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OU_Country
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  Message Not Read  Hardwood House -- Bar in The Convo
   Posted: 12/11/2019 10:44:53 AM 
Unless I'm mistaken, this hasn't been discussed yet in here, which if so, is shocking to me.

https://twitter.com/JasonAmessenger/status/12023744989782...




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@OhioBobcats
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Any food and drink purchased at the Hardwood House can be taken anywhere in the Convo.
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Alan Swank
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  Message Not Read  RE: Hardwood House -- Bar in The Convo
   Posted: 12/11/2019 11:01:02 AM 
OU_Country wrote:
Unless I'm mistaken, this hasn't been discussed yet in here, which if so, is shocking to me.

https://twitter.com/JasonAmessenger/status/12023744989782...




Also, of note:


@OhioBobcats
Replying to @Hesse219 and @JasonAmessenger:

Any food and drink purchased at the Hardwood House can be taken anywhere in the Convo.


I meant to post about it Sunday after the game but couldn't remember the whole name that Lou announced. I went over to check it out late in the second half. Very nice setup. Because it's not very big, I wonder if they'll allow people to spill out into the concourse with their drinks. This kind of makes the Rohr Room admittance a little less valuable other than the free popcorn and water. Hopefully they'll have some good music playing in the bar although I didn't see any speakers (doesn't mean they aren't there, just didn't notice any).
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  Message Not Read  RE: Hardwood House -- Bar in The Convo
   Posted: 12/11/2019 11:17:50 AM 
Thanks Alan.

A couple questions I thought of:

-How may screens were in the bar area?

-Do they sell food of any kind?

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  Message Not Read  RE: Hardwood House -- Bar in The Convo
   Posted: 12/11/2019 11:28:42 AM 
OU_Country wrote:
Thanks Alan.

A couple questions I thought of:

-How may screens were in the bar area?

-Do they sell food of any kind?



I saw four screens. Not sure about the food. It looks like some of the bar/table tops were made out of old gym flooring (perhaps from the Convo or Grover). On the left wall when you enter are displays with pictures and articles in four groups - 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s (I believe). Unfortunately becuase they're on the way behind seating, they will be hard to see/get to when people are seated at the tables. I climbed up on the benches to read them all on Sunday. Some pretty neat stuff.

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  Message Not Read  RE: Hardwood House -- Bar in The Convo
   Posted: 12/11/2019 11:50:13 AM 
Alan Swank wrote:
OU_Country wrote:

How may screens were in the bar area?


I saw four screens.



So assume they show the game in the bar on all four TVs so fans can watch from there.
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Andrew Ruck
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  Message Not Read  RE: Hardwood House -- Bar in The Convo
   Posted: 12/11/2019 12:14:32 PM 
I swung by on Sunday, it looked awesome. I want my basement to look just like this. Interesting concept, plenty of TVs but still ultimately takes you away from the live action. Definitely interested to see how well it is received.


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  Message Not Read  RE: Hardwood House -- Bar in The Convo
   Posted: 12/11/2019 12:32:33 PM 
Took a quick glance in there and it looked really nice.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Hardwood House -- Bar in The Convo
   Posted: 12/11/2019 1:14:44 PM 
They are advertising a "happy hour" from 7:30 to 8:30 for the Purdue game. I have not seen any particulars as to what that means. I'm hoping the prices fall somewhere between uptown prices and Peden prices.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Hardwood House -- Bar in The Convo
   Posted: 12/11/2019 5:59:47 PM 
The room is the former Ohio Athletic Trainers Assoc. Hall of Fame if you visited the 2nd floor or main concourse.


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  Message Not Read  RE: Hardwood House -- Bar in The Convo
   Posted: 12/11/2019 8:10:04 PM 
Alan Swank wrote:
OU_Country wrote:
Thanks Alan.

A couple questions I thought of:

-How may screens were in the bar area?

-Do they sell food of any kind?



