Stirrup Sports Bar, a Nashville mainstay since 2008, closed last night.

The bar even deleted its FaceBook page.

O&AN has reached out to owner Melvin Brown for comment and more information. Initial information is that business wasn’t strong and the upcoming potential slow months over holidays didn’t support staying open.

Brown purchased the bar in 2016. You can read the O&AN story about the purchase here.

Happier Times: Timmy Harkum, and Melvin Brown, when they announced Brown had purchased Stirrup.

The bar opened in 2008 when Timmy Harkum and Mikey Fields, former employees of the Chute, renovated a building at 1529 4th Avenue South and opened Stirrup Nashville (named for the piano lounge at the Chute).

Since its opening Stirrup has been a Nashville off-Church favorite, especially amongst a clientele who prefer a Levis-and-Leather sort of environment.

In 2017, Harkum went on to help open manage Peckers Bar, and you can read the story about it opening here. stirrup logo

Brown sought to change that environment to more of a sports bar. It was a favorite hangout of a few of the Nashville LGBT sports leagues.

Nashville used to host more than a dozen LGBT bars. Now it has less than six.

O&AN will post more information as it becomes available.