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Madison Avenue Pub


Posted by Staff / April 27, 2009

Madison Avenue Pub
6 floors, 11 bars, 5 patios, live entertainment, darts, billiards and sports bar.

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Emily / November 2, 2009 at 12:25 PM

I have been to the madison house many times for a variety of events, but most recently Hallowe'en 2009. My brother, his wife, my boyfriend and myself were enjoying being spectators to such a vibrant evening and wonderful live music until I had to go to the bathroom.

Prior to the epic journey through what I can only describe as shoulder to shoulder crowd there were patrons dancing on tables, on stage with musicians and generally just a rowdy party rivaling most frat parties I've been to world wide. Being bumped and knocked is just something to expect and take with a grain of salt (or perhaps find somewhere else to go).

My boyfriend, being the complete gentleman he is, escorted me to the bathroom to make sure I didn't get knocked about too much and that I made it. We had to cross through a HUGE PACKED crowd and all of a sudden someone screams "BOLLOCKS!" Not thinking too much of it we continued walking towards the bathroom (consider the amount of profainities you hear on the average night in a pub). As soon as we made it to the bathroom a security guard out of nowhere tapped my boyfriend on the shoulder and asked him to leave stating "A staff member pointed you out and you have to go". To which we both were puzzled. We didn't push people, we didn't hit anyone, we were saying excuse and sorry and pardon me's the whole way. My boyfriend didn't want a scene and started walking out on his own accord. However, the security guard (I wish I had got his name) was not asnwering my questions as to why. I started off politely asking why and that quickly changed when I was called an annoying bitch. He made a claim I had slapped him when a female security guard showed up to ask me to leave. I was next to tears as I have never slapped someone in my life.

I still cannot understand why this happened that evening. I cannot comprehend how being verbally abused by a security guard prompts me to be ejected from a pub where the average person was behaving outside of the rules.

I know there is nothing I can do to follow up or make things right. I wish we had the opportunity to have settled the issue with a simple sorry and a hand shake then being walked out of the pub. I'm in the wrong even if I am a victim of a moody security guard or a disgruntled off-duty staff member. However, I believe in Karma and I remember this guards face and I look forward to showing him one day what kindness and courtesy is and I hope then I receive the appology for our treatment.

Sylvia / November 2, 2009 at 12:30 PM

agreed. worst staffed bar in the city.

Vin / July 7, 2010 at 2:24 PM

Worst Nachos ever! smelt like feet! good place, been going there for years, first time to ever have nachos there and I cant say I have had worse nachos anywhere else

Vin In replying to a comment from Emily / July 7, 2010 at 2:26 PM

In addition, to Emily's story, have had similar exp at Maddys.

Peter / July 28, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Worst pub in the city. Horrible staff, terrible clientele. I thought Id play it cheap by ordering the house lager. Big mistake. There were a few tough frat boys bugging me and my two other friends. Not sure how it happened, but my drink was drugged and I don't remember the last 30 min there. I woke up in the hospital, after being seriously knocked out by one of the guys whose face I can't remember. I hit my head hard on the concrete, and suffered a major black eye and face fractures. The staff at the Maddy were absolutely useless, leaving me knocked out on the floor without a care in the world. My friends begged the to use the phone to call an ambulance, and they refused citing that I was the cause of my own misery. Eventually some patrons phoned the ambulance, and got me help. I will never ever go back here again, and I advise everyone to watch their drinks. This place is dangerous. Id rather go to a dive in the worst part of Detroit.

Noomi / August 21, 2013 at 2:20 PM

I used to go to Madison on Thursday nights when I was living in TO. I suppose because the Canadian is cheaper that day ha-ha. As many other international students, I was enjoying going there because I could meet new people very easily. I don't know if I'm lucky but I've never had bad experiences there. However, I must agree most of the staff is bad. I've never had the courage to order food ad well haha. Anyway, it doesn't change the fact there's a great atmosphere there, although I've been there on a January Tuesday night and it was pretty empty. Despite the bad points previously mentioned, I would recommend this place. Had unforgettable memories there.

jaz / October 19, 2013 at 5:27 PM

I go to the maddy on thursdays
for great music
solid crowd
and descent staff

give them a good tip and get treated well to!

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