Beverly’s Bar Shutters After 7 Years on Essex Street
The pink neons have gone dark, as Essex Street loses one of its cool kid hangs.
Beverly’s, the trendy art bar founded in late-2012 by Sweet Paradise veteran Leah Dixon, closed forever last week. Just shy of its eighth birthday. A leasing sign hangs awkwardly from the rolldown gate.
“We are looking reality in the face, and know that we cannot afford to keep the bar at 21 Essex any longer,” ownership admitted in a farewell Instagram post. “We have simply been shut down too long, and the exorbitant costs of having a bar in Lower Manhattan are far too expensive to pay without being able to operate at full capacity.”
The loss of Beverly’s is yet another in a purge of nightlife happening in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Beverly's Friends – As the NYC Phase 3 for bars has been postponed, we are looking reality in the face, and know that we cannot afford to keep the bar at 21 Essex any longer. We have simply been shut down too long, and the exorbitant costs of having a bar in Lower Manhattan are far too expensive to pay without being able to operate at full capacity. The timing of this is fortunate though – because we have made sure to have a bit of resources left over to move forward with organizing art exhibitions, performances, collaborations, (and when we are allowed to congregate again) PARTIES! This is not the end of Beverly's. We are just saying goodbye to 21 Essex – and making plans for the future as we move forward as an arts organization. . We are heartbroken. But we are so thankful that our community will remember the bar for the crowded, energized, supportive, and wild place that it was. We want it to live on that way. . The safety of our patrons, and of our incredible staff should not be compromised so that we can try to float a business that is not able to run as it's meant to. . We are so proud that for seven years, we got to dump our hearts and souls into making magic. That bar was our favorite place on earth. But Beverly's is not just 21 Essex Street. It's a community. As time goes on, stay tuned for exciting Beverly's updates. In the meantime we will be featuring our favorite artists, neighbors, and organizations. Cheers to the future! Thank you for dancing with us. . **Special thank you to everyone who has supported us during this time. We will be in touch soon with new plans for Beverly's future, and our future together.