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Red Cows
02-28-2014, 11:46 PM
Kick *** and take names.

Suze
03-01-2014, 01:24 AM
Way to go Huntsville! Go for the sweep tomorrow night!

Timmah!
03-02-2014, 09:05 PM
Hey. I've been on a long time mission to see every D1 team play, and this weekend I'm ending my quest down in Huntsville. I've seen UAH a few times up in the Northeast, but Alabama is a much warmer destination than the UP to see Northern Michigan.

I'll be at VBC for the Friday game, and was hoping to pick people's brains about what to do, and where I should grab food before the game. Being an RPI engineering geek, the Space and Rocket Center is at the top of my list, but I'd love to hear other suggestions. Thanks in advance!

gfmorris
03-02-2014, 10:23 PM
Where are you staying? Do you like craft beer? What sort of food interests you?

GFM <— with the questions.

Timmah!
03-03-2014, 08:40 AM
Where are you staying? Do you like craft beer? What sort of food interests you?

GFM < with the questions.


I'm staying at the Marriott right next to the Rocket center. I love craft beer, and will eat pretty much anything except seafood. I'm typically anti-chain, and like to check out popular local places. (brew pubs, bbq joints, sports bars, etc...) Thanks.

gfmorris
03-03-2014, 07:47 PM
I'm staying at the Marriott right next to the Rocket center. I love craft beer, and will eat pretty much anything except seafood. I'm typically anti-chain, and like to check out popular local places. (brew pubs, bbq joints, sports bars, etc...) Thanks.

Ah, you're a bit away from the rink, then. USSRC is definitely a winner. I'd urge you to check out one or both of The Nook (3305 Bob Wallace) and Huntsville Brewery (801 Franklin). The former has a wider beer supply, and the latter has better food. The owner of the latter used to be a bartender at the former, and his move is why I moved. (Also, it's nice to have food from a real kitchen.) I'll let other people speak to downtown, because I live out in Madison (west of where you'll be staying) and am downtown only for games (though Huntsville Brewery isn't far away).

Douglas? tnlong?

GFM

davyd83
03-03-2014, 08:05 PM
Ah, you're a bit away from the rink, then. USSRC is definitely a winner. I'd urge you to check out one or both of The Nook (3305 Bob Wallace) and Huntsville Brewery (801 Franklin). The former has a wider beer supply, and the latter has better food. The owner of the latter used to be a bartender at the former, and his move is why I moved. (Also, it's nice to have food from a real kitchen.) I'll let other people speak to downtown, because I live out in Madison (west of where you'll be staying) and am downtown only for games (though Huntsville Brewery isn't far away).

Douglas? tnlong?

GFM
I'll be at Embassy Suites. What's good within walking distance? Wednesday dinner at Dreamland is already scheduled!

Seawolf Fan
03-03-2014, 08:27 PM
The UAA folks who visited spoke highly of the hospitality regardless of that freaking tie which turns out to be glaringly huge right now.
Alaska Hockey said he had a great time. Might ask him.

beaverhockey
03-03-2014, 11:43 PM
davyd83...Walk to Little Pauls for lunch...about a 10 minute walk from the Embassy, right across the street from the hospital. Good brisket!

Timmah!
03-04-2014, 08:34 AM
Ah, you're a bit away from the rink, then. USSRC is definitely a winner. I'd urge you to check out one or both of The Nook (3305 Bob Wallace) and Huntsville Brewery (801 Franklin). The former has a wider beer supply, and the latter has better food. The owner of the latter used to be a bartender at the former, and his move is why I moved. (Also, it's nice to have food from a real kitchen.) I'll let other people speak to downtown, because I live out in Madison (west of where you'll be staying) and am downtown only for games (though Huntsville Brewery isn't far away).

Douglas? tnlong?

GFM

Thanks for the recommendations. I'll check them out!

fangers
03-04-2014, 11:42 AM
Thanks for the recommendations. I'll check them out!

