R.I.P.: Old Baldy Brewing Co.

This is old news, I’m afraid, but I only now heard about it: Old Baldy Brewing Co., 271 N. 2nd Ave. in downtown Upland, is out of business.

It’s been a long time since I’d been there, but the bar, which opened circa 1994, became a mainstay of downtown. I first visited in ’98 or so. Something of a dive, although less so than the Sea Cove used to be, Old Baldy had decent grub besides brewing its own beer, which was good enough to win some awards. The bar occasionally hosted bands or standup. Some co-workers saw rising band Abe Vigoda there a few months back.

A friend used to live in the apartments above the brewery, which was cause for envy, although he said it was no picnic trying to sleep anytime before 2 a.m.

Comments on Yelp shed some light on the bar’s history. Its MySpace page indicates the place was taken over earlier this year by the former Margarita Beach owner, who planned to change the name to 2nd Avenue Saloon. I stopped by last night and saw by the sign in the window that the alcohol license transfer to that new name is pending.

(The street, btw, was about as devoid as life as I’ve seen it, although there is a bar virtually next door to Old Baldy named Dallison’s that looked lively. I have a sneaking suspicion the D is a joke on the D’Uplanders banquet hall across the street.)

As we belatedly bid farewell to Old Baldy Brewing Co., anyone have any comments about or memories to share concerning its decor, its characters, its owners, etc.?

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  • Pat J.

    Upland Brewery has been gone for awhile and some shabby sports bar took over Pat’s Treasures next door. I cry all over my border collie thinking of $2 drink night.

  • Ann Thomas

    JD allison’s is not “D allisons” and doesn’t have anything to do with D’Uplanders.

    Tom says that the expansion into the adjacent building and remodel is not yet completed. If you need any more info, call the city and talk to Jeff Zwack.

    Tom also said he thinks everyone went into hiding when you were down there … he’s so funny!

    [I didn't see the J on the sign, obviously. -- DA]

  • tibbi

    toward the end, that place looked a little sad. i’ve always been a sucker for dim lit bars that make you a little sadder as you get sauced.

    this was one of such gems

    too bad…

    now i drink at upland pacific wine merchants.

    but it’s not nearly as depressing.

    [Well, you can't have everything. -- DA]

  • Don J

    The Peppermint Elephant (the Cucamonga branch now Twins Nightclub, the Claremont Village one on 1st Street is a Hair Salon) had FIFTY-cent drink night(!!!). Yes, I paid 2 quarters for a passable Long Island Iced Tea. Oddly, even with the five colleges the crowd was middling. It was never a “children’s restaurant” (ah, British fact-checking) but the owner could be the most successful Pomona Valley-raised businessman nobody talks about;

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2002/feb/03/theobserver.observerbusiness11