Beloved Park Slope Bar Jackie's 5th Amendment Is Closing Next Month

08/12/2013 9:30 AM |

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  • Photo via Here’s Park Slope

Truly sad news for anyone who enjoys cheap buckets of tiny Budweiser bottles, or just has appropriate respect for neighborhood history: after several decades as a neighborhood cornerstone (and a good amount of time as the Last Dive Bar Standing in Park Slope), Jackie’s 5th Amendment will be closing.

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Bartender Becky McCarthy (who you may remember petitioned this winter for the bar to secede from Park Slope) confirmed via email, “Yeah, I mean it was basically just a personal decision on the part of my boss [owner Harold Costello], we weren’t driven out by the rent or angry villagers or anything. The guy’s pretty tough, but he’s pushing seventy now and at that point running a bar can start to wear on you. It’s being sold to the pharmacy next door, which sounds like a waste of a liquor license, but has my support at least because it’s kind of cool that this way everyone’s forced to go down with the ship.”

The bar has a tentative closing date set as September 14th (we’ll update if we hear something more definite). Until then, you’ll find us sulking in the back room with a cavernous sense of loss and a growing pile of empty ponies.

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