Also a tailgate going on Friday.

http://blog.al.com/breaking/2014/03/food_trucks_live_music_on_tap.html

tnlong
03-04-2014, 06:16 PM
There have been changes, so I've tried to update my Oct. post regarding downtown nightlife:

Downtown Huntsville is becoming a "happening" place, especially on weekends; plus, Thursday is the new Friday. There are actually lines to get into some of the clubs.
http://sammytsplace.com/
http://btrbrew.com/
http://www.esquire.com/bestbars/bb-KaffeeklatschBar
http://voodooloungehsv.com/
http://www.amendmentxxihsv.com/
https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/RUSH-Nightclub/378294705611266?rf=120790251270900
http://www.samandgregs.com/
http://humphreyshuntsville.com/index.html
http://fubarhuntsville.com/

For real Greek food by a real Greek who has never been to Greece, visit our friend Ted at
http://papouhsv.com/ (directly above the Voodoo Lounge)
And if you want to drop some $ at a restaurant run by a world-class chef,
http://cottonrowrestaurant.com/
http://chefjamesboyce.com/meet-jimmy/
On the same block, he also runs
http://thecommercekitchen.com/
You can carry drinks from place to place between all of these during certain hours during the weekend.
http://www.huntsvilleal.gov/artsentertainmentdistrict/

Wandering a few blocks north,
http://blog.al.com/entertainment-times/2011/06/lone_goose_saloon_not_your_typ.html
http://furniturefactorybargrill.com/
https://www.facebook.com/PartnersBarAndGrill

tnlong
03-04-2014, 06:39 PM
http://blog.al.com/breaking/2014/03/courthouse_square_in_downtown.html#incart_river_de fault

gfmorris
03-04-2014, 07:02 PM
I'll be at Embassy Suites. What's good within walking distance? Wednesday dinner at Dreamland is already scheduled!

So you'll be here that early? You in for dinner on Thursday? You can tell me about plane fare to HSV. ;)

GFM

gfmorris
03-04-2014, 07:06 PM
There have been changes, so I've tried to update my Oct. post regarding downtown nightlife:

Downtown Huntsville is becoming a "happening" place, especially on weekends; plus, Thursday is the new Friday. There are actually lines to get into some of the clubs.
http://sammytsplace.com/
http://btrbrew.com/
http://www.esquire.com/bestbars/bb-KaffeeklatschBar
http://voodooloungehsv.com/
http://www.amendmentxxihsv.com/
https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/RUSH-Nightclub/378294705611266?rf=120790251270900
http://www.samandgregs.com/
http://humphreyshuntsville.com/index.html
http://fubarhuntsville.com/

For real Greek food by a real Greek who has never been to Greece, visit our friend Ted at
http://papouhsv.com/
And if you want to drop some $ at a restaurant run by a world-class chef,
http://cottonrowrestaurant.com/
http://chefjamesboyce.com/meet-jimmy/
On the same block, he also runs
http://thecommercekitchen.com/
You can carry drinks from place to place between all of these during certain hours during the weekend.
http://www.huntsvilleal.gov/artsentertainmentdistrict/

Wandering a few blocks north,
http://blog.al.com/entertainment-times/2011/06/lone_goose_saloon_not_your_typ.html
http://furniturefactorybargrill.com/
https://www.facebook.com/PartnersBarAndGrill

Are we (as UAH fans) willing to flesh this out? We could put something on UAHHockey.com with these things and hotels. I'm willing to pull it together, but I want some input for it, mainly because I'm very rarely downtown anymore. (Hell, my place to go drink is Voodoo Lounge, but only because I like dives.)

GFM

gfmorris
03-04-2014, 07:23 PM
So, people have asked about the "Alabama" or "Huntsville" thing. It surprises no one around here, but I HATE being called "Alabama". No one calls Nebraska-Omaha "Nebraska". No one calls UMass-Lowell "UMass" — and not the least because both schools play D-I varsity hockey. This is on par with calling Northern or Tech "Michigan" in a sport where the Wolverines don't play but the Wildcats and/or Huskies do.

But the big thing for me is that "Alabama" is Nick Saban. "Alabama" is Bear Bryant. "Alabama" is Denny Chimes and the Frozen Tide and all that mess.

"Alabama" is also the group of *******s that opened a research office in Huntsville as if we don't have the state's finest non-medical research institution here. I mean, we're in the same ****ing system. *******s. [And yes, I know that a lot of this is getting ****ed out. I don't care.] They have that smug sense of self-superiority that comes with being an educational institution that was around before the Civil War. They're entrenched in state politics — Don Siegelman was a UA SGA president.

The University of Alabama would be very happy if The University of Alabama in Huntsville did not exist. Despite our excellence in a number of things, we are the red-headed stepchildren of the system, and UA is very, very, very, very, very aware of the fact that UAB dominates the UASystem in all sorts of dollar amounts. UA takes that out in all sorts of ways. Bear Bryant Jr.'s son, who is on the Board of Trustees, single-handedly kept the UAB football team from getting a new stadium. They never wanted UAB to go D-I in athletics, and they'd probably fight anything of the sort here.

