Bar Abilene unexpectedly closes its doors after 16 years in Uptown

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Sometime after bar close on Sunday, Bar Abilene, a 16-year fixture of the Uptown bar scene, abruptly closed its doors for good.

A sign currently posted outside the bar reads, "Old Cowboys never die, they just keep moving on."

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Why Bar Abilene's owners have decided to move on isn't clear. The sign thanks employees, vendors, and customers for their loyalty, but gives no further details. The owners also took to social media to announce the closing.

Bar Abilene was known for its tapas, Tex Mex fare, $5 bottomless mimosas and $5 bloody Mary bar, and for having one of the only dance floors in Uptown. The area has seen an influx of new restaurants in the last year, namely Hammer & Sickle next door, Coup d'Etat across the street, Tim McKee's newly opened Libertine just a block away, and Boneyard Kitchen and Bar around the corner on Hennepin.

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Viplimo Viplimomn
Viplimo Viplimomn

Someone should make a movie about the world being taken over by doucheyness, much like a zombie movie. Uptown would be the perfect setting.

Mike Jones
Mike Jones

For the record, the employees were told Sunday evening that the place was immediately closing. No notice, which is the new trend in sleazy restaurant owners disrespecting their staff. At least they didn't steal their staff's money first, like the Woodmans did at Heidi's, or just leave a sign without a meeting, like Heidi's, Smiling Moose, etc.

Mike Jones
Mike Jones

Maybe the free drink was a way of thanking you? I'm no social genius here.

Trevor E
Trevor E

They should do a kick starter and reopen!

Ben Miller
Ben Miller

I'll never forget the time a bartender took my half empty beer out of my hand while I was drinking it, damn near chipping my tooth because the bar decided to close early because they were "not busy enough". Glad to hear its closing, f-ing assholes!!!

spincut13
spincut13

Honestly, I thought they closed down years ago? Sad to see them go though, I had fond memories back when I actually used to go. 


A bit fishy though that after being around this long (and presumably having loyal customers as a result) that they close this abruptly...

David Lacey
David Lacey

I hope Nickers hasn't suffered the same fate...

Nick Hook
Nick Hook

The closing of cowboy jakes was another unparalleled cultural holocaust!

Nick Hook
Nick Hook

OMG, no! Seriously, this marks the end of an era! Bar Abilene represented everything quintessentially "Uptown." It was a place where arty Bohemians could hang with local musicians and neighborhood eccentrics could sip absinthe and smoke Dunhills. This truly is a cultural tragedy; we are in mourning. Someone needs to write a boo about this...

lukestensland76
lukestensland76

I remember one time I was in there and it had a gas leak. The fire department was called in. It was bizarre. It smelled really bad, and I got this horrible headache. I stepped outside and suddenly the place exploded. Maybe that's why it closed. But of course the liberal news media won't report that.

eatstreet
eatstreet

i could be wrong but i feel like if you are over about 35 yrs. old and you are still hanging out in uptown you need to check your life choices. 

Matt Avila
Matt Avila

Rossitor Pace Jones II Ryan Arne Kelsey Ruth Anne Marie :'(

Anne Patrick-Daley
Anne Patrick-Daley

That's too bad. I remember when they had Tejas on 50th & France - same thing, it was really good then went downhill and just closed. It's a hard business!

Eric Doty
Eric Doty

Ahhhh man, now I can't have anymore cavernously loud birthday parties there anymore :- /

Assumpta Mbele
Assumpta Mbele

I saw this on the internets yesterday! Bittersweet.

Beth Anne Davis
Beth Anne Davis

Assumpta Mbele & Lindsay Lenhardt it's the end of an era!

Dustin Ruff
Dustin Ruff

Didn't see that coming. But I have an idea of what's coming next. Ugh

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

Did they fuck over their employees and suppliers on the way out? Seems to be the rule these days. 


Bobb Mcdurmott
Bobb Mcdurmott

A shitty place that closed in a shitty way. Respect the employees that helped run your business. If you're not going to give notice, give severance pay at least...

Shannon Marple
Shannon Marple

I feel bad for the staff who are left without jobs and had no time to line up work elsewhere. Also, no matter how you felt about the place, it's one more old school Uptown icon that's gone. Very few of us soldiers left standing. :-(

Greg Hernandez
Greg Hernandez

Fair enough. but you should really take into account the new management. That meant new menu, amazing rotating craft beer from top of the line taps that were flawless and clean, if you're into that sort of thing. The staff was amazing and almost too knowledgeable about what they were pouring. I didn't like the place 7 years ago either but I'm sad to see the establishment it actually became go away.

Nathan Scoville
Nathan Scoville

Meh! Don't take it so personally mate! I frequented that place and it WAS bad. I've only heard it got worse from like 30 people, not to mention I drive by it atleast once a day and get to see the dbags I remember encountering 8 loooong years ago. But opinions are relative so chill friendo not here to argue, just my thoughts. :)

Amber Rose
Amber Rose

No more late night dance floor trolling?!?!??? D:

Greg Hernandez
Greg Hernandez

I'm hearing "I don't know what I'm talking about but I wanted to spout negative shit and hit someone when they were down because I'm a troll." The place was vastly improved from 8 years ago and a nice place to catch a quiet drink on the off nights but thanks for your uninformed opinion. Looking forward to your reviews of movies you haven't seen, albums you haven't listened to, etc.

Ann Whitman
Ann Whitman

Salsa dancing...not the tomato-based spicy sauce.

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