Thursday, January 19, 2012

'Til we meet again

Forever, and forever, farewell . . . !
If we do meet again, why, we shall smile;
If not, why then this parting was well made.

                                                                                     -- Julius Caesar

Mars Bar in the Morning VIII

For the last several weeks, I've made sure to stop by the former Mars Bar on a daily basis and document its demise.  I had plans to do a big post on the demolition, taking close to 300 photos and video.  Then, the day came recently when the building was entirely gone and I was released from my task.  But, the obsession that had driven me to get over there each day before the sun dipped below the new and futuristic skyline, had also disappeared.

Rather than a pile of rubble being my last memory of the place, I want to remember the SW corner of 2nd Avenue and 1st Street as being a spot where I had some of the best times and met some really awesome people.

Melanie and Bob

Mars Bar

Mars Bar

Mars Bar

Gary and Marty

Mars Bar

Mars Bar


Since Mars closed last July, I've stayed in touch with many Martians, but there has been nothing to replace that tiny, grungy room that brought everyone together and embodied such fun and chaos.  Nowhere else have I found a place that encourages (or allows) its patrons to express themselves with such childish glee.  Although there are plenty of other bars/restaurants/galleries/parks in which to hang out and pass the time, my heart still aches for something that has been permanently lost.

You must have been warned against letting the golden hours slip by; but some of them are golden only because we let them slip by.    -- J. M. Barrie

For those interested, you can see some demolition pictures on my Flickr page.  I've posted them at the end of the set and they're in chronological order.



  1. It really seems as if the place has been closed for longer than six or so months...

  2. Thanks for all your documentation, Goggla! I met you and so many great people in there. I will always miss Mars, but I'm so glad I got to be part of it in a small way. This was a wonderful tribute and great photos.

  3. @Grieve - I know, right? Hard to believe it was just over a year ago when the news broke.

    @Marty - I really like that you bought my last drink in there. Little did we know that would be it, but I'm glad my last moments in there were spent with great company.

    I also really treasure that I spent the "last" day on the sidewalk with Hank. I rate that day as one of my top ten of all time. It also made saying goodbye easier - as we sat outside, I could feel the soul of the building was gone. It was just an empty shell at that point.

    I'm glad I was able to have the time to watch the demolition as well...and seeing my name still on the last remnant of wall made me happy in a weird way. I may be overly emotional about it, but this wasn't just a bar, it was the last of a culture that I am really sad to see disappear before our eyes.

  4. Thanks, Goggla. What a body of work you've created - amazing. Happy to have met you there.

  5. I love these photos--they are wonderful moments in time..we were all able to meet up on Bob's parallel universe.