Last week started a week long anniversary celebration for the 32nd anniversary of Jimmy’s Bar. Wow, hard to believe 32 years have gone by! I’m a day late in stopping by for the anniversary celebration, the week long party ended last night with Bobby’s Party. But what the hell, I thought I’d get them a little gift and stop by anyway. I’m a day late, but not a dollar short and that’s what really matters. Before we go to the bar, let’s go find an anniversary gift to take tonight.
I got the gift at Urban Artifacts. And what is this gift? Well, keep on scrolling and you’ll find out, now I have to go to work. Ugh.
Alright, through the miracle of the interwebs you're spared a night at work and we're cruising up Main Street towards Farmington Road with our sights tuned towards Jimmy's Bar.
And here we are at our aforementioned destination, Jimmy's Bar. I've never been able to get a decent photo of this place at night and tonight is no exception. This is the best of about 57 obsessive shots of the place.
Love the Budweiser Clover in the window. Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral.
Okay, enough of those Irish lullabies, let's go in because according to the clock on the wall...
it's time for a beer!
Right now there's plenty of seats at the bar, but with Jimmy's it can change at a moment's notice and be packed three minutes later, so let's grab a stool while we can and get settled in for the evening.
Here's Andrew, one of the friendly bartenders on duty tonight serving up the first beer of the evening. Sláinte!
The view of the back of the bar that's been a part of the scene here on Farmington Road for 32 beers...I mean years.
A holy trinity of glasses, cd's and bottles behind the bar.
Here's a signed photo from the 25th anniversary of Jimmy's Bar.
And here's a commemorative piece of art on the wall celebrating the 30th anniversary from two years ago.
A Jimmy Buffet poster from back in the day when the only place to see a concert in Peoria was at The Robertson Memorial Fieldhouse.
There's never a lack of things to look at in Jimmy's, even the ceiling is lined with Irish art and sports jerseys.
Here's an original piece of art on the wall inspired by Jimmy's Bar. It's titled, "Until We Meet Again," and it was drawn by, Kristen Risen. Nice.
The bar is starting to fill up now and Katina and Rachael struck a pretty pose for the MBIP camera. They told me I looked like a friend of theirs, Tony, although I'm sure I'm an older looking version of Tony. Anyway, nice to know there's one other goofy looking guy out there besides me!
Meanwhile back at the bar...
Jimmy's pretty daughter, Alice grabs a prop for a Pete Townshend inspired photo.
And finally here's the anniversary gifts I got from Urban Artifacts, a vintage Pabst sign and two cans of Pabst from back in the day. Three vintage beer artifacts inside a legendary pub on West Peoria. And that's Anna on the left who we met a couple weeks ago at Broken Tree Coffee, great to see her again! Happy 32nd anniversary to Jimmy's Bar and we'll see you all tomorrow...and hey, let's be careful out there!
2801 W Farmington Road
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