Tucked down at the bottom of Mississippi Avenue, Liberty Glass stood as a neighborhood haunt for more than a decade. Housed in a two-story Victorian home, the bar served comfort food and brunch, hosted events like drag bingo, and offered drink service into the early morning hours. But on May 1, the bar will close permanently, citing financial uncertainty due to COVID-19 concerns.
Like every other place in town, the Liberty Glass closed its dining room on March 17 in accordance with the executive order from Gov. Kate Brown. For a while, the bar stayed partially open with to-go orders, including sandwiches and growlers of beer, as well as merchandise sales with proceeds going to staff. However, on Thursday afternoon, an owner took to Instagram to post the news of its closure. “Portland, the bad news is we’re closing down permanently May 1,” the post reads. “The uncertainty surrounding the Corona Virus (sic) has brought a few things into focus for me, financial security and time with my family are necessary for my happiness.”
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Portland, the bad news is we’re closing down permanently May 1. The good news is we fucking love YOU, your doing what needs to be done to keep our community safe and we are grateful to be a part of it. The uncertainty surrounding the Corona Virus has brought a few things into focus for me, financial security and time with my family are necessary for my happiness. Knowing this puts limits on the risks I’m willing to take. I decided not to buy the building that we all fought for because we were closed and payroll was due. I realized that I was to tired to pivot and I didn’t want to fight another round. Heartbreaking as it may be, I’m happy for the chance to pause and dream of things to come. So it ends as it began, my brother in me, the Sibling Shotslingers of 2008! Here’s to renewal and growth, Spring 2020 and of course here’s to the wound that never heals✌️ . . #libertyglassbar #portland #portlandoregon #houseparty
Fans and regulars of the establishment have commented with their condolences and shared memories of the bar on social media. As restaurants remain closed and financial aid attempts stall, these closing stories will become increasingly commonplace.
Eater has attempted to contact Liberty Glass’s owners, but the phone line has already been disconnected.