The ISU community voted Pub II the best Normal Bar. Pub II has been in operation since 1974 and is situated on the corner of Linden Street and College Avenue in Normal.
Terry Stralow, co-owner of Pub II, said he is happy the bar has been voted first place. Stralow said Pub II has a lot to offer the Normal community, and particularly ISU students.
“I would like to think [we have] food and drink at a reasonable price,” he explained.
“We have a patio, which is very popular when the weather is good. We show most sporting events.”
Maggie Miley’s, located on East Beaufort in Uptown Normal, received second place, while Brewe-Ha’s, also located on the corner of Linden Street and College Avenue, took third. Maggie Miley’s has been in business since November 2004.
“We try to cater to everybody,” Peter Connolly, general manager of Maggie Miley’s, explained. “As long as you’ve got shoes on your feet and a shirt on your back, you’re welcome — family, business people, students alike.”
Connolly said receiving second place for Best Normal Bar is a great accomplishment.
“We got [first] a few years back, which is great, but the fact that we got number two means people still enjoy it a lot, which means hopefully we’re going in the right direction,” he said.
He said he thinks the atmosphere of Maggie Miley’s draws students to the bar.