Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The Hideaway Wants You to Drink Its Booze Before It's Too Late

Posted By on Wed, Jun 1, 2016 at 6:11 AM

click to enlarge PHOTO BY KELLY GLUECK
  • PHOTO BY KELLY GLUECK

The Hideaway is closing its doors after last call Thursday — but don't start freaking out just yet. The beloved south St. Louis bar's closure is strictly temporary.

In fact, it'll likely be shuttered for just for a few weeks, says Don Jones, who's been managing the place since longtime owner Al Coco died last September.


And that's because of this: The Hideaway has a new owner, but it's going to take a few weeks (or more) to finish the transfer of the liquor license at City Hall, Jones says. So the bar will be closing its doors after last call on Thursday, with the hopes of reopening under new ownership as soon as it's legally able.

And in the mean time, it's going to be one hell of a party.

As Jones explains it, the Hideaway's sale did not include its assets — so the current owners are under heavy incentive to sell every last drop of booze. 

"We have to get rid of it," he says. 

That means $2 Smirnoff products, $2 for Jack Daniel's, $2 for J & B. Rumple Minze will be $3, with anticipated steep price breaks on Maker's Mark as well. 

"These will be some really good prices," Jones says. "Of course they're all subject to change as we run low."

So that's the good news. More good news? The woman who's bought the Hideaway is someone who's been bartending there of late and liked the place so much, she recruited some investors to help her buy it. Jones feels confident that she'll be keeping Mark Dew at the piano and those amazing crocheted coasters on the bar.

"She wants to keep the classic mystique and the essence of the Hideaway," he promises. "If anything, it'll probably be cleaner."

Cleaner? The Hideaway? 

We welcome tips and feedback. Email the author at sarah.fenske@riverfronttimes.com

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