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Union Bar

June 11, 2010

I’ve wanted to check out the Union Bar in downtown Gering (corner of 10th and N Streets) for awhile. It seems to be a popular place for friends to meet.

Their webpage is pretty out of date. Their Facebook page is better. I laugh at their ads in the paper, with ludicrous misspellings.

Husband and I visited on a Wednesday night. It was packed to the gills. They have nightly specials, and Wednesday is dollar burger night. Very popular. They have other popular food specials, including a Monday night 16 oz T-bone steak for $8. (I will take their word that it’s a good price. I don’t often buy T-bone steak at restaurants.)

The dollar burger’s not a tiny slider or anything. It’s a for-real, big burger with pickles and onions. I don’t know if the cheese was extra because the waitroid added up the tab in her head. We never saw a bill.

The burger doesn’t come with a side, so we ordered a choose-your-own-fried-stuff basket. We had sweet potato fries (they were OK), mozzarella sticks (OK as well), and jalapeno cheese cubes (more like processed “cheese food” with pepper flavoring that stuck to the roof of my mouth; would not order again). It came with a tangy dipping sauce.

If you like hanging out in a bar, the Union Bar isn’t a bad place. The staff was very friendly, if struggling to keep up with the crowd. I think I would really enjoy the outdoor patio (“Western Union”), except that I get the feeling I might encounter a chimney’s worth of cigarette smoke out there. Not a fan of OPS (other people’s smoke).

About the trombones above the bar . . . I was told that the owner had bought their pleading child a trombone. Said child quickly tired of the instrument. Parent was so frustrated by the outlay of so much money for such a short-lived musical career, they ran over the trombone with their vehicle and hung it over the bar. Other patrons have added their own (non-smushed) instruments to the collection.

Original, smushed trombone is on the left.

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Copyright 2010 by Katie Bradshaw

2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 11, 2010 11:46 am

    Been a long time since I was there–happened upon a superb fresh fish fry–excellent!

  2. sue mommy permalink
    June 11, 2010 6:09 pm

    Loved the trombone story! We had an extra trombone around our house after the only son decided he really didn’t want to play it after all. We were a bit more altruistic and donated it to the music teacher at my school (although running over it with our van would have been rather satisfying).

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