Last call – The Bowery announces its closure
In a blow for Fortitude Valley’s bar scene, local linchpin The Bowery has announced its forthcoming closure. The storied boozer will wrap up proceedings at the end of January, but the announcement boasts a silver lining in the form of a new life for the space.
It’s hard to fathom The Valley’s entertainment precinct without The Bowery. Since 2003, the prohibition-inspired bar has been splashing out social lubricant to a backing of live jazz, with its progressive approach to cocktails cementing its status as one of Brisbane’s premier drinking dens. In a statement posted across the bar’s social media pages, The Bowery revealed that it would be closing after 17 years, going on to thank the staff, bands, DJs and customers that had helped support the bar since its inception.
While the news will come as a shock to many, there is still time to savour some of The Bowery’s all-star offering. The bar will be trading as normal until its official closing date on Sunday January 26, with one hell of a goodbye party scheduled for that date to see the bar off in style. It’s not all doom and gloom for The Valley’s bar scene, as the Bowery-shaped hole in the entertainment precinct won’t last for long. Come February, the storied space will be home to a brand-new live-music concept from the Drunken Monkey Group – the crew behind established inner-city establishments Brooklyn Standard and Fat Angel Sports Bar & Grill. Be sure to stay tuned – we’ll have more details on this newcomer soon!
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