Last Friday night, a local watering hole opened its doors for the last time. Sipsey Tavern, in the old Bailey's Pub space behind Dave's, on the corner of Highland Avenue and 12th Avenue South, had become a haven for local musicians and service industry professionals. Many patrons considered it to be the only authentic Irish pub in Birmingham, as well as one of the best places to see up-and-coming bands who were not yet popular enough to play larger venues such as the Nick and the Bottletree.
Earlier this year, Red Mountain Development informed Matt Mauldlin, the owner of Sipsey Tavern, that his lease in the historic Terrace Court building would not be renewed. The lease is now expired as of July 31. Red Mountain Development did not return our messages about their plans for the space.
Despite rumors to the contrary, Mauldin has not yet settled on a location or a time frame for re-opening the bar.