Parlay, a new sports bar coming in November to downtown Louisville

Parlay, a new sports bar coming in November to downtown Louisville

(Editor’s note: The regularly scheduled “Hip Hops” beer column returns next week. In the meantime A Guide to Louisville Craft Breweries, our up-to-date account of the history and the current status of local craft brewing, is featured in F&D #75. It is available now in all the usual locations.)

In American English, a “sports bar” is defined as “a bar or tavern featuring numerous television sets and, often, projection TV systems, which allow patrons to watch a variety of sporting events.”

This makes sense, although pinpointing America’s first sports bar is more difficult. Some sources suggest it was Legends in Long Beach, California, established by a former NFL player in 1979 and crucially equipped with a satellite feed for ballgames.

Others say it was the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, because Buffalo Wings were invented here in 1964, and how can a place be a sports bar without wings?

But the strongest case is for Palermo’s in St. Louis. Located across the street from the old Sportsman’s Park (then home to both the major league baseball Cardinals and Browns), Palermo’s opened in 1933 the day Prohibition was repealed.

First patrons listened to games on the radio, then later watched them on television, and the bar...Read more