I saw four screens. Not sure about the food. It looks like some of the bar/table tops were made out of old gym flooring (perhaps from the Convo or Grover). On the left wall when you enter are displays with pictures and articles in four groups - 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s (I believe). Unfortunately becuase they're on the way behind seating, they will be hard to see/get to when people are seated at the tables. I climbed up on the benches to read them all on Sunday. Some pretty neat stuff.



Bench and bar front are old Convo floor. Table tops and bar top are old Baker bowling lanes. Beer similar to regular concessions stand beer, take it anywhere, bar has wine as well. Food can be ordered at bar and I think staff go and get it from back of house/concessions. All work, including unique metal work for standing table area done in house by shops staff. Very nicely done.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Hardwood House -- Bar in The Convo
   Posted: 12/11/2019 9:32:16 PM 
As we all know there are dorm rooms in the convo. So the question that begs to be ask - "Does this make OU the only university in the country that has a bar in in a dorm??? " ;-)
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  Message Not Read  RE: Hardwood House -- Bar in The Convo
   Posted: 12/12/2019 12:51:26 PM 
left lane, hammer down wrote:
As we all know there are dorm rooms in the convo. So the question that begs to be ask - "Does this make OU the only university in the country that has a bar in in a dorm??? " ;-)


There’s been bars in dorms here forever
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  Message Not Read  RE: Hardwood House -- Bar in The Convo
   Posted: 12/12/2019 5:15:43 PM 
Alan Swank wrote:
They are advertising a "happy hour" from 7:30 to 8:30 for the Purdue game. I have not seen any particulars as to what that means. I'm hoping the prices fall somewhere between uptown prices and Peden prices.


I'm curious - where are they advertising this? The arena opens 90 minutes before tip?
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  Message Not Read  RE: Hardwood House -- Bar in The Convo
   Posted: 12/12/2019 11:30:18 PM 
colobobcat66 wrote:
left lane, hammer down wrote:
As we all know there are dorm rooms in the convo. So the question that begs to be ask - "Does this make OU the only university in the country that has a bar in in a dorm??? " ;-)


There’s been bars in dorms here forever


Official / university ran / approved bars ??????
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  Message Not Read  RE: Hardwood House -- Bar in The Convo
   Posted: 12/13/2019 5:34:24 PM 
We had a bar in the College Inn (Bromley Hall)but as you mentioned it was not owned by the university at that time.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Hardwood House -- Bar in The Convo
   Posted: 12/13/2019 9:59:59 PM 
left lane, hammer down wrote:
colobobcat66 wrote:
left lane, hammer down wrote:
As we all know there are dorm rooms in the convo. So the question that begs to be ask - "Does this make OU the only university in the country that has a bar in in a dorm??? " ;-)


There’s been bars in dorms here forever


Official / university ran / approved bars ??????


Yep. The Frontier Room in Baker Center was a happening place for many years.

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  Message Not Read  RE: Hardwood House -- Bar in The Convo
   Posted: 12/13/2019 11:20:06 PM 
Alan Swank wrote:
left lane, hammer down wrote:
colobobcat66 wrote:
left lane, hammer down wrote:
As we all know there are dorm rooms in the convo. So the question that begs to be ask - "Does this make OU the only university in the country that has a bar in in a dorm??? " ;-)


There’s been bars in dorms here forever


Official / university ran / approved bars ??????


Yep. The Frontier Room in Baker Center was a happening place for many years.



From Best of Athens 2013: Second best party dorm is Bromley Hall, the closest thing Athens has to a high-rise. Back in the old days, Bromley even had a black-lighted bar – the Deck – in the ground floor.

I had a roommate who was a bartender at The Deck in mid 70's. He got fired for giving us too many free beers!

