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First the Garage; now is St. Pete's Uptown Bar closing, too?



Okay, this is getting a little ridiculous.

First we find out St. Petersburg's Garage Bar is on the verge of shutting down. Now comes word that its neighbor, the Uptown Bar might be closing its doors, too.

We happened to walk by there Saturday night, and while Uptown's doors were open early in the evening, the lights were off by around midnight. And we stopped by again Monday night -- a night when there was a concert by the punk band Anti-Nowhere League at the State Theatre across the street -- and once again, nothing doing.

We spoke briefly by phone Monday night with owner Ania, who confirmed that the family is selling the bar, but that's all she would say before hanging up.

Car Bomb Driver has already canceled a show that was scheduled for July 31 at Uptown. And we hear other booked shows have been wiped off the books, too.

If the Uptown Bar is in fact closing, downtown St. Pete would be losing one if its quirkiest watering holes. Everything about the Uptown -- once described in tbt* as a "Twin Peaks-like dive" -- screams unique, especially its dapper bird logo. It‚Äôs quirky, it‚Äôs punky, it‚Äôs a bit like a carnival, with a little outsider-art thrown in. There‚Äôs a lot of live music (like Arm the Poor, above), and concert kids and even bands would often show up for a beer after concerts at the State.

Anyone out there know what the hell is going on in the 600 block of Central Avenue?

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 14, 2009 9:21am]


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