Bone Jugs & Harmony played at Hideaway back in 2013. | Courtesy of Hideaway Saloon
Bone Jugs & Harmony played at Hideaway back in 2013. | Courtesy of Hideaway Saloon

In 1996, musician Jim Allen opened the Hideaway Saloon, a small music venue tucked above The Place To Go Hair Styling in the bustling business district of Bardstown Road in the Highlands. It has played host to bands of all sounds and stripes for more than 20 years, but soon, that’s all going to change as Jim passes the reins to his son Jesse, who has helped his father with the establishment for some time.

The Facebook event post by band Hot Iron Skillet — titled “A Final Farewell to the Hideaway Saloon” — came as a surprise to many of the bar’s regulars. The event, which will be held Friday, July 1, could be the last hoorah, musically speaking, for the venue, as Jesse has decided to turn it into a gaming bar. But he tells Insider they are still tweaking the concept.

Hideaway has a new call of duty. | Courtesy of Hideaway Saloon
Hideaway has a new call of duty. | Courtesy of Hideaway Saloon, photo by Johnny Hubbard

“We’re not completely certain about getting rid of music entirely — due to the demand. But it’ll not be the central theme of the bar anymore,” says Jesse.

After Friday night’s show, Jesse and his crew will make some renovations to the space, including adding a LAN gaming center in the main room, where multiple players can play the same game, as well as console games of all varieties. They also will host tournaments and competitions on a weekly basis.

Jesse says his father is on board with his plan and is looking forward to retirement after running the bar for 20 years.

“He is a musician, so he made a bar that catered to musicians,” Jesse adds. “I’m a gamer, and I plan to make a bar that caters to gamers.”

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Sara Havens
Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville, known around town as the Bar Belle (barbelleblog.com). She's a former editor of LEO Weekly and has written for Playboy and The Alcohol Professor. Havens is the author of two books: "The Bar Belle" and "The Bar Belle Vol. 2."