Alice’s Tall Texan, a popular dive bar that has served the Heights community for more than three decades, announced Thursday on Facebook that it will permanently close at the end of August.
The bar, located at 4904 N. Main St., cited the COVID-19 pandemic and corresponding economic downtown as the culprit. All bars in Houston and Harris County were forced to close from March 17 through May 22 in an attempt to promote social distancing. After case numbers began to climb in June, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered all bars in the state to close on June 26.
“We are deeply saddened to say Alice’s Tall Texan will close permanently at the end of August after 36 years in business,” the post reads. “There’s just too much working against us.”
To clear its inventory, Alice’s said it will sell beer-to-go on select weekends between now and the end of August. The first opportunity for customers is this Friday and Saturday from 3-7 p.m.
Single beers, 6-packs, 12-packs and cases will be available. Alice’s said customers who purchase of a 6-pack or more will receive their choice of a “#chALICE” or beer mug.
“We’re trying to figure out how to sell draft beer in your growlers, so stay tuned for more details,” Alice’s said in its post. “Later in August we will announce plans to sell other memorabilia such as beer signs along with an opportunity to raise one last #chALICE to Alice’s Tall Texan.
“Lastly, we want to say thank you to all of our customers, employees and business partners for the past 36 years. Y’all are the reason we became known as a great dive bar, best place to drink if you’re broke, friendliest bars…we are eternally grateful to have been a part of your lives including the countless celebrations or allowing us to lift you up when you were down.”