Tristån and I locked up the Tavern at 4 pm on November 30th for our last time. It was a sad moment shared between two people who had worked so hard to make AFK the place it was. We said our goodbyes, and I sat in the parking lot to watch my last sunset as a bar owner.It was bittersweet; we accomplished so much in our ten-year run. AFK exceeded all of my expectations and ended up something I couldn’t have imagined when I started.

There aren’t many words left to say. I have said most of them, screamed them, and cried them. Still, I know our choice to end the lease at its 10-year mark was the right call. It doesn’t make it hurt any less. I know that so many of us will be left without a safe place to be now. Closing was the smart choice, but that doesn’t mean it came easy.

If you’d like to see my record of the closing, you can click here. There are a few missing images right now, but it’s close to being finished.

The Killing of AFK Tavern 

The Tavern is gone. What does it mean for the future? I said that we’d make a return one day. So when is that? What does return mean? Well, that’s complex. We have debt from the first shutdown. It is our major hurdle that we plan to work on in the next year. This debt was one of the factors that went into the closing. We knew we could handle what we had but not much more. I have a page dedicated to things that help us with that if you’d click this. The other limitations of opening again are all things we’ve done before, and we have a good measure of confidence that it will happen again once we wrap up the debt.

As for now? I’m sorting things, getting ready to put stuff up on Ebay. The beautiful people at my Patreon will help me keep the website updated with fun drink & food recipes. And we’ll be working on our other ideas like pop-ups, commercially available food products, and room parties as restrictions allow.

Here we are again.

Our lease is ending for those of you who don’t know, and you can find out more about that by clicking here. If you’re up to date, read on, friend! But seriously if you aren’t up to date click here.

Tuesday night was the last night of indoor service. It was a strange slow-paced night in comparison to the tidal wave of Saturday. It, too, had lots of emotional goodbyes, distance hugs, and elbow high fives. We were so happy to get to see so many of you.

We wanted to run till the 28th to give people time to say goodbye. However, the shutdown changes our plans. In a way, it makes it more simple for those of us left here. Considering the fear of another shutdown is why we left our lease. One more would have killed us forever. We could see this coming; we’re not blind. I know we made the right call.

So what’s the plan? Right now, we still have stock to sell. So at least until Saturday, we’ll be running food and drink for delivery and to-go. As for outdoor seating, we have five covered seats as the windstorm took half our covers. While we’re running, we will allow people to be on the deck. We don’t assume this will change our plans much. However, our hours will be reduced going forward as we had a much narrower business level in the shutdown. We’ll pin that down ad-hoc as we’re willing to be surprised this time. But planning for the worst is how we survived this long.

So friends, if you’re looking for the last burger or a Firebat, this is the week to get it done. We have new to-go vessels for drinks, so grab a six-pack of Onys or Mana potions. If you missed your chance to come to say goodbye, now is your chance. We will be resetting things for photos shortly so that the inside will look “classic” for a couple of days. Join us and stand in the rain on the deck, or grab some to-go. We hope to see you.

However, if we don’t see enough people, we will plan on closing it up early and being done after this week. It’s not where we wanted to be. But during covid no matter how hard you work to be safe, the ultimate control of your fate is in the hands of others and not yourself as a business owner…hell as anyone who has to work in this. So it’s something we’ve become accustomed to at this point.


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The AFK Afterlife Program

Oh hello there. Have you come to the post for some hope? Come with me for some adventure!

What is the AFK Afterlife Program? Simple, it’s a way for us to keep community events alive to keep the spirit of AFK intact and to get to see all of you wonderful people again. The AFK Afterlife is a set of meetups, events, and online content that will keep the flame of AFK going beyond the walls of the Tavern. 

So if that seems cool, read on friend!

Online Theme Menus

I’ll be putting together some online theme menu that you can make at home! Our hope is to bring some of the fun that we had on Saturdays at the Tavern to you. 

AFK Drink Book

Have you always wanted to know how to make some of the drinks (and food) from AFK? Well wait no longer join the AFK Drink Book Patreon and come with me on a wild adventure into the backstories, thoughts, and drinks of the AFK menus as I make a living drink book about the Tavern.  Become a Patron!

Real Life Events

Well, due to Covid we’re not sure when we’ll be doing these. But there are some plans to do a couple Karaoke events in 2021 if everything lets up any. We’ll be looking more into this after the new year. But our hope is to create quite a few events. 

Online Community

Have you joined our Discord yet? Keep up with everyone on the Discord.

Online Content

Well here at you can expect some B+ content while we work on all of these other things. I’m hoping we’ll push it to A- thought out the year as I will have much more time to work on it. Things like streams, videos, drinks, and possibly nerd news.

Due to the changes to the Phase 2 as stated by our governor.  We are now allowed to be open at 11 pm one whole extra hour of glorious AFK  is now allowed! It’s a drop of water in a desert…but it’s something.

We also are allowed to sit six people to a table now. So hooray! You can get a 6 person pod.

Not all of our staff can change their schedules on the whims of the government, so our Kitchen hours will still be last call at 9:30 till next week when we remake our schedules.

Our reservation system is back online and you can use it to make reservations 24 hours ahead of time. Hooray! You can have your vary own Pod! Each Pod has positive pressure to help keep other peoples mouth fluids away from your special faces. The plastic is also very easy to clean. Here is how we clean it:


So grab a pod and come on down to the AFK, where a study has found we have zero Dexters lurking in the plastic forest.

Hi folks we had a very nice call with the health department today to help clear up some of the horrible wording on Phase 2.

As a result we have the best news. THE BAR SIDE IS OPEN AGAIN! Seriously we could not be more happy.

That means our bar side is open like almost(tm) normal again. It has far less seating, But it’s normal counter side service just like always! Although we did swap what counter people use to make it easier to keep socially distant.

Just as the 500th reminder to have a facemask or your face covered when you come in for bar. If you don’t like this you can send an email to : it will bounce and I’m okay with that. You’re fine to not have one while sitting we ask you have them on in all common areas that you can’t social distance.

We still have pod seating but we’ve saced the table side section we built to allow us to have bar seating (far more important for our survival) we are working on some options for the floor but right now pods.

This week we will also have one use paper menus back. They’re half done some when I get home tonight I’ll hopefully have the time to finish them.

Online FAQ will be updates as I have time, same with our services page. But…Ya 24 hours on that.

Still working out reservations. We will do same day ones right now if you need one give us a call.