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Park Slope Dive Bar Jackie's 5th Amendment Closing

By Leslie Albrecht | August 12, 2013 2:18pm | Updated on August 13, 2013 11:40am
 Longtime neighboring watering hole is closing its doors next month, a bartender told the L Magazine.
Park Slope Dive Bar Jackie's 5th Amendment Closing, Report Says
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PARK SLOPE — Get ready to cry in your beer, dive bar lovers.

The longtime neighborhood watering hole Jackie's 5th Amendment is serving its last cold one next month, the L Magazine first reported.

A Jackie's bartender told the magazine that the bar is tentatively scheduled to close on Sept. 14, and that the pharmacy next door will take over the space.

"[I]t was basically just a personal decision on the part of my boss...we weren't driven out by the rent or angry villagers or anything," bartender Becky McCarthy told the magazine.

Bartender Tony Ferrara confirmed the news to DNAinfo on Monday, and said that Jackie's loyal customers weren't happy about it.

"The regulars are all pretty upset, because there's really no place like this in the neighborhood," Ferrara said. "This is the last of the old time bars."

Jackie's, on the corner of Fifth Avenue and Seventh Street, has been in the same family since the 1950s, but the owners' children weren't interested in keeping the business going, Ferrara said.

The bar has been fiercely resistant to the gentrification sweeping through Brooklyn. There are no mixologists or artisanal ice cubes. Jackie's specialty is an ice-filled bucket of six "ponies" — 7-ounce domestic beers — for $10. It's also known for opening in the morning to serve drinkers who work the night shift.

The bar waged a battle — in jest — to secede from Park Slope last year, but recently seemed to soften toward its locale when it began hosting literary readings.