Hell, you can easily argue that some on the board pushed Portera to go, "What's the point?" on our beloved hockey team, resulting in the crippling blow that just about ended this program without any outside influence. They wanted to bring us back down to their level, and if they spent more than 10 seconds thinking about it, they'd know that the ruse of bringing us into D-3 and playing with/in the SECHC wasn't going to happen — just like we'd never have been accepted into B1G.

UA are *******s, and I don't want jack-**** to do with them. I know that some of our people here are UA alumni, and I'm sorry, that doesn't change my opinion. I'm not a huge fan of Auburn, but I HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE UAT. HATE.

For the record, I go shopping during the Iron Bowl and then go home and watch some NHL game.

GFM

davyd83
03-04-2014, 08:44 PM
So, people have asked about the "Alabama" or "Huntsville" thing. It surprises no one around here, but I HATE being called "Alabama". No one calls Nebraska-Omaha "Nebraska". No one calls UMass-Lowell "UMass" and not the least because both schools play D-I varsity hockey. This is on par with calling Northern or Tech "Michigan" in a sport where the Wolverines don't play but the Wildcats and/or Huskies do.

But the big thing for me is that "Alabama" is Nick Saban. "Alabama" is Bear Bryant. "Alabama" is Denny Chimes and the Frozen Tide and all that mess.

"Alabama" is also the group of *******s that opened a research office in Huntsville as if we don't have the state's finest non-medical research institution here. I mean, we're in the same ****ing system. *******s. [And yes, I know that a lot of this is getting ****ed out. I don't care.] They have that smug sense of self-superiority that comes with being an educational institution that was around before the Civil War. They're entrenched in state politics Don Siegelman was a UA SGA president.

The University of Alabama would be very happy if The University of Alabama in Huntsville did not exist. Despite our excellence in a number of things, we are the red-headed stepchildren of the system, and UA is very, very, very, very, very aware of the fact that UAB dominates the UASystem in all sorts of dollar amounts. UA takes that out in all sorts of ways. Bear Bryant Jr.'s son, who is on the Board of Trustees, single-handedly kept the UAB football team from getting a new stadium. They never wanted UAB to go D-I in athletics, and they'd probably fight anything of the sort here.

Hell, you can easily argue that some on the board pushed Portera to go, "What's the point?" on our beloved hockey team, resulting in the crippling blow that just about ended this program without any outside influence. They wanted to bring us back down to their level, and if they spent more than 10 seconds thinking about it, they'd know that the ruse of bringing us into D-3 and playing with/in the SECHC wasn't going to happen just like we'd never have been accepted into B1G.

UA are *******s, and I don't want jack-**** to do with them. I know that some of our people here are UA alumni, and I'm sorry, that doesn't change my opinion. I'm not a huge fan of Auburn, but I HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE UAT. HATE.

For the record, I go shopping during the Iron Bowl and then go home and watch some NHL game.

GFM
I'm a Roll Tide guy all day long. But I agree that the shaft Porters gave UAH Hockey was a big steaming pile if elephant dung. It's also ridiculous that Bama doesn't play UAB, Troy, USA or Jax St in football. LSU does it w Monroe, Lafayette, Tulane & LaTech. And shooting down a new football venue was ridiculous. If Legion Field is so great, why doesn't Bama still play there? And don't forget the Bear cost Birmingham a shot at the NFL back when BHam & Atlanta were neck & neck. And don't think the boys in TTown exercised some influence in the failure of the MAPS Stadium proposal in the mid-late 90s in BHam.

UAHStatman
03-04-2014, 09:31 PM
So, people have asked about the "Alabama" or "Huntsville" thing. It surprises no one around here, but I HATE being called "Alabama". No one calls Nebraska-Omaha "Nebraska". No one calls UMass-Lowell "UMass" — and not the least because both schools play D-I varsity hockey. This is on par with calling Northern or Tech "Michigan" in a sport where the Wolverines don't play but the Wildcats and/or Huskies do.

But the big thing for me is that "Alabama" is Nick Saban. "Alabama" is Bear Bryant. "Alabama" is Denny Chimes and the Frozen Tide and all that mess.

