Albany nightlife takes a hit with bar closings
One Trick Pony and the Crowbar were popular evening spots for many people, however after they abruptly closed their doors there are now two less places for people to go in Albany.
You can call rob coulter an insider to the Albany nightlife scene.
"I'm trying to start publicizing some of these things and giving people something to do," says Coulter, creator of albanyuncovered.com, an entertainment blog about the Good Life City.
But even he was surprised when he heard two of Albany's most popular bars were shutting down.
"I was just there at one trick pony until about 1 a.m. Sunday morning when I left. I didn't have a clue, did not have a clue," said Coulter.
Coutler says the bars just weren't making enough money to cover their overhead that includes rent, security and band fees.
It's an experience many other nightlife spots in Albany are facing; they're just not getting enough people through their doors.
"This is a though market, it's a real tough market, it wasn't quite as tough as it is now. Being the hub of Southwest Georgia you would think the merchants, night clubs could draw from 50 miles around," says Coulter.
"I think the economy has a lot to do with it. People just don't have the money to spend to go out and drink and have fun like they used to," says Vikki Gavre, owner of the Cask and Kilt Irish Pub.
The folks at Cask and Kilt have been open about two months they say so far business is pretty good but they definitely take notice when other bars around them start closing down.
"I just don't like to see other businesses close down and it was kind of sad because, I know that on my off times i would go to the one trick pony, to get away from here," said Gavre.
But there may be some relief to the sadness in the near future.
"There are several things coming, one as soon as thirty days. There will be more venues and I am sure that there is a lot of investors and businessmen this week are making their plans. It's whoever steps up first to reopen a big place is going to get it," said Coulter.