Everyone I talked to, or at least a lot of them, would always talk about Nichol’s Alley, and I’d say “what?,” and there’d be this little pause on the phone, and then they’d say “Nichol’s Alley. You don’t know about Nichol’s Alley?” And I’d say no, and I think it always kind of hurt my cred a bit — dude thinks he can write a book about Auburn in the ’70s? And he doesn’t know about Nichol’s Alley?
If only I’d found the March 3, 1977 issue of The Plainsman sooner.
Inflation is inflation. But think about that — alcohol suicide for under $1.
* Toomer’s oak sapling on Capitol Hill already rolled
* Bama fans go thirsty at Auburn baseball game
* Dean Foy discusses the lewdness of youth
* James Garner and the Auburn plaque in ‘Tank’
* Alice Fraasa demonstrates the AU Gang Sign
* Auburn’s Miss Universe contestant, Audrey Moore
* Auburn amputee has tiger-striped prosthetic legs
* Auburn grad tries to get Ryan Secrest to hire her with internet campaign
That’s because it was in Columbus, GA!!!! I spent many a Wednesday night there 🙂
of course, they were REALLY small beers – about 3-4 oz. each
@lifelongtiger – not when I was there – they were the 20oz cups of draft. They also used to hand out free sub sandwiches as you left because they knew many of us were driving 40 miles back to Auburn. Lord just think of the calories consumed!!!!!!!!!!!
Is that Fritz the Cat?
I think if I look really hard and deep in the denziens of my closet, or is it an old suitcase I might be able to find my old Nichol’s Alley T-shirt.
They were small beers, but a nickel it was just fine. They would not, however, allow you to buy up several. You would have to return to the bar each time. At a nickel, that could sometimes take a while.
Bartended there for a couple of years in the mid-late 70. Great place.
You paid $3 to get in on Wednesdays, then the beers were a nickel. It was draft beer in a really small glass, maybe 6 oz at most. If you think about it, it was a great deal for a bar, but it wasn’t like they were giving beer away. For $4, you could get in and drink 20 cups of beer, which probably equated to ten 12oz cans of beer. At the time you could get a six pack for $2 or slightly less. Still, it was a great marketing gimic and the lines were long to get into the place. They had a great sound system and there were lots of girls too.
Michael Val Hietter says
There was a Nichol’s Alley in Jacksonville, FL. I was in grade school at the time. They had interesting animated TV commercials, and I wondered what kind of place it was and what went on there–now I know.
Bubba Parkman says
I was the head Host-Bouncer, We loved the pretty Ladies from Auburn!! I tried to make time for them. It was the best times ever!!! Bubba
Melita Kim Truitt (Yates) says
I was there in 1976 almost every weekend.
Great place. What was the name of the first song they played after “Welcome back my friends”
Keith Cooper says
Nichols Alley was THE place for a hundred miles in every direction..best club south of the Limelight (Slimelight) in Atlanta all the way to Panama City, Florida..We had (I worked there in the special mixed drink bar in 1977) a LIVE drummer and every night Emerson lake and Palmer would start the show without the drummer, the dance floor would light up with “Welcome Back my Friends to the Show that never ends” and when that song ended the DJ would hit it hard with some dance funk and the live drummer would kick in and damn, it got EVERYBODY on the dance floor right then! No club like it since….
Keith Cooper says
Damn Bubba,,I just saw your name…yep you WERE the head bouncer and you got ALL the pretty girls…I worked the specialty Bar, you wouldn’t remember me but we had a great time there..you used to park your ass over by the back door with one of the other big guys to watch the action directly across the dance floor from the speciality bar…good times had by all…
was a bartender from 1989 to the night it closed. many of great memories and great friends,and drunken nights and mornings!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. met my wife there too.,still talk to people in the area who remember.
also worked at Mothers on rt 23,and the Rusty Nail in Lodi, and the Mouse trap in Rochelle park.
I remember all the military that frequented Nichols Alley and they would tend to hit on us Auburn gals when our boyfriends left the tables for some reason. Too much alcohol on everyone’s part could cause………uh……..tension. 😉. I also remember the wet t-shirt contests. I, myself never took part in those contests. NEVER. Lol. We all had a lot of fun, sometimes too much fun especially when that exam the next day didn’t ring a bell as to anything you had ever studied. 🤓😎
what was the name of that first song after the DJ played welcome back my friends? It was a song that got everyone on the dance floor
Does anyone out there have any pictures of the subway car that was in Nicholas alley ?
We own the car and it is currently being restored, and we would be interested in seeing some pictures of it from that time.
No one has a dam clue about that first son that Tony and Keith are talking about. When welcome back my friends went off that song kicked in and it was funkalicious to say the least. Everyone and I mean everyone hit that flow
Nicholas Cvetetic says
I never got there in time for the first song but I always got to hear the “Last call for alcohol” . It was tough driving back to AU because the cops were waiting for us when we crossed over the bridge into Phoenix City.
Tony H Earl says
Well lets hope that someone that happens to come across this remembers the name of that song
I started going there in 1972 the manager would let me in @16 because I would start everybody dancing on the first song “Welcome Back my Friends”. I won the annual dance contest I think it was 74′ or 75′ some cash and a bottle of champagne. I enjoyed Nicholas Alley.