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The Stork Club and more
None of them will ever compare with places like Izzy Ott's, Jacks Lighthouse, The Hillbilly Ranch and The Stork Club. As far as low down dumps go there used to be a place in North Cambridge called Orlorffs, or "The...

None of them will ever compare with places like Izzy Ott's, Jacks Lighthouse, The Hillbilly Ranch and The Stork Club. As far as low down dumps go there used to be a place in North Cambridge called Orlorffs, or "The Piggery." It would be hard to beat it for being a dump. -- Fred Sennott

Fred...my Dad has a few questions. Was The Stork the after hours place in Charlestown and where in N. Canbridge was Orloff's? He used to drink at the Crimson and the Stag Club in Harvard Square. -- Beso

Yes, The Stork Club was in City Sq. and even had detail cops keeping order after hours. They didn't open until Midnight. Orloff's was in North Cambridge opposite the car barns. I don't really think the Sligo was ever that bad certainly notin Orloff's league, it was too clean. The Golden Nugget was High Class for the old Combat Zone. It just wasn't in Izzy Orts league and was more expensive. -- Fred Sennott

I remember going to the Hillbilly Ranch in the fifities. At that time there uded to be a dive on Washington St. called The Golden Nugget. -- Helen Falck

The Hammond at Washington Square in Brookline - very very divy - when Brookline went non-smoking, I think they were nervous about losing their entire clientele, so they continued to allow patrons to smoke, and just paid the fines which to them was cheaper than losing their customers. Now it's called the Washington Square Cafe or something highly original like that.
Beso: The Washington Square Tavern is the antithesis of a dive bar. Highly sanitized ... yuck. -- miranda

Yeah, my sister is friends with the guy who cleaned it up ... he did a great job with it (if you like classy bars as opposed to dives). -- Will


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Back in th 50's all the sailors went to Izzy Ort's, the Hillbilly Ranch, the Golden Nugget and Edward's Western Playhouse-Oh to have one more beer in each of them !

Posted by John on September 11, 2003 10:32 PM

Did that and a little more. Beso your dad drank in high class joints. The real joints were along what we in Arlington Called going down the line. That ended in Janes in Porter Sq. only high class joints were below that. The Camel the last oasis before the desert, The Green Parrot.Teds ,The Bell in Hand,Orloffs,The Italian place across from the Carbarn I can't think of its name, Franks (but that was high Class). The Porter House (again that was respectable) The Newtowne and janes thats where the serious drinkers went.

Posted by Fred Sennott on September 14, 2003 09:55 PM

Fred,

Any relation to Dick Sennott?

Posted by Tyvek Velvette on January 3, 2005 02:16 PM

Played or sat in at many of those places. Also don't forget the Novelty and Jerome's. And whatever happened to Dee Rogers and Shep Sheppard?

Posted by Carl on September 15, 2005 02:28 PM

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