Tom Bergin’s pub, which holds one of the oldest liquor licenses in America, is closing up shop.
Los Angeles-based patrons will need to find somewhere else to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, as the city says goodbye to its most iconic Irish bar.
Owner Derek Schreck posted a tearful goodbye via the TomBerginsLA Instagram account today. The pub will be fondly remembered for its horseshoe-shaped bar, traditional Irish fry-up breakfast, and its 'famous' Tullamore Dew Irish coffee.
The bar also proudly claims one of America’s oldest liquor licenses, dating back to 1935. Schreck is the latest owner of the bar, responsible for re-opening the watering hole in 2013 after a brief shuttering in 2012.
According to Eater LA, Schreck is credited with stepping up the bar’s offerings - adding more fast casual food options and opening an exclusive whiskey speakeasy lounge called Vestry.
Announcing the closure, Schreck wrote, “It is with heavy hearts that we reach out to you today to announce that on Sunday, January 21st, Tom Bergin’s will close its doors. It has been a decision that has proved itself almost impossible to reach, and the culmination of deliberation and grief.”
The post can be read in its entirety below.
Dear patrons and revelers, family and friends, of Tom Bergin’s Public House, It is with heavy hearts that we reach out to you today to announce that starting Sunday, January, 21st, Tom Bergin’s will close for “regular business,” and remain operating on a limited schedule until further notice. It has been a decision that has proved itself almost impossible to reach, and the culmination of deliberation and grief. Five years ago we embarked on a beautiful and ambitious journey to carry on the legendary traditions of one of LA’s most iconic establishments; a journey with formidable hurdles and soaring success. We built LA's biggest St. Patrick’s Day celebration; witnessed LA Rams Football’s controversial return to our city; and cut the ribbon on Vestry, a private speakeasy and lounge. However, we face harsh realities of the demands of both our little Irish cottage here, and also the marketplace at large. Therefore, in preparation, for the remainder of this week we will offer food and bar service during shortened hours until we are unable to offer our full menu. Sunday, January 21st, will be our last day of regular business. Then we'll remain on an abbreviated weekly schedule until all this beautiful booze gets sufficiently drank: join us Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, from 5pm to midnight til it's gone, at which point, we'll make the last call of last calls, bid you all goodnight, and shut our door for the last time. To all of you who have made Tom Bergin’s the unique and significant institution it is, it has been our pleasure to serve you. We offer you our sincerest and warmest thanks, and many, many, many, many good tidings. Sláinte, Derek Schreck Owner & Proprietor and the management and staff of Tom Bergin’s Public House *** CLOSING BAR AND RESTAURANT SCHEDULE *until product runs out TUESDAY 1/16 - 5PM TO MIDNIGHT WEDNESDAY 1/17 - 5PM TO MIDNIGHT THURSDAY 1/18 - 5PM TO MIDNIGHT FRIDAY 1/19 - 11AM TO MIDNIGHT SATURDAY 1/20 - 11AM TO MIDNIGHT SUNDAY 1/21 - 11AM TO 11PM CLOSING BAR SCHEDULE *until product runs out THURSDAYS - 5PM TO MIDNIGHT FRIDAYS - 5PM TO MIDNIGHT SATURDAY - 5PM TO MIDNIGHT
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