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  Message Not Read  RE: Hardwood House -- Bar in The Convo
   Posted: 12/13/2019 11:43:17 PM 
Alan Swank wrote:
left lane, hammer down wrote:
colobobcat66 wrote:
left lane, hammer down wrote:
As we all know there are dorm rooms in the convo. So the question that begs to be ask - "Does this make OU the only university in the country that has a bar in in a dorm??? " ;-)


There’s been bars in dorms here forever


Official / university ran / approved bars ??????


Yep. The Frontier Room in Baker Center was a happening place for many years.



Alan were there DORM rooms ever
in Baker ????

Last Edited: 12/13/2019 11:44:13 PM by left lane, hammer down

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  Message Not Read  RE: Hardwood House -- Bar in The Convo
   Posted: 12/14/2019 11:16:38 PM 
left lane, hammer down wrote:
Alan Swank wrote:
left lane, hammer down wrote:
colobobcat66 wrote:
left lane, hammer down wrote:
As we all know there are dorm rooms in the convo. So the question that begs to be ask - "Does this make OU the only university in the country that has a bar in in a dorm??? " ;-)


There’s been bars in dorms here forever


Official / university ran / approved bars ??????


Yep. The Frontier Room in Baker Center was a happening place for many years.



Alan were there DORM rooms ever
in Baker ????


Nope. I was referring to this - Official / university ran / approved bars ??????
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  Message Not Read  RE: Hardwood House -- Bar in The Convo
   Posted: 12/16/2019 11:53:21 AM 
Alan Swank wrote:
left lane, hammer down wrote:
colobobcat66 wrote:
left lane, hammer down wrote:
As we all know there are dorm rooms in the convo. So the question that begs to be ask - "Does this make OU the only university in the country that has a bar in in a dorm??? " ;-)


There’s been bars in dorms here forever


Official / university ran / approved bars ??????


Yep. The Frontier Room in Baker Center was a happening place for many years.



I thought he was just referring to the bars in the actual dorms, like we all had in our mini fridges and closets. :)
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  Message Not Read  RE: Hardwood House -- Bar in The Convo
   Posted: 12/22/2019 10:18:40 AM 
We made it a point to arrive early yesterday to check it out and get a drink before the game. They did a good job setting it up. Far nicer than I expected.. It's a nice complement/alternative to grabbing a drink in the Rohr Room, which tends to get a little crowded at times.

Like other said, they have some of the old/original baseline Convo wood to make the bar & walls, which is a nice touch. And some old photos from 90s/80s/70s/60s (but not 2000s I don't think). I'm guessing it may evolve but it's a very nice addition to the Convo, for anyone that arrives early.





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  Message Not Read  RE: Hardwood House -- Bar in The Convo
   Posted: 1/24/2020 9:50:52 AM 
Just curious to hear from those in the know how popular this has continued to be so far? I walked by before the Purdue game but haven’t been by it since. It was pretty packed then.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Hardwood House -- Bar in The Convo
   Posted: 1/24/2020 10:24:42 AM 
CatsUp wrote:
Just curious to hear from those in the know how popular this has continued to be so far? I walked by before the Purdue game but haven’t been by it since. It was pretty packed then.


I walked by at halftime Tuesday. Three patrons and one bartender. Not sure what it's like before the game. The contrast in prices between a beer uptown and a beer in the Convo may very well be a deterrent for some. People in Athens are used to very cheap drinks - very cheap.

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  Message Not Read  RE: Hardwood House -- Bar in The Convo
   Posted: 1/24/2020 10:35:46 AM 
I like the bar. The beer is not cheap but expected prices. I would like to see them add unique (no concession food) food to this area. It would be nice for those who arrive early. If it catches on, add another with it's own unique food and beer.


GO BOBCATS
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  Message Not Read  RE: Hardwood House -- Bar in The Convo
   Posted: 1/24/2020 10:54:57 AM 
Kinggeorge4 wrote:
I like the bar. The beer is not cheap but expected prices. I would like to see them add unique (no concession food) food to this area. It would be nice for those who arrive early. If it catches on, add another with it's own unique food and beer.


Agree.
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