Save the Buffalo Bar, one of London's best-loved music venues
The Buffalo Bar is one of London's best-loved music venues. It's played host to acts including The Libertines, Keane, Hot Chip, Bloc Party, The Kooks, Art Brut, The National, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Friendly Fires, Two Door Cinema Club, Martha Wainwright, Stereolab, Futureheads, Bombay Bicycle Club, the Long Blondes, Subways, Frank Sidebottom, The Magic Numbers, Ed Harcourt, Zutons, Mclusky, Oneida, Part Chimp, Electrelane and The Joy Formidable. Its club nights attract music-lovers from across London and beyond, it hosts salsa lessons and comedy, and its bar and door staff are among the best and friendliest around.
It's a venue its freeholder, County Estate Pubs, and its leaseholder, Stonegate Pub Company (which owns Slug & Lettuce, Yates's and Scream bars), should be proud of.
Instead, County Estate Pubs plans to evict the Buffalo Bar; leaving us without our favourite nights out and its staff without jobs. There are no plans for the basement - it's likely the venue will remain empty; a blow to the economy of this part of the capital.
It's simple. The Buffalo Bar has good music, beer (and vodka shots), friendly faces and a late licence - all we need for a night out, and increasingly difficult to find with so many London venues shutting their doors.
We call on County Estate Pubs and Stonegate to work with the Buffalo Bar to keep the venue alive.
Save the Buffalo Bar!
- Chair, Stonegate Pub Company
- Chief executive, Stonegate Pub Company
- Head of pub management, County Estate Pubs
- Chief executive, County Estate Pubs
I'm writing to you about the decision to evict the Buffalo Bar from its premises at Highbury Corner, north London.
The Buffalo Bar is one of London's best-loved music venues. You should be proud of owning somewhere that has hosted bands including The Libertines, The National and Art Brut, is home to some of our capital city's best-loved club nights, and has some of the friendliest bar and door staff around.
Instead, I'm dismayed to learn you are evicting the Buffalo Bar, with no immediate plans for the future. An empty basement won't provide people with jobs, bands a place to play, and nor will it provide people with fantastic nights out.
If I wanted to drink in a Slug & Lettuce, Yates's or Scream, I'd go there. But I don't. Instead, I choose to be part of the community of musicians and DJs who have made the Buffalo Bar their home for the past 14 years.
Keeping the Buffalo Bar open will hurt nobody. Closing it will hurt lots of people.
Please reconsider. County Estate Pubs and Stonegate should work together to keep the Buffalo Bar open, so its staff can keep their jobs, and we can have our favourite nights out while boosting the local economy.
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