The PBR Bar being broken down. Special to Juice.
Vaudeville Mews’ PBR Bar is no more
Published on November 7th, 2013 | by Joe Lawler
The PBR Bar, a little wooden stand in the alley between the Vaudeville Mews and Royal Mile, was torn down this morning. Over the last few years the bar has served tall boy beers on summer nights next to a stage that featured music by bands and DJs. Earlier this spring it was used as an outdoor stage for the Gross Domestic Product Festival and in September it was utilized for the Shoot the Chutes festival.
Vaudeville Mews owner Amedeo Rossi said the bar was on a piece of property that will be included in the Hotel Randolph renovation. Rossi is uncertain if the music venue will be able to utilize the stage space in the future.
“Right now we’re waiting to figure out how the renovations will be set up,” Rossi said. “We’re definitely uncertain of what’s going to happen next year. It’s done really well for us the last few years and became a significant part of our business during the summer.”
Regular PBR Bar bartender Patrick Fleming said he thinks he was one of the first to use the outdoor stage for music when he booked the 2006 Midwest Pop Fest at Vaudeville Mews. Almost every concert in the alley over the last few years was free to the public.
When Fleming started bartending at the bar on Thursday nights he invited friends to DJ on the stage. With the DJs drawing good crowds, Vaudeville Mews booking agent Ladd Askland began booking more live bands outside.
“If it was a nice night, the PBR Bar would be slammed,” Fleming said. “It was pretty magical. It was just a good hang-out bar on a nice night.”