End of an era: Closing singalong at Eugene bar nixed due to 'atrocious' behavior

Max's Tavern in Eugene. (SBG)

EUGENE, Ore. -- It's the end of an era for a local bar.

Max's Tavern in Eugene's University District is known for their closing time tradition of playing the song, "Sweet Caroline," while bar-goers stand on the bar's benches for a singalong.

But a post on the bar's Facebook page says the tradition is coming to an end, banning customers from climbing up on the benches.

The post says that too many people have been hurt because of the singalong's rowdy nature.

It claims that several weeks ago, a bar patron threw a glass and knocked someone unconscious.

The post says: "The behavior the last few years has been atrocious. We cannot operate in this manner anymore."

It’s unclear whether or not the bar will continue to play “Sweet Caroline” to close out the night.

Here is the full of text of the Facebook post, dated February 7 at 1:47 a.m.:

Ladies and Gentlemen, I apologize beforehand and regret to inform you that the tradition of standing on the benches for a sing along must end. There have been too many people hurt. A few weeks ago someone threw a piece of glassware and knocked someone unconscious. We are done with this. There is no more standing on the benches whatsoever. The behavior the last few years has been atrocious. We cannot operate in this manner anymore. Thank You For Your Understanding.
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