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Martha’s Midway Tavern

Have you ever been to Martha’s Midway Tavern in Mishawaka? If not, it’s time to go.

Martha's Midway Tavern

Dancing at the Midway Tavern

There are few establishments in the area that have as much history as the Midway Tavern. Opened in 1924 during Prohibition, the Midway Tavern first started off as a lunch counter that sold bootleg hooch. It was a popular hangout for Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne and the gangster Al Capone, who would stop by the Midway while doing business in the area. After Prohibition was repealed, the owners added a dance hall and stage to the back of the bar, attracting famous blues musicians who would travel between Chicago and Detroit. According to the Midway Tavern’s website, the dance hall has not been updated, besides adding air conditioning and extending the stage, since the 1930s. Where else can you step back in time 90 years to have a cocktail, listen to excellent music, and dance?

Halloween at the Midway

Jane and me at the Midway Tavern Halloween Party in 2014

Visit the Midway Tavern’s website for a list of upcoming musicians. My favorite Midway Tavern act, Billy “Stix” Nicks and the Motown Machine, happens to be playing tonight (October 9). Billy “Stix” Nicks is another blast from the past – he played the drums for various Motown recording labels in the 1960s – and performed and recorded with numerous greats, including Jackie Ivory, Louis Armstrong, Jr. Walker and The All Stars, the Staple Singers, and Marvin Gaye.

In addition, if you’re looking for something to do on Halloween, the Midway Tavern is a fun place to go.

Martha’s Midway Tavern
810 W 4th Street
Mishawaka, IN 46544

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