, popped pink collared polo'd, 100 year old topsiders with no socks 60 year olds.

                        1. re: ScubaSteve

                          don't forget the green pants and the whale belts!

                      2. I use to the area and was surprised to hear about Maddie's closing. What was the reason given?

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                        1. re: Elyssa

                          from the BRG website: "owner retiring."

                        2. We went up to Marblehead yesterday - Maddie's Sail Loft will re-open, under new ownership, in a week or so.

                          In the meantime, we checked out Three Cod Tavern (opened by a former Maddie's employee). We were pleasantly surprised - snagged two seats at the bar, Sox game was starting and the audio magically came on (not too loud to drown out coversation). B had a turkey club on marble rye ("fine - how can you mess it up?") and tasty fries ($5). I definitely out-ordered him with the crab cake appetizer ($10). As a native Balitmorean, B declared them probably one of the best he's had outside of the Chesapeake area. Couldn't tell if it was fresh back-fin, but there were large chunks of meat with practically no filler/binder. Sitting atop some fresh greens. There is a choice of a remoulade or a jalepeno sauce- kind of a travesty for the Baltimorean, but we went with the jalapeno which was mighty tasty, especially for dipping fries. Small but nice selection of taps and the bartender actually knew something about wines, which was refreshing. Were we not driving, we definitely could have stayed for the entire game with a few more beers.

                          1. I worked at Maddie's for a summer job two years ago. The place was hilarious and fun, i was the only girl in the kitchen and couldn't have enjoyed it more. One drink and i was done for the night. I also heard that they are re-opening it which should be interesting but i am assuming it will be nothing like it used to be. Seeing the way that they went out with no business and backlash at the owners i will be surprised if it stays afloat. Three Cod is very good but is nothing like the Maddie's that i hold dear to my heart.

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                            1. re: SJC667

                              There are set to reopen any day now. I hope the drinks are the same strength as before.

                                1. re: Taralli

                                  Glad to hear they're reopening. Marblehead just wouldn't be the same..:)

                                  They were shut down for a few days last summer..