At the ripe old age of six, many of you are probably fairly familiar with Madison's Pub in Mount Clemens. Originally a Post Bar, the location has undergone quite a few changes in the past few years, the most exciting of which are those just recently coming to pass. With a second level addition to their patio as well as a soon-to-debut enormous outdoor fire pit, we're quite confident in saying this is easily one of our most-esteemed Eastside hangouts.
Let's not ignore the elephant in the room, however, while talking about downtown Mount Clemens. It doesn't always get the best rep. But not just the street that this pub sits on, but those that surround it as well, are certainly some of the nicest in the city. Situated in the heart of downtown, on the corner of North Walnut and Main Street, the pub is easily one we could see in any suburban neighborhood. And it's not just those adjacent avenues that are clean around here.
"We run one of the cleanest bars I've ever been to," says co-owner Brett Armstrong. "From the bathrooms to the windows to what's going on behind the bar, we make an effort with up-keep here."
And while, sure, cleanliness is a big deal when it comes to where you're going to be getting anything that's eventually going in your mouth, there's more to this place that the fact that you could probably eat off the patio floor.
"We've got great food, great drinks and a great atmosphere here," says Armstrong, summing up exactly what it is that has made the bar both popular and successful.
"We also try to keep up with trends, especially behind the bar. We have a good supply of draft beers, we have some craft beers and we're very well-known for our rum runners," he says
The bar also keeps up with movements in music, booking up-and-coming acts to perform on the patio every weekend. In addition to hosting bands and DJs, Madison's also puts on an al fresco barbecue every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
"We set up a grill and do a huge spread," says Armstrong. "And after the kitchen closes, we always have someone out here until two in the morning cooking burgers, hotdogs and chicken sandwiches."
While it's usually packed on normal Friday or Saturday, this weekend is one that Armstrong and his staff anticipate to be wall-to-wall day and night. Located in the thick of the Stars and Stripes Festival, the bar has an open door policy for patrons of the Independence Day revelries. Literally. The bar opens its front gates to not only welcome those enjoying the festivities into its cool, refreshment-baring walls, but to help its own clientele enjoy the live music and revelries as well. They'll also be hosting a variety of musical acts, featuring a special menu and bringing in a very special Three Olives snow cone cocktail maker just for the event.
So, whether you're thinking of stopping by during Stars and Stripes, a Macomb County native or just looking for somewhere new to chill, we have to say this place comes with our highest recommendations. | RDW