Put Out Your Teapots: The World Bar Is Closing Down Today

Iconic venue.

29 November 2018

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We, like many, are still reeling from the news that iconic Kings Cross venue World Bar is shutting its doors.

After 18 years of $20 teapots and fresh music, the venue will shut tonight for the final time.

Hi Friends, We are sad to tell you that we will be closing the doors of the The World Bar Sydney this Thursday 29 November 2018. Our final show on Wednesday is set to be a cracker, so come and join us for one last night to say goodbye at The Wall. Over the last 18 years, this Kings Cross stalwart has thrown some of Sydney’s most renowned club nights and live music events. The venue’s rich history includes infamous sets featuring Australia’s highly-regarded electronic artists from Ajax to Flume, Alison Wonderland and Nina Las Vegas, plus unforgettable live performances including DZ Deathrays, Gang of Youths and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, who helped pave the way for a seminal period in Sydney’s live music and nightlife timeline. This is obviously heartbreaking stuff, after being part of the Sydney music scene for more than 18 years it’s tough to close the doors on a venue that really is like a big family. We’re very proud of the role we’ve played in fostering young music talent and creating a safe space for all. The obvious connection that people will make on our closure is the effect of the lock-out laws. It’s undeniable that they have had a huge impact on us, as well as Sydney’s live music scene. However, we believe there is a solution here, we have hope. We need the authorities to show true leadership and to make positive decisions for the music and creative communities and for everyone who likes to be social at night! Public opinion and pressure are mounting and now we need our elected officials to be brave and make positive changes to the legislation. Safety and entertainment ARE achievable, we have seen this put into practice in global cities around the world. Our parting words to anyone who loves Sydney’s nightlife are these - the best way to rebel is to go out. There are great venues and amazing music alive in the Cross and surrounding areas, so please get out there and support all our incredible friends - promoters, venue owners, artists- still battling away for their love of live music. On behalf of everyone at The World Bar, a massive thank you to our 2500 staff, 4500 DJs, 1000 bands and thousands upon thousands of punters who have walked through our doors over the last two decades. We hope we’ve been able to put smiles on people’s faces and create a few hazy memories. We would also like to thank a sympathetic landlord who has made this difficult decision as smooth as possible. Cheers for everything, and watch this space, who knows when you might see us again... Love, Wardy, and The World Bar crew x

- The World Bar statement

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