After a couple of locations and years of being a favorite Albany watering hole, a popular downtown pub is getting ready to raise one last glass.

Say it ain't so! An Albany favorite is closing its doors for good. Pearl Street Pub will be ending its downtown run this Saturday according to an announcement from owner Chris Pratt on the Pearl Street Pub Facebook page. So if this has been one of your favorite destinations over the years, this is the weekend to get in one last go-round at Pearl Street Pub. The pub will wrap things up Saturday, including one final night of dancing in their upstairs club. Pratt spearheaded the pub's move into its current Pearl Street location in 2016, where Jillian's used to be located.

As far as future plans for Pearl Street, Pratt did not have anything to say about what could end up in the street level bar location but did say the building's new owners will be converting the upstairs nightclub into apartments. Pratt also added he will be staying in the hospitality business and is purchasing the Lark Tavern on Lark Street as well as working on a new wine/pizza bar at 52 North Pearl Street.

Maybe like me, Pearl Street Pub and Jillian's before it are part of many of your memories of nights out in downtown Albany. I used to frequent Jillian's in the early 2000's while visiting friends before I even moved to the Capital Region. And of course, Pearl Street Pub has been my pre-party destination of choice for many Times Union Center concerts. Hopefully, a great new bar ends up in the location to carry on the great times Pearl Street Pub has continued over the years.

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