Bleecker Street Bar Goes Dark After 30-Year Run
The dominoes keep falling.
Bleecker Street Bar, for three decades a dive of choice in an increasingly gentrified Bowery, announced its closure last week. The popular pub will go dark after business on August 30.
The ravaging effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and an impasse over lease renewal led to its demise.
“All of our efforts to negotiate a reasonable lease extension with our landlord have failed,” ownership stated in a Facebook post.
“We have loved being a part of NoHo, watching the many incarnations over the years, even though it’s painful to feel there are less and less neighborhoods for places like us to exist anymore.”
The announcement caused an immediate outpouring of grief, as if for a best friend. Folks reminisced about being regulars, having first met a spouse there, or its role as haven for various pub leagues.
Bleecker Street Bar, which opened in 1990, hopes to find a new location nearby.