Gold Bar’s last business day will come on Saturday, August 27. The establishment is located at 1601 Story Avenue. Writing at LEO Weekly, Carolyn Brown has the full story (there’s no paywall).

Gold Bar opened in July 2020, the same month as Lynn Family Stadium. It became popular with LouCity and Racing Louisville supporters for its watch parties and proximity to the stadium.

Co-owner Sam Sneed told LEO that the closure “all comes down to timing.”

More specifically, read: pandemic timing.

“We were just bleeding out money during that time period, hoping to catch up, but we really never got to that point,” (Sneed) told LEO. “Our events were doing super well, our cocktail menu did super well, but getting out of COVID, we never really got to a point [of financial stability.”

Here’s the full statement from Gold Bar at Facebook.

For two shining, golden years, we’ve been humbled to serve our city. We opened our doors to you in 2020, at a time when so much was uncertain, and yet, you showed up consistently, time and time again. You created a culture and a community here, and in doing so, you gave this space meaning. And we’ve lived for every second of it.

Yet, after two years, it’s time now for Gold Bar to close its doors. Saturday, August 27 will be Gold Bar’s final night.

We cannot thank you enough for your support throughout these last two years. To everyone who danced with us, ate with us, and drank with us; to everyone who rocked out, spit bars, and DJed; to everyone who told jokes, made movies, and showcased their art; to everyone who cheered on Louisville FC, Louisville Racing, UL, and UK; and to our staff (x 1,000,000), our patrons, our neighbors; to all of you, *thank you.*

We hope you’ll join us and make these last two weeks as special as the last two years have been. (Drink specials and event lineup coming soon!)

Louisville, we love you.

Thank you. Stay golden.