As fond memories go, I have a good one. One morning after an especially high-adrenaline show at Phoenix Hill or someplace like that, I wanted to go somewhere to work out my ya-yas. It was after-hours by now, but I was still jazzed up and so was my sound guy. Unfortunately for late-night workers and performers, there's little fun to be had once, everyone else is done having their fun with you, if you know what I mean. Plus, I didn't have any roving, underground party-type friends at that time. Still don't, dang it. So on this occasion, I made lots of phone calls with one important question: Where could we hang out, make some noise and have a beer at 6 a.m.? (5 a.m. would have been better, but I figured there was some law or something, discouraging a perpetual drunk.) But we hadn't even gotten started!! A place in New Albany answered the phone and touted booze AND breakfast bar! We were on it. In less than twenty minutes, we finally found the little joint. Two or three old men glared at us like we were from New York or something, ordering a bloody Mary, then some other mixed drink, neither of which the bartender knew how to make. We settled for something in a dirty glass, to fit in. On the bar was an overturned box of cereal - cornflakes, I think. This was indeed a breakfast bar! We were in heaven, for it began pouring outside, and the adventure was sparkling!
Now then. I still know of no early morning hotspots in the Mid-City area, but I can tell you of one on Grade Lane. 7302 Grade Lane, to be specific. I haven't been there yet, but I about fell out when Mike Walls told me he ran karaoke at this bar called Kuhl's Tavern......SIX A.M. until noon!!!!!! There are cars waiting in the parking lot for 6 a.m. to come around so they can drink and sing! What fun! Mike's strange hours are: Saturdays, 6 a.m. - noon, then 9 p.m. - 3 a.m. They cater primarily to UPS employees, in case you're wondering. There's something "wild" about having fun in the morning. Sorta like being in Nashville, I think.
Yes, things they are a-changin'. Dedden's Highland Fling finally closed on November 30. Lois had a big last night blow-out, and I'm told it was so packed, they ran out of liquor by 1:30 a.m. This cozy Bardstown Road oasis has been the source of memories for its regulars since the 1970s. I figure lots of folks will be lost for a while. Regrettably, I was working too much to visit the bar with thanks and "Good Luck" to Lois on that fated final week. However, I'm sure she's happy to finally have a day off. Sounds like the spot is to be filled with an Argentinean restaurant.
Kimmett and Doug have been touring with Days Of The New again. Tynker's Too! / The Rage, Louisville's only lesbian bar, has closed after four years on Market Street. Maier's Tavern has a new owner, Sean Mullaney. He's spiced the place up a bit, with more big TV's, more "name" acts and more, well...jennysaypa!
I hope the year 2000 was wonderful for you - it only gets better.
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