One of Dublin’s most loved pubs, The Bernard Shaw, has announced that it will be closing it’s doors at the end of October.
The Bernard Shaw, which is also home to Eatyard, took to Facebook to post an emotional statement to say that they will be shutting up shop at the end of October.
The group behind the pub, Bodytonic, said that they have tried ‘really hard’ over the past few months to renew the lease for the pub, or to even buy the premises, but ‘a lot of things didn’t go [their] way’.
All performance and art spaces, Eatyard and the famous pub will shut their doors for the final time this year, with many on social media devastated at the news.
“We’ve tried really hard over the last few months to renew the lease, stay on longer, or buy the place. A lot of things didn’t go our way over the last 12 months either, but it’s out of our hands now unfortunately,” the statement read.
Bodytonic thanked loyal patrons who visited the pub over the last 13 years, as well as the ‘brilliant and very helpful’ neighbours near the pub, Dublin City Council and their landlord.
They also paid tribute to the many artists, musicians, DJs and more who made appearances at the famed Richmond Street haunt, as well as the staff who have worked in the venue over the last 13 years.
“We have had amazing, loyal customers, many who came, and left, and came back again over those 13 years as life got in the way while we were busy making plans and being busy fools.”
Many reacted with anger and disappointment to the news, remarking that it’s yet another loss for Dublin’s nightlife.
Bernard Shaw now shutting its doors. What a loss to the city.— Seán Carey (@donalseancarey) September 9, 2019
Disgraceful amount of Dublin venues having to close down. The city’s gonna lose its soul.
This is actually so tragic.. The Bernard Shaw is such an amazing lively space that will be sorely missed and hard to replace https://t.co/DdejsBKJhv— ollie x (@fkaollie) September 9, 2019
It’s not all a loss though, as Bodytonic mention in their statement that they will ‘start something else and keep fighting the good fight’, with plans in the pipeline, and hinted at the changing nightlife landscape in Dublin over the last few years.
“Dublin is changing, we can all see and feel it but we are going nowhere & we won’t go down without a fight. We’ll start something else, somewhere else [ plans are afoot ] , and keep fighting the good fight.”