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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

The Slaughtered Lamb

Kevin's post on Dark, But Shining about the Top 10 werewolf movies of all-time (he posted the bottom half and will conclude on Monday) reminded me of my favorite New York City tavern, The Slaughtered Lamb. Granted, I'm a sucker for these types of places (establishments that serve beer, I mean). This one is located in Greenwich Village, where all sorts of ghouls and creatures of the nights lurk.

The original Slaughtered Lamb was a pub in a small town just north of London, cursed with the bloodline of the Werewolf. The inhabitants of East Proctor would sacrifice a lamb of their flock and smear the blood over the doors as part of a ritual to ward off the evil spirit of the Werewolf. A pentangle was also erected as a sign of respect so that the Werewolf would not tresspass on the property of the bearer. These same rituals were practiced at the local town tavern and it became a standard way of life for the local people. The Slaughtered Lamb has become well known from the movie "An American Werewolf in London" where two N.Y.U. students are attacked outside the pub, during the English leg of the European tour.
And despite the cheesiness - or maybe because of it - I love the Jekyll & Hyde Club too. Even went there for dinner on the first night of our honeymoon and The Bride did not flee in terror.

3 Comments:

Blogger Stacie Ponder said...

Thanks for that post! That bar was the first thing I thought of when Kevin posted as well. They have soooooo many beers....yay!

10/04/2005 09:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There was also a Jack The Ripper Pub affiliated with the same company ( Eerie Pubs ) just a few blocks away. It had a model train that ran around the perimeter of the pub just under the ceiling, a fog machine, lots of candles and a lot more! They closed a while back ( poor location ) but it was my favorite bar when I lived in NYC.

10/05/2005 01:41:00 PM  
Blogger Curt said...

Haha--when I was in the philosophy grad program at Fordham, my Marx professor always held court down at the Slaughtered Lamb.

10/06/2005 07:36:00 AM  

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