"Alabama" is also the group of *******s that opened a research office in Huntsville as if we don't have the state's finest non-medical research institution here. I mean, we're in the same ****ing system. *******s. [And yes, I know that a lot of this is getting ****ed out. I don't care.] They have that smug sense of self-superiority that comes with being an educational institution that was around before the Civil War. They're entrenched in state politics — Don Siegelman was a UA SGA president.

The University of Alabama would be very happy if The University of Alabama in Huntsville did not exist. Despite our excellence in a number of things, we are the red-headed stepchildren of the system, and UA is very, very, very, very, very aware of the fact that UAB dominates the UASystem in all sorts of dollar amounts. UA takes that out in all sorts of ways. Bear Bryant Jr.'s son, who is on the Board of Trustees, single-handedly kept the UAB football team from getting a new stadium. They never wanted UAB to go D-I in athletics, and they'd probably fight anything of the sort here.

Hell, you can easily argue that some on the board pushed Portera to go, "What's the point?" on our beloved hockey team, resulting in the crippling blow that just about ended this program without any outside influence. They wanted to bring us back down to their level, and if they spent more than 10 seconds thinking about it, they'd know that the ruse of bringing us into D-3 and playing with/in the SECHC wasn't going to happen — just like we'd never have been accepted into B1G.

UA are *******s, and I don't want jack-**** to do with them. I know that some of our people here are UA alumni, and I'm sorry, that doesn't change my opinion. I'm not a huge fan of Auburn, but I HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE UAT. HATE.

For the record, I go shopping during the Iron Bowl and then go home and watch some NHL game.

GFM

Basically, we accept the following:

Long name: The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Short name: Alabama-Huntsville
Abbreviation: UAH

Or just "Huntsville." We'll even accept "UAHuntsville" over "Alabama," even though no one has ever used "UAHuntsville" in normal conversation except for the marketers who created it. Personally, it gives me the willies, and I think the school is moving away from that (yay).

Yeah, I don't like being called "Alabama," either, even when I was a huge Alabama fan. (I say "was" because it has faded over time, particularly over the past 2-3 years. I'm not at HATE HATE HATE like Geof, but more..."meh." At the end of the last Iron Bowl, I laughed when a few years ago I'd be steamed. Then I got more upset because UAH hockey lost to Western Michigan later in the evening. What can I say? I went to UAH, not UAT.)

gfmorris
03-04-2014, 09:48 PM
I think that my hatred is in the gross contempt with which UAT holds every other educational institution in the state. They think they're good in engineering (they're not — Auburn is better, and at some things, UAH is better than Auburn), they think they're the best at liberal arts (bzzzzzz, Montevallo), they think that they're the best business school (correct, but only because nobody else around the state really gives a crap), they think they're the best law school (bzzzzzz, Samford). I truly think that University people — NOT Joe BAMA, who bought his T-shirt and hat at Walmart — think that the success of the football team is an extension of the University's greatness. Guess what? It's an extension of the donors to the program and the willingness of the UAS Board of Trustees to fund the machine that is Roll Tide. It's ridiculous that Bear Bryant, Jr. is on the BoT. Most of the other men (read: no women unless that's changed in the last couple of years) have done good things and are worthy people. Junior won a genetic lottery.

I hate UAT.

GFM

tnlong
03-05-2014, 11:29 AM
Are we (as UAH fans) willing to flesh this out? We could put something on UAHHockey.com with these things and hotels. I'm willing to pull it together, but I want some input for it, mainly because I'm very rarely downtown anymore. (Hell, my place to go drink is Voodoo Lounge, but only because I like dives.)

GFM Are you aware that both the Kaffeeklatsch Bar and Voodoo Lounge are now smoke free? It's proof that Hell did freeze over (twice) this year. I'm a non-smoker; but ever since the earliest days of UAH hockey, I could depend on having a smoke without lighting-up (second hand) by just going to the Kaffeeklatsch on one of their busy nights.

http://wikimapia.org/1559472/Judge-Crater-s-Tavern

Its name history has been Judge Crater's Tavern ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Force_Crater ), Tavern Under The Square, Judge Crater's, and Voodoo Lounge. Our good friend Ernie Ritch (sadly deceased - Lee High grad. & UAH Alumni Association president http://leealumni.homestead.com/100531.html ) and his friend Sonny Hollingsworth opened the place in the basement of Ernie's real estate office building.

P.S.
Cool, I just noticed a Google Map error. They have the wrong building identified. The correct building is to the left.