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Originally established in 1974 and reborn in 1985, Stagger Inn...Again serves up apps, sandwiches, salads and soups in Edwarsdville. Stop in for the food and stay for the open mic nights, live music and happy hours
The eclectic spirit of the Stagger Inn's open mic nights has become legendary over the years. One might witness just about anything -- from a colle...
Making an album is a damn fine accomplishment, be it a self-mixed basement recording hand-dubbed to limited tapes, a mass quantity of printed CDs that might ultimately end up in the bargain bin or eve... More »
Outernational is a band to which music writers love making comparisons about politically outspoken musicians of yesteryear. Just about all of them stick. Yes, the New York-based rock group agrees with... More »
Neighborhood bars don't need bells and whistles to attract clientele. They are nearby and sell booze. Good ones provide a space without imposing a specific type of experience. They're just there with an open stool. The Stagger Inn Again in... More »
This weekend is another good one; Saturday especially is virtually overflowing with shows. White Denim, All American Rejects, Flatfoot 56 and 8Ball, MJG and Bun B all come to town that night, as well ... More »
This week brings us not one but TWO members of the Wu-Tang Clan (unfortunately on separate nights), Japanese punk-weirdos Peelander-Z, and the first visit ever from Seattle's raw Ramones-y punk band t... More »
You walk into the Stagger Inn...Again (the original bar closed for a disco successor) and you try to find a seat at the mahogany bar. The barstool is worn (and sometimes warm) and comfortable, and it sinks down like a cushy bicycle seat. When you're inside a bar that's just around the corner from Madison County's sterile granite courthouse, you're bound to be surrounded by life's rich pageant. Divorced electricians, longhaired musicians and the occasional lawyer belly up to the bar for a draft. "The lawyers used to come in here to drink, but now they all go to [a nearby wine bar] for their image," says one longtime employee, slightly disgusted at the thought.
I've only eaten @ the Stagger Inn once but go there otherwise to have a few drinks with friends. The food, however, is fantastic, and I plan to eat there again. I had a reuben, my boyfriend had a blackened-tuna sandwich, and we shared an appetizer of lobster rangoon. It was all delicious, the prices were reasonable, and the portions were pretty large. It's also enjoyable to go there for drinks and hear local bands. Definitely recommend it.
You walk into the Stagger Inn...Again (the original bar closed for a disco successor) and you try to find a seat at the mahogany bar. The barstool is worn (and sometimes warm) and comfortable, and it sinks down like a cushy bicycle seat. When you're inside a bar that's just around the corner from Madison County's sterile granite courthouse, you're bound to be surrounded by life's rich pageant. Divorced electricians, longhaired musicians and the occasional lawyer belly up to the bar for a... More »
The chef in the back builds the Nightmare with a shovel. He dumps a pile of chopped onions in a pot, backs up a cement mixer and pours fifteen tons of veggie chili onto it, pushes a Cheddar cheese log through a wood shredder, and then pours the mixture onto your choice of either garden or black-bean burger. We say rock the black bean. It kicks major ass, spicy and black-bean buttery. He wipes his brow and summons the server, who delivers the Nightmare to the table with forklift, hands you a... More »
Maybe it's the infectious friendliness of this legendary Edwardsville establishment, the obscure microbrewed beer specials, the ample stage -- got a six-piece rock band with trumpet? No sweat! -- or the sterling sound system with functioning monitors. Whatever it is, the Stagger's twice-a-week open-mic get-togethers are more addictive than karaoke and ten times as musical. No one abuses the mic with Cher covers or scatological "spoken word" rants and, even better, the hosts don't act like... More »
Along with its nightly beer specials, free popcorn, substantial menu (the kitchen closes by 9, however), music seven nights a week (including entertaining open-mics on Wednesday and Sunday), ample seating and one of the area's best bartenders in Charmaine, the Stagger Inn ... Again exudes a friendly, unpretentious warmth that no amount of Jägermeister (and the shots do flow at the Stagger) alone can effect. Every night, old-timers, hippies and ex-high-school jocks and cheerleaders trade... More »
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