When I talk with actives and older alumni I often feel like we don't speak the same language. Since "the nail" is referred to a lot I thought it would be a good place to start.
In 1985 the New York Legislature raised the drinking age from 19 to 21, effective December 1st. This must have hurt business quite a bit as in 1986 the owner of The Rusty Nail re-did the bar, dividing it into two parts and renaming it the Hi n'Dry. One part was for 21+ and the other for 18+.
That didn't last long, because in either 1986 or 87 it was re-named again and became Backstreets, the name it still has today.
What are your memories of the Nail, High n'Dry or Back Streets?
The Rusty Nail
aka The Nail
1976 The Racquette article:
Two bars that are crowded consistently four out of seven nights a week are the Rusty Nail and The Whiskey One. They are famous for their specials and a cover charge stamp which covers the hand and forearm. It always nice to show up in class the next day advertising that you paid the cover charge for last night's special because you forget to wash off the huge W-l off your hand. The "Nail" and "One" capitalize on the American Economic ideal of the most inexpensive is the beer with their 2 for 1, dollar pitchers or quarter: drafts. This is upheld ever if it means getting smashed mid-week.
31-33 Market Street
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