This past weekend I went out drinking with some friends, and along the way we stopped into Germantown's Nach Bar. It's a place that I used to frequent quite often, one that I've staggered home from more times than I can count, and one that I've grown to love over the years. Money is short these days so my recent drinking hasn't been in the bars at all. It's been at home, or at friend's homes, behind closed doors, or on patios where the alcohol is cheap, the buzz similar, but the ambiance much different.
I heard the news of a recent crackdown by the Alcohol and Beverage on this spot, but hadn't checked into the Nach in a few weeks. The scene was blown, the crowd slim, and it felt much like it did before the current owners took over, back when this place wasn't as hip to frequent. It was just sad to be honest with you, and I can imagine how pissed the owners of this place must be. I'm sure that they've lost tens of thousands of dollars because of the zoning debates that are keeping their drinkers indoors, rather than being able to roam free in this bar's large gated back patio, and their smaller front one. It's a damn shame that this place has been opened for years now, doing what it does best, serving drinks and pleasing customers only to be cited for a zoning stipulation that should have been questioned years earlier. Sound like a large crock of crap to me, a way for someone to make a few dollars while a small family owned business loses a few.
Hopefully this blow won't be one that kills this business, or one thats impact is felt for too long. If you're in the neighborhood, know this place, and want to support a few good people while lining your liver with some tasty pints, then stop by your local Germantown Nach Bar at 969 Charles street, Louisville, Ky. 40204.
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