Taylor & Dunn’s Public House (10365 N. Cedarburg Rd., Mequon) is named after Taylor Heavilon and Andrew Dunn, believed to be two of the first landowners of what is now the Donges Bay and Cedarburg Road area.
Taylor & Dunn’s, or T&D, has been open since 2005, but my friend and I recently visited the establishment for its Wednesday night trivia.
As we waited for the bartender, I got lost in the bar top which is covered in old tickets from concerts and various Packers, Bucks and Badgers games over the years. The crowd was a good mix of ages, my friend describing it as "the crossroads of America."
In case you’re worried about all of this "fiscal cliff" talk and want to start drowning your sorrows now, T&D’s has its own Economic Stimulus Plan that’s sure to save you a few bucks. Wednesday’s specials for the bar include $4.00 tall Seagram’s Seven mixers and $3.00 Corona and Corona Light bottles. My friend and I both went for the Seagram’s deal; I opted for a Seagram’s and ginger, he had a Seagram’s and coke.
The drink was just the way I like it - not too strong, but strong enough.
I hadn’t eaten dinner, so I asked the bartender for a menu. When I ordered chicken fingers and my male friend ordered nothing, the bartender asked if I let him eat in public and he’d bet I wouldn’t share. Perhaps if he was my date I wouldn’t let him eat. I mean, come on, I can’t have greasy fingers stroking my hair. But as he was a friend we both awkwardly laughed and went back to our game of trivia.
All of the Guinness memorabilia on the walls and ceiling gave me a craving, so I asked for a pint as I finished my Seagram’s. My bartender friend recently told me how many places in Milwaukee pour Guinness completely wrong, so I paid close attention to the pour. Perfect would be an understatement. After pouring at a 45-degree angle, he let it settle for a few minutes before topping it off.
Guinness is just the start of T&D’s on-tap selection. Patrons can also find Smithwick’s, Miller Lite, Spotted Cow, Sconnie, Harp Irish Lager and Bass Pale Ale, in addition to varieties of Shock Top and Sprecher.
Toward the end of the trivia game we knew our pop culture knowledge had failed us and the only hope we had left to keep our pride intact was to win the best team name category. Unfortunately the name we picked out was deemed not “clean” enough by the owner, so we went away empty handed, but bellies full.
As we settled our bill, we couldn’t help but laugh at the identifier the bartender used for our tab: “young couple.” All in all, Taylor & Dunn’s Public House is a great place to gather with friends and enjoy the perfect Guinness pint, but I’d avoid bellying up to the bar for a first date.
Visit tayloranddunns.com to learn about their Economic Stimulus Plan and more.
Guinness image courtesy of Guinness. This post has been updated.