Lower Greenville Institution Billiard Bar Has Closed.
Venerable Lower Greenville institution and hangout Billiard Bar has closed its doors for good today, according to a number of now-former employees of the billiard hall and bar.
At the moment, the spot is being eulogized on its Facebook page, where messages like the following, from Billiard bartender Jordan Lowery are beginning to pop up: “R.I.P. Billiard Bar,” writes Lowery. “1997-2013. My favorite job ever. Worked with my favorite people ever. Served my favorite people ever. I am playing Faith More's 'Easy' one last time for you.”
“It just sucks, man” adds Billiard bartender Jeff Biehler when reached by phone.
Though able to confirm news of the closing, Biehler declined further comment. So, too, did Billiard Bar general manager Scott Blythe when he was reached. Meanwhile, attempts to reach owner Jason Appino by phone have proven unsuccessful. Thus, at the moment, it's tough to say why this happened; we'll let you know if we hear anything definitive in that regard.
Nonetheless, Billiard Bar will no doubt be missed. One of the few Lowest Greenville spots to weather the diminished crowds caused by the recent construction along the streets and sidewalks along that stretch of road, the bar will be remembered as a no frills, rough-and-tumble place, where, despite its sometimes rough-looking exterior, all were welcome. The initial home to Josh Robertson and Oliver Peck's popular Good Luck Karaoke karaoke and a regular host to area DJs such as Good Records' Chris Penn and Ishi frontman John Mudd, the bar will also be missed for its dirt-cheap happy hour specials and its long-running $1.25 draught offerings on Wednesdays.
Update at 8:45 p.m.: Billiard Bar formally said its goodbye on Facebook, about an hour ago. Their words: “Thanks to everyone for 16 of the best years! Past and present, patrons and employees, it wouldn't have been BB without you. You will truly be missed! Great people, great memories, great hangovers! I hope we helped get all of you laid or at least drunk enough to think you did! Cheers!”
Cover photo by Douglas Martin.