Al’s Bar, the longtime venue that has been an entertainment anchor on the Northside, has sold.
The new owners are experienced restaurant and bar owners Seth Brewer, who co-owns Wine + Market and formerly owned Enoteca on Jefferson, and Tim Small, who is a partner with Brewer in Best Friend Bar on Euclid.
They plan to “something like a half-step between Best Friend Bar ... and Enoteca,” with a range of beers and cocktails.
But they plan to continue the tradition of entertainment. “We will continue to offer an eclectic mix of live music for Lexington’s vibrant music community,” Brewer said in an email.
Owners Lester Miller and his wife, Aumaine Mott, Josh Miller and Paul Evans Holbrook announced the news on Facebook, saying that “the end of an era is nigh.”
The previous owner thanked the fans as well as the artists who performed on Al’s stage over the years.
Brewer said they plan to honor the tradition of the neighborhood bar in the historic building.
“We will be leaving it alone as Al’s for a month or two to ‘live in the space’ before doing any renovation,” Brewer said. “Then we will be doing some work to make the space airier and more spacious, with some textural and aesthetic changes to make the place feel a touch more modern yet still casual and inviting as a neighborhood bar.”
They don’t have a name picked out yet for the venture.
According to the Facebook post, the Beer Garden/Sidecar space out back will host the non-profit The Kentucky School with Brett Ratliff, with classes, workshops and performances of Appalachian music, creative writing and arts and crafts.
“We’re hoping that will be symbiotic relationship,” said Small.