Legendary Poughkeepsie Bar Hosting “Farewell Weekend”
Noah's Ark in Poughkeepsie is inviting patrons to a farewell weekend coming up in October.
Always known as the late-night place to be, Noah's Ark on Mill Street was always a true dive bar. I've been going to this place for as far back as I can remember, and the party always truly never started here till well past midnight (bar would always be open until 4am).
I can recall the days that this bar had shag carpeting. Always a fun bar with great staff, there's no wonder why the majority of the Hudson Valley have considered Noah's (or the Boat as it's referred to by many loyal customers) their favorite dive bar. The bar placed number 1 on our list of Top 5 Favorite Hudson Valley Dive Bars.
Noah's Ark Owner Mike Reed Suddenly Passes
It was announced in late August that Noah's Ark owner Mike Reed had passed away unexpectedly, and customers were mourning the loss of the beloved bar owner.
I had always had a great relationship with Mike Reed (or Reeder as friends would call him). Whenever I'd go to Noah's and run into him, he would always ask about how the radio business was going, and we'd chat about rock n roll for a while. He also would talk to me about shows that he was booking or had booked. Genesis was one of his favorite bands, and he'd often book a Genesis tribute band in various area venues called The Musical Box, which is a tribute to early Genesis featuring Peter Gabriel. I also had the opportunity to DJ various parties at Noah's over the years thanks to Reeder, including some memorable Halloween bashes over the years.
A Farewell to Noah's Ark
Noah's Ark has been closed since the untimely passing of owner Mike Reed, and an administrator of the bar's official Facebook Page took to social media to post about a farewell weekend taking place at the bar Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7 and 8 from 4 pm til midnight. We're sure this is a weekend that will be very well attended and I plan on stopping by at some point over the course of the two-day event myself. A lot of memories at that place.
No word on what is going to happen to the spot at 135 Mill Street in Poughkeepsie, NY which is home to the bar and various apartments. I've only heard a lot of rumors. I've personally heard everything from the place being sold and that there will no longer be a bar, to that it will be all apartments, to the possibility that another bar will in fact be taking over the spot.
Whatever the case may be, one thing is sure, there will never be another Noah's Ark.