In light of the on-going demolition of the historic and iconic Nye’s Polonaise—once voted the best bar in America by Esquire Magazine, although it had grown into more hype than happenings—we wanted to remember one of the venue’s biggest heroes.
We stopped into Nye’s on Saturday night to either pay our respects or say good riddance to the iconic venue. For us it was a little of both. Maybe it’s that the end of Nye’s as we know it is approaching—thanks to its upcoming sale and the hilarious (and somewhat sad) upcoming high rise development—but the place was packed during our visit. Out of everything during our visit, the server’s uniforms, the terrible singing at the piano bar, the three dining rooms of birthday parties, memories of Ruthie (RIP) from the World’s Most Dangerous Polka Band, the one thing that stood out to us on our swan song visit was the television hanging in the corner of the Polka Lounge. The sagging, 18″ screen looked like no one changed the channel for the last 15 years, the moving image mostly an abstract mess of different colored horizontal lines over what might have been a basketball game. That TV has shown a lot of games and seen a lot of crazy stuff in that bar, always just being the same and wearing out into its true static form, just like the rest of the bar. That’s why it’s getting an award. RIP Nye’s.